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Back to your original question. You can convert an conventional house to living off grid. and yes it is possible to use a combination wind and solar. Question is how deep are your pockets? I only ask this by way of guiding you in making wise purchases. Ther are many start-up companies wanting to cash in on ‘going solar” their real concern is their wallets not yuor pocket book.

Since you are likely to get a property already connected to NB Power I have a strategy for you that could work while not leaving you stranded in the dark.

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Wood heat is good. If you have a wish for an unattended home you can safely leave overnight; a pellet burning stove is a good choice because it has a small electric control that automatically feeds more pellets as required. Outdoor boilers use whole pieces and typically can run 24 hours in between loads but they do have forced draft for better efficiency. This requires hydro and the circulating water pump runs 24/7 for best effect. The sssmall pumps draw 125 watts and the bigger model onsumers 173 watts. Over a 24 hour period this does add up.

Wind power is likely to be good unless you pick a property shelterred by trees and or hills. This would be less costly than solar on a dollar per watt bassis. Canadian tire sells a wind turbine so you can go look and see it for your self but a lower cost of the same or better model can be had by direct purchase from south West wond products. what you see in store is only one model from one reseller. A better choice looks exactly the same but is called the ‘Breeze’ and puts out 24V. Email me if you really want a technical explanation or browse South West Wind Power website for details and explanations. Solar is fine but in most cases cost more $$ per watt than aaany other form. It is possible to combine power into one battery bank but no one controller can do all jobs equally well.

If you get a place already connected to NB Power don’t throw out th ebaby with the bath water. Stay connected but you do not necessarily have to used it. Billing is by metered use so if you use very little you pay very little. There is a class of inverter that combines charging and inverting into one unit. It has an internal transfer switch so you can switch from your own generated power to utility power in the event you used up your own power and the wind died or its night time and sssolar simply doesn’t work.

The only modification needed in your electrical panel is the adddition of a double pole breaker to feed the inverter and of course a sub panel for all the loads you intend to power off grid. Depending on how handy you are and how confident you are about doing electrical work you could even do it yourself.

In preparation for going off grid get a Kill-a-Watt meter and learn how much power you actually use for each appliance you have.