[before_listing images= youtube=null] Would love to find others in my area that have successfully gone off grid, with solar, wind, etc. My husband and I are in the process of buying large acreage and building our retirement home. We want our home to be self sufficient with water, electricity, etc. We are in our late 30’s early 40’s so we aren’t ready to retire yet, but we felt buying the land is step 1, so we are at step 1. [landbuddy_listing youtube=null]

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  1. Chuck and Lyn

    Ok, the website is not ready yet….it’s a brand new venture I am embarking on this next year. I have been researching and playing with solar and wind for about the last 3yrs and I am moving to of all places…ARLINGTON!!!

    Lyn and I are looking for land for a predominately off grid situation. I currently have 12 solar panels but where I live I can only use 4. Out of those panels comes just about enough power to keep my meter from spinning as I use a grid tied small inverter to “offset” my usage. We have cut back our usage quite a bit but now that winter is here we are using more as heating season has come in Missouri.

    In the very near future I will be offering small “kits” to help like minded people to slow their meters down and put some money back into the wallet. Probably something like a solar setup with 4 solar panels and a micro grid tied inverter that makes about 500w. That’s not a lot but more than I have and with some slight modification to your habits you can cut your bill in half like I did!

    Start now and go to Lowes or Home Depot and buy good quality LED lights and change one a week until you have all of them changed out. CFL’s are great but still power hogs in the grand scheme of things…this one little thing will show a good size dent in your power bill! In your home now (if you own it) try changing the light switches out with motion detecting switches! they will come on and go off with any motion and can be manually overrode…this to will go a long way in cutting your bill!

    I put my electric water heater on a timer and it only comes on certain times of the day. The water stays hot for those times when I use a little bit for cleanup or dishes; otherwise it’s off until set time. This little trick saved me big time money!

    Another thing to think about is a timer for your freezer…stick with me here….you don’t get into your freezer everyday…In a power outage they will stay cold for days if not opened! Why not put it on a timer so it only comes on once in a 24hr period (late at night) for say a 2hr time span? In that 2hrs it won’t run all of it as the box is already cold! You’ve just saved yourself some dollars and put them back into your pocket!

    I am going to do a series of videos with these helpful tips and put them on my website when it is done but thought I would pass them on to you. I hope you find them as useful as I did!

    Hope to hear from you soon! Have a great day and an awesome holiday season ahead!

    Regards,

    Chuck and Lyn Young.

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