How to ease your way off the grid

Most people get the impression that getting off the grid is expensive and complicated, but with a little education the mystery and the price of going off the grid can be greatly reduced. If you haven't already I suggest that your read my hub on how to make your own homemade wind generator. The hub tells you how you can make a generator out of any type of electric motor. I made mine out of a blender that had broke, but the motor was still in working order. Electric motors can be harvested from fans, mixers, blenders, washers, dryers, and sometimes even vacuum cleaners.

After you have harvested your electric motor you are now ready to start assembling your off-grid system. There are only 4 components to an off-grid system. These are the generator, charge controller, battery, and a power inverter. The amazon capsule below contains all of the parts needed for the project, except for the generator. Hopefully you will be able to harvest your own generator from an old appliance for free. Isn't the whole point of this to save money?

First of all you must decide what mechanical force you are going to use to spin your generator in order to produce electricity. Wind is usually the first thing that comes to mind, but any type of mechanical force can be used to spin the generator. If you have flowing water on your property I would recommend using that because it is continuous. Others may want to rig it up to an exercise bike or treadmill. The choice is up to you.

Instructions

  1. Harvest your generator/ electric motor
  2. Connect the positive and negative wires from the generator to the charge controllers input
  3. Connect the charge controllers output to the battery
  4. Connect the battery to the power inverter

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somethgblue 4 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

Is your next article going to be about where and how to set up the windmill?


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Paul Westphal 4 years ago from Anderson, SC Author

nope...its not a windmill it is a generator and I was leaving it up to the readers imagination to decide what type of mechanical force to harness


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somethgblue 4 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

Then you lost me, please explain


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somethgblue 4 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

Or perhaps the meaning of leaving up to the imagination of the reader means that you simple do not know how connecting it to a windmill would work?

So this is a great idea, if you have a treadmill which I don't or an exercise bike which I don't own but if you want to use wind as suggested in the article your just SOL.

Anymore great ideas?


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Paul Westphal 4 years ago from Anderson, SC Author

Simply attach a fan blade to the shaft of the generator


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somethgblue 4 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

Simple . . huh?

Then you wouldn't mind explaining it or you could simple win the lotto and buy a windmill.

weak!


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Paul Westphal 4 years ago from Anderson, SC Author

i did explain it...if you can't figure it out then you do not need to be messing with electricity...you are making this way more complicated than it actually is

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