ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How to ease your way off the grid

Updated on August 3, 2012

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

Did you find this helpful?

See results

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Paul Westphal profile imageAUTHOR

      Paul Westphal 

      6 years ago from Starke,FL

      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

    • somethgblue profile image

      somethgblue 

      6 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!

    • Paul Westphal profile imageAUTHOR

      Paul Westphal 

      6 years ago from Starke,FL

      Simply attach a fan blade to the shaft of the generator

    • somethgblue profile image

      somethgblue 

      6 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?

    • somethgblue profile image

      somethgblue 

      6 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

      Then you lost me, please explain

    • Paul Westphal profile imageAUTHOR

      Paul Westphal 

      6 years ago from Starke,FL

      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

    • somethgblue profile image

      somethgblue 

      6 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

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

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)