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