Having constant reliable access to solar power is an ideal way to use clean renewable energy to exclusively power your house. It’s often not as simple as this, as having the necessary equipment to successfully power a home completely depends on the size of the house and what needs to be powered daily.
Still, self-sufficiency is important for many, particularly regarding energy use. In this blog, Renew Energy examine what to consider if you’re thinking about going off the grid to shrink bills and replace unclean energy with solar.
What to consider when shopping for the right solar system
When looking for the right solar system with the intention to live off the grid, there are a few very important factors to consider.
Location: Western Australia is fortunate in that it receives much more sun than other states around Australia, making it ideal for a solar system.
Daily energy consumption: this is more specific than location and depends completely on the household. If you can roughly determine your daily energy needs, you can then find the ideal solar solution for you – the less your usage, the easier and cheaper it will be to find and install a solar system and battery.
Long-term power needs: batteries shouldn’t just be to get you through the night. Living off the grid will occasionally involve not getting the sunlight you need. Bad weather, such as rainy or overcast weather, can eat into your solar storage, so it’s a good idea to have enough to last 3-4 days for your specific needs.
Working your way up to self-sufficiency
There is obviously a variety of solar equipment on the market designed to appeal to different homes and needs, and the costs of these can be quite significant. Because batteries can be a significant upfront investment, it’s still a great idea to consider first installing a solar system with the intention of getting a battery down the track. This way, you can start weaning yourself off the grid and prepare yourself for the eventual move to solar.
It might even be valuable for some families to start switching from electricity to gas for cooking and hot water so that your eventual system will be less of a drain on your battery.
Not wanting to rely on the grid any longer?
The initial investment that a solar and battery system requires makes for a variety of long-term financial and environmental benefits. If you’re interested in becoming energy self-sufficient, get in touch with the team at Renew Energy today to discuss your options