It’s no secret that we all live in a society dependent on other people. For instance, we rely on energy providers to supply us with gas, electricity and water for our homes. We also depend on supermarkets to source all kinds of food and beverages that we take for granted every day.
More people are opting to depend more on themselves and their abilities. Perhaps the most common way of getting started is by living life “off the grid”. As you can imagine, that means not having access to a supply of utilities for the home.
If you’re a gadget geek, living off the grid might be the last thing on your mind. But, did you know you can achieve that goal without giving up on your technology? In fact, you can use technology to help you live off the grid! Here are some examples to show how you can do this:
1. Solar power
A cost-effective and common way of generating electricity is by harnessing the sun’s power. Solar panels filled with photovoltaic cells help us convert light into electrical energy. We can store that energy in banks of batteries. When we need electricity, we just use the power stored from the batteries.
If you’re lucky enough to have a large expanse of land, you could even sell excess power back to the grid. Becoming self-sustainable pays off in many ways, especially in a literal sense!
2. Diesel generators
If you happen to live in a part of the world that isn’t always sunny, this could spell bad news for you. It’s crucial to have a backup system in case your bank of batteries is low on power. One efficient way of providing backup power is to use a diesel generator.
Did you know you can get units that have low noise output? That means you won’t have to put up with a noisy generator at night!
3. Satellites television and Internet access
When you’re living in the middle of nowhere, you could get bored after a while. The good thing about satellite TV is you can access services from anywhere. If you’ve got a spare dish and coaxial cable, you can also get satellite Internet access too.
You might not get fibre broadband speeds when you go online. But, it’s a practical way of getting online from home.
4. Satellite phones
Mobile phone reception might be non-existent where you wish to live. As you’re living off the grid, you don’t want to pay for a landline. Especially if that means laying miles of cabling to reach your home!
Satellite technology saves the day once again! That’s because you can use a satellite phone for your communications. If you are an iPhone user, you can buy a gadget that “plugs” into it to convert it into a satellite phone.
5. Battery-powered Wi-Fi hotspots
Do you use mobile devices like smartphones and laptops? If so, you’ll want to use wireless Internet with your satellite connection. You can get battery-powered Wi-Fi hotspots that link up to your satellite Internet router.