Life in “Off-Grid” communities in Canada is possible, but it significantly differs from other areas concerning lifestyle. Off-Grid Communities are known as areas that not connected to the electric grid or natural gas network. These communities consist of more than ten permanent dwellings and are usually remote. These places also lack basic services and infrastructure and use alternative energy.
According to the GMCA Graduate Consulting Program, there are approximately 280 remote communities in British Columbia. Out of these 280 communities, 54 off-grid areas entirely rely on other alternative sources of energy and the aspect of safety is of great concern. Common forms of energy in these remote areas include firewood, gas stoves … Read the rest
Introduction To An Alternative Source Of Energy
People choosing to live in a remote area where there is no access to a public power utility or the cost of electric utilities are exorbitantly high are prime candidates for getting an alternative source of energy. They can consider off-grid living and using solar energy. Standalone solar energy is one of the off-grid solutions for powering your household electrical utilities.
Solar Power – Photovoltaic
Solar energy is arguably the cleanest and reliable form of renewables available for powering your home appliances. It involves the use of photovoltaic (PV) solar cells to capture solar energy and converting it into electrical energy. The Solar power system … Read the rest
Every day we rely on electrical energy in every aspect of our lives, be it for cooling, heating, lighting and much more. Most of the energy we consume is derived from fossil fuels such as oil, natural gas, and coal. It is then transmitted to us through the utility grid – assuming we live on it.
However, owners of homes that are off the grid have to explore other ways of powering all of the convenience we’ve become accustomed to. The answer to living off the grid is by embracing alternative sources of energy such as solar power, wind power, hydropower, and geothermal among others.… Read the rest