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Sources for Generating Electricity

Solar

So, you've thought about whether or not living off the grid is right for you; you know that it means no more utility bills and generating all of your own power, but what's involved in that? It isn't as easy as slapping a few solar panels on the roof and calling it good; when it comes to generating off grid power, there are a handful of methods that can combine to generate all the energy you'll need to live comfortably off the grid.

Plug in to off grid power with solar electricity.  Solar power is probably the one that jumps to mind for most of us when it comes to off-grid energy. The sun-powered option, which includes photovoltaic solar panels, an inverter and batteries, can provide lots of electric power (especially if you get a lot of solar exposure where you live) for a long time, without any moving parts and a little maintenance.

The downside, at least for now, is the cost: it is rarely cost-effective to power an entire home entirely with solar, even allowing for several decades for a positive return on the investment. Add to that the wide variance of solar exposure by location (see the map for an example) and the fact that solar only works when the sun is shining, and it's easy to see why solar remains a part of the answer, and not the whole thing.

 

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Wind Electricty 

If you get good news after you contact your local weather service to check on the average wind speed in your area, generating electricity from residential-sized wind turbines is another option for off-grid energy. Knowing the average wind speed ranges, you can estimate how much electricty a given system will produce. Keep in mind, wind speeds on a specific lot can vary significantly from regional averages depending on local topography.

When it comes to picking a turbine, size truly does matter. A 400-watt wind turbine, big enough to account for a few appliances, uses about a four-foot-diameter rotor; a 900 watt-turbine uses a seven-foot turbine and is mounted on a tower often more than 100 feet tall. Obviously, living in town or on a small plot, the big one isnt going to work as well, but many people have the necessary real estate for an extra seven- foot turbine.

As with solar, there are pluses and minuses to going with wind energy off the grid; the biggest, most obvious one is the need for breeze: if the wind doesn't blow, the turbine stays still and the electricity isn't generated. Wind turbines also have moving parts, which means more things that require maintenance and have the possibility of failure.

 

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Featured Land For Sale By Owner

Falcon Crest Tract 3
Falcon Crest Tract 3 Gurley, Alabama

3.95 Acres - Nice mountain land off of Blowing Cave Rd with awesome bluff views. Build your dream house on this Alabama owner financed land and have views that will make your friends jealous! Just (...)

$114,900
Apple Valley Tract 10
PENDING
Apple Valley Tract 10 Lancing, Tennessee

7.52 Acres - Private wooded tract on a private gravel road.

$42,800
Very private and no restrictions
PENDING
Very private and no restrictions Somerset, Kentucky

Very private setting with a seasonal stream

$29,800
White Creek Acres
White Creek Acres Deer Lodge , Tennessee

White Creek Acres is a gated community located along the rolling hills of the Cumberland Plateau. This restricted 5.75 acre tract has over 100 feet of road frontage at the end of a road that ends in (...)

$59,500
Grimsley Hills Tract 28
Grimsley Hills Tract 28 Grimsley, Tennessee

Residential and or Commercial Tract with frontage on US-127, home of the Worlds Longest Yard Sale. Have your business and your home on the same property!

$37,700
Sugar Island - Tract D
Sugar Island - Tract D Sugar Island, Michigan

9.93 Acres on Sugar Island, Michigan - Land in a very secluded location with road frontage.

$29,700
Huntsville Alabama Bluff Lot!
Huntsville Alabama Bluff Lot! Huntsville, Alabama

Location Location Location and Views Views Views

$89,900
Wilder TN with creek
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Wilder TN with creek Wilder, Tennessee

6.43 Acres - Hilly land with creek flowing through property.

$34,800
Lonesome Valley Tract 7
PENDING
Lonesome Valley Tract 7 Tazewell, Tennessee

5 Acres - Hill side East TN land for sale by owner with some nice flat land near the road that would be good for an RV. It would be pretty easy to get an RV onto this land and use it as a home base (...)

$26,900
4.6 acres Collinwood TN
4.6 acres Collinwood TN Waynesboro, Tennessee

Lots of road frontage on state hwy, possible commercial location, additional acreage available.

$29,700
Falcon Crest Tract 2
Falcon Crest Tract 2 Gurley, Alabama

3.03 Acres - Perfect land for a dream home. Build a cantilevered deck off of the bluff and have an entertaining capability that no one else could match. Treat your guests to views like they've never (...)

$89,500