Despite employing numerous hacks and tactics to cut down the electricity bill, the results are never as effective as I wish they would be, and I’m left wondering of all the possible ways in which I might generate my own electric power in a clean and non-polluting way.
Utilizing off-grid power is as simple as they come, and I have put together a little list of alternatives to help you out about the same!
- Solar Energy – The most common source of renewable energy, solar power can be used to power everything ranging from individual appliances to entire neighbourhoods. All that it requires is the installation of photovoltaic solar panels to convert solar energy into electrical power for your homes.
- Wind Power – Windmills can be used to harness the power of the moving wind to generate electrical energy to power your homes and be stored for later use. However, wind turbines need frequent maintenance due to the friction between moving parts and are only viable for locations in breezy climates.
- Hydroelectricity – Hydropower employs the kinetic energy of streams and ocean tides. Similar wind energy, hydropower requires periodic maintenance but provides steady supplies of power.
- Geothermal Energy – Geothermal energy uses the tectonic plates to generate and store power. Even though it is yet to be popularized as a steady off-grid alternative, geothermal energy is efficient enough choice for powering individual appliances rather than the whole household.
- Magnetic Generators – Efficiently utilized magnets can be designed to form a generator that is quite capable of generating electric power sans sunlight or even air. With adequate knowledge or professional assistance, you can build your own magnetic generator at home for reasonable expenses.
- Backup Generator – On occasions when renewable energy falls short, or you need additional magnitudes of power for work, batteries that use a gasoline generator can be employed to produce approximately 3.5 kW-hours of electric power per gallon.
This provides an efficiency of approximately 10%, with a fuel cost of about $1.00 per kW-hour.