Going Off Grid
by Glen Parkinson
I was browsing the web looking for others that are doing what I am doing and that is enjoying the homesteading lifestyle. Anyway I came across this website and thought I would add a quick intro of myself to you all.
I live on my own, well and the dogs, on a 1 acre property in Clackline WA. I have been slowly building my property to be as independent from the grid as possible. Although I am still connected to the grid I try to be as self sufficient as I can.
For power I have two solar systems. The first is the grid connect that generates power back to the grid and the second is a self built off grid system that feeds a set of batteries. I run about 80% of my electrical needs from my off grid solar system.
For my off grid system I have ten 190 watt solar panels on the roof of my workshop that feed a 60 amp charge controller then to a bank of Surrette batteries "24 volts". From there it goes to a Latronics 1800 watt pure sine wave inverter then out to my breaker panel. This system runs all my workshop and everything in my house with the exception of the big load appliances.
I harvest my own rain water which gets stored in water tanks about 40,000 litres of storage which gives me enough water to supply 100% of my garden needs all year round. I also run a simple self built grey water system to help water my ornamental plants in summer time.
For livestock I have chooks, ducks and a bee hive which is enough to keep me going. For food I try to grow as much as I can in the veggie garden but our harsh environment makes it hard in summer time.
Anyway that's a little about myself, my lifestyle and my alternative energy story. Hope this helps others to start or continue on their journey of self sufficiency.
Oh, I did make a simple website of my property. It is a simple one as I am no web designer but you are welcome to have a browse through it if you like. www.aussiehomestead.com