Develop a G.O.O.D. Plan for Energy Independence Posted on 26 Jan 10:34
If energy independence is important to you and your family, then you need a plan — a G.O.O.D. plan.
Although we all hope to avoid catastrophe, most people agree that it’s safer to be prepared. Even if you never have to bug-out, you can benefit from this plan wherever you are.
Reduce Your Power Needs
One of the first steps to total energy independence is reducing your needs.
You can do this by adopting practices designed to lower your energy consumption, wherever you may. In fact, you can cut your consumption by up to two-thirds with these guidelines.
- Replace all regular light bulbs with compact fluorescent or LED bulbs
- Buy energy-efficient appliances and cut back on their use whenever possible
- Fit all devices and electronic equipment with surge protectors and turn them off when not in use
Find Alternative Water Sources
Another step to independence is finding an alternative source of water for your home and (even more important) your bug-out location. For most people, that means drilling a well. Depending on your location, you can share this cost with trusted neighbors by adding a community well that is shared among several property owners.
No matter what source you use for water, cutting down on consumption also is critical. The average U.S. family uses about 300 gallons of water a day. You can lower your water consumption dramatically with these tips.
Use toilets and faucets that are labeled as “water sense” products. This means that they will use about 20 percent less water than other toilets and faucets. Or, if you’re up for it, adopt waterless composting toilets wherever possible.
- Limit showers to five minutes or less, and don’t shower every day if it’s not necessary.
- Rid your landscape and garden of water-hogging plants (unless you need them for a food source, of course)
- Collect rainwater for use in toilets and landscape irrigation
Experts encourage adopting a net-zero water use program by capturing and treating grey water (wastewater from sinks, showers and appliances). This is an effective and safe approach, if undertaken correctly.
Use an Alternative Energy Source
Perhaps the most important step in your plan for independence and off-grid living is to secure a reliable and renewable energy source.
Of course, one of the best renewable sources of energy is photovoltaic solar, so installing a PV panel system is an ideal way to exercise your energy independence.
Most people still overestimate how much solar power equipment costs today.
The cost of PV panels and other equipment has reached an all-time low. Available federal and local rebates, tax credits and cash incentives reduce the cost even more. And, if you’re a do-it-yourselfer, you can even eliminate the cost of system installation.
Purchase a DIY solar kit — in no time, you’ll be generating your own endless supply of free power.
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