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  •  PV's/wind generator/batteries (10+ / 0-)

    And a cheap $200 gasoline generator I use about once or twice a month in the winter.

    Living off the grid really isn't a big deal, and I have a pretty small system, 1.2KW of PV and a small 400W wind generator, a good inverter, a solar controller, and 8kwh of very heavy batteries.

    But we live by the sun.  We do laundry, use the microwave, or I bake bread in my electric breadmaker when the sun is shining or the wind is blowing.  Otherwise, it's pretty normal, we have a 42" tv that I watch way too much, at least one and sometimes 2 computers on all day, regular refrigerator...  The well pump is the only 240V thing in the place, and we cook with propane and have a propane fireplace that hasn't been on in 3 years.

    Being aware of what the sun is going to be doing over the next few days is kind of neat.  You start becoming much more aware of the weather patterns.  I have a weather station that helps me keep track if the wind is blowing too hard for the wind generator, which quickly became a toy I can't seem to ignore.  It's not for everyone, but something we enjoy.

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