In an ideal world we wouldn’t need to rely on large energy companies to give us power.
The large, wasteful and expensive businesses that deliver electricity and energy to our homes have become an accepted part of life.
But as people begin to move towards more energy-efficient and green lifestyles, there has been a push for energy independence in the UK.
If you are thinking of moving your home off the grid, it’s advisable to take it one step at a time. Rather than trying to go from complete dependence on energy companies for your power to generating everything on your own property, you should do it in stages.
First begin to generate a little energy – enough to cut your electricity bills and power standard devices like your TV, computer or mobile phone charger.
You can then slowly begin to increase the amount of energy you generate. Taking a methodical process will help you to understand the faults within your system so that you can build in backup power sources so that you will eventually be entirely self-sufficient.
So let’s have a look at the some of the best ways you can begin to take your home off the grid. These methods can ultimately be utilised in conjunction with one another to let you give your own home with all the power that it needs.
Solar panels are one of the most recognisable and popular ways to generate your own energy at home.
According to current statistics more than a million homes across the UK have solar panels and that number is growing every day as more households look to invest in clean energy.
Depending on your property it may or may not be easy to have solar panels installed. Firstly you’ll need to have a very sturdy roof capable of having panels attached.
You would also ideally have a south-facing roof to attach the panels to, as this allows for the most amount of sunlight to be captured by the panels.
If you don’t have a south-facing roof or panels cannot be easily attached to your home you might want to consider ground-level solar panels or attaching them to another part of the property (such as a garage).
Domestic Oil Tank
While a domestic oil tank might not necessarily seem to be a green option as you would still be reliant on non-renewable oil, it is ultimately a means to cut your dependence on energy providers.
There are simply some aspects of modern life that cannot be replicated easily without oil – such as your central heating and cooking facilities.
Until a cost-effective replacement for these conveniences are made easily available, using oil will be a part of your home life.
Domestic oil tanks are an excellent way to allow you to have complete control over the amount of oil you use. Your tank will also be free from environment-damaging leaks. Modern tanks are available in a huge variety of sizes and shapes – it’s easy to find space on your property.
Initially you could look into the option of installing a relatively small tank that would simply supplement the gas and oil you use.
Alternatively if you have enough space on your property and the wish to move forward towards energy independence you can have a larger tank based at your home; current legislation allows for a tank containing up to 3,500 litres of oil.
You might not know that it is also possible to have wind turbines installed at your property.
These are not as popular as solar panels – primarily because it is harder to generate enough energy from them – but they can be an excellent way to supplement your mains electricity use through a green energy source.
It is recommended that you install a wind gauge to show exactly how much wind you are exposed to before going through the costly process of having turbines put up.
Nevertheless, wind turbines generate an entirely renewable energy that can help you on your quest for energy independence.
Article provided by Mike James, an independent content writer working together with Sussex-based oil tank specialist SG Tanks, who were consulted over the content in this post.