[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]For most of us living off the grid is just a fantasy until we take our next camping trip. The lack of water, scarcity of heating and electricity can make anyone think twice about going off grid or living in the woods. Some of the examples in the video below can be motivating, while other examples, well, not so much. (I for one do not wish to brush my teeth with cuttlefish bones). It is important to remember that the conveniences of living near a general population means that public utilities are available like electricity and natural gas. Without the public utilities you are a bit limited, but there are some solutions.
Video source: https://news.yahoo.com/video/whoknew-living-off-grid-could-060000813.html
That being said we can make changes in our lives to reduce our own carbon footprints and be more off grid. Solar is one good example of this, another is geothermal heating and air. Solar is a familiar topic for many so let’s briefly discuss geothermal and if you need more information there is a video about geothermal further down in this blog.
The geothermal technology to heat and cool our homes is about 400% more efficient than the technology in most homes today. Geothermal basically takes the desired function (heating or cooling) from the medium that is used for the heat source. For most geothermal that would be in the earth where the temperature stays at a constant temperature summer or winter, in the water based geothermal it is the water, whether using the swimming pool pump or a loop system. Depending on the function heating or cooling a building (home of office) or preheat hot water for spas, health clubs, cafeterias, etc. the cooler or warmer temperature in the earth or water is used to produce the desired outcome. Solar and geothermal work well together and would take care of a large percentage of your homes energy consumption.
There are even more ways we can make a difference, like repurposing rain water for lawn watering, using refillable travel cups instead of bottled water, sealing the envelope of your home (weather proofing/insulating), etc. The biggest bang for your buck though is renewable energy solutions like solar and geothermal, those resources are being used constantly in homes and businesses around the country for electricity and heating and cooling your home. takes the heat or coolness from either the ground or a body of water and uses a heat pump to either heat or cool a building (home of office) or preheat hot water for spas, health clubs, cafeterias, etc. Solar and geothermal work well together and would take care of a large percentage of your homes energy consumption.
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