Easiest ways to harvest free energy off the grid

  • Easiest ways to harvest free energy off the grid

    Posted by Azul on June 8, 2023 at 9:53 pm

    One of the easiest ways to harvest free energy off the grid is through solar power. Solar energy is abundant and readily available in most parts of the world. Here are the basic steps to harness solar energy:

    1. Install solar panels: Set up solar panels on your property, preferably in an area that receives ample sunlight throughout the day. The panels contain photovoltaic cells that convert sunlight into electricity.

    2. Use a charge controller: Connect a charge controller to regulate the electricity flow from the solar panels to the battery bank. The charge controller prevents overcharging and prolongs the life of the batteries.

    3. Install deep cycle batteries: Use deep cycle batteries to store the electricity generated by the solar panels. Deep cycle batteries are designed to withstand repeated charging and discharging cycles.

    4. Use an inverter: Connect an inverter to the battery bank to convert the DC (direct current) electricity stored in the batteries into AC (alternating current) electricity that can be used to power household appliances and electronics.

    5. Connect to your off-grid system: Connect your appliances and devices to the inverter or the battery bank directly, depending on the system you have set up. This way, you can use the electricity stored in the batteries to power your off-grid lifestyle.

    It’s important to note that the ease of setting up an off-grid solar power system may depend on various factors such as your location, energy requirements, and the amount of sunlight available. Additionally, it’s advisable to consult with professionals or experts in solar energy systems to ensure a safe and efficient setup.

    What’s your favorite way to harvest free energy?

    Jacob replied 4 months, 1 week ago 3 Members · 6 Replies
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  • Jacob

    November 20, 2023 at 4:49 pm

    I agree that solar energy is the most abundant and easiest to capture.

    While PV electric solar setups are great for electronics, I do think we tend to “over-electrify” our solutions.

    I like to harvest it directly for:

    * Lighting

    * Heat (water and thermal mass)

    * Growing Food

    Do our roofs need to be so solid and opaque? We put solar panels on top to then turn on lights and heaters inside the house. How about a simpler greenhouse-like weather-shield that lets in more natural light and heat? Would you live inside a greenhouse?

    • Deleted User

      January 7, 2024 at 10:59 am


      “no” to living in a greenhouse haha!

      while most people seem to enjoy blasting air-conditioning or huge fans, my main consumptions of electricity (gas) are:

      * for electronic tools & communications (laptop & wireless mouse/keyboard, smartphone, ebike, LED flashlight/cycling light, wireless earbuds, hairclippers, wifi, cooking & boiling potable water)

      * lights & cooling (5V LED strips can do A LOT especially with IR remote control, 5V USB fan, 5V USB pocket ionizer)

      that’s about all of it. occasionally i turn on the 60W overhead lights when i need really good lighting.

      i kinda like the design of Indonesia Berugaks – they probably can be fleshed out to be ‘extravagantly luxurious’ yet still economical?

      Also photochromic material for certain portions of roofs/windows might be a nice idea. Hm.

      • Jacob

        January 8, 2024 at 9:26 am

        Here are some examples of “living in a greenhouse” that just might change your mind.


        • Deleted User

          January 8, 2024 at 10:09 am

          thanks! it’s been one of my favorite refences prior to 2019, until i got stuck too long in ‘tropical capitalist environment’… O_O*

          i wanted a dome & lifestyle like that for the longest time! but now i am kinda turbocharged with something like the opposite of neo-capitalism, i’m not sure what it is (idealistic international mutual credit & land-based communities for nomads & builders???), i hope it’s not derailing me LOL

          • Jacob

            January 15, 2024 at 8:28 pm

            That sounds like a pretty great piece of the puzzle too! I think there’s room for both.


  • Deleted User

    January 7, 2024 at 12:39 pm

    Oh I forgot about electricity for (shared) fridge & washing machine. Sometimes I use a rife machine. But yah that’s the bare bones of it. Calculating what I use will probably be a good thing to make for an easy transition to my own project. 😆

    Electronic lab, music studio etc. will have it’s own separate math…

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