Great “Real Life” Example of Living Off Grid
I just love to read about people living off grid! I suppose there are a lot of us who want independence from government-supplied or government-controlled utilities, and living off grid can do that for us.
But it’s not quite as straightforward or easy as we might like. It’s perfectly possible, but not completely easy.
So when I find out about people successfully living off grid, I want to know all the details!
Here’s what a family in rural Ontario are doing – they’ve been living off grid for 20 years now!
I’ve talked about a lot of these topics before in various blogs, but it’s always good to have a real-life example.
Bill and Lorraine Kemp moved to a plot of land where it would have cost a fortune to connect the property to electricity. So they decided to use renewable energy instead.
They built their home with a large roof overhang on the front porch. This shades the house from direct sunlight in the summertime, yet allows the low-angle winter sun to warm the house.
They paid a lot of attention to insulation, to ensure that the energy they use to heat or cool the house is not wasted by letting the air escape. They used:
- Blown-in cellulose insulation, manufactured from recycled paper products.
- For areas that were difficult to insulate in this manner, they used spray foam (urethane) insulation, which has the added benefit of forming its own vapour barrier.
- Solar-powered vent fans.
- Radiant-barrier insulation.
- Vapour and wind barriers.
- Careful joint sealing.
These were the ‘passive’ methods they used in their home.
Next, I’ll discuss how they don’t rely on a municipal water supply.
Photo Credit: Mother Earth