Some people may not know what off-the-grid or off-grid means, so here it is --- The term off-the-grid or off-grid refers to living in a self-sufficient manner without reliance on one or more public utilities.

Off-grid living is no longer a one room log cabin in the woods. It's energy independency. You don't have to rely on utility companies, you create your own power. Today, there are more than 180,000 off-grid homes in the US.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Laying Conduit…

44 degrees outside - 9:22 pm - calm, cloudy evening

Part of putting together an off-grid home is incorporating the power, gas, water and communications design into a manageable product.  This takes a bit of ingenuity, craftiness, lots of research and tons of planning!

One lesson we have learned is you can never plan enough.  In addition to finding the best location for our off-grid home, we have to find the best locations to put our propane tanks (two five hundred gallon tanks), battery bank, back-up generator, well and water storage.  The top four things we took into consideration were accessibility, drainage, elevation and visibility.

One of the many projects we are currently working on is laying out all the PVC conduit and water lines in a trench, that runs from the home out to the propane tanks, battery bank, back-up generator and water storage.  We have chosen a location that is around 200-300 feet away from our home that is still accessible but not visible from our home.

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