If I live Off-Grid, do I have to compromise my Lifestyle?

If I live Off-Grid, do I have to compromise my Lifestyle?

Posted 23 Sep '22

I love meeting new and discerning clients who approach SQ8 as their company of choice to identify, install and maintain their off-grid solar system. I always find it intriguing listening to their stories about their unique family and lifestyle so that I can help them identify efficient, reliable, and environmentally friendly solutions to match their individual power needs. As is inevitably the case, we get more common questions, such as:

‘Can I still run all of my appliances from my off-grid system?’

My answer is always a resounding ‘Yes!’


That said, identifying a system that will reliably meet your unique lifestyle requirements takes some careful planning and decision-making.


We need to consider the size of your family, the size of your home, the number of appliances and type of appliances you routinely use, whether there any health concerns that require the use of medical equipment in the home, how much time the home’s occupants spend in the home, plus take into account the fact that we have been spending an unprecedented amount of time at home over the past couple of years, which has led to an inevitable spike in domestic energy consumption.


With good planning and sound decision-making, living off-grid doesn’t mean compromising your lifestyle, though it’s crucial from the outset that we have a good understanding of your daily energy consumption needs and the capacity of the systems that fall within your budget so that we can plan accordingly.




Ultimately, it comes down to the size of the system! In a nutshell, the smaller the solar system with a high demand placed upon it, the shorter its lifespan! There is a growing market for energy-efficient appliances, with a huge selection of products that work well in tandem with solar power, from toasters to air conditioners. Regardless of the appliance, you can find many certified energy-efficient appliances to fit your needs; so again, it all comes down to planning and making the right choice of product to suit your own personal energy needs.


Air-conditioners, for example, can be particularly demanding on your system, and the same applies to electric stoves. Energy efficient appliances are essential to living ‘off grid’ as well as to reduce your carbon footprint. In particular, refrigerators and freezers can account for almost 15% of your electrical usage!

If you’re building a new off-grid home, the design of the house will have a substantial impact on your power consumption, as will the positioning of your new home. We also need to consider all of your smaller appliances, such as kettles and toasters, laptops, televisions, etc. It all adds up.




Ultimately, it comes down to selecting the right company to give you sound advice and to install the right system for your house, based to a large degree on your environment. While this may sound like a compromise, the energy-efficiency of many appliances has vastly improved, maintaining functionality while cutting down on electricity usage!


In short, with an off-grid solar system, you’re producing your own electricity, so you need to be mindful of the appliances that consume this energy. That said, with the right advice, living off-grid doesn’t mean compromising your lifestyle—especially with our experts at SQ8.

“If time is money, then invest it wisely with SQ8 Legacy off-grid solar solutions.”




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