In 2014, the United Nations estimated that 22.9 million homes were totally dependent on electricity for basic human needs such as lighting and heating. That’s more than a third of the world’s population.
One solution to this problem is distributed sustainable energy, also known as decentralized energy. This article will discuss how solar energy and waves work together to provide a sustainable energy source for homes and businesses.
The Importance Of Off-Grid Living
Off-grid living simply means living without reliance on a utility company for electricity. While conventional electricity takes several days or even weeks to transmit energy to customers, solar power is generated and delivered instantaneously as needed. It is a perfect fit for off-grid living because it provides a steady and reliable supply of electricity that doesn’t depend on the weather. This is why so many people are choosing to live in self-sufficient, off-the-grid homes.
Off-grid living is growing in popularity because it allows for more freedom and self-reliance in a time of need. If a disaster or natural disaster caused the power grid to collapse, for example, people could effectively be marooned without electricity. Having a generator that can produce electricity on-demand is a crucial part of preparation for such a scenario.
With the ability to generate electricity on-demand, off-grid living provides people with the ability to keep their lights on even during brownouts and blackouts. Aside from keeping the lights on, there is also the opportunity to generate excess electricity which can be stored for later use. This is called solar power diversification and it helps ensure that electricity is never truly ‘out’.
How Does Solar Reliably Provide Enough Energy To Heat A Home?
When most people think of solar power, the words ‘heat’ and ‘homes’ often come to mind. While solar energy does generate a great deal of heat, it does not generally provide enough heat to provide for a home’s energy needs. For this reason, people who choose to live in a completely off-the-grid fashion generally live in unheated caves or snow caves, which are quite literally unheated shelters built under the skin of a mountain.
If a house is completely unheated, it will depend on various energy sources for heat. In the winter, the sun is generally not very effective in heating a house and most people rely on various forms of heating including wood, coal, or oil to keep warm. In the summer, the opposite is generally true and people rely on cooling to sleep or to stay comfortable. With the advent of modern air-conditioning and cooling, people can and do live quite comfortably in extreme temperatures.
There are a host of options for those who want to ‘go green’ and generate their own power. The most reliable and popular method is to install a small photovoltaic system that can produce up to a few hundred watts. This is generally sufficient to provide for home’s basic energy needs. If a home’s energy demands are greater than this, it becomes necessary to add additional systems or generation methods to ensure reliable and ample energy supply.
Waves And The Craze For Off-Grid Living
Waves are an effective and popular way of producing energy and there has been an increasing trend of people seeking to harness their power to effectively generate electricity. This coupled with the growing popularity of off-grid living has caused the demand for waves to rise. There are several excellent companies that sell pre-made systems for producing electricity from waves and these are quite popular because they make setup and operation relatively simple.
Each system consists of a water tank that is connected to a small hydroelectric power plant via a pipe. As the ocean swells and water moves around in the tank, it creates a water flow that causes the small plant to generate electricity. The electricity is then transmitted via a power cable that is plugged directly into a utility jack.
Many people choose to install solar panels on the roof of their home to provide continuous electricity generation throughout the day. This is most effective when paired with a storage system so the electricity can be used at night or on cloudy days when the sun isn’t shining. The combination of solar power and a water tank provides an excellent off-grid solution.
Sustainability And Self-sufficiency
Sustainability goes hand-in-hand with self-sufficiency because in today’s world, there is always going to be a demand for energy regardless of the direction the world economy takes. In an effort to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and lessen the impact of fossil fuels on the environment, people are choosing to become more self-sufficient and adopt sustainable energy sources such as solar and hydroelectric power. This alternative energy sources enable people to live simpler and more environmentally conscious lifestyles.