A simple way to go green is to take your cabin or cottage and have it powered by solar energy. These buildings are small enough to be totally off the grid, which is an exceptional choice for a residence you don’t stay in all year round. Read on to learn the considerations you’ll need to keep in mind as you make your home away from home environmentally friendly.
The first step is to figure out how much power you will need. Do you need heat? Air conditioning? Which appliances will you need to run? Find out how much power each unit requires and then how many hours you’ll be running each. When you add that all together, you can determine how many watts per hour you’ll need to produce to be comfortable in your cottage.
The next step is to figure out how large of a system you’ll need to produce that much power. You should base your figures on the months you’ll be there that have the worst weather to ensure you have enough power every day of your stay. You should also consider storage of the energy for days when the sun doesn’t shine. Even cloudy days are those which require power!
What about water heating? This is something many people overlook, yet solar energy can be used to heat all the water your family will need. There are many different ways to do this, through roof systems to geothermal warming systems, so your best bet is to do your research on your many options.
Before you buy anything, you need to know how much you have to spend. Typically, you’d factor in how much money you’d save on each utility bill and how quickly you want the set-up to pay for itself, but in this case, you don’t have any utility bills! So the only thing you need to consider is how much cash you have to spend on it in total.
Next, you have to find out where you can get the equipment you’ll require. If you’re unable to set it up yourself, it may be best to hire a professional who both sources the items and installs them for you. If you feel comfortable putting it all together, then check online for reviews and price comparisons to find out which firms provides pricing that offers you the most for your money.
Next, you just have to do it! Put all your hard work into action by installing the system and reaping it’s great rewards.
A little bit of research, some number crunching and hard physical labor (or hiring someone to put in the effort for you) will pay off for many years to come. Having a clean, green cottage or cabin will make you feel good and save you tons of money on utility bills into the future. On top of that, you won’t be at the whim of the aging energy grid, ensuring you’ll have power when your neighbors do not. This is the lifestyle you’ve always dreamed of!