I know a lot of things, but master very few
- Jan 8, 2018
- S.W. Oregon
The more you think you need to run in your home, the more expensive the system is going to be, think minimally, realize what you can do without, that's what we have done, we only have 1,560 watts for our solar array and 1,025 amp-hours in our battery bank running a 4,000 watt inverter, this will not run an electric water heater, furnace or dryer, short term it will run two refrigerators, a small chest freezer and a larger chest freezer and since we changed all lights to LED's it will run most of them and even a 42" LCD TV. One thing that I didn't expect from our solar array was it's ability to charge the batteries as well as it can on cloudy, rainy days, that's turning out to be a real blessing and that's probably because I used high voltage output solar panels and an MPPT solar controller. At this point we consider our solar system strictly a backup system and it does that job very good.Many people live in off-grid homes that are not hooked up to the power lines. It is certainly something that can be done and you can live a normal life but it is expensive.