Off Grid Living: Surviving Winter on Solar power

Off Grid Living: Surviving Winter on Solar power

Sustaining your solar power during endless cloudy months can be a challenge. Solar panels are very efficient but the bottom line is, if you live off grid you must be conservative during any cloudy days period! Many people have a misconception that one cannot sustain with panels during the winter. You can, you just need to be conservative about it and think outside the box. We are long over due for more panels since we had a long long cloud filled winter which was very unusual for our area. ONE must prepare for the out-of the ordinary. Although our system is properly fitted for us, this unexpected winter took many off griders by surprise. But regardless we made due and did just fine! Here are some simple tips for all off grid homesteads to consider in saving a little bit of juice during those long cloud cover days!

18 Comments on “Off Grid Living: Surviving Winter on Solar power”

  1. Lots of good info. Me and my hubby and 2 kids are looking at moving to a off grid home in northern Canada. It has solar wind and a generator but I was wondering about winter. Lots of good tips thanks.

  2. Energy efficiency makes for a more comfortable home,  Adding insulation, sealing air leaks and buying efficient appliances makes a home much more enjoyable and saves money on utility costs. All new projects should be built with energy efficiency in mind and come with solar panels and battery storage.  Climate Change is real. Building designs need to reflect that fact

  3. Thanks for the info. I didn't know that turning off a power strip would stop the trickle draw. I have been unplugging power strips to conserve. Wondering how panel watts of solar panels you have to just be getting 8 watts on cloudy days?

  4. Did the solar guy mention anything about wind power. Or do you need to talk to the wind guy. maybe you need to make an appointment with the common sense guy.

  5. I have been building a smaller solar system for my RV for around 6 years now, I purchased some used panels, they shipped with 1"foam, so I kept the foam and in October I insulated the battery bank & caulked the botttom & sides. It did not help at all, until I put weatherstrip between the top lid and I got my power back! for the winter. 1"on the bottom OK 2"on sides & top, Lumber yard has blue, yellow or Pink foam for houses. 2"or more!
    tie the insulation snug around the batteries, good to set up a vent but put fiberglass insul. in it when 20 degrees or colder. This will make your battery bank act as if Summer! Nick Wiese

  6. Battery storage is a game changer making wind and solar base line power.
    Clean energy production with solar panels / tiles and battery storage.
    Clean energy consumption with electric vehicles.  No emissions.
    Sign me up.  A new solar roof, battery storage, an electric car charger and an electric vehicle.
    Solar panels are now being projected to have a much longer life than just a few years ago.

  7. Your curly cue bulbs contain mercury. I have them too and have been switching to led. You can get them from power companies cheaply.

  8. not a lot of food in the freezer? that thing is HUGE 😀 i have a combined fridge/freezer and in the freezer we have french fries, fish sticks and maybe some frozen broccoli and weed, you have a BIIIG supply of food in the freezer 😀

  9. Why don't you have power switches on your wall sockets do they not do that in America? This would save the need for buying power strips as you call them.

  10. Try a windmill generator to make power when the sun isn't available. They run through the same Voltage regulator as your solar system and can charge up the battery bank when the sun isn't available. Good luck. You have a beautiful home and surrounding area! Thanks for sharing.

  11. With all my knowledge of solar panels i disagree with you on the "no matter how big your solar array is you won't make any electricity". I have a 4.5 kw system on my house and in complete cloud cover and rain it was still making 130-140 watts of power. its nothing compared to what it would normally make in direct sunlight but it still made electricity.

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