You’re on the grid, did you know? And we aren’t talking about the technology grid – although you’re probably on that too. Usually when someone is getting “off the grid” it means they’re terminating their connections to the online world. Whether it’s witness protection or you’re a criminal on the lam, getting off the grid is cancelling all your credit cards, closing your bank accounts, turning off your phone, scrubbing the internet of your presence, and just altogether trying to erase ways to catch up and track you down. It’s a little scary and serious – hopefully you’ll never have to do it. But we’re talking about a GOOD way to get off the grid. The energy grid!
Every urban and suburban community is hooked up to some type of power grid. These electrical grids allow for electricity to be generated, transported, shared, and used by homes and businesses within it’s reach. Generators often exist on the outskirts of a city, or even miles beyond a city, and they create all of the electrical power to be used. The power is transported through power lines which are then threaded into homes, businesses, and buildings everywhere within the city limits. This is what powers your home, turns on your lights, and runs all your critical appliances.
But you actually don’t HAVE to be connected to that grid – at least not anymore! Solar panels are giving you options for getting off the grid. Instead of being stuck with your existing power grid and soaring electrical bills, solar panels take you off the grid and back into the black. Solar panels absorb solar energy from the sun, converting it to usable power and powering all of your home or business.
Financially, getting off the grid is great for you in a lot of ways. First, you don’t have to pay your high electrical bills anymore. Sometimes you may need to pay a tiny bill if your home is large or consumes a lot of power, or if you have a limited area for solar panels on your roof. Secondly, there are tons of great incentives and rebates for purchasing and installing solar panels on your home. Eventually they will pay for themselves in savings. Finally, in some areas you can actually sell power back to the city or electrical grid if you are able to store enough.
Solar panels are a smart and affordable way to get off the power grid, and to power your home with green, renewable energy. Say goodbye to your power bill and hello to a life of living off the grid!