Bills, 5 tips to become independent and live off-grid

Between renewables and storage devices, Bluetti’s advice

Five steps to prepare for off-grid life: from making your home 100% electric to reducing your daily consumption, to thermal insulation. Thus, between renewables and storage devices, Bluetti, active in the off-grid energy sector with over 10 years of work and research behind it and a wide range of generators for solar energy storage, provides 5 tips on how to prepare energy independence plus the possibility of reducing one’s environmental footprint, starting with the walls of the house.

Making your home 100% electric by disconnecting from the gas – A first step towards energy independence, according to Bluetti, is to rely on a single source of energy: electricity. You can start with the installation of heat pumps, which allow you to heat the air or sanitary water using the heat present in the atmosphere and which ensure an energy efficiency higher than that of gas heating systems. However, before proceeding with the installation, it is necessary to check the overall power of the home meter, which may need to be increased, and to verify that the outside temperatures are not too rigid. Alternatively, you can think of air conditioners to replace the radiators. Another intervention is the replacement of traditional gas hobs with an induction hob which, explains Bluetti, ensures energy yields of up to 90% and easier thermal regulation, reducing cooking times. In this case it will only be necessary to equip oneself with special pans for induction cooking, and, once again, to check the flow rate of your counter.

Reduce consumption and increase the energy efficiency of the home – To make a house independent in terms of energy, one cannot help but foresee a reduction in the usual domestic consumption, starting with small daily habits. As Bluetti points out, a first foresight can be to make sure, especially in the case of new purchases, to choose new generation appliances with a high energy class (A), which consume the least amount of energy possible. Furthermore, it will be good to use them correctly, such as the refrigerator which, if properly defrosted, allows a more complete exploitation of the energy used for cooling. In addition, turning off the lights once you leave a room, unplugging lamps, devices, vacuum cleaners and the like will help reduce household bills, as even standby devices consume electricity.

Thermally insulate your home through coats and renovations – Thermally insulate (insulate) your home through the construction, for example, of an external coat or targeted restructuring interventions will help to maintain a temperature as uniform as possible inside, minimizing leaks, in winter, and the entry of heat in summer. Due to the lower dispersion of heat and energy, the costs for heating or cooling the house will decrease. A first step towards the energy efficiency of the home is also the replacement of the old window frames and that of the windows of the same with double glazing: these interventions will reduce the passage of air from the outside, preserving the temperature created in the room, whether whether it is cooling or heating.

Install a photovoltaic system or use portable / mobile solar panels – Thanks to the extension of the Home Bonus for 2022, it is still possible to apply for the contributions allocated by the Government and the European Union (available through the Restructuring Bonus, Superbonus 110%, Ecobonus 65%) for the energy efficiency and modernization of your home (especially if independent) to install photovoltaic panels. However, where it is not possible to install a complete photovoltaic system, and especially in the case of condominiums or joint ownership, mobile (or portable) photovoltaic panels remain an excellent option to ensure, with flexibility, greater energy independence. Operating comparable to that of the installed ‘cousins’, the mobile panels are designed to be applied to windows or other external surfaces, to be then removed and repositioned if necessary.

Equip yourself with a high-capacity electrical energy storage system -As Bluetti points out, the fulcrum of energy independence is constituted not only by the source of energy, but also by its correct, and usable, conservation. With modular, easy to handle and intuitively controllable solutions, energy storage solutions such as those of Bluetti meet the needs of every home and consumer. Like the AC300 model, 100% modular, to which it is possible to connect up to 4 B300 battery modules, thus obtaining a total storage capacity of 12.288Wh. For larger homes, or greater energy needs, Bluetti has also recently launched the EP600 model.