Trying to Be More Self-Reliant when It Comes to Energy, Heating and Cooling
If I had it my way, our house would go off the grid as far as energy needs are concerned. I remember thinking about geothermal heating and cooling with solar panels for electricity generation. There are these fancy battery banks to store energy you get from the sun. When I looked into the costs, I would need a much bigger income than we produce now. So, the dream is big and maybe even noble. However, the realistic application of it is not there. We did, however, go to http://www.energyproviderstexas.com/reliant-energy-texas/ to find an electricity supplier that would give us the lowest monthly rate for electricity in Texas that was possible.
I did not want solar for the ethics of it. I wanted it to be free from the grid. It is part of my self-reliant and self-sufficient personality. It is not about prepping for any survival scenario. Being mobile is useful under those situations anyway. No, my wife and I just like to provide for our own needs as much as possible. We both thought that having a home that was not connected by pipes or wires to the public grid would be nice. So, we have a goal of getting there, but the reality of it is that we do what we can to minimize our reliance on public services. We did install a geothermal system that is working quite well. The temperature underground stays at 52 degrees Fahrenheit. You can use that to heat or cool depending on the weather outside.
Saving money on our monthly electric bill is helping us toward reaching our self-reliant goals. We even produce a large portion of our own produce. However, we do buy some fruits such as strawberries. We have not done great with strawberries, and we both like them a lot. Our grapes and vegetables are producing well, and our irrigation is from a spring and a solar-powered pump. Moving toward our self-sufficiency goals a little at a time while saving as much as we can on our utilities is working for us.