Fancy a getaway cabin powered by the sun? Or perhaps a workshop free from the constraints of the national grid? Off-grid living and work offers a unique sense of freedom and self-sufficiency. But before you take the plunge, it's vital to choose the right solar, battery, and potentially wind power system to meet your needs. Here at Energian, we're passionate about helping you achieve your off-grid dreams. This guide will equip you with the knowledge to make informed decisions and get the most out of your system.


Step 1: Assess Your Power Requirements

The first step is understanding how much power you'll realistically require. This involves taking a good inventory of the appliances you intend to use in your off-grid space, be it a shed, boat, cabin, or garage. Here are some key considerations:

  • Appliance Power Consumption: Don't be fooled by seemingly simple devices! Appliances like televisions and freezers can have a significant impact on your overall energy needs. Consider opting for smaller, energy-efficient models whenever possible.
  • LED Lighting: Ditch the traditional incandescent bulbs and switch to LED lights. They're much more efficient and can provide excellent illumination, all while reducing your power consumption significantly.
  • Modern Marvels: If you're in the market for new appliances, prioritise modern, energy-efficient models. Look for those bearing the Energy Saving Trust Recommended badge – they're designed to use less power.
  • Use reliable references: Consider using authoritative third party sources such as this to determine how much power your devices are using.

Heating Considerations:

Off-grid heating requires some creative thinking. Here are some options to evaluate:

  • Fuelled Heating Source: Consider a wood burner or propane heater as your primary source of warmth. These options provide reliable heat without relying on electricity.
  • Winter Usage: Will you be using your off-grid space year-round? Leisure spaces might see minimal winter use, while workshops might require consistent energy. Winter energy needs in remote locations often necessitate additional power sources.

In most cases, it’s not realistic to heat a space using solar panels or wind turbines (although wind would be more feasible than solar). At best, these will provide very basic heating using an energy efficient wall radiator.

Generators and Wind Turbines:

For consistent winter energy needs or high power demands, consider a backup generator or a wind turbine.

  • Generators: A backup generator provides peace of mind, ensuring you have a reliable power source during peak usage times or adverse weather conditions.
  • Wind Turbines: Wind turbines are a fantastic option for areas with consistent wind, such as coastal, elevated, and exposed locations. They can significantly contribute to your off-grid power generation and typically peak in winter, just when the solar energy is at its lowest.


Step 2: Selecting the Right Inverter

The inverter is the heart of your off-grid system, converting DC (direct current) from your solar panels or batteries into usable AC (alternating current) power for your appliances. Choosing the right size inverter is crucial.

Here's a helpful tip:

  • Match the Biggest Appliance: Select an inverter that can handle the wattage of your largest appliance. You'll find a helpful table to assist you in selecting the right inverter on our website — here. Remember, where you can, to select the most energy efficient version of that appliance, to save money on energy and run for longer.

Step 3: Explore Your Options and Get Expert Advice

Once you've assessed your power needs and chosen an inverter, browse our extensive selection of off-grid solar, battery,and wind power system options [link to Energian's off-grid solar panel kits]. Don't hesitate to contact our knowledgeable Energian team for a personalised consultation. We'll analyse your specific needs and recommend the best system to meet your off-grid energy goals.


Thinking of going off-grid? Get in touch! 

We're proud to showcase this off-grid power project we designed and supplied. The setup features four high-efficiency JA Solar 570W panels, paired with reliable 4.8 kWh Pylontech lithium batteries and a powerful 3 kW Solis inverter, perfect for powering a garden building.


Remember, Energian is your one-stop shop for all your off-grid power needs. 

We offer a wide selection of high-quality products.

Let's help you achieve off-grid living with confidence and self-reliance!

May 15, 2024 — Dasha Pisnya