Winterizing Your Flooded Lead Acid Solar Batteries

Winterizing Your Flooded Lead Acid Solar Batteries

By Real Goods Solar Tech Noah Mervine Winterization is an important part of wet (flooded) cell battery maintenance. If your renewable energy system’s battery bank uses wet (flooded) lead acid batteries, be sure to follow your battery manufacturer’s maintenance guidelines (or our guidelines below). Note: Our Battery Life Savers Desulphators minimize maintenance and are a great addition to any lead acid battery bank. When permanently...

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15 Off-Grid Uses for Duct Tape

15 Off-Grid Uses for Duct Tape

This post was derived from Alison Hudson’s PartSelect.com post on duct tape hacks. Alison submitted this version for Real Goods. With its sticky interior and waterproof exterior, duct tape has long been known for both its utility and its versatility. But its true potential is often overlooked and underappreciated. So just how useful is this stuff? Duct Tape for Gear Repair You can use duct tape to mend a broken ski or tent pole, patch an...

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Exploring Primitive Camping for Off-Grid Enthusiasts

Exploring Primitive Camping for Off-Grid Enthusiasts

By Sally Keys For some people, camping is a way to enjoy an affordable vacation and a chance to get to spend some time in nature. For others, camping is a way of life. There are plenty of people who have crisscrossed the US, camping for free – or very low cost – at primitive campsites (often referred to as backcountry campsites). If you’re committed to going off-grid or have fully embraced an off-the-grid lifestyle, primitive...

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Is Cleaning Your House Bad for the Environment and Your Health?

Is Cleaning Your House Bad for the Environment and Your Health?

By Sally Keys As an off-gridder, protecting the environment is likely to be one of your foremost concerns. You’ll no doubt be keen to limit the harmful chemicals used in your home, and household cleaners should be top of your list. The chemicals that they contain are common air and water pollutants, and what’s more, the very substances used to keep your home clean and free from allergens can actually cause allergy-like symptoms that...

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A Guide to Campfire Cooking

A Guide to Campfire Cooking

This post was derived from Alison Hudson’s eReplacementParts.com post on cooking over a campfire. Alison submitted this version for Real Goods. Who doesn’t love a warm and abundant fire while out in the wilderness? Not only does a campfire provide warmth and ambiance, but it’s a great way to enjoy a delicious meal. The unique flavors that come from a campfire meal are worth the wait. But first you’ll need to build the...

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Solar Load Calculator

Solar Load Calculator

A critical step in sizing a solar PV system is understanding the electrical load it needs to be able to supply. Our new, free online Solar Load Calculator displays a running total of your average daily Watt-hour usage, which helps determine the size of the solar system you’ll need. If you click the submit button at the bottom of the form, your results will be sent to the email address you provide so you’ll have your own record....

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