This is a comprehensive list of our favorite things that we use everyday living and working in our off-grid home. Some items can be purchased through affiliate links, which means we earn a commission at no additional cost to you. We only ever recommend products that actually work for us and that we trust to improve the lives of our readers.
Berkey Water Filter Systems
The Big Berkey
This is the system we use every day in our off-grid home for safe drinking, toothbrushing, and cooking water. I also rinse my hair with it on wash days since the cistern water alone makes it feel kind of icky.
- Our complete honest review of Berkey Water Filters
- Link to the Big Berkey, the system we chose for our family of 3
- Shop for your own Berkey HERE
- Post: Basics of Rainwater Harvesting
Radiantec DIY Radiant Heating Systems
This is the company we collaborated with when we first bought our off-grid system. Working with them was easy and hassle-free. That said, Mark has taken a solar certification course since then and we have learned quite a bit about improving our system design. We wonder what sort of details we all missed the first time around, particularly around sizing the batteries to the panels. When we go to upgrade our system, we may explore other wholesalers and put our improved solar knowledge to the test, but I give these guys a lot of credit for getting us started and providing us with quality equipment.
- The base version of the system we got. We added and changed components to it before purchase.
- Post: Getting Started With Solar Power
- Post: How Much Solar Do You Need?
This unit is unique in that it doesn’t have a traditional compressor using a lot of power to kick on whenever it starts to cool. Instead, it uses a dual inverter variable speed compressor to slowly ramp up the power it uses to cool. This avoids the huge startup power surge that can be problematic for off-grid power systems.
If you aren’t off-grid but are still trying to watch your power consumption or avoid tripping breakers in an older home, this unit is fantastically efficient and comfortably quiet.
Ours is 14,000 BTU and can cool around 800 square feet, which is approximately the same size as our home (minus the loft upstairs). It comes in multiple sizes to custom fit your application.
We use this in the winter when we’re running fires in our woodstove. It sits on top of the stove and generates power to turn the fan silently from the heat of the stovetop. It requires no additional power, making it great for off-grid applications like ours.
If you have a wood stove, you must burn your fires hot enough to avoid creosote buildup. You also want to avoid burning super hot and creating a dangerous situation. In these cases, we recommend a magnetic thermometer placed on top of your wood stove to help you regulate your fires.
We have a Rutland that we got at Tractor Supply (it was the only one there). It’s worked well for us and is fairly accurate, but it has a lot of bad reviews on Amazon. This one has much better reviews. Give one or both a try!
There are several smaller items that we use around the house every single day that don’t need to be listed out on this page. Check out this article about things we use every day to keep our waste at a minimum!
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