Off Grid Electricity – Our DIY Solar System

Jeremy takes you through the off grid DIY solar system that is on the property we purchased. He goes over the battery bank, charge controller, inverter, solar panels, does some testing. He also covers some of the household items we are trying to run and some possible changes we need to make as we figure out all this electricity business. Also stay tuned to the end of the video for some special thank you’s!

Tacklife EM02 Watt Meter:
ADX LED Motion Sensor Lights:
Panasonic Eneloop Rechargeable Batteries:
LaCrosse Battery Charger:
Etekcity Multimeter:
CyberPower UPS System:
Netgear Nighthawk Router:

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Titus212b says:

You might look at solar powered livestock pumps. They pump at a very low gpm, but they run continuously and will keep a reservoir tank full. The additional head pressure even from a little 500 gallon reserve tank may help stabilize your water pressure issues. The stock pumps can be had in either 12v, 24v or 110v. All they need is a very small, basic solar system. They’re my backup for my well system. They’ll also work in ponds or springs. Check ’em out.

The Back Forty Homestead says:

How is your generator hooked up to the house…Backfeed (suicide) cord?

Randal Lovelace says:

Run an isolated solar/wind system for the shop. It may not be enough for some of the larger tools (circular saws/routers/etc), but it would be great for anything that runs on the rechargeable battery type tools.


I heard about your switching batteries out on your little bitty lights ye pot lights.. that’s how fast is going to be just about better then playing with kerosene lanterns having to refill them all the time.. you may consider stringing them together like podlights.. like a stretch along a wall hi on the wall and using doorbell wire to power them.. and for power ultimately you want a bigger battery that is reduce down or matching the need of the light.. and this would be a another solar panel addition to keep them charged concept. Consider a battery like a gel battery that will not need to be vented..

Wind Power And More says:

you need a mppt bad my friend

Kevin says:

you guys make a great team

Elizabeth Jones says:

Since it’s been a few weeks and a few more videos – I’m curious to know how many gallons of gas you’re using on average for the generator each week?

d. t. says:

Did you put a light in the fridge? 🙂

Steve Erke says:

Good info, thanks for taking the time to share them with us.

Guildbrook Farm - Off Grid Living says:

For more OFF GRID videos, check out our playlist: More info in the description. Thanks for watching!

Crazycatlady says:

Fantastic info! I’m looking forward to seeing the efficiency changes you make to your systems.

Russ Chamberlain says:

the heat that the large fridge produces will rise the temps in your pantry and lower the compressor use. add a smaller fridge without  a freezer by the window ( under cabinet ) may help. Yes wire gauge will constrict the flow of electrons .

jack dula says:

hot water freezes b4 cold water does

Thomas Suhadolnik says:

You can keep a fridge outside the cold doesn’t bother it, It gets down to 2 here and I never have had a problem with it has been out there 20 years Power surges is the only thing that kills them

Nicki Bateson says:

You guys are awesome I wish the best for you.

Retired USMC says:

Build a water tower with a 275 gallon water tote on top and only use the pump to fill the water tote.  The higher you can get the tower the more consistent, higher water pressure you will get.

Alexandre Valiquette says:

In Québec, Canada, you can hook yourself to the electric grid and use them as a “battery bank” for your own renewable electricity production.
You have two meters. One measure the electricity you produce and inject in the grid and one measure the electricity you consume. This way, you can produce a lot on the day (or summer) without any physical battery to store the energy. And later on the night (or winter time) you can use credit for sucking back this electricity for heating or any use. Or you can simply have a very small hydro or windmill working 24/24 7/7 year long and use the grid for high power demand such as morning and supper time.

It help a lot to downsize your production equipement and require no battery.


What I did with my refrigerator was when out on porch was to turn temp down to 2or3 then when summer get back turn it back up

Holly Laughter says:

when you run the generator you could pump water closer to the house and pump it with a 12v RV pump into the house when you nrrd it.

Rob Z says:

Hi, I have seen some people have built a Rocket stove system to heat the homestead, building pipe system throughout their home works for them may be worth a look Best of luck you guys.

rb4097 says:

i watched a video where the people used aluminum foil to keep the heat off the wall behind the cooking wood stove .maybe a wall between fridge and stove.

Taka Yama says:

Like y’all’s videos. I like off grid too, but are you too far out to have just a small electric wire? It sure wouldn’t cost much to run well pump and fridge. I have 500′ deep well with 1 hp 220v pump, so must have electricity.

Gypsy Brokenwings says:

You have great woods…have you thought of building a cord wood shed for your battery bank?

Southern Homestead says:

You would be best to test each panel and isolate the panel or panels that are not matched with the others. Your output is only going to match your lowest performing panel if they are hooked together. You should see 16 to 18 volts coming off each panel. It also appears your charge controller is in need of replacing. Charge controllers typically run 90% to 95% efficient. I agree with some of the other comments that you need to address these problems quickly or risk ruining your battery bank. Batteries do not like being drained more than 50% and if they are drained below 50% even a few times it can severally limit the overall capacity.

SterlingME says:

When we bought our little 3.5 acre homestead, they had a fridge on the front porch too.

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