This article originally appeared in a previous print and digital issue of ARCHITECT magazine.

Living off the grid has become increasingly popular over the past decade. Energy independence, pursuit of a more sustainable life style, moving away from the city and economics are all cited as common reasons for choosing to live off grid.

Off-grid and standby generators can be used in combination with renewable energy sources for successful off-grid living. This program compares and contrasts types of generators, and fuel choices for off-grid living.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe what is considered an off-grid living situation and why this kind of lifestyle is increasing in popularity.
  • Understand the differences between an off-grid and standby electrical power generator.
  • List the advantages of utilizing propane as the primary energy source for off-grid living.
  • List how lifestyle choices and appliance selections are a critical part of successful off-grid living.