Living sustainably - on or off the grid - does not mean forgoing the gadgets and home appliances that make our lives more comfortable and enjoyable. But it does necessitate using energy-efficient appliances, from both a financial and a conservation standpoint. Energy-efficient appliances may cost a bit more than comparable models with lower efficiencies, but the extra cost is paid back through reduced energy bills long before the appliance wears out.
Real Goods carries an energy-efficient home appliance selection that includes AC, DC, and non-electric models. Click here for Composting Toilets.