Off grid appliances bring familiar comforts to off-grid living. Efficiency is the name of the game here – especially for electric appliances, since off-grid power is limited to your renewable energy system and battery storage. 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.
In addition to DC and high-efficiency AC appliances, our off grid appliances also include models that run on propane/natural gas, and non-electric models as well.
Composting toilets provide off-grid homesteads or vacation cabins with a safe, odor-free waste processing system that yields extremely high-quality garden compost. They require little to no water or electricity (some units have electric fans).
We offer two basic styles of composting toilet systems: self-contained composting toilets, where everything is included in a single enclosure, and central composting toilet systems, where a large central composting chamber is fed from one or more toilets.
Composting toilets are not practical in some situations, like apartments and cold climates with little activity. Choosing a composting toilet with the right waste processing capacity and options for your intended use can be tricky business, so if you're at all unsure about your needs, call the Real Goods Tech Desk at 800-919-2400 and we'll lend our expertise.
It isn't difficult to cut your heating and cooling bills dramatically with a judicious mixture of weatherization, additional insulation, improved heating systems, and careful heating and cooling appliance selection.
For those using wood stoves - common for both on- and off-grid heating - our Ecofans are simple heating appliances that provide an amazing boost of 30% or more to wood stove efficiency.
Most of us are familiar with air pollution around large cities, but did you realize that poor indoor air quality (inside your home or place of work) could potentially be even more hazardous to your health?
Well-insulated buildings - while great for minimizing heating and cooling expenses - are designed to limit the infiltration of outside air. Combine this lack of natural ventilation with the ever-increasing number of synthetic products in the average home, and it's easy to see why indoor air quality is becoming a larger concern over the last few decades.
Real Goods' air filters can remove hazardous pollutants, as well as dust, pollen, and pet dander for improved indoor air quality and easier breathing with cleaner air.
For some tasks, non-electric appliances work as well or better than a power-hungry machine. You might even find you enjoy the quiet simplicity and rustic appeal of using the sun or a primitive machine for daily tasks that just don't need to be electrified. Real Goods' selection of non-electric appliances includes clotheslines and drying racks, solar ovens, wood stove fans, and more.
The refrigerator is likely to be the largest single power user in your home aside from air conditioning and water heating. Fortunately, refrigerator and freezer efficiency has made enormous strides in the past 20 years.
Real Goods offers high-efficiency propane and DC solar refrigerators and freezers from top manufacturers like SunDanzer and EZ Freeze. Propane refrigerators and freezers are ideal for off-grid homesteads that already have gas on site for cooking or water heating. DC solar refrigerators and freezers pair well with homesteads using solar PV (or other renewable energy sources) because the system's inverter can be sized to exclude these relatively high-draw appliances, translating to substantial savings.