*UPDATE: NOV 2017: Wayde has been working for sometime on releasing his BOOK “LIVING OFF GRID IN HAWAII”. If you are interested in living a sustainable lifestyle and this topic interests you, please head on over to his WEBSITE and download his eBook: Living Off Grid in Hawaii: https://www.livingoffgridinhawaii.com/
Many people DREAM of living “OFF GRID” wherever the live, but to live Off Grid in HAWAII…yeah, that’s the APEX of sustainability and self sufficiency, because unlike other places around the world and in the United States that’s JUST NOT COMPLETELY POSSIBLE like it is in HAWAII…Of all the places in the World…HAWAII is the Perfect example of OFF GRID PERFECTION! From Gardening, to Solar, Wind, Water Catchment, Septic Drainfield System, Satellite Internet System, Smart TV and Streamer Player Boxes…IT’S ALL HERE in this Podcast…This is your GUIDE to going OFF GRID in HAWAII!
SOLAR…If you’re going off Grid you’re going with Solar. Considering Hawaii gets more than 275 days a year of SUNSHINE…you would be crazy not to take advantage of this! Solar technology continues to accelerate with new developments and greater efficiencies in the solar collector, higher wattage collectors continue to grow every day. If the Sun shines and the Clouds are not so thick, these solar collectors will gain and generate power in the daytime for between a 5-8 hour stretch. Using less power at night is suggested, candles and going to bed at a reasonable time will not only benefit your power usage, but you and your family…Spend your evenings going to bed at a reasonable hour and getting up earlier to enjoy the fullness and sunlight of your day.
WIND is another amazing option to use to supplement your SOLAR. Hawaii is well known for it’s Trade and Kona Winds…once again, not using these natural resources would be crazy! Using Solar and Wind together will be an amazing Combo for your Energy supply. Wind generating turbines are the second most common power generation system after solar, and will deliver quality power when installed properly on a Household roof. Installing a Rooftop system will cost much less than a separate Tower system on the front or back of ones property. Most common turbines are vertical and are elevated to capture the full power of the wind.
MICRO HYDROELECTRIC…Now some of you may not have considered this, but this is the TRIFECTA of trifecta’s! To Combine SOLAR, WIND and HYDRO Power to to ensure you OFF GRID Power supply…BUT…naturally you need a Water source on your property…A Stream or Waterfall to be exact. If you do have enough WATER POWER on your property a micro hydro system CAN be installed and the great thing about this system is that it will provide 24/7 POWER GENERATION (as long as the stream is flowing with enough water). A properly installed system can reasonably generate enough power per day for an entire household in a normal manner. Combining SOLAR, WIND and HYDRO will be all the power you’ll need to be OFF GRID in Hawaii.
WATER CATCHMENT System, now that we have our ENERGY SUPPLY taken care of we’ll need to deal with our WATER SUPPLY…You want to have a properly set up rainwater catchment system that you have complete control of. On average for a family of 4 you should have a 10,000 Gallon Tank catchment system. Your system will include a food grade liner, a first flush diverter, floating intakes, a dual filtration system and a UV sterilization unit. A well-planned and complete rainwater catchment and storage system will provide safer, cleaner and better tasting water than can be obtained for residential use from any other source!
SEPTIC DRAIN FIELD System is an absolute necessity when building an OFF GRID system for your Hawaii Home. No Septic system…well…no nothing. You can’t just crap in a hole…you need a system that is environmentally friendly and can actually be used in a positive way on your property. When creating and designing your own Septic System this will need to include a Drain field or Leech Field as well. There are two main types of systems used…a gravity fed system and an aerobic treatment units (ATUs.) Putting in a Septic system will be one if not the Highest investment of your OFF GRID system setting you back between 10-15K.
We are getting very close to being completely SELF SUFFICIENT, but we are not there yet…GARDENING is esstential if you wish to not only live OFF GRID, but live a HEALTHY & ORGANIC lifestyle. Growing your own fruits and vegetables IS FREEDOM! Freedom from Chemicals, freedom from GMO’s, Freedom from the MAN! In Hawaii it’s NO SECRET…anything and everything grows here…ALL YEAR LONG, but this is where it gets INTERESTING… When Purchasing your land to build your Off Grid Home or if you purchase a Home already on the land, it’s best to get land that has FRUIT TREES already growing on them and are MATURE. If you plant Fruit trees we all know it sometimes takes many years to grow fruit so your other option is to buy and plant trees that are already maturing, but this can sometimes be costly…Your Fruit options are endless from Mango to Lychee and everything inbetween. So we haven’t talked about actually Gardening…Well, that’s where Aquaponics comes in…I’m sure many of you haven’t heard of this…but you will here.
If you haven’t heard of AQUAPONICS well you have now! It’s the easiest, quickest and the most efficient way to actually Grow a Garden and Fish all at the same time and it pretty much takes care of itself…Yes…Veggies and Fish that take care of each other…who would have guessed! So what is Aquaponics all about…Aquaponics is a self-watering closed-loop system that uses fish and plants in a complementing recirculating environment to grow vegetables at an accelerated rate. The fish in the water produces waste (ammonia), which is converted by bacteria into nitrates, which fertilizes the plants and water is then is returned to the fish tank. Plants grow at a much faster rate, organically. A Aquaponic systems never needs to be traditionally watered, because it waters itself! The water recirculates! NO dumping water into the ground! Because of the closed loop system, aquaponic systems uses less then 1/10th the amount of water then a normal garden and the raised beds mean less bugs and weeds! You can grow your own vegetables and fish with ease with just 15 minute a week. There is nothing like your own organic fish and vegetables.
We have our Fruit Trees, we have our Gardening and Aquaponics and now we have our FARM FRIENDS. Yes…friends…they won’t be raised to eat or consume…they will be raised to produce, protect and take care of your off grid property. These wonderful and loving beings like the chicken can keep your land clear of bugs and can produce an endless about of eggs for you and your family…Yes you can eat them as well…but that’s your choice. Next up we have the Goat…He’s the Protector of the farm and the females will give you all the Goat Milk and Cheese you could ask for and they will eat your organic garden waste to boot. Last we have the Sheep…The Organic Lawn Mower…Put a couple of these guys out there and you wont have to worry so much about mowing the lawn as often…they also produce milk and wool. All three, if you choose, can be eaten for their meat as well, but to have a happy farm and family it’s best to treat everyone like Ohana and use them for what they had been intended for…they had been here long before man so man eating them wasn’t a part of the master plan 😉
SATELLITE INTERNET SYSTEM…You got your SOLAR, WIND, HYDRO Power, Your WATER CATCHMENT, SEPTIC, AQUAPONICS and GARDENING…now it’s time for the the Creature Comforts of a OFF GRID HOME…a way to get your INTERNET and CABLE with a DISH SYSTEM. There are MANY, MANY Dish Satellite Internet Systems on the market…You’ll have no issues finding one…which one to choose will be your problem. Cable and Internet costs are getting out of control and it’s not just the people OFF GRID that are looking for ways to get away from these high insane costs…A few of the Great Satellite Dish systems are: EXEDE INTERNET, HUGHESNET, DISHNET, WILDBLUE & STARBRAND...All Services start between $39.00 to $49.00 a Month.
Now that you have your SATELLITE INTERNET SYSTEM…You’re going to need your SMART TV and STREAMER PLAYER BOX. Choosing a Smart TV is pretty easy there are so many reviews out there so picking one will be under your control, but the LG SMART TV, PANASONIC SMART, SAMSUNG SMART & SONY SMART which range in size from 42-64 inches. Once you have your Smart TV it’s time to pick your Streamer Player Box…The Streamer Box streams your channels like a cable Box to your Smart TV. There are MANY WELL KNOWN Streamer Player Boxes like: APPLE TV, ROKU3 TV and the AMAZON FIRE TV.
We at “Lucky We live Hawaii” have put together one of the best and most comprehensive Blogs on EVERYTHING you need to know and do to have a COMPLETELY OFF GRID HOME in Hawaii, but this goes for anywhere you choose to go OFF GRID. Purchasing Land in Hawaii that has good sunshine, good rainfall, good wind, a water source, good growing soil and even Fruit trees already on property would be very helpful in your achieving your dreams and goals of going OFF GRID. We are happy to be back and provide everyone who listens to us a much needed and valuable Podcast on Living in the most beautiful place on Earth.