NTREG Monthly Meeting-Living Off-the-Grid - The 'How' & 'Why' We Disconnected-Dallas

Date: 
Sat, 08 Mar 2014 (All day)

NTREG Meeting, Saturday, March 8, 2014NTREG Monthly Meeting
Date: Saturday, March 8, 2014.
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 noon
Location: REI, 4515 Lyndon B Johnson Freeway, Farmers Branch, Texas
Note: There's considerable highway construction in this area. Access to REI is from the west-bound I-635 frontage road. Previously posted driving directions may not be accurate due to the construction work.
Topic: "Living Off-the-Grid - The 'How' & 'Why' We Disconnected."

Presenter: Mike Renner

Mike Renner and his family live in a grid-connected home, yet they use NO power from the utility company! 16 months ago, they made the decision to turn off their main circuit breaker and live exclusively with solar energy. Why did they make this choice? What steps did they take to go "off-grid"? How do they feel about living in an exclusively "solar" home .. especially when they know they've got utility power right there at the meter, available at the flip of a switch?

In this update presentation, Mike will discuss the rewards and challenges of total off-the-grid living. Are you thinking of living an off-grid lifestyle? Come learn from someone who's doing it!

About Our Presenter
Mike isn't a solar energy engineer - at least not by formal training. He's learned it through experience - by doing it. He and his family live in an owner-built home near Weatherford, Texas. They went to considerable effort to build energy efficiency into their home and minimize their energy consumption .. all while being very comfortable. Mike is the past Chair of the North Texas Renewable Energy Group, and has been living with solar energy for more than 10 years, using solar equipment he installed.