A new US study suggests off-grid homes could be ideal for people looking to reduce their carbon footprint.
The study, published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, looked at the use of off- the-grid (OT) energy for a range of household uses, including heating, lighting, washing and bathing.
The researchers also looked at trends in household energy use over the past decade.
They found that OTT households were more likely to be connected to the grid in 2015, and that they were also more likely than OTT homes with more traditional power supplies to have a battery operated fridge.OTT homes have seen increased use over recent years in the United States, particularly in states like California, Nevada and Oregon where they can be purchased for less than $100 a month.
The report’s authors say the trend to use off- grid energy has coincided with the emergence of a new generation of home automation products that allow people to remotely control the home’s energy usage.
The authors also say it’s important to note that the majority of households in the US use electricity from their own generators, which is a good thing, because that saves energy and prevents CO2 emissions.