There is little, I have discovered, to beat the sense of autonomy and satisfaction of managing your energy and resource requirements to match the available resources. So winter brings much water, and less light...so managing our solar power is crucial. And it can be done. Careful use of lighting, making the new habit of switching things off, making the most of the sunshine to charge the water pump battery, the pig fence battery (to boost its own wee solar panel) and do the washing (with water heated on the stove, always lit of an evening so splendidly multitasking), all make it possible. Judicious use of our wee generator to give the main battery store a boost keeps things working. And still using on average 1.1kwh/day. Brilliant. Literally.
This is written by us, for you, to show what we do...