Should I go offgrid?

Should I go offgrid?

You should consider the below when thinking about going off grid:
Consider the paybacks: battery system prices have only just recently come down enough to deliver payback periods shorter than their warranty periods (usually about 10 years).
Roof space limitations: The size of your roof (unshaded) is a huge determining factor in whether or not a house will be able to go off the grid. 
Back-up power generation: To go off-grid with solar and batteries, you generally need a system that will reliably deliver 3-4 days of ‘energy autonomy’ to get you through periods of inclement weather or above-average energy use. 
Usage spikes: Even if you have your solar-plus-storage system sized to meet your average day-to-day needs, you may exceed these limits at some point during the year – particularly if you have guests over for a few days. 
Changes in your lifestyle: Your system will usually be sized according to your energy needs at the time you have it installed; an addition of a family member or a change in work schedule could alter the way you consume energy during the day.
Ongoing costs: Since you’ll be the owner of the equipment, you’ll bear the financial responsibility of routine maintenance and component replacements. 
The value of your property: If you ever look to selling your home in the future, be prepared for the fact that while some people might be intrigued by an off-grid home, others may see it as a con rather than a pro