Living With a 12V DC Home Power System

Using 12V DC for home power requires some adjustments, but generating your own energy will protect you from rising utility rates.



12V DC Home Power - illustration of home equipped with solar panels and wind turbine
Sun and wind energy are the go-to sources for 12V DC home power.
Illustration by Fotolia/petovarga
12V DC Home Power - standard power switch with added capacitors
To withdstand high-amperage 12-volt DC power, switches should be equipped with 47-microfarad capacitors wired in parallel to tame arcing between the contacts. Use only snap (as opposed to silent) switches for DC power.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS Staff
12V DC Home Power - small fluorescent lightbulbs
These are a few of the many options for 12-volt direct current lightning. The large devices are flourescent bulbs in various shapes, and the two small bulbs are incandescent lamps from recreational vehicles.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS Staff
12V DC Home Power - control boards
You will need a control panel to manage your system if you're living on 12V DC power.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS Staff

















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