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 - control boards
You will need a control panel to manage your system if you're living on 12V DC power.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS Staff
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











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