Living Off the Grid (And Without Propane)

Our Ontario home is powered by sun, wind and wood, and consumes almost zero fossil fuels.



Solar Water Heating Panels
These solar water heating panels provide about 60 percent of the Kemps’ hot water.
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Kemp Off Grid House
Bill and Lorraine Kemp have been living off the grid for 20 years. They power their home with electricity from solar and wind electric systems, heat with wood, and use solar and wood-fired water heating.
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Solar Electric Panels
About 85 percent of the home’s power comes from solar electric panels.
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Battery Storage
The electricity the Kemps generate feeds into this bank of batteries.
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Kemp Woodstove
When the Kemps moved away from propane, they ended up with several stoves they use for different purposes. This woodstove is for home heating.
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Bill and Lorraine Kemp
Lorraine and Bill Kemp (shown here with dogs Shadow and Cedar) have committed to consuming as little fossil fuel energy in their home as possible. The 1.5-kilowatt wind turbine in the background supplies about 10 percent of their electricity.
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Kemp Wood Cookstove
This wood cookstove helps with heating, water heating and winter cooking.
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Kemp Living Room
The Kemps’ renewable energy systems produce enough electricity to power all of the usual home electronics, including a large television.
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Induction Cooktop
This energy-efficient electric induction cooktop is used for cooking during summer.
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