davidg wrote:You should think smarter, maybe seriously retro fitting storage while it may or may not have ROI overtime at least it will mainly be your power your using and you get to take control over when you buy power if you require to at all. #just saying
But as far as ROI is concerned, maintaining grid connection still leaves you paying the Service-Charges, and there seems to be a push by retailers, to raise these charges UP so that even if you use NO power, the retailer covers their profit needs..
I can't help thinking that if it's you plan to provide self sufficiency, then that should be it..
just go, and put up with the consequences, which might be generator use and restricted power on odd occasions..
You could logically be prepared for a transition period of maintained connection, eg. Over the first winter..
That is what I hope for.. switch off in January, and disconnect in the spring of 2017...
The biggest issue for such a move, is the concern, that as you age, the dramas of maintaining your off grid capacity becomes more of a physical burden and eventually, the cost of having to bring in others, to maintain what YOU started, could be the real kill-joy..
It's like my making the rational move of disconnecting the town gas, and fussing with bottles.. It is working VERY well, but they are very heavy, and I do worrie for what would happen, if I fell under a bus, and the bride was left with those bottles.. So too, with going off-grid.. Could the bride cope with all that technology .
That is the other side of a grand ideal..