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Choosing to Live Off-Grid: Energy Generation and Fuel Choices

Format On Demand: Online
Offered by Propane Education & Research Council
Category Energy and atmosphere

This online, on-demand course will introduce off-grid living principles. It is appropriate for architects and builders. Living off the grid has become increasingly popular over the past decade. There are entire communities that are off-grid, whether through practical need, link in remote Tanana, Alaska, or by desire, like in Three Rivers, Oregon. This trend toward off-grid living is only expected to grow. Energy independence, pursuit of a more sustainable life style, moving away from the city, and economics are all cited as common reasons for choosing to live off-grid.
Off-grid and standby generators can be used in combination with renewable energy sources for successful off-grid living. This program compares and contrasts types of generators and fuel choices suitable for off-grid living.


  1. Describe what an off-grid living situation is, and why this kind of lifestyle is increasing in popularity.
  2. Describe the differences between off-grid and electrical stand-by generators.
  3. List the advantages of utilizing propane as the primary energy source for off-grid living.
  4. Explain how lifestyle choices and appliance selections are a critical part of successful off-grid living.
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CE Hours 1.0
AIA/CES (LU) 1.3