North Shore Maui Realtor Caravan features many off-grid homes today

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North Shore Maui Realtor Caravan features many off-grid homes today

The monthly event showcasing new listings on Maui's north shore was this morning and I was quite surprised to see that 5 out of 8 homes were off-grid properties.  Off-grid homes are common in Huelo Maui, a part of Haiku, and for me it's a normal way of life.  It's great that other Realtors are also taking an interest in this type of lifestyle as i think there will be a  growing demand as the cost of utilitites keeps going up.

solar array for an off grid power system in Haiku Maui HI

What does off the grid mean to a buyer?  It means that once your water system and power system are up and running, you won't have a montly bill from those services, as you'll be supplying your own.  It means that you're responsible for your own source of water and electricity, and you control it.  While it might not be suitable for everyone, it can be quite simple and rewarding.

water tank for an off grid water system in Haiku Maui HI

If you're not connected to the Maui County water mains you have basically 2 choices... drill a well or catch the rainwater.  Well water contains minerals and possibly salt, making it hard water.  It has to be pumped up from the source, which uses a lot of energy especially if the well is deep.  A catchment water system uses rainwater from the roof which is piped into a holding tank. It's lovely soft water which doesn't need any treatment. With well water you will probably also have a holding tank for storage.  From the tank you will filter the water to clean out any sediment, and pressurize the water before running it to the home.  If you choose to filter it again that's your choice and there are many options.

batteries for an off grid power system in Haiku Maui HI

When you live off-grid you will probably have some kind of photo-voltaic system comprised of an array of solar panels, an inverter and a charge controller, and a bank of storage batteries.  PV is a great way to harvest energy from the sun and a well maintained system will provide free solar energy for years or decades with very little effort.  Batteries do need to be checked monthly, and they are really the weak link in the chain.

North Shore Maui Realtor Caravan features many off-grid homes today

Another source of renewable power is the wind.  Once you have the batteries and other equipment, it doesn't cost that much to add a small wind turbine for those days when it's cloudy and for generating power at night.  In combination you can produce enough power for a normal home and you may not ever have to run a back-up generator.

 Today's off-grid Haiku homes were:

  • 632 Honopou Rd. - 11.5 acres with a house and cottage, ocean views.  $1,600,000.
  • 800 Door of Faith Rd. - 2.6 acres with a house and cottage, ocean views.  $1,100,000.
  • 802 Door of Faith Rd. - 2.8 acres with a house and guest suite, ocean views.  $899,000.
  • 33 Hoolawa Rd. - 13 acres with a large barn and 2 other buildings, ocean views.  $699,000.
  • 7953 Hana Hwy - oceanfront 2+ acres with a home. $565,000.
Let me know if you have questions about living off the grid.  We have been enjoying the benefits of this lifestyle for many many years and know a lot about it.  I can help you to buy or sell off-grid property on Maui.
 
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Sussie Sutton
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This is such a great post. I have often wanted to go off grid. To have to pay high gas prices and then high electric bills too... Well it is just to much. We can be proactive in trying to find many ways to trim the fat off the bills we do have to pay. 

I do many things now to trim the fat. I don't let the water run while brushing my teeth. Do only full loads for clothes and dishes. And so on and so on.

A cistern is interesting to me. Galveston use to have them in the 1900's. I guess they did have piped in water. Don't really know for sure.

May 11, 2012 06:49 AM #1
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Michelle Cooks
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One day we will be back to candles and cold water baths like in the 20's with the economy in the tank and prices of everything going through the roof.

May 11, 2012 07:17 PM #2
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