My wife and I want to take an electric mobile home off the grid. Double wide mobile home on permanent foundation (crawl space) until we can build a more energy efficient house on the land in 2-3 years. I want some input from others that have already taken houses off the grid. Considerations: eastern North Carolina, mild winters, HOT summers, lots of rain, sun, no wind unless a hurricane rolls in from the gulf. Its currently all electric and the city power is costing the average home owner $400-600 a month! My initial proposal for the house: Propane- stove, furnace Solar- water heater, lights Electricity- refrigerator, freezer, clothes dryer, dishwasher, ceiling fans in every room (a must for the summer heat) Considering adding as much natural lighting throughout house and garage as possible Garage- to be run off a generator for power tools, welder, etc. Solar- for lighting I have read a few things on the internet indicating a solar solution will cost $30-50,000 with a pay off of well over 10-20 years. There has got to be a more affordable way of going off the grid. I'm looking forward to the ensuing discussion.