Need advise from those who know more then me.
I am in the process of building a earthship style home in the desert of eastern Washington. It is fully permitted and must pass inspections. I am ready to start designing the electrical system. I am building on shoestring budget and paying for everything as I go so I've been stretching every dollar I can. I've been reading through the forums and am at a bit of a crossroads. I won't be living in this home for a few years because of work and family. I will be be using it as a weekend get away but would like for it to become a full time residence as my obligations allow. It seems that since my plan is to use it part time for now a modest system would be better situated to my needs but I would like to have some typical amenities. I would like to run the lighting and water pumps on 12volt dc. I would like to run a small converted chest freezer for refrigeration. I estimate I could meet my power needs on about 1kilowatt per day for now. Would I be better off building small (inverters, batteries exe) for now and stepping it up when I'm ready to make it a full time residence or design a system that could facilitate full time living and let it sit idle most of the time? I'm looking for opinions from those who have been living with these systems and if you were in my situation what that system might look like.
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