Jujitsu - In modern home design, the brute force of fuels and electricity directly oppose our environment. However, that is very
inefficient and expensive. We should be using the environment’s own energies to achieve climate control and sustainable resource
Conservation – first and foremost, eliminate waste. Increase insulation, upgrade appliances, etc.
Availability – use what you have, don’t get exotic. If you have a southern-facing location, use solar. If you have a creek, use
Redundancy – use multiple, complementary sources. When providing your own resources, you can't depend on any single point of failure.
Simplicity – reduce future work and maintenance. Minimize unnecessary components.
Automation – it should just work without intervention. An off-grid house should work for you, not vice-versa.