English translation: energy independent homes/households
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07:39 Feb 23, 2018
German to English translations [PRO] Tech/Engineering - Energy / Power Generation
German term or phrase:stromautarkes Haus
Auch für den Häuslbauer werden diese beiden Trends immer wichtiger. Das stromautarke Haus und diverse Apps gehören beim Neubau oft schon zum Standard. Die Optimierung und Regulierung aller Aspekte des Wohnens erfolgt nicht nur digital, sondern spart auch Ressourcen.
Explanation: An alternative. Many sources found on Google. Sample sentence and link to the "Hollowing out the Power System" article below.
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After a bit more study, I now realize this is about "energy independent smart homes with IoT apps used to control every aspect of your home environment, which can be done from your smart phone and also saves on resources".
While "autark" would usually be understood as something akin to UPS (uninterruptible power supply), "off grid" doesn't have to mean that you will actually be cut off from the grid. It's more about decentralized solutions.
Darin and I suggested "off the power grid" to make it clear. Here, from a marketing association:
"This partnership has resulted in Limoneira being 50 percent off the power grid and on a trajectory to be completely energy independent within five years."
Or here, since I'm not believed that this is "trendy":
"The costs associated with connecting to local utilities is probably why living off the grid is becoming such an attractive option for so many Americans today. [...] When you're off the grid, you essentially become your own utility, producing power as and when you need it." http://www.verengosolar.com/blog/living-off-grid
But this isn't the main issue here; the word "autark" should have pointed you to grid-independent supply. The example I linked to when agreeing with Ramey was the one Martina is most likely referring to: http://www.okofen-e.com/de/stromautark/
Right there, it says: "Zusätzlich lädt die Photovoltaikanlage ihre Stromproduktion, die nicht benötigt wird, in den Stromspeicher."
The whole point of this building is that you don't need the grid. From my link below:
"...und damit theoretisch nicht mehr auf Stromleitungen angewiesen wäre..."
With a caveat, of course:
"Dass Häuser zwar am Stromnetz angeschlossen bleiben, sich aber zu einem Großteil selbst mit Energie versorgen, daran führe aber kein Weg vorbei..."
One final argument against off-grid: An energy independent home could technically remain on the grid and even feed any excess "off-grid" production of electricity back into the grid for credit or profit. I would still always assume that an "off-grid home" entails a measure of seclusion or distance from supply, while an energy independent home could very well be an off-grid home out in the boondocks, it could also just as well be a smart home in the middle of a city.
Used to describe "cord cutters" discontinuing television cable and land-line telephone services, but the text also mentions the use of "IoT apps" (internet of things) and having the home produce all of the energy it uses. Where I come from, if you go off the grid, you're hiding from the authorities. In the marketing materials I've seen energy independent households is the most common term used. "Off the grid" would still appeal to a certain limited clientele.
Though I would say "I am going off-grid" when I fire the power company, I am not sure about "off-grid home". My first thought on this would be: top of the mountain couldn't get power if you wanted to. And none of the other utilities either. - Just a thought -
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