Let’s just say that for the sake of discussion, we decided to investigate the possibility of installing their own source of electrical energy in the home.
There are many factors to consider regarding different ways to make your own electricity. Government regulations, tax breaks and incentives, zoning communities, installation, maintenance and repair costs, location, management costs … all these things can influence your decision.
For now, however, we’ll just look at some of the benefits of making your own electricity.
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Advantages of Homemade Electricity
Some of the many benefits include, but are not limited to:
- Saving money. Why pay the power company when you can do it yourself.
- Earn money. If you produce more than you use, the power company will pay for the excess.
- Save the environment.
- Convenience. Reduce power outages in bad weather. Except a storm hits your home directly; which of course we hope never happens, your power will stay on.
- Remote power where it is needed. Become independent energy, living off the grid (not connected to the power company).
US primary energy consumption by source and sector, 2008 (Quadrillion Btu)
If your first concern is saving money, then you may want to consider building your own renewable energy generator. When it comes to making your own electricity using a renewable energy source, the two most commonly thought of before have wind turbines and solar panels. There are many online resources that can help you build one of the two that can be purchased for a reasonable price (many of them under US$50.00).
If you’re the type who likes to build practical things, there is a wealth of information on the web about how to make your own electricity.
Building your own wind turbine is a great way to get started. And “much cheaper than buying a commercial manufacturing unit. You can buy the necessary materials locally or online, and build one for less than $200.00. Now granted, you may not be able to produce several hundred watts of power, but at least it will give you a good idea if your site has good conditions before you land a $6,000 – $30,000 + investment for a larger model.
The same can be done for solar panels. You can build your own and install them on the roof or in another place where they may be inclined to receive more direct sunlight. If the roof is often shaded by trees or other objects you can mount the solar panels on a tower similar to a wind generator, just need to be lifted high enough.
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Do-it-yourself instructions are received to build your own wind turbine or solar panel house guiding you step by step from acquiring materials, construction, to installation. Typically, with small units that you build yourself, you need to connect several of them together to produce enough energy to power your home. This information is also available.
Using the wind to power your home
Use the map below to give an idea, at least if you have a reasonable amount of wind to start with.
If you are in an area that has an acceptable amount of average wind speed, then the next thing you want to do is to optimize your analysis. You can contact local authorities to determine a more specific regional distribution of Average Wind Speed for your area. This will be more accurate than the national map, but it will not take into account factors such as trees, surrounding buildings, soil type and other obstacles that can affect the wind flow.
Or you can buy a home weather station that has the ability to record data filed at the home computer and determine accurate average wind speed for your exact location. If you plan to invest several thousand dollars in wind turbines, I recommend you make your own wind study. This way you can get the most accurate readings for your specific site installation.
US Department of Energy Wind Resource Map
Convenience – never go without electricity again
Maybe you’re not into all “green energy”, and what you really want is to avoid future power interruptions. The simplest and probably quickest solution would be to buy a gas or diesel generator. Be warned however for-, this is not the most economical method. But, well, cheap is rarely convenient.
You can buy a line or at your local equipment or reception centre. The generator size (power is usually classified in watts … this is 1000 watts, etc.) is required can vary depending on the number of circuits you want types of power supply and which electrical components (appliances, lights, water pump, heating, etc.) are in these circuits.
You can buy a small gasoline generator to say 1000 – 2500 watts that will power lights and a pair of small appliances such as microwaves or a toaster for a few hundred dollars.
In addition to the above a medium sized generator of 3000 – 5000 watts will power plus all your appliances (washer, dryer, water pump, refrigerator, etc.) or one at a time, but not all at once. Prices range from $400 – $1000.
The majority of small and mid-size generators have a manual start. When the power is turned off, you have to go get them started at the tail lights.
The simplest method for connecting a small generator is to only extend the generator to any electrical appliance you wish to make.
SEARCH: All gas generators should be carried out in a well ventilated area. Exhaust fumes from a gas engine are deadly.
If you plan to connect the generator directly to your household electrical circuits is necessary to install a transfer switch. A transfer switch is a safety device that prevents the generator from feeding back into the electrical grid. It is used to isolate specific circuits that you wish to feed, so as not to overload the generator with too many elements.
For the ultimate convenience natural gas or propane standby home generator 7500 watts and power above will be more all in the home along with the power company. As an added convenience, many that automatically start within seconds of a power outage so you will barely notice the change from the generator. They operate silently for as long as needed, and automatically restore off and standby mode when power returns.
Start stand-by generators vary in price from $3000 and up depending on the size (number of watts will produce).
Unless you are experienced in working with electricity, I strongly suggest hiring an electrician to install the generator.
Electricity – The Future of Energy
Fossil fuels are limited to a finite amount. When they’re gone, they’re gone! Eventually they’ll run out. As availability decreases, the price will inevitably rise.
Renewable energies such as electricity is the energy of the future. The paradigm shift to electricity as the primary energy source has already begun. Countries around the world have identified the need for an alternative to dependence on crude oil.
As the demand for electricity increases, so will the price. Not only for the electricity itself, but for the equipment and supplies needed to produce electrical generators; whether wind turbines, solar panels, or any other type of generator.
If you’ve ever thought about installing your own power generator, now would be a good time to start. Waiting will not cost you in the future!