As construction for both commercial and residential building increases, so does the requirement for electrical power. Whether it is for heating, lighting, or cooking, everyone uses electricity every day. In 2001 there was an estimate of 107 million households consuming electricity. Seven years later, that number has surely increased substantially. How then does one try to come up with ways to supply the demand? I believe that would depend upon where you lived geographically. Two such ideas for the do-it-yourselfer are wind power and solar power. Here is a brief look at both.
Homemade electricity is becoming more and more popular for people worldwide, reason being is that they feel that it is time to stop over paying for energy that comes from petroleum, coal and natural gas. I know for a fact, where my parents live in Arizona, the electric costs recently went up 21%, with a charge from the local electric company of $6.50 JUST TO READ THE METER!! Multiply that by 50,000 homes!! A homemade solar panel grid can be made for less than $200 versus buying a new one which can run you upwards of $500 - $1500 depending on the outcome of wattage you may need to power your household. The materials needed to construct such a grid can be located at the hardware store.
Homemade electricity is becoming more and more popular for people worldwide, reason being is they feel that it is time to stop over paying for energy that comes from petroleum, coal and natural gas. You can even set yourself up to stay “on-grid" with the power company and have the power company PAY YOU BACK.
Another alternative power source is wind power. Wind power has had a rough start. With time and technological advances, the perception of wind power has changed. It is only very recently that homemade wind power was thrown into the public spotlight for mass consumption. There have always been more low key equivalents and sub-culture phenomenon's but what I'm referring to goes way beyond that. When I say an inexpensive homemade wind power system, I mean the ability to guarantee people the ability to get the parts they need for cheap and still produce a very sufficient amount of energy (750-1000 watts for about $150!).
According to palmsprings.com, Wind energy is a commercially available renewable energy source, with state-of-the-art wind plants producing electricity at about $0.05 per kWh. If you've ever been to this southern California town, then you've seen the wind farms. They are privately owned, but the electricity they produce is sold to the local utilities. Currently, these turbines generate more than 3 billion kWh of electricity per year-enough electricity to meet the residential requirements of a city of about 1 million people.
Regardless of which method to convert to, you will be saving the environment, all the while using all your home's comfort completely guilt free, and laughing at rising energy prices.
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