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Renewable Electric Energy


Seven Reasons to Go Green

1. Your electric utility bill keeps rising year after year for the same amount of energy use. Build now. Lock in the cost for the next 25 years.

2. About 30% of our electric energy comes from oil fired generators. Keep in mind most cheap oil producers in the Middle East don't like us very much. And then there's Hugo Chavez in Venezuela, too.

3. Cheap oil off the coast of the U.S. is tied up by folks who think sending money overseas to people who don't like us very much is a better idea than the very limited risk of an oil spill on our beaches. Despite the fact that natural oil seepage from the ocean floor is the major cause of oil damage to these beaches. Besides, there hasn't been a major oil spill from drilling in the gulf for quite a few years because of improved drilling practices.

4. The Obama Administration is pushing non fossil fuel energy generation. After all, global warming (if there is such a thing) is a major concern of politicians even if the vast majority of scientific evidence doesn't support the idea. Who would have thought that the apple crops in Greenland in 800 AD era would still be frozen out? Al invented the Internet, too. But that's another story.

5. About 50% of our electric energy comes from coal fired generators and the Obama Administration is bent on taxing carbon burners. That's the looming Carbon Tax or Cap'n Trade. There seems to be not end to the current administrations desire to increase taxes and drive up the cost of living. Espouse socialism; live poor.

6. A 30% federal tax credit is available to you for the initial expence of installing renewable energy in your home or business.

7. Your net metered renewable energy source could be a total replacement for the electricity that you buy from your electric power company. In some cases your electric power company may even be willing to pay you for excess power generated.

Things to do Now

1. Find out what your electric power consumption is now. Determine your average consumption and your peak consumption and times of peak consumption. Check your electric power company bill. That's a good place to start. Mine has a 12 month history of  power consumption on it

2. Find out your average number of sunny days. The time of  year for those days. Check seasonal hours of daylight. Know your latitude and sun angle.

3. Find out seasonal wind speeds and see if wind power is feasible and reasonable for you. Perhaps wind would fill in for many of your not so sunny days.

4. Make sure you are not zoned out of solar panels or windmills for aesthetic or other reasons. You may need to petition the zoning board for an exception.

5. Make a detailed list of all your electrical appliances and determine each ones power consumption and times of use.

6. Determine how you can juggle their usage to have the lowest peak consumption and still maintain a workable life style.

7. With this information you can determine how much power you need to generate to run your home (or business). You can begin to design your system to meet some or all of your needs.

8. Look to see how much unshaded south facing roof space you have for mounting solar pv panels. As an alternative look for unshaded space to ground mount solar pv panels.

9. Look for space (preferably on a hill) where a windmill might be placed above and away from obstacles that would interfere with wind. Most windmills need 8+ mph winds to operate at all.

10. Check with your electric power company to determine their requirements for net metering. And see what equipment is necessary for you to tie into the electric grid with your planned renewable energy system .

     After all the above is completed, you're now ready to contact a renewable energy contractor and have a knowledgeable conversation about going green. Or if you're a do-it-yourself person, start putting your renewable energy system together yourself.


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