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.
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.
Cheap oil off the coast of the U.S. is tied up by folks who think
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.
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
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;
A 30% federal tax credit is available to you for the initial expence of
installing renewable energy in your home or business.
Your net metered renewable energy source could be a total replacement
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Make a detailed list of all your electrical appliances and determine each ones power consumption and
times of use.
Determine how you can juggle their usage to have the lowest peak consumption and still
maintain a workable life style.
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.
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.
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.
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.