I wouldn’t consider myself a creative type. Never painted a picture, never felt confident in color or fabric choices. But I did get a real creativity boost living off-grid in northern New Mexico, raising children on one income in a home with caught water, gardening at 7600 feet in a climate that gets REALLY cold. We built a house called an earthship from recycled materials and earth.
Eight solar panels and one measly little wind generator supplied all the power we used. We bolted the pole that supported the wind generator to a wall of our house, which, sound-wise, turned the roof of the house into one big drumhead. Oops! Live and learn. And when the wind REALLY blew—which was often—the thing broke. The manufacturer replaced the main unit several times before we gave up on wind power.
We’ve learned a lot since then, and so have the manufacturers of wind generators.
When we started selling solar we cautiously began selling wind generators as well. We’ve watched the slow progression towards stability and lower start-up wind speed. It’s rare that we hear of problems with them. We’re most excited to see the progression towards grid-tie wind turbines and look forward to putting one up in the near future.
Meanwhile, we enjoy life grid intertied here in northern California. Our daughters and their families are nearby using their independent living skills to make their own homes. One daughter has designed and sold 300 off-grid or gridtie solar electric systems since the first of the year. The other is baking bread today and figuring out what to do with the multitude of tomatillos, squash and eggplant that are spilling out of our garden. I’m so proud of my tribe!
Considering the cost of wind power and renewable energies.
Wind power is most likely one of the alternative energies that’s going to lead us out of the oil age. With the rising prices of just about every thing, energy sources are at the root of this economical changing landscape and the decisions we make now will determine our personal situation as well as the earths.
One of the ideas to keep in mind when investing in alternative energy system is the rising price of electricity. With this in mind the prices of green technologies of today become far more reasonable.
Investing in renewable energy sources such as a wind generator is a realistic choice to investing money, time and your future. Even still this is not only about investing in your economical future, earth or our children’s future. This is about an investment in the evolution of humanity. Show Less....