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Old 06-03-2008, 10:38 AM
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Need help / ideas for Solar / wind energy

Howdy all,
As we are finishing up our little house on the prairie I am looking for ideas to be energy independent. I have looked at a couple of windmill generators, and solar panels, there is even a way to cool your hose by running pipes underground pulling the cooler temperature into the house (loosely paraphrasing that part).
As far as the windmill goes, one place said we need to measure the wind speed for one year before pursuing this option. I don't know what our wind speeds are, but it is almost always windy where we are and we are on top of a hill.
Anyway, any thoughts, comments, ideas, suggestions, or experiences would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks,
Craig
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Old 06-03-2008, 10:57 AM
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i have helped set up those windspeed towers to measure the windspeed, they told us the same thing. one year to measure before we put windmills in. the stupid thing was... they dont work for a year without alot of maintainance and you have to have one year LOGGED into a hard drive that comes with your measuring equipment. you then take your information and update it on a website and you get your results, they make you do all that measuring so they can see if its worth the money for them to come and put one in. on a good side... if you have good windspeeds, you can sell excess power generated back to the powerplant. on the bad side, if you dont have good windspeed, you just spend 1200 bucks measuring for nothing. I believe you can just get a windmill of your own and put it in if you have the know-how. if you DO have good windspeeds, it would be worth it to have more than one put in so you CAN have extra power to sell...energy is worth alot of money...that is what we were gonna do... sell energy, turns out though, we didn't have good enough windspeed to set up.... it ALWAYS seemed windy to me

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Old 06-03-2008, 11:26 AM
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I would look into geothermal heating/cooling also.
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Old 06-04-2008, 09:57 AM
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Thanks you two. I can set up the windmill but it has to be approved by my Co-Op, after a survey and fees, and insurance, etc...........
The geothermal is the pipes I was talking about, and I need to read more about it.
Now just giving this a bump.
Craig
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Old 06-04-2008, 09:58 AM
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THere is/was a HVAC company in the waco area that did geothermal heat pumps.
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Old 06-04-2008, 12:19 PM
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Craig,
I highly recommend ground-based geothermal. We had it put in when
we had our house built. Our current house is much larger than our
last, and our utilities are much lower overall. Current house is all
electric, on a well, outside city limits. Like you, I'm also toying with
the idea of solar cells and wind generators. Initial capital outlay
is steep though, without tax incentives.
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Old 06-04-2008, 12:38 PM
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Craig,
Depending on what stage your home is in you can look at radiant barrier roof decking, tankless water heaters (gas only-LP or nat.), isonene foam insulation (ceilings and walls), or blown-in packed celluose. And of course making sure all wall, floor, ceiling, wall top plate penetrations are sealed with foam. be sure to have the correct vent flow from soffit/gable vents and roof ridge vents as well.
There is always the chance you can make your home to "tight" of an envelope.
I know this is not real independance but it can help.
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