‘Free Energy’ Category
» posted on Saturday, May 21st, 2011 at 10:25 am by Woody Wilson viewed 893 times
This subject is not new. Man has made energy for thousands of years since the first camp fire. Some renewable eco-friendly energy technology is new and becoming very popular around the world.
- DIY Energy Projects
- Solar Photo Voltaic
- Wind Turbine Generator
- Solar Hot Water
- Solar Air Heater
- Geothermal Heat Pump
- Magnetic Generator
- Home Energy Audit
- Solar Installation Course
Cost is a factor and startup costs are lower than ever. Residential Energy Kit is dedicated to presenting Do-it-Yourself (DIY) plans, guides and products to help you go green and save our environment. DIY projects are 1/3rd to 1/10th the investment cost of commercial solutions. For example, a completely solar home commercial cost is $20,000 to $80,000 with a 25 year pay back. DIY can do the same project for $3,000 to $5,000 with a 3 year pay back.
As populations grow and wealth increases, the stress on our planets resources grows too. Now we have to be more conservative and use alternative energy sources. Methods for reducing energy consumptions should be our first effort. Insulate, seal, use energy star products, and many other methods need to be employed. These are detailed in our Articles
Another consideration to saving our environment is to stop using power company energy. Over half of the US electricity comes from coal. Coal and oil usage is extensive around the world. We can make our own energy at home. The energy is free in nature. We just have to harvest this energy with techniques that are more feasible today than ever before. Wind, Solar, Solar Hot Water, Wave, Geo-Thermal and Fuel Cell technologies are readily available and encouraged by governments around the word. Energy Tax Credit Incentives of up to 30% can save you a ton of money. This is Important ~ If you seriously want free energy at home and you are willing to build a device yourself to save investment cost, you need a guide. They are relatively inexpensive. You will find my critical reviews under the Index on our Home page. These new guides have all the development worked out and offer step by step instruction. This will save you both time and money. Usually you can be operational in less than a week. All of these guides are written for the layman without high technical requirements. Material and tools required are common around the house items. The first model that you make is like training. Once you make your first, you can make another bigger and more powerful.
With all these projects you can scale up the size to eliminate most if not all your dependence on the power company (the grid). These guides even show you how to tie into the grid (grid tie) and sell the power company your excess electricity. That’s right. The power company will pay you for power!!. Make power at home with solar or wind to eliminate your power bill. Get our complete guide at Residential Energy Kit
» posted on Thursday, January 27th, 2011 at 4:34 pm by Woody Wilson viewed 486 times
What would happen if you just didn’t send a check to the electric company this month?
You’d probably end up in the dark, right?
Well, don’t write the power company another check before you see what this is all about…
An engineer named David Thompson is showing a growing number of homeowners how to stop sending checks to the power company…
…while KEEPING the lights on, and it’s completely legal and ethical.
In fact, you’re helping the environment at the same time!
If you’re a homeowner, you know home energy costs are only getting higher… and meanwhile we’re all shelling out $20,000 to have solar panels installed.
So I was pretty excited to stumble on this private website where an engineer with a “do it yourself” streak is practically *giving away* his secrets for cutting your energy bill using just everyday tools and materials you can pick up at the hardware store:
>> Green Energy Blueprint <<
The step by step tutorial videos make everything clear (which is great, if you aren’t the handyman type) and they’re even HD quality so you can see every detail of what he’s doing and copy it.
Most people shell out $150 or more per month for electricity… but you can cut that bill down considerably if you take these simple steps.
David has developed a way to cut your energy bills and become more self sufficient.
The best part is, you can do the same thing (and you don’t have to be an engineer like him). David is going to tell you step by step how to do everything fast, cheap and safely with ordinary tools and some materials you can pick up at your local hardware store.(And it’s easy, because he walks you through it all with step by step Video Tutorials.)
Check it out right now, and you could cut 70% off your electricity costs over the next few months.
It’s amazing that with just a couple easy “do it yourself” projects you can quickly put together a system to start cutting your energy bill.
The DIY energy projects keep getting better and better and this is the best one I’ve see. It offers multiple solutions to free power.
>> Green Energy Blueprint <<
» posted on Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010 at 12:39 pm by Woody Wilson viewed 702 times
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By Peter Bacque | TIMES-DISPATCH STAFF WRITER
Published: October 31, 2010
Richmond, Va. — In a world where worries about energy are common, John Roberts has more than enough electricity for his needs.
“I’m currently generating more than double what I use in a year,” he says.
Roberts can do that because he’s installed a 2-kilowatt solar electric system on his house on Richmond’s North Side.
The photovoltaic system, which makes electricity from sunlight, cost Roberts $13,400, but he received a $3,500 federal tax credit and a $2,700 state renewable energy rebate that together reduced his expenditure to $7,200.
“And I did all the work myself” under the direction of a licensed electrical contractor, Roberts said.
Roberts uses only 1,400 kilowatt-hours of electricity for an entire year. “Most people use much more electricity than I do,” he said. “I do heat with gas and I do have a gas stove, and I don’t use much air conditioning.”
But the sun’s energy powers homes that consume much more electricity than Roberts’ does.
Tim Dolan’s Newport News house uses almost 10,000 kilowatt-hours a year, he said.
The 8.1-kilowatt solar electric system Dolan uses cost $55,000. That was offset by a $16,100 federal tax credit and $14,000 from the state’s renewable energy rebate program he received, bringing his price down to $24,900.
“Even on an overcast day . . . it’s still making more than I’m using,” Dolan said.
Solar power can be used to generate electricity through photovoltaic cells or to produce hot water, and Virginia has sunshine for those uses. The state estimates solar energy could produce 11,000-13,000 megawatts in Virginia.
But 2-kilowatt systems are what Blue Crump’s company, Urban Grid Solar Inc. of Richmond, typically installs, Crump said, at a cost of about $15,000.
Though solar technologies are too costly for widespread use in wholesale power applications, the U.S. Energy Department’s Energy Information Administration said, government and utility incentives for renewable energy encourage small-scale solar-electric generation, which is expected to grow rapidly over the next 25 years.
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Residential solar photovoltaic and hot-water systems are eligible for a federal tax credit of 30 percent of the system’s total cost, with no upper limit.
Interest in Virginia’s solarand wind-power rebate program far outran the money available, and the state has stopped taking applications. The federal economic stimulus program gave Virginia $15 million to provide rebates of $2,000 per kilowatt, up to 10 kilowatts, for solar electric systems, and $1,000 per kilowatt-equivalent for solar thermal systems.
Home electricity generators can also sell credits for the energy that their systems generate.
Solar renewable energy credits — RECs — represent the clean energy benefits of 1,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity from a sun-powered system. Utility companies buy the credits to meet the state’s renewable energy goals.
RECs are selling for about $300 apiece now. “That produces a positive cash flow,” Crump said.
For example, Dolan will earn about $3,000 this year from the sale of his renewable energy credits, he said.
“The value of the RECs is going to grow,” Crump said, particularly as industry comes under pressure to produce more clean power.
. . .
Payback times for solar installations vary depending on the cost of the system and the home’s location, experts said, running from as few as nine years up to 18.
“With the power we make, the RECs and government incentives, my payback is nine to 10 years, assuming no inflation,” said Hugh Joyce, president of James River Air Conditioning Co. Inc. in Richmond.
Joyce installed a 2.5-kilowatt solar system — with panels that track the sun — on his energy-efficient home at 9214 Hungary Spring Road in Henrico County. Meanwhile, the cost for solar electric energy is coming down.
“Systems are now selling for between $4,500 and $8,500 per kilowatt installed,” Joyce said. “They’re becoming more and more competitive. There’s a little bit of a glut in the market . . . right now.”
Simpler and less expensive, solar thermal systems are especially cost effective for heating water.
With the federal tax credit and the state rebate, “it’s not difficult to get a five to seven year return, which is a pretty good investment in saving energy and saving money,” said Al Christopher, director of the state Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy’s Energy Division.
Virginia has seen installed solar generating capacity soar from essentially zero in 1999 to 2.47 megawatts by September of this year, according to the State Corporation Commission.
“We have seen a dramatic increase in the number of customers who have requested net metering to accommodate alternative generation,” said Dominion Virginia Power spokesman Jim Norvelle.
“Just three years ago — 2007 — we only connected 21 customers,” Norvelle said. “In 2010 . . . we have connected 209, with two months to go.”
So far, however, solar energy makes up only a small part of the state’s total electric production. For instance, Virginia power companies and electric cooperatives have more then 23,400 megawatts of generating capacity in the state.
Of Dominion Virginia Power’s 2.4 million customers, located largely in the more densely populated parts of the eastern two-thirds of the state, 355 residential customers are using solar generation, with an average system size of 5.4 kilowatts.
Solar system owners can take advantage of Virginia’s net-metering laws to sell excess power generation back to the owner’s electric utility.
Net metering allows customers generating power from a renewable resource like solar energy to interconnect with the electrical grid. Their solar energy output offsets electricity purchases from Dominion, and customer is billed monthly only for the net energy consumed.
“My last month’s electric bill was $23,” said Donny Talley, who installed a 2-kilowatt photovoltaic system to power his Chesterfield County home. “On a good day, you can actually watch my meter count down.
“Some days,” Talley said, “it’s pretty nice to sit there with a cup of coffee and watch that puppy work.”
» posted on Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010 at 12:01 pm by Woody Wilson viewed 420 times
By Vicki Terwilliger (staff writer email@example.com)
Published: October 31, 2010
vicki terwilliger/staff photo At the Wasilus home, a wind turbine, left, overlooks a ground-mounted solar thermal panel hot water system and rooftop photovoltaic PV solar panels.
Some Schuylkill County homeowners are giving their neighbors something to talk about.
As a partner and installer with Control Alt Energy, Auburn, Andy Wollyung said he’s seen inquiries about solar and alternative energy sources soar among local residents. Often, referral is by word-of-mouth.
“We’re still seeing a growing number of people interested. It’s the talk of the town. People say, ‘I’ve seen this installed,’ and it strikes a big interest in a lot of people’s eyes,” Wollyung said.
Two Barry Township families have had their alternative electricity systems in place and say they’re happy with the investments and savings. Ted and Marie Reinoehl and Mike and Karen Wasilus, all of the Ashland area, shared details about their experiences.
The state’s decision to remove the rate caps on what electric companies can charge is what prompted Mike Wasilus to start looking into alternative energy.
“I was looking to get ahead of the rate cap removal. I contacted Control Alt Energy and things took off from there. We started with the solar/thermal water heat, then the wind turbine and finally the solar panels.”
“Also, the federal and state tax credit and rebate programs played a major role in our decision-making. Without those programs, the projects would not have been good business decisions,” Wasilus said.
Their home is heated and cooled by a heat pump and is entirely electric.
The ground-mounted solar/thermal water heater, a Sunda brand system, was installed in September 2008. It immediately cut 15 to 20 percent from their electric usage, they said.
The Skystream Wind Turbine made by Southwest Windpower was installed in March 2009.
“It has had less of an impact on our electricity savings. I’d say about 10 percent savings,” Wasilus said.
Sharp brand solar photovoltaic PV panels were installed on the rooftop with a Fronius inverter in October 2009.
“They are awesome and have had the biggest impact on our electricity savings. They easily cut 30 to 40 percent from our electric usage. For comparison’s sake, the solar panels have been installed six months less than the wind turbine, yet the solar panels have already surpassed the amount of electricity generated by the wind turbine by 75 percent.”
“Knowing what I know now, I would double the capacity of the solar panel system and bypass putting up the wind turbine,” he said.
Wasilus said he doesn’t regret installing the wind turbine, it just may take a bit longer to recoup his initial investment.
The initial investment cost for all systems, he said, was offset by the federal tax credits offered, at about 30 percent. The solar-panel cost was also offset by the state’s Sunshine program that offered about a 30 percent rebate on the installed cost of the system.
“The payback period is a tough question to answer, because the tax credits and rebates are constantly changing. For me, both solar projects will have a much faster payback than the wind project. I’m looking at about eight years on the payback for the solar projects and probably at least 12 years on the wind project. As far as savings, I would say as a percentage, I’m saving about 60 percent off my electricity bill with these projects. Obviously, for someone who has other forms of heating or cooling, the saving percentage would be much greater,” Wasilus said.
The kilowatt hours generated by the PV panels in almost a year were 4,100 KWH, Wasilus said, and the wind turbine generated 2,100 KWH in a year and a half.
The Reinoehls, meanwhile, had their solar array panels installed in October 2009 by Maximus Solar, Sacramento. There are 33 panels on the south-facing roof of their 3,200-square-foot home.
“We were trying to look into the future,” Ted Reinoehl said. “We figured electric rates would go up and deregulation was happening, and we were getting closer to retirement and were looking for ways to save money down the road.”
Their home is also an electric-run house. They initially installed a geothermal system, with tubing running beneath their yard, when the home was built 19 years ago.
Over the past 11 months, Reinoehl said they’ve saved about $1,200 in electricity costs.
On average, if the sun is out, the solar panels generate about 40 KWH per day, according to Ted Reinoehl. In checking his records, their panels did generate less kilowatts during the winter and more in the spring and summer months. By comparison, there was 397 KWH generated in the month of November, 64 KWH in December, 400 KWH in January and 1,200 KWH in March.
“I’m so glad we did this, and there were incentives to do so.” Marie Reinoehl said. With five adults living in the home, the system provides the electricity needed to heat and cool the home and for daily usage.
“One of the biggest holdbacks is the initial costs, which can make it prohibitive,” said Ted Reinoehl. “I feel confident within a five-year period of time, it’s paid for.”