Guide to Alternative Power Sources

Wind, Solar, Natural- And Gas-powered Generators, and Other Power Sources

If you've ever wondered if there is a choice to powering your home or lessening your electric or heating bills through an alternative power source, these articles may be the starting point. Wind power, solar power and other forms of everyday free access power-generating supplies can be used to make power for your home in order to supplement the utility company feed that you currently have.

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    How Much Does Solar Power Cost?

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    Solar power can be a great alternative to paying for power from the utility company, but what are the costs? Solar power costs not only include the system itself, but also the cost of installation and maintenance. Before we begin to discuss the cost of a solar system, we need to know what solar cells are and how they work.

  • 02 of 08

    What Is Solar Power?

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    Photovoltaics are a clean, free way to harvest electrical power from the sun's rays through the use of solar cells. Solar power is a never-ending supply of electricity that can greatly reduce your dependency on utility company power and your electric bill. This free power source isn't really free though. In order to harvest this power source, you'll need an initial investment to capture the sun's rays.

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    Harnessing Electricity From The Wind With Windspire

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    Windspire generators have a different concept from most wind-driven generators on the market. From what I see, these generators provide a 120-volt, 20-amp circuit feed that is another source of electricity feed to your house. It actually aids the utility company's feed, rather than replace it. Of course, 20 amps won't run everything in your home, but imagine if it just ran a window air conditioner in the summer or the furnace fan in the winter. How much savings would you see on your bill with that?

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    Portable Generator Do's And Don'ts

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    Portable generators are a God send when the power suddenly goes out in your home. It may be from an ice storm, tornado, or hurricane. If you are prepared for these severe storms, you'll likely have the lights back on in no time at all. Portable generators can safely power all or part of your home's power needs if you simply follow a few safety do's and don'ts.

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  • 05 of 08

    Tired of High Gas Prices? Try an Electric Car!

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    It’s hard to believe I can still remember gas priced at 75 cents a gallon. That’s been some time ago, so we won’t discuss how old I am, and no, dinosaurs were not around then! But over the past year, we’ve seen gas prices skyrocket out of control. Any shift in the markets, threats of wars, or even the sun rising, seemed to control the price of gas. What are we the consumer supposed to do about it? We need the gas to power our cars and we consumers don’t have oil wells and refineries in our back yards to make our own fuel, so now what? What can we do to beat the gas grip the oil companies have on us?

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    Harvesting Electricity From The Air

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    Wind power has been around for many years. In the good old days, people used windmills to run their well pumps, which were the manual type. The windmill blades would turn, this would turn a bent shaft in a circle that would move a long rod up and down from the wind mill's transmission connection to the well pumps shaft. This motion pumped the water, which was then fed into a horse trough.

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    Ice Storms and Power Outages

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    Emergency backup power and lighting come in quite handy when the electricity to your home suddenly goes out. Have you ever had the lights go out unexpectedly and had to search high and low for a flashlight in the dark? When you finally found a flashlight, undoubtedly the batteries were dead or nearly dead. If only there was another way to automatically turn a light on when the power goes out. Well, you’re in luck! There is just such a light. With these tips, you will be ready for the unexpected.

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    How to Prepare for Power Outages

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    Emergency backup power and lighting come in quite handy when the electricity to your home suddenly goes out. Have you ever had the lights go out unexpectedly and had to search high and low for a flashlight in the dark? When you finally found a flashlight, undoubtedly the batteries were dead or nearly dead. If only there was another way to automatically turn a light on when the power goes out. Well, you’re in luck! There is just such a light. With these tips, you will be ready for the unexpected.