posted on Oct, 10 2013 @ 02:24 PM
reply to post by NotAnAspie
I haven't seen setups that allow for the normal wasteful household usage of energy that would work out. Just minimal setups like Les Stroud did on his
series Off the Grid. I think that was the name of it.
I do know of one wind farm setup that could power all the municipal buildings of a community plus sell the excess back to the grid that would be
funded by municipal bonds that sounds like a no brainer if the wind speeds in the area work. What they would do in addition to that, was the Wind
Turbines would also inject air into empty natural gas wells as a byproduct, pressurizing the well and then they would run that pressurised air over
another set of turbines to get even more power out of the setup. I thought that was a pretty ingenious setup. The City would sell the bonds to get the
initial money for the project and they could pay the interest off with the excess power sold back to the grid plus have money left over for continuing
maintenance. If the whole Ponzi-Carbon exchange would have happened, you would have been able to sell your "clean credits" you would get for the Wind
Farm and sell them to a polluter and made money off of that too.
that is because people use way more energy than what they need... but there are more and more factors to offset that every day...even for people who
refuse to cut down on energy use. More energy efficient devices and things like thermal ac...and geothermal ac and heating. unfortunately, we live in
a society that runs every TV in the house all day and cool or heat rooms not used often and many live in houses that are too big, try to cool the
whole thing with ac while having poorly ventilated attics. When people buy electronics they do not consider "how much energy is this going to use"
Also, appliances are not created with very much efficiency in mind but they could be by exploitation of moving parts to generate more energy after
start up so that it will use less energy over all.
just because one has never seen an array that can pull the weight doesn't mean it's impossible... because people prove that it IS quite possible all
the time. There are people who are free of energy bills. most just buy into the idea that it isn't possible... because people keep telling them it
isn't possible. It's a very popular thing to do... sit and nay say everything into endless impossibility. that never got us anywhere.
If i had my own land, i would implement a number of these ideas but where I'm at.... it is UNTHINKABLE to say "well, I'm going to dig real deep into
the yard here and lay down a lot of heat exchange pipe and attach some solar fans to it to offset cooling costs.... because they would think i'd lost
my mind and start nay saying even though geothermal is proven to assist in both heating and cooling and after set up with minimal cost, it would run
itself. geothermal in a well insulated home would work best but it would greatly offset costs with large poorly insulated attics. There are also ways
to build even not so well insulated homes so that they have effective heat exchange. Geothermal is not complete cooling or heating of course but since
it is one of the cheapest ways to get started if you don't mind digging, why the hell not? Next, invest in thermal ac... which is different than
geothermal and is somewhat new and it's already being blocked on the market by various methods and it needs to be tried and tested to produced better
tech and longer warranties since it's kinda new... but I would try at least a small unit at first (since I only use a small unit) and THEN calculate
my usage. that's the point you look into a inverter which is where you need to be extremely careful and choose well and get controllers and all that
plus other less expensive pieces you need to put it all together and then gradually if you have to... start expanding your array with both solar and
wind and any other supplementation. Working up to your arrays capacity if you have to do it gradually... but you need to understand the system to
maintain it if something goes wrong and be able to do it yourself so that it doesn't cost anywhere near what they say it does. The panels and turbines
themselves are not that expensive and they are getting cheaper. hell, if you like riding an exercise bike you can even get a small generator that a
regular bike sits onto if you want to juice up some batteries and get some exercise.
You can even buy lights now that run on gravity. Why run a lamp in your room when you could have a gravity light that cost the price of the lamp and
then raising your arm to lift it back up when it goes out.
there's all sorts of things that can be done to offset energy costs and looking at all of energy consumption problems... it's clear we need to stop
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