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Whole House Backup Generators

Updated on August 23, 2010

Whole House Generators

Whole House Generators
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Whole House Solar Generators
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Whole Home Generators
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Whole House Generators

In places where it is common for the main power grid to go down many rural home owners have known about the benefits of whole house generators for decades. Recently though a new reason for generating your own electricity has been gaining popularity - Going green while saving money and maybe even turning the expense of using electricity into a small revenue generator. Of course the cost or investment in a whole house generator can hardly turn it into a money maker but selling back to the grid through efficient energy use and an efficient electrical plan can certain help repayment some of that initial investment over time.

Is your thinking Fossilized?

Traditional whole home power generators used fossil fuels. Propane, diesel and gasoline generators were the norm. But to go Green and be cost effective the newer technologies are the way to go. Some would argue that natural gas generators or ones using propane might be considered 'green' as they have quite low carbon foot prints but true environmentalists would agree that burning any kind of fossil fuel is an outdated mode of generating electricity.

Alternative Electricity Generation

Over the past decade advancements in alternative electricity generation have made huge steps in taking us closer to creating carbon neutral electricity. Solar generators, wind generators and hydro-electric generators are the best known but even newer technology is hitting the market. Thermal generators which use the earths heat are being widely used in parts of the world where thermal dynamics are most efficient - that is to say anywhere we find naturally occurring volcanic activity. Places where hot springs occur are ideal. But even colder and stable climates like Canada find that deep drilled termal energy generation is possible. Although it has yet to be proven some claim magnets can be used to create a perpetual energy machine that generates no harmful emissions whatsoever.

Build Your Own Electricity Generator

With the green technologies which are readily and now quite economically available it is possible to build your own electricity generator. And many are doing so today. Rather than a one stop solution the most effective designs seem to incorporate a variety of techniques which are conducive to the natural environment which is surrounding the home. This means strategically utilizing wind power generators in areas of your property and during the times of year when consistent wind is available. Solar power generators now incorporate panels which are so efficient they can still collect electricity when it is cloudy and even when they are covered with snow. If you have running water on your property or the ability to redirect as river or stream so that you do, then you can take advantage of new high efficiency hydro-electric generators.

New Technologies - New Ideas

With all of the energy, pardon the pun, being put into alternative energy solutions today it pays to be constantly searching and trying new things. There are numerous examples of 'bak yard' experiments being conducted on electricity generation and plenty of free or low cost information - guides, instructions, video programs - to help you learn how to build a generator of your own. Check out the YouTube Videos below and the links for some great examples.

How To Generate Electricity From Wind



Micro Hydro Electric Power Plant

How to Build a Micro Hydro Electric Generator

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      3 years ago

      my brother sent out these csithrmas cards . the front was him and his wife wearing matching v-necks each holding their babies also wearing .. matching v-necks . phot shopped across the bottom was a tag that said *LagOnnis (our last name) like he is trying to brand our family name and have exclusive credit for the family name . On the back of the card . He has four paragraphs talking about how many vacations he went on this year, all of these amazing job offers pouring in and states He likes where he is working right now very much but still enjoys the amazing job offers that are pouring in. He says despite the economic downturn he moved into a much bigger and better house in a more family frienddly neigborhood . We live in an area where every house cost about on million and up . it's not hard to find a family friendly neighborhood here. When facebook isn't enough he created a mind blowing blog page so you can find exclusive details all about him and his family at their very own website. He also says how his two kids aged 11 months and two years old have a personal chef. Just upscaling everything Like honestly I hope those two infants have a personal chef they would die if nobody cooked for them. They are expecting another child and they said We are expecting a new child Next year our family is going to be bigger and better! And at the bottom they signed they're LagOnnis And didn't say they're names or anything . Just the corporate brand idea they're projecting out. Is this to much? I feel in the economy we are in right now saying how many vacations they have been on, the bigger and better house they moved into while other people in my family are facing forclosures or are struggling month to month, I feel it is just very unsensitive and rude. And, I am not jealous either. I have things I can brag about but I don't believe in this bahavior so I don't do it. What do you think? Also, my other brother installed solar panels on his roof, and this csithrmas card brother took all the credit saying he installed all the solar panels and never mentioned any help from my other brother . And I get it, my other brother didn't help seeking any praise or approval but clearly this Christmas card brother is seeking praise and approval so it is annoying to me .. And . Matching grey V-Necks? Come on. Lifes not all rainbows and butterflies stop faking it.Ok so I was pretty irriated when i wrote this. It's not a million dollar and up area it's more like $900,000 and up but all the money aside . Just the way he is being so formal with his family and talking about how great he is IN THIRD PERSON point of view . So you think it's it's to much? You think I would get away with it? lolI agree with all of these responses .. The one person that said there is a lot more going on then what they tal about Agreed. It seems picture perfect on the outside but deep down inside of that family structure there is clearly insecurity. I agree everyone has one of those in the family And yes Matching V-Necks. What the hell.I have to admit .. I sent out my own Christmas card this year . After getting this years csithrmas card and seeing that it is bigger than last years I decide to send out a card that looks similar to theirs but I am mocking the **** out of them. On the front I am holding my dog, I am looking really good but I am making a funny face and under my picture (I am awearing a grey V-Neck) I wrote See reverse for exclusive details all about me!!!!!! and I on the back I ran all over them I hope next years card either 1) Doesn't come at all or 2) Is drastically tuned down. The back clowns them pretty bad. I sent it to everybody The opening sentence to my Christmas Card is Hello Everybody, I know you all have been waiting for this years status report and I thank you all for being patient. I'mdoing extraordinary. Last year, (despite the ecomic downturn) I went on so many vacations. And when I say so many, it's relly an understatement. lol.

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      Ed Beagle 

      8 years ago

      I've been looking at different way to supplement my electricity bill. Deb, I too live in the country and I agree it would be a good feeling to be more independent. It's time for me to get started on a project or two. Think I'll look into starting with Solar power - I saw a little kit at CostCo that might be a good way to get going.

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      8 years ago from Toronto

      Thanks Deb - I have a farm too!

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      8 years ago

      Thanks for this great information. We have a farm and it has me thinking about how we can create our own electricity so we don't have to be dependent on the utility. It would be nice to some day sell power back rather than always paying for it!

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      8 years ago from Toronto

      Thanks Mark. I appreciate the feedback and agree completely - obviously!

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      8 years ago from Victoria, BC Canada & Boquete, Panama

      Paul, you're providing some good information for people. Even if one lives in the city they can still think about green ways to generate electricity and reduce their footprint. I know in Europe everyone has a solar hot water heater - how come we don't all have those here? It's time we got smart and rather than leave it to the science oriented types start to adopt and utilize the wonderful advances they are giving us. Cheers!


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