Energy Saving Systems for Your Home

We build and install small or large systems for back-up, grid assistance, or off the grid replacement. Solar, or Wind, Hydro (water), steam or other equipment for generator operation. Each system will require a storage source of one or more batteries and a power inverter to change over to your required AC voltage. Solar currently has the highest cost and longest payback time, but may become less expensive in the future. Systems are sized for the amount of energy you wish to produce, and can range from very small, for a few hundred dollars, to larger systems, from $10,000 to hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Small back up systems with water or wind can be built for a few thousand dollars to produce enough energy for lighting and some small appliances. Wind is only available at certain times. I think for this area of the country we are subject to about a 30 percent availability with wind. Remember this is still a 30% savings on electrical usage and solar is less than 25% percent,  and solar is usually used with the wind unless you are in a location that has a constant wind source. Water, continuous flow from a creek, pond spillway, or spring can be use for a steady source of energy and can be stored in batteries for high demand use and converted with an inverter for longer transmission locations. A small water system of about 1,000 watts if done right and used carefully can power a small home. This is a small off-the-grid system and can be set up with the generator, water turbine, power inverter, switch and 4 storage batteries for under $14,000. Remember this is a small off the grid system. A  Solar Panel System for a 1,000 watt system will run over $12,000 and produce less than an average of 20 percent of rated watts. It would take between  4,000 and 5,000 watts of solar panels to make up the 1 Kw. system. Tracking systems will do better, but the cost is usually offset by cost.  Adding more panels is usually less expensive than the required maintenance and extra cost for tracking systems.

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Calvin graduated from Mineral Area College, majoring in Electronics, Physics and Math. He has worked at Westinghouse Electric as a design engineer for 3-phase transformers and Quality control of built product and at Callaway Nuclear Plant in start-up support and Materials Engineering, Electrical division. He has had owned his own business in electrical and communications for over 20 years and has built several homes as a general contractor. However his biggest interest is in providing Alternative Resources of Energy for rural homes and industries at a reasonable non cost-prohibited expense to customers. Calvin also had a small greenhouse business to help fund his college education and continued to do greenhouse and gardening for a added income through out the years.. Loves to garden and work with plant care. Calvin also did several years of electronic service and repair of Electronic equipment on hybrid and tube type of equipment. Calvin still studies about organic chemistry and other alternative energy services and supply solutions. Currently working on some inexpensive DIY collectors from 4 inch schedule 35 pvc with spray adhesive and alluvium foil to heat water or antifreeze for heating system.. Will show work as completed.

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