In the image, you can see some brilliant examples of the technology available to help us all be a bit less reliant on the national gas and electricity supplies. Renewable energy is intrinsic to self-sufficiency. You must learn to embrace it as a viable alternative if you want to live cheaply and in an environmentally friendly way.
Our scientists worked hard to invent the technology we need, but some of it has been around for decades; we just never used it. Here are a few ideas that will make you drool. If you were to install them all, you could reduce the running costs your home to almost nothing. That is an attractive prospect, don’t you think?
Use The Sun
Modern solar panels use the latest materials to generate electricity even on dull days. As long as there is light available, they will output. They will, of course, produce more on a sunny day; enough to run your home if you have enough of them. Sell any extra electricity to your supplier. In some countries, they are legally bound to pay you for the electricity export from your system. You can also charge a battery bank during the day. Thanks to the development of white LEDs, the batteries will have enough power to light your home through the night. You can also use an inverter to turn the output into mains voltage to power your appliances. The reality is that the batteries will go flat quickly if you do that. Look online for additional resources about solar in Perth and Adelaide. It is a fascinating and viable subject.
Use The Wind
Wind turbines are not as reliable as solar energy and produce nothing on still days. They are a cheaper alternative, and if you understand the way motors and generators work, you could build one with materials from the scrapyard. Because the output of a turbine changes with the wind, it is best to charge batteries with them. The circuitry is straightforward, and charge controllers are freely available. Of course, if you have a big generator and a regulator, it can make enough power to run your domestic appliances too. There are many models on the market to suit your needs.
If you are lucky enough to have a fast flowing stream running through your land, you could use the power of water to generate all the electricity you need. The easiest way is to build a water wheel that you connect to the gearbox via a shaft or drive belt. That gearbox speeds up the rotation and drives a generator that produces the electricity. As long as the water is flowing, you could have all the power you need for the appliances in your house.
In your efforts to generate power, don’t forget the importance of insulation in your home. The fact is that you can never have too much. It will keep the building at a constant temperature all year round with no help if there is enough of it. The best passive homes need only the body heat of the occupants and the warmth of the running appliances to maintain the temperature. Make sure there is an airlock on every external door too; the main house should never be open to the elements when someone enters or exits.
You can reduce your reliance on external supplies to zero if you have a big budget and understand the subject. Most people would make the switch if they could, and many are looking upon these features as essential home improvements. We cannot rely on the usual supplies anymore, and it is time to do something about it.