I do not know whether you have ever thought of it, but you can get off the grid. The electricity grid that is. Is it anything that you are interested in? For some people, getting off the grid is the Holy Grail of modern life. We all believe that we are being milked dry by the energy firms and our soldiers are being killed on a daily basis to secure the West’s supply of oil.
Garbage is inexhaustible it seems and a growing concern for municipalities. I grew up on Long Island and back in the forties they use to dump it in a big pile and light a match to it. The resultant stink was quite memorable. Growth of Nassau and Suffolk counties of course led to some deep thinking. There are old sand mines they started to dump in but they stunk too. Several towns tried several types of incinerators which was an improvement lost their licenses due to emissions. Finally they built 2 large plants that used technology developed to destroy chemical weapons to burn the trash and use the heat to make steam to run generators. They charge to unload the trash then turn around and sell the power.
If ever you want a good return for your time and effort, then plan. Effective planning could easily save and/or make you thousands of dollars per hour spent. Long term preparation is more likely to insure that decisions made and actions taken today will indeed be sustainable far into the future. However, even good planning requires some thought ahead of time. Here are some strategies on how to plan for a sustainable future.
Build your own solar panels, and create a power supplier source and a method of generating you own energy needs. Some things that you will want to consider before building are the following. How are the solar panels going to be used? To supply all the energy needs of your home, or just as a partial offset from utility power? How much power you wish to generate will determine the size of the panels. If your solar panel frame is being built out of wood, you will need to have the following tools to build your own solar panels.
It is not difficult to construct your own solar panels and the bits and pieces are easily obtainable in even small towns. The same holds true for systems that will produce electricity from wind or water. The trick is to get a detailed plan from which to build your solar panels or other devices.
Next we have is CAES or Compressed Air Energy Storage. Air is compressed into the salt caverns and released under pressure to power gas turbines for electricity. It uses the same concept as with the natural gas, in that it is used in times of peak demand, as more of a back up energy source. hydropower can create the pressure or more popular wind energy. Wind farms can create the air to be compressed in the salt caverns, and therefore no wind generated power is wasted.
Once a suitable salt bed or dome is found, it needs to be hollowed out into a cavern or basically a very large holding tank. The cavern walls are impermeable and can withstand extreme pressure. The caverns can be shaped to be as big as needed and that of which will allow. How is this man-made cavern created in salt? In most case, it is by a process of solution mining. This just means highly pressurized water flow is pumped through a pre-drilled well in the layer of salt that will dissolve the salt. The dissolved salt is then cycled back up the well and piped off to another location.
So, why need to pay huge amounts for electric bills when you can generate your own power? Yes, you can. All you need is a little investment for the installation of panels but you will get the benefits for the rest of your life. Or maybe, you can invest to buy a solar power to at least reduce your power consumption at home. Just imagine how it feels to pay just single digits for electricity and helping the environment at the same time. If you are really serious of generating your very own power, then there’s no other way but to install a solar panel in your house.