Wind Turbines for Residential Homes
Several residential customers in Texas are now buying and using successfully wind turbines. They were able to spend around $15,000 for the wind turbine, batteries, and inverter and breaker box setup to power much of their homes electricity. This is a large investment but if the insulation in the home is done well it may be well worth it. If radiant barrier is added over the existing insulation as well as under the house, on the ceiling, the floor and in the attic you can create a virtual freezer. Your home would keep about 98% of the radiant heat while keeping in any air conditioning you may be using. For some areas in Texas the cost to install a wind turbine is in the upwards range of $30,000 because of the energy needed and the height to achieve the 7 – 10 mile an hour wind speeds needed. Anything below 7 miles an hour in wind speed is not enough to start producing electricity with a wind turbine.
Once you start getting into the $30,000 price range for wind turbines it is better to start considering solar instead. The ideal solar setup does not use deep cycle batteries which can be half the cost of the solar setup. A solar installer can set the panels up so there is a cogeneration type of setup with the Texas electric grid. The solar company in Texas that installs the panels on your home will work with your TDSP utility to set the cogeneration setup from your house to the poles and wires. The transformer on the electric lines works as a battery so you do not have to buy the deep cycle batteries yourself. If you think about you pay TDSP charges every month to the TDSP company so why buy infrastructure that you are already paying for? During peak demand periods in the day your solar energy you create is sent back into the electric lines causing the electric meter to turn backwards. You will be selling electricity back to the utility during these periods. During non peak demand periods you can use the electric grids power and by doing it in this way you will dramatically lower the cost of your electric bill.
There are two types of solar panels you can buy in Texas. You can purchase the thin film solar panels or the photovoltaic solar panels. The photovoltaic Texas solar panels are the standard solution and are more efficient than the thin film. Thin film solar panels are cheaper but they are not as efficient. The best location for a thin film solar panel is on a metal roof. These thin film layers can easily be installed between the grooves in a metal roof.
Selling energy back on the Texas Grid
Some off the grid homes are even selling back excess energy back into the grid that they are not using. Having a home that is completely off the electric grid is cost prohibitive for most people and simply does not make sense in many areas in Texas because of the time it would take to recover the investment in the equipment. In Texas there is a law that makes it required that Texas energy companies buy this energy you put back into the grid. Some people are becoming even more enginuitive by buying diesel fuel generators and making a mixture of vegetable oil and fuel that will combust in the diesel generator with success. By adding a mixture of kerosene and leaded or unleaded gasoline you can put this mixture directly into the tank and convert it into electricity.
Diesel Generators running on Vegetable Oil
Much has been said about cars running on vegetable oil but not a lot of talk is out there for using this type of system to run your houses air conditioning system and other appliances. Amazingly you can add this vegetable oil fuel mixture to a diesel generator without the need of a converter. As energy rates continue to go up in price you will see home owners becoming more and more creative in how they go about saving money on their electricity. The commercial industry might eventually catch up with the consumers and offer kits and generators specifically for the energy saver in mind.
If you would like to learn more about energy efficiency measures you can take to help reduce your homes electricity costs then please click on the contact link on the top right and send us your information. Someone will call you back to setup an appointment to go over your options.