I am sure that you would like to get off the electricity grid. Who would not like to put a stop to those rising monthly bills? The trouble is that no one is stepping up to the plate to tell us how to do it. Politicians are just beginning to ring the alarm bells even though they have known about the predicted oil shortage for decades – just as we all have.
The difference is that we are not being paid to make the right decisions for the country like they are. We look to our elected representatives for leadership, but there is not much forthcoming. Yes, there are a few subsidies available for the installation of alternative energy sources, but they will only benefit the middle and upper classes who can afford them anyway. They will also benefit the firms that sell these goods, because they will get their asking price from the state, which will pay with poor people’s taxes. Great!
Where are the government hand-outs (not money) informing people how they can assemble and fit their own solar panels and wind turbines without having to make somebody else rich by doing it? Surely, if the government were serious about sustainable energy, it would have worked out a way to allow average people to help themselves?
You can actually construct a fairly effective wind turbine from scrapyard parts and bits and pieces from a hobbyist store like Radio Shack. But no politician is telling you that. They want you to spend $45,000 on a green system and even better if you buy it on your credit card or overdraft.
The reason why you should consider completing your own wind turbine is that you can probably get the parts for less than $500. It sounds like a massive saving and believe me, it is, but you will have to do a lot of work to carry out yourself, instead of lying back and watching a contractor do it for you. But I should imagine that you realized that already, eh?
I know that ‘building your own wind turbine’ sounds fantastic, out of the normal person’s league, but in a way that is because we have become too focused. When asked your job, you might say that you are a data enterer of a maths teacher, a miner or a writer, but that is NOT all that you are and certainly not all that you could be.
Take a deep breath and buy some drawings to construct a wind turbine or, if that is too intimidating a solar panel. Believe me, once you have built one, the next one is far easier and the icing on the cake, is when your energy device is standing there, hooked up to your home power supply and giving you a bit of independence from the grid.
It will inspire you to make another one and become even more independent and, who knows, you may even stop what you are doing now and build units for your neighbours. you may become an eco-warrior!
Owen Jones, the author of this piece, writes on many topics, but is currently involved with a favourite topic – alternative power sources. If you are interested in Sustainable Energy At Home, please click through to our site.