Archive | July 2015

Solar Power for Camping Trips

Perhaps you’ve already heard about solar power systems. People often think that solar power is very expensive but that was years ago. Today, you can already find more affordable alternatives in order to enjoy the free energy from the sun. Many individuals love to go camping and if you’re one of them, you may as well carry a solar power system with you.

But are the systems reliable, portable enough, practical, and readily available?

RV camping can be a lot more fun if you have a solar power system with you. However, some campers simply find the whole system as unnecessary. The camping spaces are usually fully hooked up so you won’t need the system unless there is power failure. The trips are usually carefully planned and you will need to reserve for the hook-up. You can also go on an RV camping without the hookup. You can explore quiet and remote places for a couple of days. In this case, the solar power system is a must and it’s practical to have them around. Before you go camping, you must determine your electrical requirements. The camping schedule should also be appropriately chosen to make sure that there will be plenty of sunshine. The batteries can be charged using the system. Once you determine the load, you can now estimate the size of the system. Purchase the needed materials and start the installation of batteries, solar panels, and inverters. These are needed to produce the required energy.

Today, there are several solar power systems that are suitable to RVs. Shop around and you can find one that will suit your budget and needs. If you’re planning to bring electrical devices, you must calculate their energy needs so that you won’t use up all the solar energy. Try to limit the number of electrical devices you bring; besides, you’re going camping to explore nature so you can do away with the convenience of these devices.

Even if you’re camping without RVs, you can still make use of the solar power system. You can already find lightweight and portable units that generate solar power. There are flexible panels that can be carried to campsites and you will just spread them on the ground where there is direct sunlight. The generated power is enough to light a small bulb and a heater. Special backpacks collect sun’s energy and convert them into electricity which can be used to recharge your iPod, camera, and cellular phone.

Solar power is no longer limited to homes, offices, and other bog establishments. Now, it is already possible to carry solar power systems anywhere you go. Camping will be more fun if you bring a solar power system with you. Forget about conventional generators that consume fuel. You can get free electricity from the systems that are sold in the market. In the US, solar power is already recognized and many households are now using them.

Next time you plan to go camping, make sure that you bring a dependable solar power system. Plan your outing carefully and make sure that you pick the right date and day as well. If it’s sunny, you can produce more energy. Bring limited electric devices and bring only the essentials. Solar power is clean and renewable so you can stay out camping for as long as you like without worrying about energy consumption.

Residential Wind Generators, Power to the People

Residential wind generators are not for everyone. But I believe a great potential exists for much of rural America. This article will explore a different concept on wind farm potential, home wind power generators, and ownership of a portion of your energy needs.
Great strides have been made in industrial wind farm construction and integration; the potential at the industrial level is being thoroughly analyzed. It’s the cheapest alternative energy solution we have to date.

Even so, there are some disadvantages to industrial wind farms.

They take years to build.
They take up acres of ground that likely had other economic uses.
They require new grid infrastructure for power distribution.
They tie into a grid that is 100 years old in many locations, the longer the transmission distances the greater the energy losses.
They cost millions to build and in most cases are Power Company owned.
The average person has little control.

Now lets examine the aspects of a different concept in wind power generators.

Strides have also been made in residential wind generators. There is a full range available. You can buy a home wind power generator that will power the whole house if you have the capital and right location.
If you want to build a home wind power generator, there are also options to choose from.
Wind power generators can cost thousands of dollars, or you can find a home wind power generator for sale for as little as five hundred.
Wind power generators in America need to be viewed from all angles and economic levels.
What we feel is most significant is that the average person in the right location can start generating a portion of their energy needs. An entry point cost of five hundred dollars for residential wind generators, with state and federal incentives that can be as high as 30%, is very appealing.
You can’t generate a lot of power with a five hundred-dollar investment, but it’s a good starting point. The more people participating with residential wind generators, the faster the technology will advance and the greater the impact will be.

Lets look at some of the advantages of home wind power generators and the ways they can be used.

1. They can be installed and producing power in a day, not years.
2. They can be mounted on existing structures. Rural America has thousands upon thousands of agricultural structures in the form of silos, windmill towers and grain elevators that could be retrofit with a variety of home wind power generators.
3. The existing power grid is capable of handling the power without modification.
4. Because the power is generated at its point of use there is no transmission loss.
6. An easy cost entry point allows the average person to participate.
You own it the equity is yours.
7. You now have control over a portion of your energy needs.
Al Gore used the Global Warming tipping point as a tool to educate and motivate the world to take action on carbon emissions. His strategy was effective to a point, but much controversy remains about Global Warming with many skeptics.
There’s another tipping point that can’t be ignored. It doesn’t matter if you’re a skeptic or not. If your energy cost rise 20% a year you will become motivated. When gas hits $4.00 a gallon we will demand better energy solutions.
This is our first article on residential wind generators. In the coming months we will document the number of agricultural structures in one rural county of Illinois that could be utilized for residential wind generators.
That county happens to be Carroll, which may be the new home of the Guantanamo Bay Detainees. Our location is four miles from the Thomson Prison.
If you want to know what’s happening in American wind power, please visit http://awea.org/Article Submission, They can help you decide if a home wind power generator is right for you. Residential wind generators must comply with all local zoning laws.