We're on the grid. Paying 50 cents a kwh. Power company here will cut you off if you make your own electricity, there's no net metering here. We live on an absolutely perfect spot for solar
, and I designed the garage roof specifically for that kind of thing,but we would have to go whole hog and sever relationship with electric
company if we did that. I did buy a generator
after hurricanes Hanna and Ike hit us in the same week in 08. They do allow home generators in emergencies.
Have been in contact with Windspire and some other vertical axis wind
folks, and I think those would be ideal. Until someone gets solar electric
right. We do have solar heated hot water
, and it's awesome. 50 gallons in the collector, feeding a well insulated 50 gallon electric heater in the attic. After we installed it we went three weeks before we discovered the electric water
heater wasn't even hooked up to power. The solar was more than sufficient alone.
I need to find some wind generator
people who want a nice, scenic, tropical, ideal house in the trade
winds to test their gear
Power and telephone are all we have out here. No town water, totally cistern with a filtration system. One of the things I would like to do if I could get the power thing worked out is install an RO system. Seawater, we got.