For example, wind power. It's a great concept if you have a sustained wind over 12 mph. How do you know what your wind speed is? Well, you can study it by having a wind ballon stationed at your property for about a year to take readings. Or you can take a chance and put up a turbine on your roof or a 40' tower in your yard. Very expensive way to find out if you have enough wind. Also, if you have trees or other buildings around you, your wind flow gets mucked up so you have to go high, really high. Oh yeah, check your ordinances first. Most towns don't yet allow these structures and some homeowners who have gone through this considerable expense have been forced to remove their equipment or face heavy fines for ordinance violations. The technology is fantastic, but not yet widely accepted.
Solar power is another great option, if you have sun and space to put up a bunch of panels. And money. Those panels are expensive! It takes a LOT of panels and equipment to extract and store the energy for future use. Living in the Midwest, we have a lot of clouds, which doesn't eliminate our ability to generate solar power, but it is reduced, somewhat. We have found some smaller applications for solar. We have a solar powered gate opener which is fantastic! It works year 'round and eliminated the need to run underground power to the edge of our property. Also, like most folks, we have solar landscape lights everywhere. We love solar power and use it when we can.
But what really sparked our interest? Geothermal. Using a constant ground temperature to heat and/or cool your home was a winner, in our books. Plus, as a heavy equipment operator, Farmer Tom loved the idea of digging a big hole to install the system. He has been talking about getting a backhoe, ever since.
Why would you need to buy a backhoe for a one-time use? If you love to dig, you'll find reasons to dig. Also, have you priced backhoes lately? Well, of course, we weren't going to buy a new backhoe. And with Farmer Tom as our shopper, it was likely to be an old broke down piece of metal that USED to be a backhoe. Well, he finally found what he was looking for and bought a backhoe attachment for his tractor back in July. She's a beauty, right?
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