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    Hey all

    I live in Pennsylvania

    I have A large pond on my property, I have full Sun, I have a large field next to my property which seems to always produce wind.

    I don’t know if I should try heat, electric, or both. (Maybe geothermal)

    Do you go all out or is it better to build into a system.

    Is home made as good as purchased.

    lots of questions.




    Question is the beginning of knowledge so you have to take also our

    will it’s your choice man what to do and what you are going to choose what to use. Come what may..



    I would say that it depends on what you want to do, are you trying to power your whole house? Do you have a house already or are you going to build one? How much money do you have to spend on this? How much time do you have to devote to this? How much do you know about electrical wiring and such?

    The more you can do yourself, the less expensive it will be. What I would suggest you do is try to find someone local that is doing this and visit their place, see what they are doing, try to find more than one, that way you can get an idea of what different people do with different systems. Don’t let someone “sell you a system” until you do your homework. We cobbled our system together, a few pieces at a time and it works for us, our system is small, very small, along the lines of what LaMar is doing, that makes it much less expensive, plus the fact that we did everything ourselves.

    Maybe you could start out really small, power one room, get some experience and build from there.



    I have acess to a machine shop, pretty good with electricity and electronics, own my home allready, am considering installing a secondary panel for my off grid work. Add to it as power levels come up. Would rather stay AC in my new panel, and am currently looking to use a water wheel to start generating. A diagram of a basic system would be great. Any ideas on how you built your water wheel. Thanks


    A water wheel is a machine for converting the energy of flowing or falling water into more useful forms of power, a process otherwise known as hydropower. In the Middle Ages, waterwheels were used as tools to power factories throughout different counties. The alternatives were the windmill and human and animal power. The most common use of the water wheel was to mill flour in gristmills, but other uses included foundry work and machining, and pounding linen for use in the manufacture of paper.


    water wheel is a great idea….you may also try wind mill or heat insulators…

    which ever it is..all depends on your finances…

    consider your money first before starting the project ;)


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    You can use any resources you found close to you. it is better to use that for you to have more savings and in the case of producing home made products, I agree on that but be sure it is in good quality.



    Doing whatever you can to conserve energy is good for you, good for the environment and therefore good for all of us. There are many ways to go so I can understand being confused and needing direction what to do. The main thing is to start small. Anything you do helps. There are a lot of resources on the Internet. One website that has the latest information is You can specify any topic that interests you to get up-to-date info. Keep at it!

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