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If you’re just about ready to give up your power bill, maybe it’s time to look into low power design, or rather low voltage living.
The alternative to standard electricity is a personal electrical system using a renewable resource. This can offer you an insurance policy against the inexorable escalation of utility electricity prices. Researchers have argued persuasively that investments in conservation and renewable energy are among the wisest that anyone can make. But there are other equally convincing arguments for making the move toward electrical independence among them, the personal satisfaction that can be gained by taking control with a low power design.
This excellent resource will answer:
What is low voltage living?
Low voltage means producing 12-volt direct current and using it at that level whenever possible.
How can I tap into nature’s power system?
To a great extent, the alternative power source you choose will be determined by the resource you have available. As attractive as hydropower is in comparison with wind or solar, it requires that you have flowing water that goes downhill some distance. For those of you who have the luxury of choosing, the attached downloadable chart sums up the relative advantages of each system, and should give you a basic idea of what natural and financial resources are required.
How can I store energy?
First, you must choose the right type of battery for your generating method. There are essentially three types: lead-calcium, lead antimony, and pure lead.
What type of wiring do I need?
Proper wiring and switching are particularly important in a low-voltage electrical setup. In general, No. 10 copper wire will serve any load of less than 150 watts in a normal-size home. There will, however, have to be some appliances that draw more than 150 watts.
This effective and informative resource guide will also teach you about your appliance when using a low power design and low voltage living. Learn how to limit your skyrocketing electricity costs today and begin a path to low power design and living!
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