Wow, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a time when people are more interested in regaining their independence from the huge corporations who seem to have nothing better to do than bleed us dry. Utility companies are right at the top of the list. If you’ve ever wondered if you can get off grid by using alternative energy sources, read on.

Everyone has probably heard about solar power and wind power, but are they enough to generate all the electricity your home needs? Well, that depends.

It depends on which you choose, solar, wind, or a combination of both. For most people a few solar panels or one wind turbine won’t be enough to generate all the electricity you will need for your home use.

You could use a combination of solar and wind. If you don’t want to do that your best bet would probably be focusing on wind power. A small wind turbine will usually generate about 5 times what one solar panel will generate. Of course, you have to take into consideration where you live among other factors.

Solar panels can only work during the day. A turbine, on the other hand, can work whenever there is wind, day or night.

You can build your own turbine in a week for a few hundred dollars with materials you can buy at the local hardware store. You can mount it on your roof or in your yard.

If you really want to completely free yourself from your utility company your best bet would be to combine both solar and wind power and/or build several turbines if you have the space.

Thanks to advances in technology many people have been able to get off grid. You can too. Just keep in mind that one solar panel or one wind turbine won’t do it on it’s own.

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