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SkyStream 3.7 the most popular residential wind turbine.

The Skystream 3.7 has revolutionized the residential wind power market, its so popular that even the Bush family has one at their home in Maine. What makes the Skystream 3.7 by Southwest Wind Power so different from endless selection of wind turbines in the market? Southwest Wind Power has really figured out their target market for the Skystream 3.7, the wind turbine has a built in grid connected inverter, so you can plug it right into the grid without having to buy an inverter along with the wind turbine. The Skystream 3.7 not only has great reviews about its design but the way it operates, its very quiet compared to older wind turbine technology. Installation is a snap, you can order with or without the pole. Typically its better to source the pole locally to save on shipping costs. The 5 inch adaptor kit is an optional part to help you can order to attach the skystream 3.7 to a 5 inch pole you can locally source. The amount of electricity you will produce from the 1.8 kW (kilowatt) skystream depends on your the average wind speeds in your area. The chart below shows an excellent diagram on the expected monthly kWh (kilowatt hour) a skystream 3.7 will produce for you. To get started with the skystream 3.7, first let your neighbors know your installing one. You may need to file for a building permit with your city and register with your electric company to connect the turbine to the...

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Estimating your sun hours or wind speeds

When using the wind or sun to produce your own electricity, after you figure out how much electricity your currently using. The next step would be to look into how much sun or wind resources you have in your geographical area. Figuring out the ammount of resources in your area will help you determine how many kilowatt hours (kWh) your system will produce through out the year. It’s a critical step to help understand the return on investment for your solar panel or wind power system. 3Tier a company that collects wind and solar data has opened up a free web program called firstlook to help you figure out your solar sun hours and wind speeds. I hope this tool helps you reach your clean energy system...

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Kilowatt hour (kWh), huh? It’s on your electric bill.

When purchasing a grid connected solar or wind power systems its important to start by looking at your electric bill to see how many kilowatt hours you consume each month. After you figure out how many kilowatt hours you are using per month, figure out how many kilowatt hours a solar panel or wind power system produce to determine out how much energy you can offset. Many people who are considering a clean energy system, never even consider looking at their electric bill to analyze their usage. It all starts from how much you are using and what rate your paying per kwh to estimate if solar or wind power is right for you. Below I have included a sample electric bill to help you locate how many kilowatt hours you use. Feel free to post your usage here, we can brainstorm ways we can reduce your kilowatt hour usage even without a clean energy...

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The Clean Energy Evolution.

Remember the cost of a computer in the 80s and the time when only the biggest hot shot executives had cell phones? Technology typically start off at a very high price and through economies of sale it is finally taken into the mainstream. Taking a look around you today, it’d be crazy to live without a cell phone or computer. Well, the same evolution of technology is happening to solar panels and wind power. The cost for the technology is dropping each year and the products are becoming more affordable and being accepted by the general public. 10 years from now solar panels, wind power and clean energy in general will be as common as cell phone and computers. Solar Panels have been evolving by becomming more efficient, thinner and better looking, there is so much top talent pouring into the clean energy sector today that its being innovation in this industry to a new level. The clean energy revolution has begun and even big oil can’t stop it...

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Brace yourself for raising energy costs!

So you think what you’re paying at the gas pump is expensive? Oil is booming at its all time high and more Americans are concerned with their cost at the gas pump, but pain doesn’t stop there. Energy has been increasing 6% a year, and since oil is at its all time high, people please brace yourself for more expensive electric, natural gas and heating oil bills. The pain will continue as you see your monthly electric bill go out of control. If you think of your energy expenses holistically (electric bill, natural gas, and gas at the pump) energy as a portfolio of expenses will start eating up your monthly budget. There are alternatives! Now is the perfect time to hedge yourself from raising energy costs. Solar panels and wind power are perfect ways to reduce your energy bills and get you a step further to becoming more energy independent while helping the...

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