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Re: +Just wondering about them mini hydro turbine units+

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Posted by screaminghollow on October 21, 2002 at 13:10:14 from (

In Reply to: +Just wondering about them mini hydro turbine units+ posted by Mike D. on October 21, 2002 at 09:12:02:

I've looked into some of them small pelton wheel brushless jobs, $1,200.00 (approx) just for the unit and then the cost of piping etc. You can generate some electric, but the batteries and sine-waive inverter are expensive. I also looked into a cheaper way to use the electric that's generated. Around this place we can always use hot water, if I channel the electric into a water heater, I can get all the hot water this family needs. That would save us about $25.00 per month. or save all of $300 per year. At that rate it would take about 5 years to pay for the cost of the system. Then there's the damage to the system caused by floods from hurricanes, summer deluges and sudden snow melts. I am still considering it, but it doesn't look all that great. Given the overall cost of keeping the oil flowing, the amount the gov't pays to keep it flowing and defend the supply, it might be a deal in the overall scheme of things. I think the gov't should do more to encourage such systems.

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