We all like to take advantage of the free things in life, but it
seems we could be making more use of something we have an abundance of…water.
Renewable Hydro energy has been used, especially in Australia, for many, many years. In fact,
the streetlights in Launceston, Tasmania were first powered by generators turned by the flow of the
South Esk River in 1895.
Since then, constructions like the Hoover Dam in America have utilized the power of water to
produce massive amounts of energy.
What many of us may not know is that if you have running water on your land, there is the
potential there to create a hydro energy installation. This can help power your home, save you money on your
energy bills, and help the environment.
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Water power can produce much more power than other forms of renewable energy solutions like
solar and wind power. All you need is flowing water that runs downhill. The greater the elevation, the more
power you are likely to produce.
Flow also plays a part in the amount of power you can generate in this way. The greater the
flow, the greater the power potential.
There are numerous resources that can help you actually set up your own renewable hydro-electric
source, and your dealer may be able to help identify if you have the right site.
Also, you do not need to have a gushing river running through your back garden to produce
hydro-electricity. There are micro hydro units available that can, if the factors of flow and elevation are
adequate enough, turn that free resource into something you usually have to pay for.
Dealers in hydro energy installations will be able to help you calculate the flow of water and
the drop, and should be able to advise you on the best hydropower unit to suit your measurements and/or your
If you are having trouble with the calculations, they may be able to help and advise you over
the telephone, or may even come out and help you with the job.
Using water in this way, if it is possible in your home, has many advantages over other forms of
renewable energy like solar power and wind power. For example, there may be days when the sun refuses to
shine or the wind doesn’t blow, but you can be sure that water will keep on flowing. This means energy will
be created all day, every day, regardless of the weather each day.
You can be assured that your hydro power unit will be constantly creating energy and giving you
the power you need.
If the hydro power you are able to create is not enough to sustain the needs of your home, then
you could try combining this with solar or wind power units to give you the power you need.
You could even end up becoming completely self-sufficient, providing all the energy for your
needs, saving yourself a fortune in bills and doing your own little bit for the planet. GreenDIYEnergy can