Power cuts and outages is something we are all too familiar with in this country, and obviously, it seems to be one experience that’s going to tag along for a very long time. 24-hour power supply through electrically generated energy is not a feat we are going to achieve in the nearest future.
But then again, we as individuals can generate our own 24-hours of supply by harnessing the various opportunities available to us via nature by diving into the renewable energy option. By doing this, we eliminate the hurdles of being affected by outages and load shedding.
Micro-generated power doesn’t have to be used in isolation – it can be used as a backup for when another power source fails. And whilst people can do it in their own homes, micro-generation is particularly useful for bigger projects – like new housing developments or businesses – where new technologies can make a massive difference.
Here are 5 simple steps to generating your own energy:
Step 1: Choose your method of micro-generation
With so many options out there, you have to choose which technology is right for your home, business or project – this choice depends on the amount or type of energy you need, then you can choose from the available options of renewable energy like solar, wind energy or even energy generated from running water supply in the form of shallow pool off grid energy.
Step 2: Look out for incentives
By incentives, we mean money that can be made off the excess energy you generate but do not need. These incentives allows you to make money from the electricity you produce. All you have to do is negotiate with the government or other housing units close to you that might be interested in getting constant supply but cannot out-rightly invest in renewable energy.
Step 3: Get set up
Once you’ve decided on what type of renewable energy to invest in that serves your power needs, you’ll be ready to install your own renewable power source. You will need to find both a certified product and installer.
Step 4: Monitor your energy
Once you’re up and running, installing a smart meter should be next on your agenda. Whether for solar or wind generated energy, smart meters makes it easy to manage and review how much energy you’re using. Once you have one, you can also analyse how well your micro-generation method is working as well as spot any problems quickly, so you can resolve them.
Step 5: Avoid problems with your energy flow
What if you have solar panels, but it’s not sunny – or what if the technology goes wrong with your wind turbine and you don’t have a clue how to fix it?
Don’t worry – renewable energy sources are more reliable than people realise. Wind turbines, for example, don’t need gale force conditions to generate energy!
All you have to do is schedule regular maintenance checks so that you always know what’s going on. It also means that you can spot breakdowns and prevent them before they happen.
There are lots of benefits to micro-generation – you can reduce your carbon footprint, lower energy costs and generate a reliable source of energy.