April 25, 2005 – Cool Things

We’ve been talking off and on about “getting off the grid.” The corn stove gets off most of the heating grid, but electricity is a long way away. My interest in a small wind turbine is rekindled with our leader’s attitude that it’s better to beg people (foreigners) to keep gouging us for energy, rather than becoming self-suffient. I found a cool site that estimates the wind energy potential for each part of the state (there’s even one for the now non-existent town of Van Cleve, a mile away from our house). It shows average wind speeds per month, which is vital in calculating costs/savings/feasability.