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Electricity Bill Sticker Shock

July 27th, 2009  •  Posted by DV  •  5 Comments

Well, I thought the last bill was bad as it was over $200.00, but this recent one topped it easily! Has anyone else gotten a $371.00 electric bill this month? Talk about an “electric shock”! My wife about came unglued when she opened our latest bill from Stream Energy. We are locked in for a year at 11.9 cents per kilowatt hour. According to the bill, we somehow managed to use 3009 KWH in the last billing cycle. I just don’t get it. We have done nothing different from last year (except we are paying about half a cent more this year over last year). Even with all the days we were over the 100 degree mark, I still can’t see how we used that much power. We keep the air conditioning at 78 (occasionally, I sneak it down to 77 but that only lasts until the wife catches it). We also keep ceiling fans running throughout the house just like we did the same time last year. Yet, we used roughly 683 KWH more than we did last year. Obviously, I need to do some kind of energy audit on our house and figure out where the extra power is going. Time to do more research! If anyone has any public service type links they can share, please pass them along with any advice you can provide relative to experience implementing energy saving tips. Meanwhile, I did manage to bury a decent ground for my RF harvesting experiments in the wife’s rose bed while she was out shopping. Now I just need to get a bus bar connected to it in the garage. Never enough hours in a day. – DV

Wind Generators & Wind Farms Have Made Progress – Where Is T. Boone Pickens Headed Next?

July 12th, 2009  •  Posted by DV  •  No Comments

It was roughly a year ago that T. Boone Pickens launched a campaign aimed at weaning America off of foreign oil imports. Like many others with fewer resources, it seemed his plan focused much on renewable energy. More specifically wind power generation. These days it seems like you would be hard pressed to find west [...]

Solar Power Generation

May 1st, 2009  •  Posted by DV  •  2 Comments

With the advances in solar cell technology and more efficient production methods, it is becoming easier and more affordable every day to build your own solar panels and create solar arrays. Nowadays, even the tax man is involved with implementing alternative energy solutions at the residential and commercial levels. There are state and federal programs [...]

RF Harvesting – Electricity is all around us, we just need to grab it (safely).

April 30th, 2009  •  Posted by DV  •  9 Comments

Harvesting RF Energy to supply our electricity can be done, and has been done in the past. We only need to work together and chart the course for today and the future. Remember; “Thinking within the box is best left to those content with mediocrity.”

Welcome To The OffGridElectric.com Blog!

April 29th, 2009  •  Posted by DV  •  No Comments

It’s alive! Yes, we are still doing some testing, linking, and tweaking, but the OffGridElectric.com Blog is up and running! So let’s get busy making this world a better, cleaner, healthier place to live using alternative and renewable energy. For the time being, we still need those old fossil fuels, but change is already smacking [...]