Travis Johnson wrote:I would start with what would give you the biggest bang for your buck. In this case, I would research all you can about micro-hydro because that is a 24/7/365 electrical generator. That really adds up compared to only when the wind blows, or when the sun shines.
John Weiland wrote:Wow!.....our home is only ~1800 square feet! How do you heat that thing!??
John Weiland wrote:Agree with Travis, but also to add: Any possibility for home modification for passive solar? Even with modest sun in the winter, adding more south-facing windows and beefing up the insulation all around can make a lot of difference, especially with the leaves are off the trees during that season. Does it have a woodstove already? With the 4 acres, would one part of it be able to provide wood for wood-heating? If interested, here is a lin to a furnace that does a combination of wood along with fossil-fuel of your choice: https://napoleonheatingandcooling.com/products/hmf200/
Amit Bajpayee wrote:Hydropower, wind and solar are the most reliable form of renewable energy. These are really eco-friendly and cost-effective resources.
If you are thinking about to install these resources in your land, it will become a huge project and you must analyze these things from the professional expert from the relevant field.
Mart Hale wrote:hydro is the way to go, look up ram pumps, and etc, however, often you can't do anything to a flowing waterway because of the permits you have to get. I would explore what others have done in your area to the water ways. In several areas people just don't go that way because of the regulation.