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armstrong1
What You Need to Know

Other Benefits:

it provides me with peace of mind that I never have to worry about black out during storms I suppose.

Maintenance Requirements:

My system doesn't require much maintenance. I equalize the batteries every 3 months, wash the solar panels twice a year (as well as keep the snow off of them- the sun and wind do a great job as well), and I lower my wind mill 2 or 3 times a year for a physical inspection and cleaning. I do visual monitoring daily because I like watching and listening to it.

My Motivation:

I installed my system out of necessity rather than desire. The local utility company wanted too much money to run the wires to my property when I purchased it. The cost of starting with a small alternative power system and slowly adding on to was much cheaper than putting the power company in and agreeing to pay them for the rest of my life.

Advice:

My advice is to make sure you do your homework and if you do use a contractor, use a reliable one. I have seen many unscrumpuous ones out there now. No one would sell me my first wind mill without a year's worth of wind speeds when I first bought almost 20 years ago, now they'll sell you site unseen. I saw another have someone set up a system that wasn't grounded correctly and was hit by lightning and the young couple lost everything in a split second.

Additional Notes:

Finally, take your time and visit sites, ask questions. People like myself have made our mistakes and learned from them- learn from us! We are proud of our systems and happy to show them, just ask.

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