What are some ways to generate your own electricity?


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Solar panels, wind-powered turbines, fossil fuel-burning generators and water-powered turbines are some examples of electricity-generating systems that are suitable for use by individual homeowners. The ideal solution depends on the location.

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Solar panels do not generate electricity at night, and the production is low on overcast days. Similarly, a wind-powered turbine needs doesn't work in windless weather. A combination of these two systems with batteries as a backup may provide enough energy.

A water-powered turbine is suitable only for locations near a water stream. However, compared to the sunlight-powered and the wind-powered systems, it is capable of providing almost continuous flow of electricity.

The cost efficiency of a fossil fuel-burning generator depends on the fuel used. This source of energy is not renewable.

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