Category: Water

Is Micro Hydro Power Generation Practical For Residential Use?

A few lucky souls out there enjoy the luxury of living close enough to a water source that they can make use of micro hydro power. You might actually fall into this category without even realizing it. Micro Hydropower Systems Definition Any power generation system on a small scale is known as “micro hydro”. These systems are typically used to provide power to small villages or individual home owners. It’s been said that systems that generate less than 100 kilowatts of electricity fall into this category. Components of a Microhydro System There are three main components of this type of…

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Got Frozen Pipes? What To Do To Get Water Flowing Again!

One of the biggest challenges that we face in the winter at our little mountain abode is dealing with frozen water pipes. Our cabin is constructed very similar to an RV in terms of how the plumbing is run. If we don’t pay very close attention to the temperatures, we have learned that we’ll wake up to the unpleasant chore of thawing frozen pipes. Our plumbing is comprised of what I believe is called PEX tubing. The pipes are made of a flexible plastic material which is really easy to work with but it comes with its own set of…

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Utilizing Water Storage Tanks In Rural Areas

When we first made the move from the suburbs to the boonies, one of the first challenges that we were faced with was how we were going to store enough water for our family’s needs. Our new home didn’t have a well and as fate would have it, it was situated in an area where people commonly stored their water in very large plastic water storage tanks. Fortunately for us, we were able to make arrangements to get water from a neighbor who did have a well. All we had to do was figure out a way to get the…

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