Since our metal building has been built, we have made a little progress. We’ve made room in the garage so we could bring down the bins and boxes we’ve already packed, and we’ve taken a truck load of those bins and boxes from our house in Jersey down to Maryland.
I put Chrissy’s bins in plastic, just to make sure no little critters find their way in:
Now we will start doing a few more fix-ups at the Jersey house, and also pack up more bins! We’re finally back on track. Target month to put this house up for sale is now July, so hopefully things will keep moving ahead.
Meanwhile, I thought I’d write about our wind turbine. We’ve looked at it a lot lately, since the metal building is right next to it in the field that is right outside our gate. To digress a bit, whoever cut up this property did a crazy job of it! There are three properties down by the end of the peninsula, ours has the largest amount of land, but half of it is a field, then there’s our neighbor’s property, then the other half of ours is on the water. We fenced in the area on the water where we are building the house (and where the garage and crab shack have already been built) but the field was just sitting there, really kind of wasted space. We decided to put the wind turbine there, mostly because it was out of our and our neighbors’ way. So then, of course, we decided to put the metal building over there and eventually we hope to put some solar panels out there also.
Our windmill is a Bergey. Bergey Windpower is the oldest and most experienced manufacturer of residential-sized wind turbines in the world. John told me it makes about 1200 kw, which is more than we use right now down there. Of course, after July, when we’re in the Crab Shack full-time we may use more, but paying a $20 electric bill is a lot better than a $200 electric bill! (and dare I say…a $400 electric bill!!) And now, since we sometimes don’t use as much electricity as the windmill makes, we get a check back from the electric company! This month they sent us $93! Once the house is built, and the pool operational, our bill will be higher, but we’re expecting with the solar panels and the geo-thermal system, they will be quite reasonable.
The cost of the turbine is pretty high as you would imagine. They can run from $30K to $70K for a residential model. We had a lot of cable to run since it was far from the transformer, which is in our garage. And we put it up 100 feet, instead of 80, which is what a nearby family had. So of course, that added to the cost. You do get money back from the state, at least we did, and the federal government gives you tax breaks, so that helps to offset the cost. John and I thought we would see a return on our investment in about six years, but it turns out it will be more like ten to twelve years. But we’re still very happy with it.
One thing we were pretty happy about is that it is not really too loud! It does hum when there are really strong winds, but of course the wind itself is noisy then. Usually you don’t hear it at all, I guess because it’s so high up, and it turns kind of gently. It turns itself towards the wind, and believe me, down there, the winds can come from every direction and turn rather quickly. We’re very glad we decided to make the investment. And being a little greener makes us happy too.