April 22 is Earth Day, the perfect day to ponder adding renewable energy sources to your farm.
Maybe you want to source all your electricity needs from solar panels. Maybe you live in a windy region and want to use wind turbines to generate electricity, or a windmill to pump water. Maybe you’re looking to reduce heating and cooling costs with a geothermal system for your home.
In any instance, Hobby Farms has you covered with this Earth Day roundup of renewal energy insights:
For an in-depth look at solar and wind energy, culminating with a mini-case example illustrating power production and cost, check out this detailed piece. An important takeaway? You can still be on the grid even while powering your farm with renewable energy sources.
If capturing the power of the sun has captured your attention and you want to learn more about financing and installing the necessary equipment, this article has you covered.
Here’s another look at solar energy options, with details on the pros and cons of going off-grid versus staying tied to the grid.
If you want to be inspired by the possibilities of solar power, read the story of this Kentucky couple and their sustainable farm.
Have you ever considered building your own solar panels? If you’re unafraid of complex DIY projects, this article is a good starting point in explaining the process and requirements.
In some cases, leasing your land for the construction of solar arrays can be a sensible endeavor. We’ve got all the details here.
To power lights and ventilation in your chicken coop, why not set up a small solar system?
Electric fences can be powered by solar fence chargers. But of course there are pros and cons to going off-grid with your fencing. We break it all down here.
This story about keeping pigs inside a solar-powered electric fence provides a real-world example of the benefits offered by solar fence chargers.
A portable power station uses a battery to charge USB devices, power AC outlets and more. The best part is, a portable power station can be charged with solar panels, making it an off-the-grid power option.
Windmills provide an electricity-free means of pumping water from underground. They’re also part of the classic farmland aesthetic. To learn about the benefits of windmills, check out this in-depth guide.
Windmills are great for pumping water, but what if you want to generate electricity with wind turbines? Like most things in life, there are pros and cons to wind energy. This story breaks down the advantages and disadvantages.
By capitalizing on the consistent temperatures found underground, geothermal heating and cooling systems can heat and cool your home at a lower cost than more traditional methods. Plus, they reduce carbon dioxide emissions and don’t require sunny or windy weather, as this article outlines.
You can celebrate Earth Day year round by adopting Earth-friendly practices around your farm, around your house, and in your life and community. This story gets you started with lengthy lists of ideas. Enjoy!