Over the weekend it was brought to my attention that the little windmills encircled by a frame to be put on the roofs of our individual houses now has a price tag. Yup!
According to Popular Mechanics magazine a Michigan company, Cascades Engineering, has developed a 7 1/2 foot diameter turbine with a ring around it to keep vibration and sound at a minimum and promises 2000 kilowatt hours in a high wind area. At a price of $10,000 you can put one up and save 20% of your electricity costs.
If you have a calculator handy you can figure out your "savings" or "contributions" to a greener, cleaner world. Are you ready for this? We'll make it easy. If your electric bill is $100 a month that's a savings of $20 and over a year $240. By dividing $10,000 we find that it will take 41.66 years to recoup your investment.
(If you don't have an extra ten grand lying around in your checking account, that may be increased by interest charges and I'm not even going there with my little hand-held, solar powered calculator.)
There are lots of graphs, facts and figures on "theblogprof.blogspot.com" which is written by a professor at Oakland University. I think you'll like the site.
Given that the pass through tax (remember carbon footprints?) to power companies is estimated at $1300 per household that makes our energy costs taking more and more and more of our income. A tax by any other name is still a tax. Don't be gullible!
God bless you.........
what more can we say--