Alternative Energy Sources

by Darla on April 18, 2008

in Travels

I’ve never seen windmill farms before but we saw a couple farms on the northern border of Texas as we approached New Mexico.

It spurred a conversation about alternative energies that lasted about an hour.   It was an intense conversation that the kids were really involved in.  So much so that they asked if we could learn about other power sources when we got home.

When I started to look for a cool project to inspire them, I ran across this website that was recommended by our advisory teacher.  Acorn Naturalists

While browsing, I found the ultimate kit. Here is a photo and description from the website.  The price however is not for the faint at heart.  At $169 it is definitely a big ticket item.

The kit focuses on heat and light energy from the sun, energy from the wind, as well as electrochemical and green plant energy. Build a model house complete with solar panels, windmill, greenhouse, and desalination system. You can also build and operate an electric train, windmill, solar cooker, solar hot water tank, hygrometer, electric motor, power hoist, sail car, and more! Learn how plants convert sunlight into energy for your body. Includes materials for 20 projects plus a 96-page easy-to-follow manual with diagrams, instructions, and suggestions for additional projects. Ages 12 and up.

Now maybe I am more inspired than the kids to learn.  It would be my dream to own a self-sufficient home.  I would really like to sell extra energy back to the utility company and have them owe me for a change.  They call it Sustainable Living.

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