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Small Scale Hydro- Here are some good references for planning, designing, and building a micro-hydro system.  Step zero is to carefully determine if you have a hydro resource that is worth developing --  some of the references cover how to do this in detail.

Cool idea: Tutorial: DIY RAIN CHAIN from Wire-Wrapped Rock. Rain chains are a beautiful and functional alternative to traditional, closed gutter downspouts. Guiding rain water visibly down chains or cups from the roof to the ground, rain chains transform a plain gutter downspout into a pleasing water feature. From the soft tinkling of individual droplets to the soothing rush of white water, they are a treat to listen to. They are widely used in Japan.

Enlist the power of the wind to pump your well water — you’ll save on your electric bills, and add a nostalgic feature to your homestead.




Micro hydro power generation system for building roof rain water flow to power ac&dc loads.AVI -

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Low-Cost Solar Battery Starter Project

Step by step directions for building a low cost solar battery for basic camping or power outage needs. #beselfreliant

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Incredible 220 Gallon Rain Barrel System

220 Gallon Rain Barrel System

Build Your Own Solar Panels - Building a system like that will save you lots ( and I mean LOTS ) of money.

Lifetime water filter. Won't stop working when the power goes off. Doesn't need a pump or flashing lights or high-tech cartridges.

Rainwater Harvesting and Purification System - instructions and diagram on how-to set up and for storage


A Vertical Wind Generator from Washing Machine Motor

Picture of Blade Design and Construction