Get a “Micropower Audit” Before Installing That Shiny, New Wind Turbine

by Tim Fulton on October 21, 2008

Have you been considering installing your own source of power at home recently? If so, you know it can be tricky to figure out exactly how much power you can generate and which source of energy will be most efficient in your particular location. However, there is a new web tool called the “Micropower Audit” that can help you out before you dive head first into a solar or wind installation.

The Micropower Audit seeks to take some of the confusion out of the process of generating your own energy. Here’s what they say about their mission:

More and more people are becoming interested in the possibilities of generating renewable energy at home. There are loads of ways you can do this, and it’s not as expensive as you might think.

These technologies include things like solar panels, small windturbines and boilers that burn wood instead of gas. As a group, we call them micropower.

Up till now there has been a confusing amount of information on which of these technologies might be suitable for you, depending on your property. That’s why we created the Micropower Audit. It’s a simple set of questions to answer about your property to see which of these technologies might be suitable.

When you go through the steps of the report you will answer a few questions, none of them too hard, and then be asked to fill out a survey to present to the government (of Scotland, presumably) pushing for more micropower financing. You can fill this out or skip it, after which you will see a fairly detailed report outlining your micropower options. Definitely a tool worth checking out!

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1 Treat March 19, 2009 at 1:05 pm

You may also be interested in the energy conservation software developed by the Government of Canada. Free, sophisticated and easy to use (spreadsheet interface). See

2 Benjamin Jones March 20, 2009 at 9:50 am

Hi Treat –

Thanks for the comment, looks like some good stuff.

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