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Many people are converting to micro hydro. This is especially true for people who live in rural areas or small communities, since micro hydro is incredibly effective in these scenarios. Micro hydro packs quite a punch with minimal effort and environmental damage, making it enticing to property owners. However, the planning process for installing micro hydro can be rather complex.

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Measurements

You must first measure your site to ensure that it is compatible with micro hydro. Sometimes, even the slightest miscalculation can render a system useless. Plus, there are lots of state regulations that you must consider before you install your micro hydro. Specifically, you must measure the head and flow of your site. Your system should have 50-70% efficiency or more.

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The Head

Your “head” measurement will be the distance that water falls vertically. Head is categorized by “low” or “high” standards. Typically, you’ll want to ensure that you have high head levels at your site. High head will use less water to achieve amazing results. This allows you to use less-expensive equipment, gathering a higher return of investment when you install your micro hydro.

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The Flow

Of course, the point of micro hydro is the water flow. This “flow” is simply the amount of water that falls from your site. You can gather information regarding flow levels from various government offices in your state. Conversely, you can gather your own flow measurements by taking them manually. However, this is a much longer process. It is much easier to obtain information that already exists.

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Economics

Installing micro hydro is a hefty project. While you can save money during construction, your real economic gains will be in the future. You must calculate your home’s current energy levels first. The goal is to create a system that is more effective than the ones already in place. To do this, use home energy calculators to see your current standing.

Installing micro hydro can be one of the best ways to save money and increase your property’s value. It may seem like a large project, but it’s entirely doable. At Alternative Energy Services, we’re dedicated to providing solutions for micro hydro installation. If you have any questions about the process, or you need help with installation, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

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