Microhydropower system turning flowing water into electricity.
Microhydropower systems turn flowing water into electricity.

Renewable Energy #3: Hydroelectric Power

Hydroelectric power functions much like wind power, in that it uses a fluid medium to generate power. In this case, the medium is none other than running water. Of course, that means that in order for you to be able to use hydropower in your home, you’ll need access to a flowing water source.

You’ll also need permission from local authorities, even if you own the land on which you plan to build your hydroelectric generator. If you have these things, then consider constructing a micro-hydropower system.

You’ll be getting the energy you need, and you won’t be hurting Mother Nature in the process. You can find out more from the U.S. Department of Energy at Microhydropower Systems.

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Danny Lipford

Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio, TodaysHomeowner.com, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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