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Published February 16, 2012, 10:29 PM

Gardner man cutting costs by producing his own energy

Gardner, ND (WDAY TV) - A Gardner, North Dakota man is cutting his electricity bill in half by producing his own energy.

A Gardner, North Dakota man is cutting his electricity bill in half by producing his own energy.

Under a sunny, blue sky the wind turbine is still, but it's not always this way.

Andy Steinberger – Produces Own Energy: "My best output on a wind turbine was nearly $50."

Andy Steinberger installed the equipment on his property about two years ago. He shelled out about $25,000. That was after a 30% federal tax credit. It'll be paid off in seven to eight years.

Andy Steinberger: "There's a substantial cost up front, but once it's paid for you're saving energy, you're making energy."

On average the Steinbergers save between $200-$250 a month with this turbine. If they produce more power than they use, they can store it. Last October, the Steinbergers installed this meter it's showing that since then this wind turbine produced $1,500 dollars’ worth of electricity."

Andy Steinberger: "It blows plenty around here so we just as well take advantage of it."

When the turbine isn't spinning four solar panels will be producing electricity.

Andy Steinberger: "They produce DC electricity. This converts it to your regular AC household current."

Andy spent $4,000 on the panels. He hopes to save $18 a month on electricity.

Andy Steinberger: "Each panel is 230 watts I have four of them so the four is nearly one kilowatt."

Besides the wind and sun, the Steinbergers are also taking advantage of the ground with this geothermal system.

Andy Steinberger: "So there's 8,000 feet of pipe buried east of the house, puts heat in the ground or it takes heat from the ground."

This unit saves the Steinbergers up to $250 a month. On average, they spend about $500 a month on electricity. The Steinbergers would be paying $1,000 if they didn't go green.

Andy Steinberger: "Ten to fifteen years down the road, we may look pretty smart if electricity prices double again."

They're saving money and helping to save the environment.

Andy Steinberger: "We do have limited resources. We recycle and we're doing these projects... At the end of the day is it making a huge difference? But if everybody kicks in, it does help."

Steinberger says if the solar panels work out, he may add another four to his property.

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