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Hydroelectricity systems generate electricity from running water - usually a small stream. Small or "micro" hydroelectricity systems can produce enough electricity for lighting and electrical appliances in an average home.

The benefits of hydro systems

Cut your carbon footprint: hydroelectricity is green, renewable energy and doesn't release any harmful carbon dioxide or other pollutants.
Cut your electricity bills: hydroelectricity is free, so once you've paid for the initial installation you'll reduce or even eliminate your electricity bills.
A lower cost option: installing a hydro system can be expensive, but in many cases it's less than the cost of getting a connection to the National Grid.
Cheap heating and hot water: a hydro system may generate more electricity than you need for lighting your home and powering your electrical appliances - so you can use the excess to heat your home and your hot water too.
To tell if a hydro system is right for you, there are a few key questions to consider:
Is there a river or steam close to your home? You'll need access to a fairly fast flowing water course, and the right to build around it
Does the water flow vary significantly during the year? If so, the hydro system may not be able to supply you with all the electricity you need during dry months. If you're not connected to the electricity grid, you'll need a backup power system.

Do you want to sell excess energy? Hydro systems can be connected to the National Grid if a suitable connection point is available. Any electricity you generate but don't use can then be sold to electricity companies.


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