And you should never, ever feel a need to regret asking questions, and doing what you can for your family! Hooray for you! JJ is right! Start with solar, batteries & inverter etc'. Then later, when cash permits, get a windmill and a stand-by generator. (The generator is a great investment anyway) In the meantime, install a timer on your water heater, insulate it, insulate the heck out of your home (especially the attic), and do what you can to lower energy use in other areas. All the best to you and your family, T.C. Keep asking questions. Brian & Autumn Elizabeth.