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 This invention relates to the supply of services such as electricity and heat, to a building such as a house, or other structure. This is meant to be an alternate source of energy to get away from the escalating cost of purchasing electricity from the power company and the rising price of heating oil and natural gas.
 It is an object of this invention to provide apparatus capable of providing electricity to a house or building even though connected to said main supply line to offer an alternate source of electricity and heat.
 Accordingly, there is provided electricity generating apparatus comprising an outdoor furnace, a water jacket on said furnace and containing water to be heated by the burning of fuel in said furnace to produce steam, a steam outlet pipe from said water jacket to the inlet of a steam engine to drive the steam engine, one end of a drive shaft connected to said steam engine to be driven thereby, and the other end of said drive shaft being connected to drive an electric generator to produce electricity.
 An embodiment of the invention will now be described, by way of example, with reference to the accompanying drawings in which:
 The same reference numerals are used for like parts throughout the specification.
 An outdoor wood-burning furnace
 In the furnace a heavy gauge stainless steel water jacket
 The steam outlet means feeds the steam to a steam engine
 If a utility company starts to provide service in the area, the generator system
 Any surplus electricity produced by the system could be sold to the utility company and any time incoming power is needed, power would be purchased from the utility company. This would be done using two hydro meters, one to measure the outbound power and one to measure the inbound power.
 Spent steam from the steam engine
 The spent steam after heating the water in the holding tank
 The furnace can, of course, be designed to burn wood, oil or gas but often in rural areas wood may be the fuel used and this has substantial environmental advantages. By using a furnace outside the building one avoids the task of hauling wood into the building and the constant mess of having wood in the building. An outdoor furnace will, in my opinion, reduce the fire hazard for the building.
 Whilst wood is the main source of fuel, there is provided an oil or propane heating system
 It will be understood that whilst the furnace
 In the above description the output of generator
 It will be readily apparent to a person skilled in the art that a number of variations and modifications can be made without departing from the true spirit of the invention which will now be pointed out in the appended claims.