When considering wind energy as a possible resource for your home, it’s important to understand the current technology available. Wind is one of the primary sources of energy being considered for future energy production. It may sound as if using wind to generate power is not a reliable means of energy production, but most people would be amazed to discover that it is already used to produce billions of kilowatt-hours. Wind energy production is affordable and offers many different benefits to the environment, and is available for the homeowner in a variety of sizes and shapes at a reasonable cost.
You may not realize that wind is being used to power your home, but wind energy is actually an environmentally sustainable resource for many communities. The most prevalent form of wind power comes from the use of windmills, which have been around for longer than many of us realize. Windmills have been used for over 1500 years, but they are now seen as a means of creating affordable power that will reduce dependence on fossil fuels.
Many communities already use wind power, understanding how wind energy works may explain the benefits it can have for your community. Wind energy is produced when blowing air turns blades on wind turbines. The turning of the blades is converted into electricity. This is accomplished by using an electrical generator. Most of the time multiple wind towers are built in an area to create enough power for use by both small and large electrical grids. This wind power is supplied to an energy provider which then supplies this power to your home.
Wind power is currently not available to all areas, and therefore is less of a universal resource than solar power, but its production continues to grow. The current wind turbines require certain wind speeds in order to produce power, but research is underway to produce more efficient wind turbines that will require lower wind speeds and expand the use of wind power as an option. Wind energy production can provide energy to homeowners through their local energy suppliers.
A Force of Good
Many people feel that wind power is a very removed resource from the energy resources powering their homes. Wind power is not a type of power that should be relied on solely, but it has potential as an additional resource. It’s true that a wind power plant will need a backup system for those times when the wind doesn’t blow. In some cases, the wind is used to supplement a power plant that uses a less intermittent source of energy such as one that relies on fossil fuels.
The reason wind is being considered an important alternative source of energy despite this limitation is the fact that a well-located energy plant using wind for power can significantly reduce local homeowner’s dependence on fossil or biomass fuels. In other words, any energy source that can replace even a portion, such as 25% of fossil fuels, is beneficial to the environment and to people relying on it.
Wind is a force of good when harnessed. It is important to understand these benefits, and to research what initiatives are being taken in your area to include wind power as a viable resource for your home and your community. The benefits of wind power are:
- Can be built on land and water making them adaptable to most locations
- Wind is a renewable energy source
- Wind towers do not pollute the atmosphere
- Wind towers do not create by-products that can harmful to animals or humans
- Wind towers are inexpensive to operate reducing energy costs
Wind Turbines for homes
Numerous homes have wind turbines on the roof, the shapes and sizes are varied and the cost of such an installation is surprisingly reasonable. You need sufficient wind speeds above 7-10 mph to produce electricity. And you need to be connected to the electrical grid in order to have consistent electricity. There are some very small wind turbines available for urban or suburban homes and there may be building code or community restrictions to investigate. The options for properties of one acre or more are currently far greater. This is an alternative energy solution that is rapidly growing and worth considering as an option for your home.
Wind energy is expected to grow in popularity as government incentives promote their development for industrial, commercial and residential use. Wind is a prevailing force that is blowing only good things our way in the world of energy production.
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