Energy Independence with Wind Power

Energy Independence with Wind Power
by Arnold Thomas

Electricity is something which we have only become more dependent on since it was first made available to our homes. Of course, electricity can be quite expensive, but our modern lifestyles require access to a steady supply of electrical energy, so people will make sacrifices in other areas to keep this essential utility on.

If yours is a larger household, then you already know how the electric bill can eat into the rest of your budget. We all want to keep these costs down and some go so far as to put off purchases of appliances since they are concerned with the amount of electrical power these items will use.

There are also very good environmental grounds for wanting to reduce your energy usage. Most of the electricity which comes into our homes is made by burning fossil fuels; these are no-renewable energy sources and it is not at all unimaginable that some of you reading this right now may see a day when these fuels have been depleted. If you’re interested in protecting these finite resources, the best thing to do is not to use less energy, but use energy which comes from a different source.

Thankfully, there are clean and renewable energy sources which you can use to reduce your consumption of non renewable fuels and lower your electricity bill in the bargain. There are solar and wind power generation plants already, with hydroelectric and geothermal energy being worked on as other alternative energy sources. However, solar and wind power are the best known and most viable of these energy sources at present.[youtube:Flue-sP_qlU;[link:Homemade Wind Generator];http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Flue-sP_qlU&feature=related]

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When you start using these types of energy to supply your home with electricity, you’ll be using less fossil fuel and paying less to your utility company. In some cases, you can become completely energy independent or even sell back energy to your utility company!

The only problem that lies between you and energy independence is the materials that you need to make use of the alternative energy. Solar panels should immediately be out of the equation if you expect it to power your entire home. This is because solar panels are difficult to obtain and expensive to order. The delicate material also requires good shipping making it more expensive when ordered online. You also need a lot of solar panels to get the needed electricity and the solar panels cannot function during the night time.

Wind turbines are different because they can easily be made by acquiring materials that can be found online or in the local junkyard. There are also a lot of resources on the internet that show the benefits and ways to become energy independent with wind turbines. Once you have all the materials and knowhow in building a wind turbine, you can build lots of them to power your entire household. If you live in an rural area, you get even greater advantages from wind turbines.

Wind power has a very bright future ahead of it; they are easy and inexpensive to build and provide a lot of energy savings in a short time. This alternative energy source is just as environmentally friendly and effective as solar energy, but at a fraction of the cost.

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