We have become more and more environmentally conscious and are continually looking for sources of renewable energy. One of these sources that we can tap into to heat and light our homes is wind power. Switching to wind power from traditional fossil fuels is a viable way to generate renewable energy. Let’s take a closer look at wind power and why we should be using it.
Wind turbines take surface winds and capture the kinetic energy and then they turn it into electricity. Wind energy comes from the wind, making it a clean and completely renewable source of energy. Wind energy doesn’t pollute the environment nor does it send toxic chemicals into the atmosphere, such as you would find burning natural gas or from coal plants. Wind energy will not produce greenhouse gases either.
How Does it Work?
Wind is thoroughly clean and it provides us with an inexhaustible supply of power. Wind turbines allow us to harness the energy from the wind rather than paying for electricity from your local utility company. While wind may seem like a gift in that it is both clean and renewable it’s not without disadvantages. If you don’t live in a place where there are variances in weather patterns then wind may not work for you. If you live in a coastal region where there is almost always a constant breeze wind may be perfect.
Wind Energy for Homeowners
Harnessing wind energy can be a practical alternative for homeowners who live in an area that has at least winds averaging between 8-12 mph. Even if the wind power doesn’t reach the ideal average you can still harness the power of the wind to lower utility bills. The potential for wind energy in places like Texas, Kansas and North Dakota could be enough to power the entire United States.
Technology that allows us to harness wind power has come a long way and now there are even DIY wind power generators you can install yourself in your own home. Most people think of huge wind farms when they imagine using wind power, with wind towers hundreds of feet in the air. That doesn’t have to be the case, residential wind power is done on a much smaller scale. With the cost of oil and gas climbing wind becomes even more viable for homeowners.
If you’re looking to save money and reduce your impact on the environment then wind power is a viable alternative to traditional power sources.