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?Residential Wind Power

Posted by on Apr 10th, 2009
2009
Apr 10

Wind energy conversion is steadily proliferating as the average cost of energy increases. As more individuals are becoming environmentally aware, clean alternative energy sources that are cost-efficient are being sought at an extremely high rate. The use of residential wind power is exploding exponentially as individuals and builders are discovering the many benefits of generating their own electricity with wind power generators.

Residential wind power is relatively easy to understand. Basically, a wind turbine is installed on a tall tower. This turbine converts wind energy into electricity that is compatible with a residential electrical system. The wind energy is used in conjunction with power purchased from the local utility company. When wind speeds are conducive to energy production, energy is produced and stored. This energy is used for the home and the excess energy is automatically purchased by the local utility company. In situations when wind speeds are not conducive to significant amounts of energy production, wind energy is used in conjunction with purchased electricity. In some cases, wind speeds are too low to convert into electricity. In this scenario, the purchased energy is used.

Typically, residential wind power systems can save homeowners between fifty and ninety percent of their total electric bills. Individual savings are highly dependent on local conditions. Location of turbines and wind speed are highly variable factors that contribute to the energy conversion. Homeowners in unobstructed areas with high wind speeds can even make a profit on their residential wind power systems. Simply put, if the energy produced is greater than the energy used, homeowners generate a profit from the excess energy that will be bought by the local utility company.

Homeowners interested in residential wind power systems will need to do some research to determine the size of turbine needed for their specific home. In most cases, however, it is not economically justifiable for the homeowners to conduct the timely and exact wind measurements. Luckily, the US Department of Energy can provide sufficient estimates for expected wind performance. It is always advisable to consult with local authorities to ensure the rules and regulations for construction and maintenance are being met.

The initial investment for residential wind power systems can be several thousand dollars. Although this may seem pricey, the long term economic benefits of residential wind power production significantly counterbalance the initial investment. For the greatest savings, interested persons can choose to purchase the wind generator kits directly from the factories and assemble the systems themselves. Homeowners with a little time, patience, and knowledge will find residential wind power to be cost-efficient and environmentally friendly.

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