Electricity is getting more and more costly and is a huge burden on the environment. So it is no wonder that there are many individuals that are going green in order to not only save money, but save the earth as well. This includes everything from battery powered cars to wind power for homes.
Wind energy can be defined in either technical terms or simple terms. Simply put, you can turn the wind into electricity by using a wind turbine. Wind turbines consist of a large tower with huge blades that are turned by the wind. The turning of the blades produces energy which the turbine turns into electricity that you can use to power your home.
Would you like to hear it put in another term? Basically, it works the opposite way a fan works. Technically speaking, the fan uses electricity in order to turn the blades which produce wind. The turbine uses the wind to turn the blades which produces electricity.
A hundred years ago, windmills were used for milling flour. The idea of a windmill was basically the same as a turbine – let the wind move the blades and do the work for you. Back then, of course, no one would have envisioned powering a whole house with this. But technology is a wonderful thing and the initial ideas for windmills have given birth to the modern wind turbine.
Wind power is a wonderful renewable resource that does not harm the environment. However, a turbine is rather ugly and does make a bit of noise so you certainly would not want to put one near your house or near a neighbor. In fact, most towns have ordinances dictating where you can put a residential turbine and you do need to have a lot of land in order to use one to power your home.
One turbine does not really produce a lot of electricity either. You need more than twelve turbines in order to power your entire house. Also, the storage of this power is not so advanced and there will be times when there is no wind so you cannot rely entirely on using wind power to run your home at all time. Like solar power, the best solution is a combination of using the wind power and going back on the grid when there is not enough energy being produced from the wind.
As technology moves on, you will see more residentially friendly version of the wind turbine. There are even some models coming out today that are not as intrusive to the environment but can produce some power and can be simply mounted on the roof given the right conditions. So, you see, wind power is a great renewable resource that will become more and more accessible to the homeowner in the future.