Wind power has emerged as one of the most viable alternative energy options for home owners in the United States. Small wind turbines can be used to power home appliances and generators. In addition, many state government offers tax rebates and incentives for wind power usage. A typical wind power system is estimated to pay for itself within 3-10 years. You can even build your own DIY Wind Power Generator.
How Wind Power Works
In the most basic sense, wind power is the conversion of the wind’s kinetic energy into mechanical energy, which is then converted to electric energy with a wind generator or charger. This electric energy is what we use to power most home appliances. Wind power has been used for hundreds of years in the form of windmills. Advances in technology in the last 20 years have made it possible the average homeowner to harness the power of wind! Below is a timeline of how windpower is generated and converted into electricity.
Wind (Kinetic Energy) >> Turbine (Mechanical Energy) >> Generator (Electricity).
As you can see, wind power provides an endless supply of electric energy. As long as there is wind, there will be electricity. Eventually, it will be common to see a wind turbine on every home in United States.
How much does a home wind power generator cost?
The cost of home wind power generators varies signifacantly. The most basic wind power systems generally start at $2,000 USD. Top end wind energy systems can cost as much as $60,000. The USA is the world leader in small wind turbine systems and shows no signs of slowing down.
Want to Learn More about Wind Power?
You can learn more about wind power by visiting the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). The AWEA represents wind power developers and provides free education to anyone interested in learning more about wind power. The organization currently has over 2,500 active members.
Wind Power Facts
There is a great deal of misinformation circulating about wind power. Our goal is to dispell some of this bad information and give you the basic facts about wind energy.
Wind Power Fact 1 – Property Values
Wind Power does NOT decrase propery values. US Department of Energy has conducted a study regarding wind power and property values. The DOE actually found that wind turbines often increase the value of a property.
Wind Power Fact 2 – Wind Turbine Dismantling Costs
Most wind power generators do not cost much to dismantel. Smaller systems can be taken down by the owner for zero cost, while others may incur minimal labor costs to dismantling. However, the life of most home wind turbines is 20+ years!
Wind Power Fact 3 – Wind Turbines are Safe
Buying a Home Wind Power Generator
So which wind power generator is best for your home? There are many different options and it will depend on your energy production goals, local climate, and your budget. This acticle is designed to give you some different wind energy options to think about. We have compiled a list of effective wind turbines that can fit with any budget. If you have any suggestions for a wind power system on our site please contact us.
Check out this quick video of a Home Wind Power Generator!
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