The idea of harnessing the power of the wind is nothing new. In fact, windmills have been doing this for hundreds of years. Today’s wind power turbines work in virtually the same way as the classic windmill design: they are designed to capture the wind’s kinetic energy and use it for convert the wind into electricity.
However, it’s only more recently that the technology has evolved to the point where wind power can be harnessed by the individual consumer from his or her home. Home wind turbines set out to do exactly that by being easy to install and maintain, while providing at least a supplemental source of power.
Most people who have installed their own turbines at home use them in tandem with a standard electrical utility. The turbine generates a certain amount of power, and the remainder still comes from the grid. If the turbine generates more power than the consumer uses, that excess power can be sold back to the utility company. At the very least, this results in lower power bills, not to mention the environmental benefits of generating electricity this way.
While installing one of these turbines might provide you with energy savings on a long-term basis, part of the reason some people are reluctant to invest in them for their homes is simply because the initial investment can be expensive. However, governments are increasingly offering tax incentives for those who install and operate wind turbines on either a personal or commercial basis.
Wind power turbines come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Most people are familiar with the sight of large wind turbines operating as part of a wind farm. However, turbines designed for home use are much smaller than this, and far less noisy. The smallest turbines are portable and can be used even while camping or at the beach.
A small wind turbine is capable of powering an entire home. Of course, the amount of power you generate will depend on both the wind activity in your area and the size of the turbine. The simple explanation for this is that a stronger wind speed allows the blades of the turbine to move more rapidly and consistently.
Therefore, if you are looking into wind turbines as an investment for home use, it’s a good idea to check the average wind speeds in your area. If you live in a very windy area and the wind speeds are consistently strong, home turbines can start to pay dividends right away. Areas with low wind speed will generate much less electrical energy, however.
Some other basic advice before you purchase and install household turbines is to first check your local home ordinances. Sometimes there are restrictions on the installation of turbines, mainly because there have been instances of neighbors complaining about the noise in the past. However, this looks to become less of a problem, as today’s turbines are designed to be quieter than the older designs. A new turbine for home use will typically be no louder than a washer/dryer or other regular home appliance.
At the very least, a home turbine can be used as a supplement to reduce power costs. Home wind turbines are also beneficial to the environment, and over the long term can be beneficial to your pocketbook as well. The latest designs of these turbines are relatively quiet, and easy to install and maintain.