What is a Wind Power Generator?
Many people focus on the sun as the main source of renewable energy. However, wind power can be quite efficient and a great choice. This will not work in all areas, but for those who are able to choose, the benefits are quite substantial.
Before discussing much more about wind power, you need to determine if it is an option for you. It is essential to make sure that the area you live in is windy enough to make the wind generator work. You also need to make sure that you have an area that is large enough to set up something that will be able to power your home. You can also set up smaller wind generators that will power lesser areas.
The good news is that you probably need less wind than you think! Many areas generate enough wind to make your wind generator work. Figure out what your average wind speed is in your to help you make your decision.
Another part of the decision will be how much money you'll need to spend to get started. If you're creating a smaller version, you can probably get started with less than $200. If you're working on a larger scale, you will need to spend more money. Just like with solar power, using wind power will more than make up for the cost of the materials upfront over the long term.
This was briefly mentioned, but it is worth another mention. You need to make sure that you have enough space for your wind turbine. It's important to have a large yard (an acre or more) and a wide open space. This, unfortunately, rules out many homes where there are smaller yards or or obstructions that will block the airflow. It should also be said that if you are trying to build a wind power generator to power your entire home you will need to check with your local area to see if you are allowed to do so. Some locales prohibit building large fixtures like this without a permit.
If you make it through all of that, wind power generators can be a great thing! They can be very reliable and efficient. Best of all -- once it is installed, there are no additional costs. Wind is freely available, and it's an awesome feeling to be free from paying utility bills for the rest of your life. This is one investment you really can't pass up if you want to make use of renewable energy like the wind.