With the threat of global warming constantly in front of us with devastating storms and odd weather patterns, many are thinking about doing something to help our environment. One solution is reducing our normal usage of purchased electricity from power companies by accessing the power of the wind. Using the wind to generate power for your usage is easily available and modern technology has made it very efficient for homeowners wanting to "go green." After building the wind turbine, the energy you create will not add to the pollution we are living with today. One powerful benefit of corralling the wind is that remote areas not provided access from the usual power grid can make their own electricity and sell any excess back to the power company they were prevented from using. Small towns can relieve their residents of hefty power bills by building their own wind turbines. Technology is under constant change, but currently the largest turbine available can provide electricity to around 500 homes. That's a pretty good-sized village. With the constant influx of new technology and improvements on the old, newer wind turbines are not as noisy as they used to be. Some might object to the turbine in your backyard and consider it a blight on the rural scenery. When they find out that you are saving big chunks out of your electricity bill every month, they might want a wind turbine of their own. The major disadvantage, though, is that electricity is only produced when the wind blows. No wind; no electricity. Most of us have seen those wind farms that dot many hillsides here and there in remote areas near heavily populated locations. Those huge turbines are capable of providing electricity for a large number of homes, ranging from several hundred to thousands. The largest turbine in use has rotors of 390 feet in diameter. Thanks to technology, there are several options for smaller wind turbines suitable for a single household. You won't need one of those huge turbines for your use. Home turbines use rotors between 8 and 25 feet in diameter. Depending on the amount of wind in your area, you might generate a few hundred watts and 6 kilowatts of electricity. That will prevent 9 pounds of carbon from invading our decaying atmosphere if your electricity comes from coal-based power plants. One consideration you need to investigate is the average wind speed at your location. Your turbine will need wind speeds near 10 miles an hour to start generating electricity. There are some new models of wind turbines being produced that can start generating electricity with winds as low as 5 mph. This is perfect for households where winds are light or variable. If this interests you, a Google search will find current options for you. Most turbines last 20 years or more, but will need some maintenance during that lifespan. Some moving components will have to be replaced from time to time as they wear down from the constant rotation of the blades. If you want to build your own wind turbine, there are hundreds of options for free plans to follow and inexpensive kits with all the parts you will need, including directions. Again, search for what you want with Google or any other good search engine. Can you "Go Green" with wind power? Definitely!
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