Can you use wind power to supply the electricity needed to live in your home? That depends on where you live. Many areas of the country have enough wind energy to power a turbine connected to an electric generator to supply the electricity needs for an average house. The electricity generated by wind power can be stored in batteries, converted into AC current and supply the electrical needs of the typical family.
Despite the news reports of birds being decimated by the turning blades of wind turbines, the scientific evidence indicates that the actual number of birds killed by wind turbines is relatively small. Others object to the sight of wind farms, where hundreds of turbines are erected in strategic locations to maximize the effects of local wind patterns. Wind power is one of the quickest ways that we can reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, decrease our carbon output, and still meet our needs for electricity to grow our economy. Many state legislatures have passed laws requiring an increase in the amount of electricity generated with renewable sources, and wind power is the technology best able to meet these requirements.
The technology required to turn wind power into electric power has been greatly advanced in recent years and has become an efficient source of electricity throughout America. Unfortunately, the wind does not always blow, and an alternative source of electricity generation is required to augment the electricity generated by wind power. But, as the technology improves and becomes more efficient, then less wind will be required to turn the turbines and generate electricity.
Many homeowners have installed small, private wind turbines to generate their personal electricity. The space required for private wind turbines is relatively small, though wind power is still best suited for rural areas. More and more suburban subdivisions are prohibiting the erection of private wind turbines, claiming noise and unsightliness of the turbines. However, if you live in a rural area and want to go completely off grid, then wind power may be your best source for electricity. Integrated with a solar photovoltaic system, you should be able to provide for your personal electricity needs.
Wind power can also be harnessed to perform other types of work around your house. Windmills have been used for centuries to pump water in rural areas, far from electrical power. And don’t forget about the traditional wind and solar powered clothes dryers that our grandmothers used so successfully. Hanging clothes on the line is a fabulous way to harness the wind and sun, and have some great smelling clothes to boot.