Wind Energy – now I know it congers up thoughts of big towering windmills that have sprouted up in the great plains in states like Missouri, Kansas and Minnesota. Looking at those gigantic windmills churning in the wind, owned by huge electrical companies may make one feel that those companies are the only ones that can take advantage of free wind energy, but as an individual home owner you can also benefit from harnessing the power of the wind. Wind energy has now become practical, cheaper, and small enough that a residential unit could fit in your backyard.
Windmill Kits and Plans: Their are companies and individuals that sell their own affordable windmill kits for residential and commercial applications, companies like, DIYSolar, WindTurbine. Pronto, and HomeMade-Energy, sell individual kits that are small enough to fit on a roof of a home, roof of a barn or a metal pole, these kits can be purchased for as little as $200, and can be put together by a handy do it yourselfer.
Wind Energy Benefits: There are many Benefits to Wind energy, the 3 major benefits are (1) tremendous cost savings on your electricity bills, (2)the positive effects on the environment, and (3)my personal favorite is the fact the electric companies will actually pay for excess energy you produce. By purchasing, and installing one of these kits you can see up to a 80% savings on your electric bill, how would that work for those sweltering hot summer days, and those ice cold winter nights. The positive effect of a windmill kit has on the environment is another reason people are considering installing a kit on their home, or business with no air pollution or carbon dioxide emissions to feel guilty about anymore, and add up the fact that with its low cost, tremendous savings, and its environmental advantages you’ll feel great about finally sticking it to the eclectic company.
Wind Mill Locations: One of the great things about putting up your own windmill is the variety of places you can locate it a windmill can be placed on the roof of a home or barn, it can be installed on a metal pole placed in a open field where it can best utilize the prevailing winds. A wind speed of 8 m. p. h. is the minimum a wind mill will operate and still produce electricity, many experts believe in the coming years that through research, and development that the speed in which a windmill will produce energy will be even less then the needed 8 m. p. h.
Wind Energy Cost: Prices for a Windmill kit vary greatly, kits can range from $10, 000 to under $200 depending on if you install it yourself or turn the job over to professionals to handle the job for you, either way with the cost of electricity rising, and little hope of it coming down anytime soon, a homeowner or business owner can save $1000s of dollars every year with no worry about when Mr. electric company will raise your rates again.
Any way you slice it the cost, installation, ease of use, and tremendous cost savings on electric bills add up to the simple question of how can you not look into the benefits of owning your own windmill.