The current energy crisis and other environmental issues have surely affected each and every one of us in various ways.
The fact is, fossil fuels are not only causing havoc on the environment; they are fueling our addiction to these types of energy sources as well.
Either way, fossil fuels will not last forever. Eventually, they will run out. That is good news for the environment and bad news for us if we do not find a more sustainable and environmentally friendly energy resource soon.
Fortunately, a viable alternative energy resource is already right in front of us, or above us. Wind energy is a perfect alternative energy source since it is highly renewable, environmentally friendly, and most of all it is absolutely free.
This is why many homeowners are now considering installing a homemade wind power generator to help them reduce their dependence on conventional energy sources as well as minimize their electricity bills.
As the name suggests, wind power generators are responsible for generating power through the energy produced by the wind.
This energy resource is obviously very beneficial since wind is virtually unlimited, absolutely free, and environmentally friendly as well.
However, for wind power generators to be most effective, one must consider the wind level or strength in a particular area or location for this method to actually produce substantial electricity.
You cannot just construct wind power generators anywhere you want without taking into account several factors like wind speed and consistency, the structure of your wind turbine, as well as its particular location in relation to its surroundings.
For example, areas surrounded by mountains, tall trees, or large manmade structures like buildings are not ideal for wind power generators.
This method of generating power is generally based on one simple principle, energy conversion. Essentially, the wind’s energy turns the propeller which is connected to a turbine alternator, otherwise known as a turbine converter.
This process produces usable electrical power that is capable of powering an entire household, provided that the generator is perfectly suited for that purpose. In the past, windmills are basically used mainly for milling as well as pumping water from beneath the ground.
Nowadays, however, wind turbines are highly capable of generating electricity safely and efficiently.
Because of the recent advancements in wind power technology, wind turbines can now withstand high wind stresses, lightning, as well as any type of electrical overload.
Most of the wind power generators nowadays also have emergency shutdown features. In addition, some wind power generators are equipped with storage or interconnection options.
The latter option allows you to sell the excess power generated by your wind power generator for extra cash or you may also receive extra credits for allowing usage to your local utility grid.
Basically, you are not only saving money on your electricity bills, you are making money as well.
But if you have the appropriate skill set to do everything on your own, then you will have saved a lot of money.