Despite the enormous cost associated with wind turbines, people are still interested in getting them. Wind turbines can help to significantly reduce the cost of your electricity bills. However, since these machines are powered by the wind, you should do some research to find out if you would benefit from having one before you run off to get one installed.
Kathleen O’Donnell, who is an architect, thought that she would benefit from having a wind turbine and had one installed in 2009. She has yet to glean any savings from the $15,000 investment, as the wind turbine is not generating any energy even though there are wind currents in the area that she lives.
President and founder of Windfree, Doug Snower purchased a wind turbine for $5,000 in 2009 and installed it in his home. It works quite fine and he saves $120 on a yearly basis. If you install a wind turbine that actually does work, you can derive some amount of savings, though your expectations should be held in check.
There are a few reasons why wind energy has never been popular with home owners. Two of the major reasons are the noise that personal turbines produce as well as its inefficiency. The noise is produced by the central generator which requires strong winds to create current. The blades also do not move very fast which means that less power is produced.
The Honeywell Wheel-shaped WT6500 wind turbine created by WindTronics has totally revolutionized the way personal turbines work. This is because this new design doesn’t feature a heavy central generator. Instead, the wind turbine has magnets close to the tips of the blades that attract current even as slow as 2 miles.
The design of the wind turbine makes it quite suitable for home use. The circumference is only 6 ft and it is also very quiet. Probably the greatest thing about Honeywell’s wind turbine is that it can produce enough power to replace the average householder’s energy bill by approximately 15 percent.
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Renewable energy systems can play a great role within our communities. Compared to non renewable sources of energy such as natural gas, coal and oil, renewable energy sources are far cleaner, efficient and also more reliable. If we continue to rely on non-renewable sources of energy, it will ultimately lead to detriment of our environment.
We can all play a role in reducing consumption levels of fossil fuel by not only generating renewable energy, but also by conserving energy. Some of the ways we can conserve energy are by sealing leaks, installing better insulation, car pooling, and switching to suppliers of green energy.
Wind production in Hudson Highlands has not been cost effective due to the low and unreliable wind currents in the area. However, the viability of wind energy can be increased if wind turbines are elevated high enough. Although there are some disadvantages to having wind turbines, they can be minimized by placing them well away from neighbors and avoiding major avian fly-aways.
Learn more about residential wind turbines in the Hudson area.