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Why Choose Renewable Wind Power?
by Owen Jones

Energy created from wind powered turbines is one of the most popular varieties of energy from alternative sources, and it is the fastest-growing variety as well. Wind turbines are turned by the natural strength of the wind, so make electricity without 'burning up' any fossil fuels in the process. The faster (harder) the wind gusts, the more electricity is produced.

Therefore, wind turbines are best placed where there are sustained periods of high wind. The coast line is usually a good location to site wind turbines. In fact, many coastal towns and cities are supplementing their existing conventional electricity supply with energy created from wind turbines.

You can still produce energy from wind, even if the wind does not blow very hard where you live, but the return will be less. It could still be sufficient, but maybe you should check out solar panels as well. For instance, it may suit your location to have a wind turbine for the winter and a couple of solar panels for the summer and winter back up.

Making a wind turbine is not rocket science, most people who are good with their hands can assemble a wind turbine with the aid of a good set of DIY plans. The real trick is to get all the parts that the plans say you will require before you begin. That way, you can focus on following the plans without having to go off every now and again to get a component.

One valid point is that you should not be worried about producing too much electricity, because many the energy companies in many countries are obliged to buy your surplus electricity back off you nowadays. This is not a complicated process, you just have to remain plugged into the grid and your surplus electricity will flow back into the grid altering the numbers on the meter automatically.

In this case your meter is read monthly or quarterly as normal, but you will receive a refund rather that a bill. The more wind turbines and solar panels you set up, the bigger a reimbursement you are likely to receive. In some cases, the units of electricity that you sell back are worth up to twice the units you buy from the same electricity company.

Apart from the fact that you will not be getting an electricity bill every month or that your bill will be vastly reduced, a very important point is that you will be one of the very, very few individuals who is not badly affecting our planet. You will not be so responsible for the greenhouse gases that are produced by making standard electricity.

You have nothing to lose by learning more about creating your own electricity, coming off the grid and doing your bit for the environment. The very least that can happen is that you read the information and become wiser on the subject, and you may not put into practice you knowledge that you have learned. This would be a real shame, but not a big financial loss.

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Owen Jones, the writer of this article, writes on many topics, but is currently involved with a favourite topic - alternative power sources. If you are interested in Sustainable Energy At Home, please click through to our site.

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