Homemade Wind Power

Homemade wind power can be a very easy and economical addition to the renewable energy plans for your home.  If you have dependable winds where you live, homemade wind power can provide a significant portion of the energy that you use in your home.

Backyard Windmill GeneratorWind energy can be a very easy and economical addition to the renewable energy plans for your home.  If you have dependable winds where you live, homemade wind energy can provide a significant portion of the energy that you use in your home.  This will save on your electric bills each and every month – and these savings add up over the years.  The most exciting aspect of homemade wind power is how easily and inexpensively it can be built – many times for around $200.

  Think how quickly a steady savings on your monthly utility bill will pay that investment back.

What you need to know.

Backyard Wind Electricity GeneratorThe Wind is our friend and to take advantage of the winds in your area, you will need to build (or buy) a windmill that will convert the wind into the rotational energy that will turn an electric generator – free energy for your home.  Homemade wind energy systems also include batteries to store the energy for times when the wind is not blowing (no wind = no power) and an inverter to convert the low voltage DC (direct current) that comes from the generator and the batteries to AC (alternating current) at the proper voltage for your lights and appliances.

Unlike solar systems where you can predict a specific amount of energy for each square foot of solar panels you install, homemade wind power systems are totally dependent on the wind, so you will want to make sure that you site your windmill properly. Wind systems work best when located in open fields or atop hills to get the maximum flow of wind through the windmill – to produce the maximum amount of electrical power for your use.  And remember, if you have enough space, you can actually run more than one windmill to produce that much more electricity.

CFL BulbsWhat is interesting is that replacing your regular incandescent bulbs with energy saving compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs is one of the quickest ways you can start saving money on your electric bills since they usually consume about 1/4 to 1/3 of the power that regular incandescent bulbs do – and LED bulbs consume even less power!

Be sure to read one of the many many good books good books that are available on wind and solar power, and, of course, don’t forget that in addition to wind power, you can also gain more savings by adding Solar Power.

Whatever you do to add renewable energy to your home, you will save money on your utility bills (in fact, if you find yourself producing more energy than you are using, it may even be possible to actually sell your excess power BACK to the electric utility – effectively running your electric meter in reverse), and you will do good for the earth by not putting as much strain on our natural resources that are used to generate electricity. Good for you, good for the earth.