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  • Tracy Freese
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What You Should Know: Residential Windmills

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You can supply your home with alternative energy resources using wind as a source of emissions-free and clean power. This will help saving the planet from pollution, as well as cut the energy bills. You can choose to install windmills in your home if you live in the countryside. Here you can learn about the residential windmills as a source of renewable energy. There are a lot of things to consider before choosing this option as a means of environmentally friendly energy supply. Although small wind turbines can supply whole households, farms and small businesses with energy, windmills aren't an applicable option for urban areas. Small turbines are appropriate for estates large 4,840 square yards. They are a great option for many areas in the countryside.

Before buying and installing windmill systems you should consider carefully your situation. Check if the area where your property is located has enough wind to supply you regularly with energy. Another factor in choosing the residential windmills as a source of renewable energy is the type of turbine appropriate for your home. There are many different types of them. They are expensive investments and you should be sure that the turbine you choose has the necessary power to supply with enough energy your property, depending on its location.

The power rating which every turbine has will be measured in kilowatts, so your utility bills will be measured in kilowatt hours. Before you make the investment of installing a windmill system, make some calculations to understand what energy your family consumes on average every year. You should calculate what every wind turbine produces per year in the worst and the best weather conditions. This way you can choose the most proper wind turbine for your property. The installation of windmill requires at least one acre of land.

Make more calculations to learn if the location of your home is appropriate for a windmill system. Estimate the energy output you will have when installing a wind turbine. You can do it by multiplying the mechanical efficiency of the machine with the speed of the wind, as well as the air density and the length of the rotor blade. Once you calculate the expected output, you should determine what will be the average speed of the wind. Most manufacturer usually tell their potential customers that there won't be a problem, but it isn't always so. The speed of the wind must be more than 10 mph for the wind turbine to produce enough energy. Check if your area have this speed of wind.

Of course there are grants provided for wind turbines. If you live in an appropriate windy location and can get some of these grants, you will save a lot of expenses from your family budget spent on energy bills. Another thing you can do is check if you see any wind turbines in the geographical area you live in. You can visit the owners and ask them about the experiences they had with their windmills. They can give you many valuable advices. The fact that they use windmill energy in close distance to your property can be a sign that this system is appropriate for your home too.

The cost of installation and purchasing of a windmill is around 19,500£ on the average to supply the entire home with energy. It can vary from 6,500£ to 45,500£ depending on the size, installation expenses and other factors. There are some persistent problems associated with windmills such as killing of birds on their way by wind turbines. Every year collisions of birds with wind turbines are the reason for many birth deaths.

Windmills provide absolutely free and non-polluting energy source. They work with wind turbines, transformer and a wind generator. The wind generator is part of a tower which is more than 30 feet high. Two types of towers are used for residential windmill systems: guyed and free standing. Installing of a wind turbine can be the innovation your home needs, which will save you many expenses in the future. If you do the necessary calculations, make your research and prepare for this step, you will have free renewable energy produced from wind.


The article is contributed by Patricia Cornwell who works in a company that provides Electrical Services. She claims that using alternative energy resources will save the planet and significantly cut the energy bills in the same time.
  • Tracy Freese
  • lost methodminimalist lifestyleminimalist livingrecyclerepurposereusesimpletradition