Think About Using Wind Power

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If you are trying to become more environmentally friendly and want to generate some of your own power to reduce your footprint and save some money, there are a lot of choices out there for you. Some people choose to use solar power as their alternative form of energy, but wind power is another option that you can take advantage of. 

Wind Power

Wind power has been used for millennia. Windmills with huge sails to catch the wind were connected to grindstones at grist mills so that grain could be ground. It was a more efficient way to grind large amounts of grain than doing it by hand was. Windmills have been used all over the world to help power pumps at wells to get water. The Dutch have used wind power to help hold back the ocean by using the power to run pumps. Many places are now creating huge wind farms that can be hooked to the electrical grid to create power. You can use a smaller wind turbine at your own house to do the same thing. 

How It Works

Home wind turbines can either be vertical axis or horizontal axis. A vertical axis wind turbine could look like the oscillating fan you may use in the summer time. A horizontal axis wind turbine would have blades that go around the main post instead of being perpendicular to the post. As the blades on the turbine spin, they spin a shaft inside the housing of the turbine. The shaft is connected to a generator, which is what creates the power. The generator can be hooked up to batteries or directly to the electrical grid of your house. If you choose to have it hooked into batteries, usually deep charge marine batteries, you can use the power of some batteries in order to run your house while charging other batteries up. 

Hooking Up a Wind Turbine

If you are going to hook a wind turbine up to your house or even just use power from a battery bank, you really should have an electrician come to hook it up for you. That's because the power generated by the turbine and stored in the batteries is DC power while your house runs on AC power. If you don't have it wired correctly, using an inverter, you run the risk of destroying your home's power grid. 

If you are looking to be more environmentally friendly, a wind turbine may be the right choice for you. For more information, talk to a professional like McDonald Electric.

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