The cost of maintaining your household can be staggering. One of the larger expenses for any home is of course the cost of electricity. Many people find themselves budgeting carefully for this expense and trying as hard as possible to conserve energy to keep pace with the increasing cost of energy.
There are some bills which you really can’t do too much about; your mortgage or rent aren’t going to decrease and you most likely need your cell phone and internet access too much to cut back on these bills. You can save in a lot of ways, but many expenses are simply unavoidable.
However, your electricity bill is one area where you could be saving money. You can unplug appliances when not in use and take other measures to reduce this cost, but this will only get you so far and if the members of your household aren’t all on the same page, these efforts can become a Sisyphean task indeed.
However, you can use all of the electricity you need if you can find an alternative source of energy to use other than what is supplied by your local utility company. Renewable alternative energy sources exist which you can use to keep your electricity costs down; and in some cases, you may even be able to sell excess electrical power to your utility company!
Solar and wind are the most popular alternative energy technologies. You probably know the basics about solar power already. It’s a great non-polluting energy source. Wind power is something you’ve probably not really considered for your home, thinking you’d need a huge wind farm in order to get the electrical power your home needs.
Actually all you need are small wind turbines that you place on your rooftop. You don’t need to worry about figuring out where to get them because you can actually make them yourself if you have the necessary materials that you can acquire online or in the junkyard.
Properly installed wind turbines on your rooftop can work extremely well during windy days and can power a number of devices giving you some independence to your normal source or electricity. This should significantly reduce your electric bills when used every day. The results are even better if you create many wind turbines as the power generation can be much greater in groups.
The way that a wind turbine works is simple – the kinetic energy generated by the rotors moving in the wind is converted into electrical energy which you can use in your home. Best of all, your wind turbines generate power day and night; unlike a solar panel. Excess energy can be stored in batteries and used later.
Wind turbines may not work for every homeowner, but even those with a rooftop to mount their turbines on in a densely populated urban area will find these turbines to produce a significant savings on their electricity bills. Wind power can be put into use at a low cost and with relative ease, allowing users to have access to all of the electrical energy they need, even on a tight budget.
Originally posted 2009-04-16 08:26:34.