Electricity is something which we have only become more dependent on since it was first made available to our homes. Of course, electricity can be quite expensive, but our modern lifestyles require access to a steady supply of electrical energy, so people will make sacrifices in other areas to keep this essential utility on.
Especially if you have a large family, electricity costs can become a large part of your household budget. It’s hard to keep costs down and many even decide against purchasing new electronics because of the increased energy costs their use would involve.
There is also the issue that the electrical energy available to most of us comes from non-renewable sources such as fossil fuels; and given the rapidly growing pace of energy consumption, these fuels may be depleted in our own lifetimes. The best way to preserve these dwindling natural resources is not to try to conserve the electricity which comes from these non-renewable fuels, but to use alternative sources of energy.
You can use renewable, non polluting energy sources to reduce your household’s carbon footprint and save money on your bills at the same time. Solar and wind power plants are already up and running in some places and other alternative energy sources are in the works. At the moment, solar and wind present the most useful forms of alternative energy for the home user.
Your household could begin using these alternative energy sources to lower your dependence (and your bills) on the local utility companies, instead using environmentally friendly energy. For some homes, it may be possible to become completely energy independent and make electricity bills a thing of the past.
However, solar power is not feasible for most of us, at least not if your plan is to meet all of your energy needs. Solar panels are very expensive and you will need a lot of them to provide all of the energy your home needs.
However, wind power is something which many people can begin using easily. Using readily available, inexpensive parts you can easily build a wind turbine for your household’s use. You can find everything you need online or at local scrap yards at a low cost. There are also plenty of instructional material and even video tutorials available online which walk you through this simple project so you can begin making your own clean, renewable energy. If you have a knack for building wind turbines and enough space to mount them, you can supply your home with all of the energy it needs.
Since wind turbines are so easy to build and the cost within anyone’s reach, wind power is certain to be a growing part of the energy plan for the average home. Wind power offers a limitless source of clean energy and it can save you enough money to pay for itself many times over in a very short time.
Originally posted 2009-04-24 12:58:47.