A wind powered generator is just one of the many ways in which you can not only reduce your utility bill but also be environmentally friendly as well. With the ever increasing demands for renewable energy supplies, there are now several different ways in which you can get light and power to your home, commercial building even farm without having a nervous break-down each time the electricity bill arrives.
These types of generator will not only help in reducing your electricity bill but provide you with a pollution free energy source as well. You might be lucky enough (if you’re living in an area that provides them) to be able to get some form of a tax benefit for using an ecological energy supply. However, it must be noted that wind energy whilst having a lot of advantages it does come with some disadvantages as well.
Is wind power suitable for you?
It is always advisable to do some research before you opt to install a wind powered generator and find out if it is the best source of energy for the area in which you live.
Wind power will not be suitable for everyone. So, depending on which State you live in check with the local Government Energy Websites and gather all the information you can about where you live. The US Department of Energy’s Wind Map is a very good source to find out if this kind of option will suit your area.
As we all know, wind, as with every other one of Mother Nature’s natural resources will differ from State to State. So, if you’re in a region that has very little or no wind at all there is no point in pursuing the idea any longer.
Does a Wind Powered Generator need a back-up?
The simple answer here is yes, even if you region is very windy you will need some form of back-up. There will be days when it’s very windy and others where it’s very calm, the same goes for solar energy, and there is nothing that anyone can do about that. As with most other forms of environmentally friendly power systems if you wind powered generator is not linked to the power grid then the electricity can be stored in a battery. It’s a good idea to stay connected to the local grid, you can then use their supply on calm days, and by staying with them you can also get credits for any excess energy produced on those windy days and you have more power than you need.
Drawbacks of a wind powered generator:
One of the problems that are very rarely mentioned when talking about a wind powered generator is that they can be noisy and have been known to cause interference with television signals. There has also been research that has shown that there can be some side-effects associated with living too close to wind generators. Some people living in close proximity to wind farms have complained about headaches, panic attacks and sleeping disorders, the cause being leveled at the low-frequency noise and vibration.