Is Wind Power a Viable Alternative Energy Source for the Home? – Part 1

When people think about creating or generating power for the home the most common thought that they have is for solar panels, solar energy or some form of solar power. But is it possible to use wind power to supplement your home energy use?

Not only is it possible but you can actually use it in place of many of the items that you are currently using now. So how can it get any better than that? Chances are pretty good that you can make some major cuts in your current electricity bill for well under a thousand dollars and save more money in one year than the entire setup will cost you.

What? Well, in all fairness, articles online are generally supposed to be conversational in nature and not all about “I” and “Me” but since I have personally done this and I know it works, I am going to write an article all about me … well not about me in particular but about how I set up a wind generator and completely replaced all of the lighting in my home for under one-thousand dollars.

Now in all fairness, since my other energy source at the time was solar, I did not necessarily save much money on my electric bill as I did not have one at the time. However, if you live in an area where there is a sufficient amount of wind, this is the cheapest alternative energy setup and resource available.

Despite popular belief, no birds were harmed in these tests. Many of the larger windmills that are used to produce commercial amounts of electrical power are credited with/blamed for killing or otherwise harming birds to a very major extent. Such is not the case with the units that are available for smaller purposes. The wind generator I used was less than six hundred US dollars brand new, had a blade span of roughly 40 inches and worked like a charm where I lived at the time.

Now I am pretty certain that you have asked yourself by now how good the lighting could be. Have you seen any of the banks of lights that are made with LED lights lately? Did you ever notice how bright they are when some kid shined one in your eyes and you could not see at all for a few seconds? Any light that is bright enough to blind you is bright enough to read by and the LED lights that are available these days are not only bright but they consume very little actual power. In fact, most of them already run on much less than twelve volts.

The biggest problem I had was discovering LED lights that were set up for a 12 volt system. Once I had managed that, I bought regular track lighting reflectors that would allow me to house a number of the led bulbs together while pointing in different directions to illuminate a wider area. After that, it was time to begin setting up my generator and wiring my home. Fortunately, 12 volt wiring is very small and hiding the wires and running new wires where I needed to was made much simpler due to that fact. The standard conduit for three wire Romex held all of the wires quite nicely.