No matter who you are, how old you are, or where you live, you have experienced the power of wind. Whether it was a gently breeze that barely moved your hair, or you witnessed a tornado and the damage that it did, you have seen and felt what wind can do. It is only natural that at some point, we would figure out how to harness this power in a way that can benefit everyone. That’s the great thing about renewable sources of energy; they are free, and there are no signs of them running out anytime soon. This is good because the sources we depend on right now, including the use of fossil fuels, is depleting faster than we had expected, and if we don’t do something soon, we are going to be in big trouble.
If you are wondering how wind can be harnessed to help you, just think about all the times that you may have seen a windmill or two out on a farm somewhere. You may not have realized it, but that windmill is doing a lot more for the farm than sitting there and looking pretty. They harness the energy from the wind and transform it into usable energy. This can be used to power farm equipment, among other things. Simply put, the energy fuels the farm so they can successfully raise their crops and animals that will someday make it to your dinner table.
Wind energy is definitely not new, we have known for thousands of years what the wind could do, we just never harnessed it on such a large scale before. Hundreds of years ago, the only way a ship could make it across the ocean was with the help of wind in their sails. Even a few decades ago, consumers had no other way to dry their clothes except to hang them on a clothesline and wait for the wind to do the work for them. Even today, there are still people who prefer drying their clothes on a line instead of in a machine.
If you want take advantage of this great renewable source of energy, there are lots of ways that you can do it. You could even build a small wind turbine in your back yard! You can’t expect to become energy independent with one small turbine, but you can supplement your power usage, and cut down on your power bill each month.