Several decades ago sustainable living was a buzzword that mainly traveled in limited circles. Few people without a social cause or a need paid much attention to how the electricity they used got into their homes. Things have changed and it is now more important than ever before. In this post we glance at a few of the everyday uses of wind power in the home and elsewhere.
Uses of Wind Power
Wind energy is one of the most accessible forms of alternative electricity. Electricity from wind is available in almost all climates, elevations and locales, making it an excellent choice for the environmentally conscious family.
How Wind Generators Work
Wind energy uses a fairly basic and easy to understand technology to generate power. Most electricity from wind makes use of a wind turbine. The turbine has blades that turn when wind pressure encounters them. The turning blades transfer their energy to a rotor and shaft which, in turn, pass it onto a generator, creating usable electricity.
Because wind is a completely sustainable and renewable resource, the only expense is in installing and maintaining the wind turbine. There is less waste with a wind power system, because a more consistent flow of electricity is created, especially in ideal locations, meaning that less dependence on secondary battery storage is needed.
Like solar energy, the cost of wind power has been prohibitive to many homeowners, but the price is shrinking as alternative forms of energy are more widely explored for everyday use.
Green Gadgets for Your Home
Like all types of alternative energy, there is a limit to what wind power can produce at any given time. Most families who focus on sustainable living are also interested in keeping their carbon footprint small. Using a household energy meter can help you can help you keep an eye on your energy usage.
Lighting is another area where the modern homeowner will need to adjust. While lighting doesn’t create a huge draw on an alternative energy system, it is a constant need. Pairing wind power with some solar products is especially useful with lighting.
Outdoor lights, for example, can run entirely on solar power without tapping into any of the electricity from wind created by your turbine system. Inside, a combination of both high-efficiency bulbs and supplemental lighting systems is a good option.
When it comes to sustainable living, it really is the small things that make the biggest difference. Adapting your home to wind energy is a big step. However, even homes with on-the-grid systems can make a positive difference. You can also make an impact by choosing easy to install and maintain green gadgets in your office, yard and garden.