What on earth is a wind turbine?

Wind turbines for homes are becoming more and more popular as an antedote to the rising cost of electricity. But what exactly is a wind turbine? A wind turbine is the device that uses the power of wind to produce mechanical energy. This mechanical energy is then converted into electrical energy.

Sometimes people mistake a wind turbine with a windmill. Although similar, they are not the same. A windmill usually uses wind energy for mechanical uses (pumping out water or for grinding purposes), and not for converting it into electricity. Most wind turbines for homes are employed to use generate electricity.

What are the different types of wind turbines for homes?

Wind turbines are classified into two kinds based on their structure:

• Horizontal axis turbines – The blades in these wind turbines rotate along a horizontal axis.

• Vertical axis turbines – The blades in these turbines rotate along a vertical axis.

The most common wind turbines are ones with a horizontal axis. These type of wind turbines are more efficient that vertical axis turbines.

What are the advantages of installing a wind turbine for homes?

Let’s look at the major advantages of a wind turbine:

• Electricity-saving: Since the wind turbines use energy which is free (the wind), they prove to be a very cost-effective mechanism for generating electricity, thus helping not only save power but also generate power for the world.

• Cost-effective: The only cost involved in installing a wind turbine is the initial cost and the cost of maintenance. The energy comes free and there is no other fuel.

• Environment-friendly: The wind turbines are environment friendly in a way that they do emit harmful gases or affect the environment in any way. Wind turbines for homes are great because they are harnessing what nature is already providing.

• Uninterrupted power supply: A wind generator helps you become independent of your government’s electricity supply. Moreover, you overcome the hurdles of power outages. When you have your own home wind turbine, you won’t have to worry about cooking and showering during those frustrating power outages.

What are the factors you should consider for installing a wind turbine in your home?

While installing a wind turbine is obviously a great step forward for you and for the rest of the world, you must take some preliminary precautions:

• The site for installation is at least of one acre area.

• The average wind speed is around 11 miles per hour.

• Make sure the tower and the base are sturdy. It is important to foresee the turbulence in the wind before you invest in the wind turbine.

• Make sure the tower’s height and the distance between the wind generator and the cells are optimum.

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