Utilities - Wind Power: a Load of Hot Air?

By: David Collins

With all this talk of climate change, global warming and climbing energy prices, many are now rather concerned about how much they are paying towards their energy bills.

But what if you could use nature's power to generate a small amount of energy for your home?

As gas and electricity prices continue to fluctuate as the credit crunch grips the nation, many are now turning to home turbine kits to help them save a little extra on their electricity bills.

Home turbine kits are now readily available from DIY stores and can range from smaller units you can attach to the roof of your property to larger poles that can be erected in the garden.

However, there is usually a lengthy process to get permission to put one on your property.

First, you'll need to check if you live in a suitable area for wind power.

Location is a key factor in the decision to invest in turbines to help save money on utilities. Consult wind speed charts in order to check the frequency of wind speed in your area. If you live in a low-laying area which doesn't see much more than a breeze then it's probably not the best for you.

Then it's trying to convince your local council to grant planning permission. You should also consider bringing in a surveyor to assess whether it's structurally sound and safe to mount a turbine and power unit on your property.

And of course there's that all-important step of trying to convince your neighbours that it's a renewable energy source rather than an eyesore, will not contribute to the noise pollution and won't endanger the local wildlife.

Home turbine kits can be useful for generating and containing small amounts of energy via a generator. This stored energy can be filtered back into the house as electricity or stored and returned to the grid.

Indeed, utility companies will more than likely reduce your energy bill if the turbine is producing more energy than you are using.

Businesses are also making use of turbines and other means of harvesting natural resources in order to reduce their carbon footprints by integrating them into their stores, and even advertising boards outside the premises.

Choosing the right supplier of your turbine equipment is vital to this, and with a range of kits available on the market, the choice is endless for those looking to save money on their bills and do their bit for the planet.

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