Wind Energy – Can it Lower Your Bills
Wind energy is a great alternative to traditional electricity. It doesn’t require the burning of fuel for its creation, and it doesn’t emit harmful gases into the atmosphere. You may be unclear, though, on how exactly wind energy will affect the bottom line – your monthly bills.
There are several factors that will affect your costs when you use wind energy. These factors include where you live, the supplier of your wind energy, and the government rebates and subsidies that are available to you. However, the long term prospect of wind energy is quite positive. As the cost of fossil fuels skyrockets, the cost of wind energy continues to decline.
Wind Energy from Your Electric Utility Company
When you think of wind energy, you may think that in order to use it, you have to install a wind turbine in your backyard. While you could install your own turbine, you don’t have to. Many electric companies now offer green energy programs, which allow the customer to get their electricity from wind energy. The electric company improves their renewable portfolio standard by buying renewable energy certificates. By participating in green energy programs through your electric company, you help to reduce the initial expense of wind power.
Do It Yourself Wind Energy
Purchasing wind energy from your electric company may not have a significant effect on your utility costs (although it is still beneficial to the environment). Alternatively, you can install your own wind turbine, giving you more control over the cost of your electricity. Options for home wind energy include a smaller version of a commercial wind turbine, like those you may have seen at wind farms. Another good option for small spaces is a vertical axis wind turbine. Electromagnetic wind collectors are another good choice for home use. Depending on the specifications of the system that you choose, your initial outlay man range from £6,000 to £20,000. You can expect your home wind energy system to provide about 40-60% of the energy used by your home.
Don’t be alarmed by the high initial cost. Depending on where you live, there may be rebates and subsidies available to you for installing wind energy, some of which may cover the entire cost of your equipment. Your monthly costs will drop immediately, so switching to wind energy has the potential to save you a significant amount of money.
If wind energy sounds like a good solution for your home, contact Windpower Technology. Our team will come out to your home and assess your land to determine what type of wind power system is best for you. We will provide this free consultation and then design the system that suits both your needs and your budget. We will also help you to obtain all of the available rebates and subsidies. Windpower Technology has vast experience in installing wind power systems in home, farm, and commercial settings, so let us guide you on your transition from fossil fuels to clean wind energy.