Have you ever con­sid­ered pow­er­ing your home with solar ener­gy or a wind tur­bine?  The more effi­cient choice would be wind pow­er because it uses less ener­gy, releas­es less car­bon diox­ide and will pro­duce more over­all ener­gy.  One wind tur­bine can gen­er­ate the same amount of elec­tric­i­ty in KWH (kilo­watt-hours) as thou­sands of solar pan­els.  Small wind tur­bines can be a cost effec­tive way to gen­er­ate renew­able elec­tric­i­ty for your home. For a home tur­bine to be ben­e­fi­cial to you, you should live on an acre or more.  Res­i­den­tial neigh­bor­hoods will prob­a­bly require zon­ing and you may run into prob­lems.  A wide open space will bet­ter pro­vide you with high­er aver­age wind speeds.

A good qual­i­ty mod­ern wind tur­bine has a life expectan­cy of 20 years.  It could even last 25 or more years.  As with most things in life, the old­er some­thing is the more main­te­nance costs there will be.

A 1.5 kilo­watt tur­bine can han­dle the needs of a home that uses 300 kilo­watt-hours a month.  You should know your ener­gy bud­get before you deter­mine what size tur­bine you need.  Lead bat­ter­ies can be used for ener­gy storage.

A wind tur­bine oper­ates on a sim­ple prin­ci­ple.  The tur­bine will have two or three blades that resem­ble a pro­peller.  They have a rotor con­nect­ed to a main shaft and that will spin a gen­er­a­tor to cre­ate elec­tric­i­ty.  Wind pow­er can be used in off-grid sys­tems known as a stand alone sys­tem.  It is not con­nect­ed to an elec­tric dis­tri­b­u­tion sys­tem or grid.  Small wind elec­tric sys­tems can be used in com­bi­na­tion with oth­er com­po­nents such as a small solar elec­tric sys­tem to cre­ate a hybrid pow­er system.

Lake Erie in Ohio has installed wind tur­bines to cre­ate elec­tric­i­ty.  The Great Lakes gen­er­ate high winds to run the tur­bines effec­tive­ly and effi­cient­ly.  Ohio has good incen­tives and rebates to help with your wind tur­bine instal­la­tion. There are qual­i­fied tur­bine installers that will ensure safe­ty and long term per­for­mance of your wind tur­bine.  Call Triple “S” Ener­gy today for assis­tance in locat­ing that local pro­fes­sion­al who can help you with all your questions.