Residential Wind Turbine – Reasons Why You Should Start Harnessing Wind Energy Today
Summary about Residential Wind Turbines by Josh D Howard
Residential Wind Turbines.
Definition and Overview
A Wind Turbine is defined as a piece of rotating machinery that is capable of converting kinetic energy, or energy that is created by motion, into energy that is mechanical in nature. When this type of mechanical energy is used to operate certain types of machinery (e.g. grinding stones or pumps), it is typically called a “windmill.” When mechanical energy is converted into electricity, the device is called a wind energy converter (WEO), wind generator, or wind power unit (WPU).
Many people today are investing in residential wind turbines which are usually installed atop a tall tower and works in conjunction with a local utility company in order to supply a home with electricity. The amount of electricity these produce is determined by wind speed and when the turbines produce more electricity than what is needed to power up the home, a lot of utility companies will purchase the excess power from you.
How do Residential Wind Turbines Operate?
Wind speeds (defined as “cut-in speeds”) that fall below 7 to 10 mph will not produce any electricity, therefore meaning that you have to rely on your local utility company. When the speed of the wind increases, so too does the output of the wind turbine.
Sizes and types of residential wind turbines
Residential wind turbines come in different sizes based on the amount of electricity that a home consumes. At one time, the average home required about 9,400 kilowatt hours per year or an average monthly consumption of 780 kilowatt hours.
Advantages of Using Residential Wind Turbines
- Wind is plentiful usually no matter where a person lives, although some landscapes tend to be windier than others
- From an environmental standpoint, the type of energy produced by these devices is renewable
- Wind energy is cheap as well as being widely distributed
- Wind energy is effective in reducing the amount of toxic emissions that enter the atmosphere
Despite the above advantages, there are a couple of disadvantages that need to be considered as well. Cost factors involved in the production of wind turbines are still fairly high and oftentimes prove to be the biggest deterrent for investing in one. Secondly, the availability of wind is unpredictable. Since a certain amount of climate and weather knowledge is required, the use of residential wind turbines could be impractical.