World Wind Energy: Total Installed Capacity in Megawatts (MW) from 1997-2010If you’re concerned with the your home’s rising power costs, maybe it’s time you started to look at alternative energy power generation. Simple power generation systems that harness the power of the wind and the sun can help you chip away at your bills. And if you’ve got the money to invest, large scale commercially produced equipment can even get you off the grid completely. Imagine that, no more monthly power bills!

And while it may be cost prohibitive to start out by purchasing enough commercially available equipment to take care of all of your electricity and heating needs, it’s much cheaper to start out with homemade systems that will produce usable amounts of electricity and heat. Not only will these home made wind turbines, and home made solar panels help reduce your home’s energy costs, they’ll allow you to become familiarized with alternative energy systems. This could be very valuable if you ever decide to install larger, commercially produced wind turbines and solar cells. So if you’ve got ample exposure to the sun, or your home’s location has a steady and strong winds, you’re in luck. Solar and Wind Power may be the smartest way for you to save money.

In many areas of the country, or the world for that matter, wind is prevalent. So much in fact that millions of homeowners the world over may be able to take advantages of wind power on their property. Wind energy is sure to play a large part in our energy supplies future. Investment in wind power has skyrocketed over the past few years. According to a report by according to the Global Wind Energy Council, the total wind power generating capacity worldwide jumped from 37.5GW to 157.9GW just last year. And with the decreasing supplies of carbon based fuels, the use of wind power is almost guaranteed to keep increasing.

One caveat though, if you’re planning on using wind power as the primary source of electricity for your home, you need to take into account the variability of winds at your home. Even though it may seem like the wind “blows all the time”, it may in fact not be enough to completely provide for all of your electricity needs. Still, it’s still a great way to reduce your dependence on the ever increasingly high priced electricity that’s produced by fossil fuels.

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