Generating your own energy is probably the way of the future and you can start doing it now.
We’re taking a look at Wind Turbines in more detail.
Wind turbines use large blades to catch the wind. When the wind blows the blades are forced round, driving a turbine which generates electricity. The stronger the wind, the more electricity produced.
• Mast mounted: these are free standing and are erected in a suitably exposed position, often around 2.5kW to 6kW
• Roof mounted: these are smaller than mast mounted systems and can be installed on the roof of a home where there is a suitable wind resource. Often these are around 1kW to 2kW in size.
• Harnessing a plentiful energy source
• Cutting your carbon footprint: wind electricity is green, renewable and doesn’t release any harmful carbon dioxide or other pollutants
• Cutting your electricity bills: wind is free, so once you’ve paid for the initial installation your electricity costs will be reduced
• Store electricity for a calm day: if your home isn’t connected to the National Grid you can store excess electricity in batteries and use it when there is no wind.
Various grants of up to £2500 are also available to encourage home owners to generate their own power.
If generating your own power is something you’d like to explore further then The Energy Saving Trust website (www.energysavingtrust.org.uk) has a simple questionnaire to help you narrow down your options.