You may not be aware of it but the government wants you to go green,they are even willing to pay you if you do. Many things you do to be more environmentally friendly and save money can actually make you eligible for a tax credit of up to $1,500. Using an alternative energy source, such as wind, is one such thing.

We have heard a lot over the years about the advantages of using solar panels to generate some of the electricity our home needs.

While this can be a good idea, particularly if you live in a very sunny climate, wind energy is probably a better option for many. It is also possible to use a combination of wind and solar energy to really generate enough electricity to save money.

To harness the power of the wind you will need a wind turbine. This converts the energy of the wind as it turns the blades, into electricity which can then be stored in batteries for use later.

New technology has made it possible to take this same principle and ‘downsize’ it for household use. You can now install your own wind turbine right in your own backyard and generate about 5 times the electricity you would be able to with one solar panel.

To buy a wind turbine will cost you around $1,000 and up, but you can build your own for only around $200 with supplies that you can get at your hardware store. For most people it will only take a few days to build.

Using wind as an alternative energy source and having one small turbine won’t be enough to supply all of your electricity needs, but it is a way to cut back on the amount of harmful, and dwindling, fossil fuels and save you a nice chunk of change in the process.

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