Getting electricity from wind to power our machines is hardly a new concept, after all windmills have been around for centuries. The difference is that today we have the technology to convert that energy into electricity far more efficiently than ever before.

Converting wind energy into electricity is done with a wind turbine. You’ve probably seen these behemoths in fields across the country. Recent advances in the technology have made it possible to downsize the turbines and make them viable for home use.

Todays wind turbines come in a variety of sizes and shapes. They can easily be mounted in your backyard and on your rooftop.

The energy savings for many homeowners is about 80% off of their utility bills. As you can imagine that is significant, and it will continue for as long as your turbine is running.

There are a few potential downsides though that you do need to be aware of. For one thing one small wind turbine won’t generate enough electricity to completely supply the needs of your household.

You would either need more than one or you would need to combine your turbine with other forms of renewable energy like solar energy, for example.

Another thing to remember is that if you want to buy a turbine and have it installed it will cost you…big. The cost of a turbine is anywhere from $600 all the way up to $12,000.

The good news is that you can easily build your own, even if you don’t have any engineering skills, for about $200. The parts are readily available at any hardware store.

Just purchase a manual that will show you in step by step detail how to do it and you can build your own in a few days.

So with winter coming on fast, now is a good time to get electricity from wind by building your own wind turbine.

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