What if I said that you could generate all of your energy needs at home with a few simple installations? Most people wouldn’t believe me, but with the technology nowadays, this is actually possible. More and more people actually get off the electrical grid and become completely energy self-sufficient.
The kinetic energy in the wind can be converted to electricity with a wind turbine. This is done using the principles of induction (a little bit out of the scope of this article). You don’t have to get a huge commercial wind turbine to get a decent amount of produced electrical energy. Smaller wind turbines designed for residents are more efficient than ever.
If you want to learn more about wind energy, I’ve made a separate article going deeper into the
Wind Energy Pros and Cons.
A solar photovoltaic panel (also known as PV-cells or solar cells) converts sunlight into electrical energy. The process itself is fairly complicated. These devices have the ability to produce large amounts of electricity, even in places where sun exposure is limited.
With passive solar systems you can supply your house with solar powered heating. The goal here is not to provide electricity, but rather reduce the overall consumption of energy. By just using passive solar systems alone, you can cut significant amounts off of your electrical bill.
You can read more about these methods in Solar Energy Pros and Cons.
Energy Storage Batteries
Wind and solar energy are both quite unreliable when it comes to availability. They are not a part of the energy sources that supply the base load of electricity such as coal and nuclear fission plants.
Therefore, energy storage batteries become absolutely essential if you want a green energy home that is self-sufficient. Now you have a dynamic system that fills the batteries with energy whenever there is a surplus of wind and/or sunlight that you can use later.
Solar panels and wind powered electricity in your home is a good and realistic way to get you off the grid without spending too much money. These are not the only methods you can use if you want to achieve this. I know for a fact that many people have great success with using residential geothermal heating to lower their electricity consumption.
Additional Wind and Solar Energy Information
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