Is residential wind power really an option for homes in the UK, or are you wasting your time even considering it?
We're all used to seeing the giant commercial wind farms dotted over our landscape here in the UK. But do the owners of those commercial wind farms know something the rest of us don't?
If they do, should we all be installing domestic wind turbines at our homes to reap the same rewards?
As always the answer isn't an emphatic yes or no. Yes, home wind power generators do work and they're relatively easy to buy, but there are some downsides, not least being the cost.
Here in the UK we actually live in one of the windiest places in Europe, so the raw materials (wind) are freely available to make your wind turbine work.
We constantly hear the producers of wind turbines telling us that photovoltaics aren't the only way we can generate FREE electricity.
While I can appreciate where they're coming from, I'm always reluctant to use the term 'FREE', as there's no such thing as free in its true sense.
The secret, as with all eco technologies, is to make sure your chosen technology will cost less over its life time than buying your electricity from the grid.
Only when you can answer these questions will you be in a position to decide if residential wind power is suited to your location. So, in order to help you answer them, and more, I have prepared the following articles to help you out:
By reading through all the relevant sections of the above articles you should be in a strong position to better understand residential wind power and whether or not your site is suited to wind power generation.