Many people today are considering wind power to supply electricity to their homes. While there are many reasons why this is a good idea, wind power isn’t always the best option. In order to decide whether or not wind is a viable alternative solution for your power needs, there are some things that you need to know about wind energy.
Before you make your final decision on using wind power, here are some pros and cons.
Pro 1 – Wind Energy Isn’t Regulated
One of the biggest benefits of wind energy is that this is electricity you generate at home, and not taxed or regulated. Any other power you get, whether it is the electricity you use from a utility company, fuel you pump into your vehicle, it is being taxed and doled out in little bits. Any problems that these corporations have, instead of taking care of them themselves, they pass these problems on to you in the form of higher rates.
Any electricity you make for yourself is not governed by local, state or federal authorities. They can’t measure how much wind energy you use, they can tax it. Because our natural resources are being depleted at an alarming rate, the taxes, fees, and regulations on these power sources are most assuredly going to continue to rise, and this is a big consideration when putting in your own wind generators.
Pro 2 – Renewable Energy Source
Another pro to wind energy is that it is completely renewable. The wind is all around us, no matter where you live. It doesn’t deplete our natural resources, it is a clean source of energy, meaning that it doesn’t harm our environment. Using wind power not only help save our planet, it can greatly lower our need for fossil fuels.
Pro 3 - Local Power Source
We are so dependent on using energy from other countries, oil especially. This has to be brought from some where else, and these shipping costs dramatically drive up costs. With wind power, this resources is totally in our own back yard. This can reduce our need for turning to other countries for energy, making ourselves much more independent.
Pro 4 - Wind Power is Unlimited
Unlike oil, gas, and coal which is often used to produce electricity, wind is a source of power that in unlimited. It isn’t going run out, and is constantly in a state of recycling. With fossil fuels, even the people in power have to admit that these resources are limited, and it is predicted that these will run completely dry in just a few centuries, much less in many cases.
Pro 5 - One of the Cheapest Sources of Alternative Energy
Wind energy can be in some cases much cheaper to produce that even solar power. You can build your own wind turbines that will generate enough wind to power your home in a short period of time, with materials that are much cheaper and easier to find than solar panels.
Now even with all of these pros, there are still some cons to using wind energy, and these also have to be taken into consideration.
Con 1 - The Inconsistency of Wind
Wind is a variable energy source. While you know that the sun is going to rise every day to produce energy, the same can’t be said for wind power. Some days you will have an abundance of wind, all day long, other days you won’t even have a breeze. It is unpredictable, and a lot depends on where you live.
Con 2 – Not Suitable for All Locations
Wind is not always a suitable choice where you live. As mentioned before, some areas get almost no wind at all, while other places get so much wind, and at higher speeds that will damage most wind turbines. You really need to find a map of wind, so you know if you live in an area where wind is more prevailent.
Con 3 – Commercial System Costs
Now the biggest problems these days with wind energy is the cost involved with putting in commercial wind turbines. Although wind technologies is growing pretty fast, it will still be some time before these costs start to go down, and this can deter some from using wind power. However, you can, with plans and a little know how, build your own turbines from commonly found materials, which can lower these costs to pennies on the dollar.
While there are both pros and cons to wind electricity, over all this can be a viable energy source for you own personal needs. Wind is worth more investigation, and you need to find some way of being independent from utility companies.