High energy costs and an environmentally battered planet affect each and every one of us in one way or another. The fact of the matter is it is actually quite possible for a good percentage of us to slash our power bill while helping to save the planet. Yes, kill two birds with one stone simply by resorting to renewable energy sources and the most convenient and practical way to do that is arguably through the use of wind power generators.

With this concept, we literally get energy out of air, more specifically moving air called wind. This invisible but precious natural resource is free and green. It’s also practically endless in certain regions. However, it’s important to note that the wind resource must be of a certain level in order for the deployment of windmills to be feasible. The tower must not have to reach very high to avoid ground turbulence and the wind-speed is ideally in excess of 10 miles per hour.

Wind power generation is based on the principle of energy conversion. Basically, the wind energy turns the windmill which is connected to a turbine alternator or converter to produce electrical power. Traditional windmills are just water pumps but modern wind power generators are complete power systems that come with safety, high-wind survival, lightning and electrical overload protection and emergency shutdown features. Most are equipped with options for storage and interconnection to local utility grids for credit or sale of overflow power.

A good many houses in the rural or sub-urban areas would likely make a suitable wind power home but a feasibility study should be conducted beforehand. Wind resource map, space and clearance, regulatory requirements, neighborhood compatibility and interconnection with the local power grid as a minimum should be researched before embarking on the construction proper of the wind power system.

It’s not advisable for households to employ wind power generators as a sole source of energy for reasons of nature. They are best used as a supplementary power to the grid or vice-versa. For off-grid homes, having solar power to complement them would be a good idea since sunlight too is subjected to nature. Fortunately, their complement is well-matched in that they are rarely out simultaneously and will work well if the system is backed with a reasonable capacity of storage.

Like many other endeavors nowadays, the internet has made it easy to make wind power. Anyone who is interested can conveniently access a great deal of information on the subject online. On that account, many guides and instructional handbooks for DIY versions of wind power generators are very competitively retailed. Competition is keen so some really good value can be found with a little shopping around.