Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Green Power - What Is?

With the continuing rise of utility costs many people are opening their minds to the concept of green power, a free, renewable and Earth friendly power source. Green power is the ultimate of all the going green tips for home.

Many homeowners simply don't realize that they have options. The days of being locked into a relationship with your monopoly of a utility company are over.

Thanks in large part to advances in technology there are viable sources of renewable energy available to any homeowner for little initial investment.

The old perception of energy sources such as solar panels, and wind turbines of being expensive, hard to maintain eyesores is simply not true.

Today's technology has made it possible for turbines and solar panels to come in many shapes and sizes and the maintenance and upkeep of these units is not more difficult that a 'traditional' heating and cooling unit.

While both wind and solar power are viable options, wind will be the better choice for many homeowners. Not everyone lives in a sunny climate and even if you do there is still a little thing called 'night'.

But virtually every area has wind. And wind power can be generated day or night.

The only potential drawback of a wind turbine is that you will need a fairly open space. But even if you have a lot of trees, it might still be possible to mount your turbine on your roof or on a tall column.

It is very easy and inexpensive to build your own turbine. You can do it for less than $300. You won't need any special parts or skills. All the parts you will need can be found in any hardware store.

If you buy a turbine be aware that they don't produce more electricity than a home made turbine yet the initial investment is considerably more so it will take you much longer to get your money back.

All in all there are many excellent reasons for using green power. If you thought it was out of reach, think again, you will be pleasantly surprised.

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