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Wind Power Home: Conserving electricity just as important as making electricity

Conserving electricity just as important as making electricity

It’s pretty much taken as fact that you can’t expect to generate all the electricity you need for your home exclusively with residential wind power unless you happen to live somewhere with unusually high, consistent wind speed. So, that means that conservation is just as important (or more so) with a residential wind power system. In other words, installing a wind turbine is not permission to go hog wild and leave all the lights on throughout the house ;-).

Along with my plans to build a residential wind turbine system, I’ve also been working on making our home more energy efficient. We already have super efficient, new appliances that we purchased when we bought the house. But, the windows were drafty, we hadn’t put up any curtains (they’d block the lake view), and most of our light bulbs were of the “normal” kind.

In the past three months, I’ve gone through and caulked, caulked, caulked all the gaps and drafty spots in the house. We also glazed our windows to make them even more energy efficient. We’ve been replacing bulbs as they burn out, unplugging *everything* when it’s not in use (and that includes everything from the TV to the toaster oven), and hanging curtains so that we can cover the windows at night for the extra insulation (though pretty soon, it’ll be during the day that we’ll need the extra insulation, not at night). We’ve seen about a 5% drop in our electricity bill from last year, which is excellent, and I’m aiming to get our energy usage down at least 10% in total. More would be better, but we’re already relatively careful, so we’ll see what’s possible once we hit the original goal.

While you’re building your own residential wind power system, make sure that you take into account conservation as well–it’s the best way to maximize your electricity bill savings and minimize your environmental impact.

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