How wind turbines work to power your smart home today

Anyone who has ever sailed a boat across the ocean or a lake knows very well the immense power of the wind. But what about running our homes – and your business too – from a breeze? It is certainly possible to use wind power to meet your electricity needs and even potentially save you money.

Still, there’s a little more to running your lights, air conditioning, fridge, and TV than just hoisting a windmill across your lawn. The idea of ​​using windmills dates back to 200 BC, says SaveOnEnergy.com, an online marketplace for energy customers in 14 states and the District of Columbia. But the versions of those metal wind turbines at work today, the ones that support 4.5% of our energy needs in the United States, are a bit more modernized.

Called wind turbines, these 21st century wind turbines can be over 300 feet tall and there are more than 48,000 at work in the United States today. But wind turbines can be found all over the world, from Spain to Denmark, from India to China.

Of course, not everyone can hoist a wind turbine, plug in their toaster and cook breakfast. There’s a little more to charging your home with wind power than that. There are also costs involved – in some cases this can be as high as $80,000 per year. (Although there are wind rental programs available in some parts of the country.)

However, if you’re lucky, you might not only power your own home, but you might also have enough leftovers to send that energy back into the grid and reap some credit on your energy bill.

The animated infographic below from SaveOnEnergy.comdetails how wind turbines work, from how the blades catch the wind to the aerodynamics of wind turbines when they’re at work, so you can decide if they’re right for you and your home.

Here is the animated infographic of SaveOnEnergy.comdetailing the operation of wind turbines SaveOnEnergy.com

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