The UK is the windiest European country, and so is the ideal place in Europe for the use of wind power. As stated by Ecotricity, 40% of the wind energy in Europe blows over the UK – especially Scotland.
The strong British gales may be a nightmare in the cold winter months, but they never let us down when it comes to harnessing the power of the wind.
How does wind power work?
Wind turbines use the wind to make electricity. The large blades on the turbines are used to catch the wind. When the wind blows, the blades are propelled forward, driving a turbine that generates electricity – the stronger the pressure of the wind, the more the amount of electricity produced. You may also be interested to know that wind power is one of the cheapest ways to generate clean, renewable energy.
Are you considering switching over to wind power?
We can help you decide. Below, we’ve broken down the benefits and downsides of wind power for you:
- #1 – Wind turbines are cheaper in the long run:
Thanks to mother nature, the wind is a free and unlimited resource. Once you pay for the initial installation of a wind turbine, you won’t need to spend any of your money on energy bills. Even a tiny rooftop-model turbine can drastically reduce energy costs in the long run.
- #2 – Wind turbines are environmentally friendly:
Wind power is a sustainable and renewable source of energy, and therefore, does not release carbon dioxide and other harmful pollutants. As stated by Energy Savings Trust, homes with a wind turbine can save up to 4.5 tonnes of CO2 from being released into the atmosphere.
- #3 – Wind turbines limit the impact of energy price rises:
Wind turbines enable you to secure a source of energy, and this could help you to limit the impact of future rises in energy prices.
- #1 – Wind turbines can be inconsistent
One downside to using wind turbines is that they can be inconsistent and, thus, difficult to predict. In any location, the wind will not constantly be blowing 24/7/365 (Not even in Scotland!)
Before installing a wind turbine, you must research the wind patterns of your area.
- #2 – Wind turbines can be noisy
Wind turbines can be loud, and this may cause an inconvenience to neighbours and locals. Noise may not be a problem in the more densely-populated areas.
- #3 – The upfront cost can be expensive
Wind power may be free, but the upfront cost of wind turbines can, at times, be expensive. The costs can rise up to £3000 for a rooftop model. Anywhere between £9,000 to £30,000 for a pole-mounted model.
Consequently, wind turbines can be a profitable and efficient energy solution for homeowners, but they still do have some downsides that you must consider.
So, what do you think? Will you invest in a residential wind turbine?
If you want to learn more about how you can save money on renewable energy, you can get in touch with us today.Posted on 15th November 2019