Harnessing the power of the wind to generate electricity, wind turbines have become the environmentally healthy way to create the energy needed to power everyday life. Once installed, the turbine can save money for the owner, states the website Tree-hugger.
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According to New Jersey's Clean Energy Program, a wind turbine has blades that rotate by the power of the wind, and that energy is converted by a generator into electricity. Before installing a turbine, an area's wind speed and consistency is measured to make sure it is a prime position to generate the needed power.
Once an area of construction is determined, the cost of installation, along with the turbine itself, can be between £5,200 and £6,500 for a small model, states Tree-hugger. Electricity savings can vary from £325 to £520 per year, depending on usage.
If there is no wind blowing, electricity can default back to the normal electric company until enough wind occurs for the turbine to operate, avoiding sporadic power outages.
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