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Wind turbines harness the power of the wind and use it to generate electricity. Small systems known as "microwind" turbines can produce enough electricity for the lights and electrical appliances in a typical home.

The benefits of wind electricity

Harness a plentiful energy source: in the UK we have 40% of Europe's total wind energy.
Cut your carbon footprint: wind electricity is green, renewable energy and doesn't release any harmful carbon dioxide or other pollutants.
Cut your electricity bills: wind is free, so once you've paid for the initial installation your electricity costs will be reduced.
Store electricity for a calm day: if your home isn't connected to the National Grid you can store excess electricity in batteries and use it when there is no wind.

To tell if a microwind turbine is right for you, there are a few key questions to consider:
Are there any large obstacles like buildings, trees or hills near your home? Microwind turbines work best in exposed locations, without turbulence caused by these type of obstacles
Is your home is a windy area? To be effective you need an average windspeed of more than 6m/s.
Is your home located away from the National Grid? Microwind systems are particularly suitable for use in remote locations where mains electricity is unavailable.

Do you need planning permission? Microwind systems normally do require permission from your local authority, so check before you install a system.
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