Now more than ever we are trying to find ways to save money and we are more concerned with the effect we have on our environment. Between the meltdown of the economy and the desire to ‘go green’ we are looking at alternative energy with more interest than ever before.

There are many sources of renewable energy for you to use. Most of them can be inexpensive to start up, though there will be some initial expense and it will take time, usually only a matter of months, to recoup your initial investment.

Two of the most common sources of renewable energy for home use are solar and wind. Both can be set up fairly easily by you.

To generate power from the wind a wind turbine is what you would need. These look like windmills and they come in all sizes, and even shapes. The wind is turned into electricity and can be stored in a battery for later use.

The downside is that in order to generate enough electricity for your home you would need a lot of turbines, and we are not at the point yet where we have a efficient means of storing and converting the energy.

Solar energy is another great way to save some electricity costs. These consist of panels on the roof, or wherever they will get a lot of sunlight, and they convert sunlight into electricity. As is the case with turbines you will need a lot of panels to provide enough electricity to run your home.

Both of these sources of energy are real and viable for home use. Don’t expect to get completely off the grid just by putting up a turbine or two and some solar panels, but you can expect to save some money.

As technology advances the storage and conversion methods will improve too making these forms of alternative energy even more cost effective than they are today.

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