It seems that we can’t open a paper, magazine, or turn on the t.v. without hearing the phrase ‘going green’. What the heck does it all mean, and can it help me save money.

The answer is: it means trying to be more Earth friendly in the choices we make like cutting back on chemicals, pesticides, and using less harmful energy sources, and it can save you money when you use alternative energy sources.

Many people immediately think of solar power as the renewable energy source of choice, and it’s a good choice, but there is a relative newcomer: wind power.

Not that using the wind is really all that new, windmills have been around for centuries, but only now are they moving from the huge turbines to smaller varieties for home use.

Wind turbines do come in sizes small enough for your backyard and even your roof. Not all of them are designed like the traditional windmill shape either. Some almost look like a modern art sculpture.

If you want to go green and save money you could easily build your own wind turbine for a few hundred dollars in a few days. The materials that you’ll need can be bought at your local hardware store.

Once you have the parts you will need an easy to follow guide that can quickly and easily walk you through the process of building your own wind turbine. These are also readily available at your local bookstore or online.

Remember that while building one small turbine probably won’t be enough to supply all your home energy needs, it can cut your utility bill significantly.

If you are interested in going green, you couldn’t have picked a better time. Technology has advanced to the point where we can make our own wind turbine to help supply some of our electricity needs.

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