Living Thru the Wind

Welcome to Colleen’s Corner. This is a column meant for fun and some information About myself: I am Colleen Fielding, a Freelance Photographer you often see me on the side of the road  or in various places taking photos of different things animals, birds, places, people etc.  l have lived in Lumby just over 8 years, you have seen my photos in the newspaper (Lumby Valley Times) and once in awhile in the Vernon Morning Star, and the Lumby Art Gallery. Photography is my passion. Disclaimer:  The information on some of my photos that I write about a lot of times come from the Internet or books I research them, hopefully the facts are as close to the truth as I can come.

Driving through Ontario a few years ago, a lot of farms would have a few of these giant looking fans with huge blades on their land. I have seen some of them right here in BC, but not half as many as in other places.

The name for these is called Wind Turbines of course.

Wind Turbines were created for the use of saving energy in the home. The very first Wind Turbine was built in Vermont in the early 1940s. 

Wind energy is very expensive to install, about $50,000 or more while installing solar energy may only cost about $30,000. Wind Turbines not only cost a few bucks to install but due to the wind speed they might not work properly, and they may not be suitable for all areas.

Wind Turbines use the wind to move the blades that look like propellers around a rotor. The rotor being connected to the main shaft working like a generator creating electricity. 

Most Wind Turbines will have 3 blades, these blades can have speeds that can reach about 320 kph (200 mph)

One of the largest Wind Turbines in the world is in Hawaii, this Turbine is 20 stories tall, and the blades are the length of a football field. Wow that is huge!

Using wind turbines or solar panels can save you a lot of money every year on your electricity.

Wind energy is a great way to go, but if I could choose either one, for me it would be solar energy instead. Here are my reasons why:

Although wind energy is great here is what the Wind Turbines can do to the environment, they can disturb the echo abilities of bats, the bats fly into the turbines and die. It is estimated that about 600,00 or even a higher number of bats die every year. Bats are a very important part of our environment. Some environmental advocates are now asking that wherever there is a large bat population that Wind Turbines not be able to be built there.

Wind Turbines are also killing off a lot of predatory and other birds. It is estimated that about 1,300 or more Eagles, Hawks, Falcons,  etc. are killed every year by the Wind Turbines that have been built on critical migration routes.

Whatever energy you choose I hope that it will save you a lot of money.