4 Alternatives To Wind Power That Won’t Ruin Your Life

There are other options to Wind Turbines…

Whilst we have absolutely no issue with Wind Farms being placed at a reasonable distance from people’s homes, the planning of turbine construction close to where people live is something that we deem unacceptable.

However, despite our misgivings, we can understand that there are many people who are keen on protecting the environment by producing their own form of renewable energy. So, if erecting a noisy wind turbine is out of the order, then what are your options if you want to invest in your own form of renewable energy?

Gas From Landfills

Although you’ll have to convene with the council to enquire about the state of your local landfill, this is a great alternative to a wind farm for a couple of reasons.

The first is that any new building will be taking place primarily on a landfill, a site that’s already an eyesore.

Waste company, Viridor, already run 18 sites around the UK that reclaim the harmful gases created in landfills. The gas is then run through a system which filters out damaging chemicals, creates energy and runs it back into the national grid.

Solar Power

There may be many arguments against the masses of ‘solar farms’ that are crowding the green fields of Britain, that would have once been traditionally farmed, but there are alternatives to linking up endless arrays of panels.

If you’ve got a a few square metres of space on your roof, or in a spare patch of land you own, then solar panels are a simple and silent way of generating your own electricity. They don’t break the bank and they’re also easy on the eye.

Bio Mass Wood Pellets

Shovelling kilos of wood pellets (http://www.liverpoolwoodpellets.co.uk/) into a hot stove may seem like a rather old-school method of providing yourself with energy, but there are ways of doing it now that are not only carbon-neutral, but positively renewable. 

Through the use of Short Coppice Rotation, a tried and tested method of quickly growing trees, species such as Willow can be quickly processed into pellets which make perfect fuel for heating your home and water!

Ground-source Heat Pump

One environmentally friendly option, which unfortunately comes with a larger initial price tag, makes cunning use of the thermal heat that is contained within the very ground itself.

The typical cost of one of these systems is a little high – between £13,000 and £20,000 – but the returns that you see on them will make it all worth while.

The big advantage of using one of these systems is that you’ll barely even notice that it’s there. Keep the machine locked away in a shed outside and the small humming it will make will be inaudible to anyone outside.

If you feel like you need to do your bit, in regards to creating your own source of renewable energy, then these ideas should get you started.

How To Protest A Wind Farm Proposal

So you’ve heard about a wind farm proposal coming worryingly close to your village.

In fact the company, let’s call them Wind Power Corp., are planning on building 15 3MW turbine.

Each turbine will have a rotor length of 100 metres and will be placed within half a kilometre of your home as well as those of your neighbours. These turbines will be both within earshot and view of your home, meaning that you are almost guaranteed to suffer from noise pollution, with the chance of shadow flicker also affecting your home.

You can’t simply sit there and allow this development to go ahead, so you decide to organise a protest. Before you start investing in materials for picket signs and ‘Guy Fawks’ masks, take a look at the more practical things that you will need in order to successfully oppose this inappropriately placed wind farm.

Community Organisation

You can’t win a battle such as this by yourself. If you want to convince the council to categorically oppose this proposal, then you’re going to have to get some help from your neighbours and friends.

Handing out leaflets and sticking up posters won’t cut it here, I’m afraid, the only way of galvanising your community is by getting out there and actually talking to people. Once you’ve won people over to your cause – then you can start fighting the good fight.

Legal Help

The next step in the process is to find legal help as soon as possible. The rules that govern the way councils and energy companies talk are complex. In order to pick apart the technical jargon and tricky statutes, you’re going to need the help of someone who understands them.

The more people you win over to your cause, the better chance you have of finding a connection that will lead you to free legal help. If the worse comes to worst then you’ll be able to club together and pay for a solicitor.

Patience

Above all else, this is the one virtue that you must share with every single one of your comrades. Although the construction of turbines can fly by in a flash, the planning process, thankfully, is a long, arduous process. Don’t be disheartened by your lack of progress – use this to your advantage.

As long as your legal counsel is keeping you well informed, you should be aware of the time frame of the project and how long you have to pull together a suitable proposal for opposition. Just be aware that these things take time.

Political Connections

It never hurts to know a man on the inside. Before you start your fire and brimstone campaign, consider that some of the members of the council that you’ll be petitioning to may well not agree with the development either.

A kindly worded letter/email goes a long way – find out who your councillors are and send them a note to test the waters. You’ll more than likely strike gold with at least one of them and end up winning a power ally.

A bid to oppose a Wind Farm is not a battle that is won in a day. It takes time to wear down the opposition – best of luck!

Living Close To A Wind Farm Could Harm You

Close Proximity To A Wind Farm Could Effect You Physically

You may assume that the worst part about living uncomfortably close to a wind-far would be simply seeing it on a daily basis.

A constant blight on the landscape, for some this would be enough to ruin their life wherever they live.

There are, however, more serious implications to living on a farm than you might have been previously expected. Before you blindly accept the installation of a wind farm too close to your farm, consider the possible eventualities that could await you in your new life under the farm:

Your Pre-Existing Health Conditions Could Worsen

There have been reports, over the years since Wind Farms have been installed of the medical conditions, of those living near turbines, worsening. Back in 2012, Aileen Jackson, who had lived in the idyllic village of Uplawmoor, was shocked to discover that her neighbour was choosing to make the most of ‘renewable energy subsidies’ and erect a 64ft-high wind turbine that was effectively in her back garden.

However, the speedy planning and construction of the turbine wasn’t to be the last of her surprises. Diagnosed as a diabetic at the age of 19, Aileen soon discovered that her blood sugar levels began to soar higher than ever before, causing her to take even more insulin. As a result of this she developed a cataract.

This wasn’t to be the last of her family’s problems though. Her son Brian, previously an outgoing student, became reclusive and dropped out of college. To make matters worse, her husband’s blood pressure, which had usually been at a healthy level, began to sky rocket forcing him onto medication for the first time in his life.

Vibroacoustic Disease Could Affect You Mentally

You may have always considered Wind Farms as the silently, spinning friendly giants of the Environmentally friendly world. However, with blades that can rotate between 10 and 20 rotations per minute, the tips of these can move through the air at speeds up to 180 mph.

A common complaint of those living nearby wind farms is of the noise that they make. The noise that a wind turbine emits can vary from around 50 decibels (the sound of mid-sized microwave) all the way up 105 db (the sound of a lawnmower). These might sound like too much to deal with, but imagine dealing with 2 or 3 of these.

There have been medical conditions linked to working in loud environments, research has shown that those working near noises of more or equal to 90 db. Symptoms of the condition known as vibroacoustic disease can be presented clinically in the form of lesions in systems around the body, or mentally, with sufferers showing signs of cognitive impairment and stress-induced pathology.

Headaches and Stress from Shadow Flicker

Shadow flicker, a phenomena first documented in 2011, occurs when the sun is low in the sky causing a shadow to be projected a long distance from the turbine. This phenomenon is often not accounted for by planners of wind farms and can have serious implications on those affected by it.

Although the Department for Energy and Climate Change deemed the effects of shadow flicker to be insignificant, case studies have proven the opposite to be true. Whereas some campaigners have insisted that the effect can cause significant stress and even headaches.

This may sound extreme, but there is a grain of truth within it. A recent report published confirmed that shadow flicker has a significant effect on those living with it. It stated that those who are subjected to more than 30 hours a year should be able successfully apply for mitigation measures.

Before you consider moving closer to a wind farm, or allowing one to be built near you, take a further look into the effects that they can have on your health.