Run your home or apartment on wind and solar energy TODAY!

Switching to wind energy costs me about an additional $1 per day

Can I do this if I live in an apartment?


How does this work?

The electrical system we use is a vast electric grid. Companies put energy into the grid and others take the energy out. A company that gets their energy from the wind puts energy into the grid. This energy costs more than oil (still). For the company to survive they need to cover the differential or they won't be able to sell energy into the grid. By paying this difference to the wind company, they can produce wind power and put it on the grid.

This means that I still pay money to my regular power company. In addition I pay the wind company the difference that allows them to sell the power.

REC = Renewable Energy Certificates = how they work

Who Sells Wind Power?

I have had wind power at home since 2013. That ended so now
is my provider, starting in 2020 Nov.
Sierra Club Maryland Chapter: Community solar
Community Solar Marketplace

See Resources (below) for other links.

Is it expensive?

Wind energy is surprisingly inexpensive. From my electric power bill I found that I use about 13,870 kwh (kilo-watt hours) of energy per year on the average. That's about 13870/12 = 1156 kwh per month. The company sells blocks of 100 kwh, so I use about 1156/100 = 12 blocks per month. The blocks cost $2.50 per month, so I need to pay an additional 12 x $2.50 = $30 per month above and beyond my regular bill, which averages about $80 per month. So switching to wind energy costs me about an additional $1 per day. That's a pretty good deal to make me free from oil at home! They tell me that "The environmental benefits of your purchase are equal to the planting of 972 trees per year."

Can I Visit The Wind Mills?

How to visit the Somerset Windmill Farm. I visited the Somerset site on 2002 November 11. (See photo to the right and above.) The mills are AWSOME! They are massive and make a powerful whooshing sound. There was no breeze on the ground but they are so tall and efficient that that they easily caught the wind that was higher up. I could see clouds moving in the same direction that the mills were facing.


Thanks to Janet Brockett for telling me about wind power and to Paul Copleman ( for answering all my questions.

Tom Schneider's Home Page
origin: 2002 Dec 13
updated: 2020 Dec 26: Wind AND solar