Trying to save money in New Jersey on your energy bill?
Don't tilt at windmills. Or build them.
Michael Mercurio built a 35-foot windmill in his backyard in Beach Haven Terrace last year that helped reduce his energy bill to about $114 ---for the entire year. He gets some of his power from the windmill. And the rest from solar power.
Sounds like he’s got it all handled to me. He's got the sun in the morning and the wind all day.
But his neighbors didn't like the way the wind was blowing. So they are working hard to stop him from using it. They say it’s too noisy and too big and casts shadows on their property. Some neighbors filed a lawsuit saying that “The spinning blades throw “strobe-like shadows” on their property from noon to sunset.” And they say it's too noisy. Wind? Noisy?
Children whining are too noisy: “Oooh, Mom, make him stop!. Michael is casting shadows on me”.
His good neighbors went to court to stop the use of the windmill, and now the windwill is still. For now. Next step, Mercurio and his windmill go back to the local zoning board for a variance, then back to court. Great neighbors.
Earth to Michael’s neighbors: Wind power is GOOD, not evil. Stop whining.
What's next: More court time for Michael.