Wind Turbines for Home Use

by Gardenbella

One way to reduce your home electric bill is to install a wind turbine. They are small a fit on the top of your house or other building and over time will pay for themselves.

There are many benefits to using wind turbines for the home. Since the wind is free, you only have to pay for the initial installation and purchase of the turbine. Over time your electricity costs will be greatly reduced.

Since wind energy doesn't release any harmful carbon dioxide or other pollutants into the environment, it is a great sustainable and green use of energy. Also, you can store any excess electricity in batteries for later use when there isn't any wind.

The cost of system is going to depend on the size and how the unit is mounted to your home. Maintenance costs are going to be relatively low, but this would also depend on the size of the turbine being used. If you are using the turbine as an off-grid system, you will need to replace the batteries every six to ten years.

There are two types of wind turbines for the home; one is pole mounted and the other can be mounted on the roof or side of a building.

If you live off the gird or in an area where the electricity situation is unstable then having a wind generator or wind turbine might be a life saver!

It will run your appliances and electronics and most are constructed of weatherproof cast aluminum.

As well they generally have power of 400 watts with an integrated regulator that will shut down when the batteries are fully charged.

Most are easy to maintain as they have few moving parts. There may be some assembly required but will install easily on a pole, building or the tower kit that that comes with the turbine.

Residential Wind Generator Kit

Windmax HY1000-5 1,000 Watt Max 24-Volt 5-Blade Residential Wind Generator Kit

Solar/wind Max: 1200w, Wind only: 1000w rated, solar panel is not included.

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Homemade Wind Turbine

Wind Turbine

Green Living at its Best!

With today's energy costs, people are looking for alternative energy sources.

Besides solar panels, another choice is the wind turbine which is a machine that can convert kinetic (non-rotating object of mass traveling at a speed) which is the wind, into mechanical energy.

This way the energy from the wind can be converted into electricity which in turn can be used to power all your electrical needs.

What could be cleaner for the environment with savings to your current energy bills!

Home Wind Generators

ALEKO® WG450A 12-Volt 450 Watt Wind Generator Mill Turbine

The Aleko WG450 12V is popular low start up wind speed wind turbine that generates power and runs your appliances and electronics in your home, cabins, boats, etc. Thousands hav...

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Sunforce 44444 12-Volt 400-Watt Wind Generator

The Sunforce 44444 400 Watt Wind Generator uses wind to generate power and run your appliances and electronics. Constructed from lightweight, weatherproof cast aluminum, this ge...

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Windmax HY400 500 Watt Max 12-Volt 5-Blade Residential Wind Generator Kit

Solar/wind Max: 650w, Wind only: 400w rated, Wind only Max: 500w, solar panel is not included.

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Wind Turbine Information

The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that 20% of the electricity in the United States could be provided from wind energy with the existing transmission infrastructure. That's more than nuclear energy and about the equivalent of natural gas. To learn more, see the 20% Wind Energy by 2030, which includes a link to the original report.

Installing a Wind Turbine

Wind power is plentiful and renewable, and reduces greenhouse gas emissions when used instead of electricity generated from fossil fuels.

Wind Power

Wind power is the conversion of wind energy into a useful form of energy, such as using wind turbines to make electrical power, windmills for mechanical power, wind pumps for water pumping or drainage, or sails to propel ships.

Renewable Energy and the Wind

Wind power uses the naturally occurring energy of the wind for practical purposes like generating electricity, charging batteries, or pumping water. Wind turbines capture the kinetic energy in the wind, converting it into electrical energy.

Quote on Wind Power

Whether fuel cell system development in central Oregon, wind power generation along the Columbia Gorge, or geothermal energy in southern Oregon, investing in new energy sources makes America more energy independent while creating good paying, environmentally friendly jobs.

Reg Walden

Wind Power For Dummies

The consumer guide to small-scale wind electricity production!Maybe you're not T. Boone Pickens, but you can build your own home-sized wind-power empire right in your back yard....

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Tips to Reduce Energy Use

There are a number of small changes that we can make that can help our own energy situation. There are many different things we can do each day that can reduce our energy bills and help improve the environment as well.

Energy Reduction and Your Car

Certainly parking your car more often can make a large difference to the cost of transportation and as well reduce the pollution output. There are many alternatives you can take including carpooling, riding your bike or walking to work or to the shops. Not only will you be healthier but so will the environment!

Energy Reduction at Home

Growing up my dad was always getting at us kids to turn off the lights in the rooms we weren't using. I use to find it really annoying but now that I have a home of my own I never have lights on in rooms I'm not using. It is a simple idea, but it can make a huge difference on your utility bill each month.

Updated: 04/06/2024, Gardenbella
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cazort on 02/04/2015

When I own a home, I would love to consider installing wind turbines like the ones you discuss here! Currently, under PA's electric choice program, I purchase 100% wind energy for my home though, so in a sense, I'm already using wind power for my home. But it would be cool to actually have power production on my own property.

frankbeswick on 08/29/2014

Turbines come in different designs. The standard design is like a windmill, with the sails parallel to the the pillar. However, at Ashton Sixth Form College, where I taught, the turbine was at 90 degrees to the normal, spinning round the top of the pillar, like a wheel on an axle, and occupied little space. We were somewhat up from the centre of Manchester, on the Pennine slopes, and the steady wind that blows in hilly districts kept the turbine busy.

Guest on 08/29/2014

I think the nimbys would have a say in it though, Frank. I seem to recall our local Tesco wanted to put up a turbine to help power the store and someone somewhere set up a petition and so planning was declined.

frankbeswick on 08/29/2014

Britain is well placed for wind energy. Where you are, in Cambridge, the land is flat and so there are no barriers to wind flow, so you could get quite a good amount of power out of a turbine.

Guest on 08/29/2014

Absolutely. I love the things! I'm also actively looking at solar panels, because we have a well-situated house for those too. Just need some money first.

frankbeswick on 08/23/2014

I know of one house in my borough that has a wind turbine; and the college at which I used to work, Ashton Sixth Form College, now has a wind turbine.

Look up William's windmill on the Internet for an inspiring story of an African boy who built his own wind turbine.

Gardenbella on 08/23/2014

Thanks for your comment. I think you will find these wind turbines are found more in rural areas and them seem to be more popular in Europe.

Telesto on 08/23/2014

I'd love to use a wind turbine, but have never seen them on houses over here. I'm going to look into this further. Thank you for the article.

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