Getting it Right for your Home Wind Turbine

Where you place your home wind turbine is vital for the success or failure of your project.  You need to do extensive investigation on the amount of wind available and the speed of that wind. If your site is among trees or surrounded by steep hills, it is unlikely to be useful for wind power.  It is best if your site is flat or with hills that are far away from trees and other obstacles.

Towers to support your home wind turbine are a major consideration and should be as tall as possible. Don’t skimp in terms of quality of pipe either. For a small turbine an absolute minimum tower height of 20 feet should be observed. For homemade wind turbine projects, tubular steel pipe or scaffold is a good choice. At a height over 20 feet the tower should definitely be stayed. Never mount a tower on a roof. Because you are dealing with wind and likely strong wind, wind turbines need to be sturdy and well secured. If you are constructing your own tower, I would check with a builder and engineer- there is no point in investing in an expensive turbine, only to have the motor blown off its housings or have the entire tower collapse in a gale.

If you are on a large property you will have choices as to where you place your turbine.  Make sure to keep as much distance as you can from neighbors, to reduce the like

green energy house - wind and solar

green energy house - wind and solar

lihood of objections.

In terms of payback time domestic wind turbine installations and in particular DIY installations, offer better payback times than say, solar. BUT, take into account that with very active moving parts and towers dependent on, and subjected to the harshest of wind conditions, the maintenance cost factor will be far greater.

Wind turbines arrived in the wake of the introduction of electricity and  they represent the latest and most exciting use of wind power.  As small–scale wind systems for home use have developed, the interest in the DIY potential of such systems has also increased.

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