Home Wind Generators

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Home wind generators offer the opportunity of saving money whilst helping the environment. So why don't more people install them? They may have been seen as an expensive solution years ago, but now there are ways for those 'in the know' to dramatically cut costs, so more of us can benefit from free electricity!

So many of us are sick and tired of ever-increasing electricity bills. Not to mention the wasting of precious resources which are used to produce much of our electricity. Surely there must be a more environmentally aware and cheaper way to power our modern lives!

For most of us, there are two possible alternatives - solar power or wind power.

  • Solar Power is improving as a technology every day. However, the panels are still often very expensive to buy and install. Also, the sun has the irritating tendency to go in at night, just when you want to switch the TV on. And in winter, the sun's power is reduced just as you need to start using the tumble drier again. How inconsiderate!
  • Wind power is really a pretty old technology, so it is pretty simple. Certainly there are those who are prejudiced against wind turbines, claiming they are ugly and noisy. But if you asked these people to choose between the attractiveness and silence of a wind turbine or a diesel powered generator, they might change their opinion!

Home wind generators are often seen as an expensive way of wearing your environmental credentials on your sleeve. Which is fine if that is important to you. But most of us are more interested in saving money, and the idea of a 15 year payback period just doesn't sound so great.

Fortunately, there is a solution. The basic technology is extremely simple. Instead of 'generator', think of a simple electric motor, the technology of which has been around since the 1820s. If you turn the rotor, you get electricity out. And the idea of using a propeller to collect the wind's energy to turn the rotor goes back to windmills used for pumping water and grinding grains over 1000 years ago!

As the technology is so simple, it must be possible for the a person of average intelligence to build there own wind turbine system. And it is. The main things you will need are:

  • A generator. Simple to find if you know where to look
  • A blade. Simple to make if you know how
  • Some batteries. To store the excess electricity you produce, until you need it
  • Some basic DIY skills. You will need to know which end of the screwdriver to hold if you are going to build your own wind generator!

Some of the materials can be sourced for nothing, without getting a criminal record, if you know the right places to ask. The rest can easily be found for less than $200 in hardware stores or on the internet.

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To find out more about residential wind turbines and how to make them, please go to http://residentialwindturbinessite.com Then you can start saving money while you save the earth's resources. How good will that feel?

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This article was published on 2010/03/29