It used to be that wind power was on a scale so large that it meant that each turbine had to have a large space around them. The towers were high, the turbines large and there was fear that is something happened, that unless there was enough space around the turbine, there was a danger of damage or even injury. Usually, only those people with big pockets, or with a lot of land could have a wind turbine.
Another problem, especially with turbines that where for home use, was a loud and irritating humming sound. This was because when the blades, turned, they vibrated and produced this annoying sound. The only alternative was to put these turbines well away from the residence. While this did help, it also prevented many from discovering problems with the turbines until it was too late.
Now days, this has all changed. Not only are wind turbines smaller, the put out more electricity than ever before The blades have been changed to produce less noise, and in many cases you can’t even hear them. Because technology for wind energy is continuously advancing, they are becoming more viable for residential usage.This means that you can own one and start producing your own wind energy at home. If you are interested in wind power as a way to not only suppliment your power needs, but possibly help get you more independent from power companies, here are a few options to choose from. Much of it depends a lot on what kind of budget you have and what kind of time you are willing to invest.
Commercial Wind Turbines
Commercial wind turbines,are going to cost the most, but if you want something that you can set up easy and start producing electricity right away, this is the way to go. Depending on your power needs, these turbines can cost anywhere from $6,000 to well into the tens of thousands. While this may be expensive for some, there is very little extra to do when you buy them, and most commercial companies you buy from will even install them for you.
The biggest problems with these commercial turbines is the initial cost to turn around potential. It can take up to twenty years or more before these units will produce enough electricity before you can see any kind of rewards.
Home Turbine Wind Kits
These kits can be a more affordable alternative that buying a commercial unit. These kits are complete with all the materials and hardware you need to put your own wind turbine together, and are in the mid range when it comes to price as well as the work involved. These kits can range in cost from around $600 to upwards of $4,000, depending on the size of the turbine, as well as where your buy them.
While these may seem a little expensive still, doing some of the work yourself can save you money. Building from a kit is much easier than building from scratch, and it allows you to learn more about how wind turbines work and operate. These kits include all that you need, from the generator, hub, blades, as well as the cables and controller All you need to provide is the power inverter and the stand. While these kits can be cheaper than commercial turbines, sometimes the costs can still deter people from buying them.
Homemade Wind Turbines
This is of course one of the cheapest options when it comes to home wind power. It involves more work on your part, but in the end can save you up to 80% over the costs of buying a kit or even a commercially made turbine, around $200. These costs are just for building the wind turbine itself, you will still have to pay extra for the wiring, the inverters, and the back up systems.
There are many really good DIY wind turbine websites that can help you build your own wind power generators. Most of these turbines can be built from common every day materials, wood for the stand, PVC pipes cut in half for the blades, and even vechicle alternators for the generator. Many of these materials can be purchased at your local home improvement outlets. These DIY sites offer complete instructions, materials and tools lists, and complete easy to follow diagrams.
Whether you buy a commercial unit, kit, or build one yourself, you can feel good about doing your part to save the environment. You can also feel good that you are no longer as dependent on others to provide power to your home and family. If you just put a little time and effort into your power project, you will be able to save up to 80% of the total cost of building and installation.