So you want a DIY wind power project.
Before you jump up and head to your local DIY center or go on the
internet and start searching sites that offer kits for sale to the
general public, there are a few issues you should be aware of. First,
what exactly do you want? Do you want to recharge batteries
or power major appliances in your house? If it is a big demand project
you will need to look into the zoning laws for your area. If you are in
an urban setting, chances are you will not be able, due to zoning laws,
to erect a tall tower that is required to run a turbine that will power
your house with electricity.
Wind Power- Getting Ready
Before you begin installing a wind or solar system, it is very
important to make your house as energy efficient as possible. This
means making sure you have sufficient insullation, and arent wasting
energy. I think its a good idea to have an energy audit performed. This
can provide you with the information you need to tighten up your house
and can also help you to understand how much of a realistic impact a
wind or solar system will have. Ther is a lot more information on
Wind Power- About Wind Speed
You will also need to know the average wind speed
where you live. If
you do not have an average wind speed of ten miles per hour, you
probably do not
have enough wind speed to keep your turbine going fast enough to create
the electricity required to convert to your home. However, there are
various types of verticle
axis wind turbines coming on the market that are going to
be easier to install, have no need for high towers, and will not
require 10mph wind speeds. the company Bluenergy has
even developed a verticle wind turbine that incorperates flexible solar
cells as well !
Wind Power- Purchasing the Equipment
There are four ways you can purchase a small
wind generator. You can purchase one that comes with
included. This means that a technician will come out to your home and
install and set up your turbine and all you have to do is flip a switch
when you are ready to run your electricity. The one down side to this
is that you will need to call the technician and spend extra money if
any thing ever goes wrong with the equipment. The second means is by
purchasing a wind
power kit that need only be installed by you.
You will receive detailed instructions on how to
get your turbine hooked up to your house and by doing it yourself, you
will not have to pay a technician to install it. Another great aspect
to a do-it-yourself wind power project is that since you have installed
it, you will have a
decent understanding of how the unit works and if any problems should
arise, you will be able to deal with them in most cases without having
to call in the technician. This will save you even more money in the
long run. Another way to obtain cheap wind power is to buy a kit
that comes to you disassembled. You will have to use the items sent to
you to construct your turbine from the bottom up.
This is a less expensive method. You will also
have the added benefit of knowing exactly how the unit works and you
will be able to handle any maintenance or repairs that are required.
The final way you can purchase a wind power turbine is to get a blue
print that will give you detailed instructions on where to purchase
common parts and how to build the unit from complete scratch. This also
has the added benefit of knowing how the unit operates and being able
to fix it or maintain it yourself.
Wind Power- The Potential Costs
It can cost up to $40,000 for a wind
power system on a tower to be completely installed on your property.
are wealthy, this may not be a practical solution to your
energy needs. The cost for purchasing a homemade
wind power unit that you
substantially less, but can still take a nice chunk out the check book.
The most cost effective way to get a wind power turbine installed is to
use the blue print method where the building and installing of your
turbine is completely do-it- yourself. Over a long period of time, any
type of wind power turbine is a less expensive and more eco friendly
type of electricity.
Look at your electric
bill, are you spending a high amount on electricity or is your bill in
the average range? It may not make economic sense to install this
type of system if your power bills are not that high. If, however, you
are moving to an area that is not
already receiving electricity from the local municipality, you may find
that a do it yourself wind power generator may fit your needs
perfectly. Finally, you will want to check for any state and federal
offers for grants
those who are using wind power
This can make the cost of purchasing a unit like this much
When using wind power turbines as an alternative
to your local utilities, you save around eighty percent on your total
yearly spending for power. In some cases, you will not need to use
local utilities at all, or only when there is no wind or if you unit is
being repaired. There is more info on the cost of wind power here.
Wind Power- Be Prepared !
If you choose to build a unit yourself, there are
few steps you will have to take in order to get the unit running. First
you need a good wind generator plan. You
will need to understand basic mechanics and tools before trying to
build you own unit. If you do not know the difference between a flat
head and Phillips head screwdriver, you may want to learn a bit more
about tools before you start to build a turbine.
If you are uneasy looking under the hood of your
car, this may not be the do it yourself project you can accomplish
without facing your mechanical fears. This is not to say that you
cannot do it or that it cannot be done, you simply need to become more
comfortable with the process. Spend some time familiarizing yourself
with any issue you may have before you start
building your unit so that you will have a solid knowledge of what you
are getting yourself in to. This will go a long way when you begin your
do it yourself wind power project.
Do not be intimidated or overwhelmed by the steps
required to build your own wind power turbine. If you take your time
and have patience, you will have a unit that will pay for itself in
just a short period of time. The benefits gained by having your own
power source, even if it is in conjunction with your local utilities,
will far out weigh the time spent building it. For an inspiring story
about a great do-it-yourself wind power project, see the video at the
bottom of this page.
Wind Power Master William Kamkwamba
Who is William Kamkwamba? When he was just 14
years old William
Kamkwamba, a Malawian inventor, built his family an electricity
generating windmill with spare parts, and plans that he found in a
library book. Below is a video of a talk that Kamkwamba gave at Ted.
(www.ted.com) You can also read his fascinating and inspiring story at