These are the factors you need to consider when evaluating if a home wind turbine is right for you and your home... Do you have the wind to support one? This is a question that not enough people ask.
Most people assume that because the wind is blowing that they can make energy from it. While this is technically true, when you look at it in detail you will find that certain areas of your property are better than others for supporting wind turbine technology. The only way to really get to the bottom of this is to construct a wind map for your land.
The way to do that is by taking some data with an anemometer. You can mount these little devices on top of a pole and put them where you think you might install the turbine at the height that you will install it. It will sit there silently and collect data for you that you can later analyze make sense of in relation to the other areas around your property and then decide which one is best-or, if any will work at all.
Do you have a clear power requirement that can be isolated from the rest of the house? You have to isolate some piece of equipment that you will power with the energy your harvest. That is, you need pick your refrigerator, freezer, or swimming pool pump as your target. The easiest thing of all of course is just to set up a set of batteries and let those charge over time. This takes best advantage of the intermittent nature of any renewable resource. That is because the batteries will just silently charge when the wind actually does below, you can deplete the battery later on and run your device without interruption. Are there local permitting restrictions that will limit you having one on your land? While this is increasingly less of an issue because the popularity of home wind turbine kit products, it is something you need to check out.
In summary, the home wind turbine can be just the answer for you but you can't just say that in general. You have to analyze your own situation and draw the appropriate conclusions.
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