A DIY Wind Generator is a fairly simple project that will do wonders for your monthly utility bills. It probably costs a lot less than you are thinking now.
The first step to constructing your DIY wind generator is finding a site that has a regular supply of useable wind. Avoid surrounding buildings and trees if possible. Modern generators are actually extremely lightweight, and can be fixed to a roof with little noise or vibration disturbance.
A tower is a viable option for those whose homes are at a low point, or a dip. In these areas, it is a good idea to check out the local building height restrictions before putting up your DIY wind generator. Finally, the household energy should be audited in order to estimate the energy output that is needed from the generator.
Now, if technology and construction are not your forte, then I would highly recommend purchasing a kit set.
These kits contain just about everything you need: a blade, the tail assembly, gearing systems for the generator, a generating unit, and whatever additional wiring and cables are required to hook the unit up to its storage battery.
As mentioned above, roof mounting a very good option for a small DIY wind generator. Do not overlook the chance to use recycled timber for this project!
Are you ready to put that breeze to good use? You need to check out Earth4Energy Wind for a simple beginners guide to using wind power at home.
A final word on things to look out for: make sure that overhanging branches and trees will not get in the way of the structure. Also, it should not be easily accessible by children and pets.
It is easy to find wind atlases from online government authorized sources. If you are serious about generating energy from this device, then it would be a good idea to invest in a wind meter. This will confirm the direction and strength of the local prevailing wind over the period of a few months.
Due to the awkward nature of windmills, it is a good idea to ask for help when it comes to putting together the gearing, tail assembly and generator. If you are unsure of electrical connections, you may want to contact a local electrician to make sure everything is in order, especially if you want to supply any surplus energy back to the grid.
This aspect of your DIY wind generator really shouldn’t be overlooked. The payback on investment here could be achieved in as little as 3-5 years.
The services of a professional will also come in handy if your device has to meet certain standards and requirements in order to be connected to the grid.
Aside from saving money, remember that the goal of a DIY wind generator is to benefit our environment.
For hundreds of years, windmills dotted landscapes in Holland and Denmark, although these were used for grinding grain. It seems that as soon as fossil fuels became the cheapest form of energy around, people lost interest in wind energy. Today, windmills are back in fashion as fossil fuel reserves are running out. As units are becoming more and more popular, not only do the prices drop, but states are even offering subsidies and grants for investments in renewable energy.
If a DIY wind generator sounds like it is up your alley, do some more research into how you can save some money and help keep mother earth happy.
What are you waiting for? Take advantage of the blowing wind by installing your own home wind turbine!