Can My House Handle a Home Wind Turbine?
A home wind turbine and generator system are simple machines that are easy to service and uncomplicated to understand.
In Malawia, 14 year old William Kamkwamba went to a local library and got a book on wind power. Using a set of instructions, he designed and built an energy-generating windmill using spare parts. Malawia does not have the same zoning issues we have here in America. Even though a home wind turbine and power generator system is affordable, attainable and easy to install, does not mean our urban neighborhoods are completely ready for them. To determine if you and your homestead are, however, keep reading.
The first determination you need to make is what you will use the home wind generator for. Will you be charging batteries, or running large appliances in a big house? If it is for a large home, then zoning laws need to be checked before you begin because keeping cities dependent on public power is why these laws exist. Power companies like to control markets.
People can change zoning laws if they gather into one big voice. Neighbors in neighborhoods, for example, can approach their city supervisors and submit proposals to change these laws that can become effective in a single voting year. A neighborhood with good organizers can share the cost of a home wind turbine big enough to generate power to every house on the block. In northern California, there is a new company that generates enough wind power for a neighborhood with small plane-like turbines that fly in circles above the homes.
Home Wind Turbine Considerations
Normally home wind power generation experts will tell you there is a need for up to ten mile an hour wind-speeds to be effective for wind generation for a small home-sized generator. Neighborhood generation units today require tall wind towers. Individual home wind turbine and power generators on the market today still need this minimum wind-speed for generation capacity. This technology is changing fast, however. So fast that announcements about new wind-speed requirements could come at any moment.
A highly energy efficient home is the best setting for your generator. Some people have energy audits done before deciding on what system to choose. For some this could mean adding insulation, double pane windows or more efficient heating and cooling systems. For individual home owners, knowing exactly what to expect, coupled with a clear understanding of what is available and what can be done easily and cost-effectively are the most important parts to understand. Thanks to important websites that update the public about new developments and lowered costs, while making these products easily available, this is now much easier than it used to be.
A small home wind turbine can be attached to roof systems. These smaller and more-standard horizontal axis turbines require that ten-mile-per-hour speed limit, so an assessment will need to be performed at the place you plan to install your turbine if you plan to use this design. Newer vertical axis turbines are just entering the market now. This “egg-beater style” turbine is not as finicky about wind-speed as the taller horizontal designs. They will likely not have any need for wind towers.
A Home Wind Turbine Combined With Solar Cells
A company called Bluenergy is currently promoting a vertical turbine that incorporates flexible solar cells known as “solarwind”. This, obviously, is the direction our home wind energy generators will go. Demand is the key. When responsible home owners begin to demand these highly efficient and effective home generation systems to power appliances and cars, all that is needed then, is a food production garden in the back yard. Talk about responsible green living! Our children have a green future that could just be a few home wind power generators away. Is it really this simple? Yes. With a home wind turbine you will find that the wind does indeed generate power that converts into electricity for your home.