The Bottom Line: Will a Residential Wind Turbine Pay for Itself?

Some manufacturers will tell you that your residential wind turbine will pay for itself in six years. Frankly, that’s probably not realistic. In real-world application, you will not completely recoup your investment for 15 to 20 years.

Tax Credits and Incentives for Home Wind Energy Projects

One of the best resources for homeowners interested in financial benefits to help defray the expense of their residential wind power system is the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency. It provides information on state, local, utility company, and federal incentives for the promotion of renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Residential Wind Turbines: Maintenance Issues and Cost

Maintenance of a residential wind turbine falls into two categories: preserving the efficiency of the system and ensuring its safe operation. Fortunately, modern turbines have few moving parts and are designed to operate for up to 120,000 hours or roughly 15 years. The estimated cost of annual repairs and maintenance is about 2.5 to 2 percent of the original cost of the system, or about 0.01 cents per kilowatt hour.

DIY Home Wind Power: Is It Practical To Install A Wind Turbine Yourself?

Can you install your residential wind turbine yourself? Well, let’s be honest. There’s very little determined human beings can’t do when they set their minds to it. The real questions are:

How to Buy a Residential Wind Turbine

You’ll want to find a company with a good reputation in close enough proximity to your home to be on hand for maintenance and repair calls. If other people in your neighborhood or community are using residential wind power systems, ask where the units were purchased and how they were installed.

Power Production Estimates in Residential Wind Turbines

After you have received a site assessment for a proposed home wind turbine, the manufacturer or installation company with which you are working should be able to give you a personalized estimate of the turbine’s potential energy production.

Residential Wind Energy: Will I Still Need My Power Company?

Except for installations in remote locations, residential wind power systems are “on-grid” systems. Under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA), the electric utility is required to connect with and to purchase energy from small wind systems, defined as those with a power-generating capacity of 80 MW and below.

How Much Do Residential Wind Systems Cost?

Costs for residential wind turbines vary greatly by equipment manufacturer, energy-producing capacity, and method of installation.

Will A Residential Wind Turbine Work for Me?

Homeowners interested in installing a home wind turbine will encounter conflicting advice on the best way to determine wind quality at the proposed site.

Home Wind Energy: Advantages and Disadvantages

As with any project, a homeowner looking at the potential of installing a residential wind turbine should consider both the positives and negatives involved.

Residential Wind Turbines: Who Should Invest in Wind Energy?

Making the decision to invest in a residential wind turbine involves numerous factors across a broad spectrum of concerns, both environmental and financial. In the most practical sense, the people in the best position to benefit from a home wind turbine will meet the following criteria.

Residential Solar Power or Saving Energy at Home?

Residential solar power versus saving energy at home; optimize the investment in your home energy bills saving – reap the lowest hanging fruit first.

Smart Grid Technology: Networked Energy Efficiency of the Future

A smart grid, using two-way digital technology, would be able to respond to a wide range of factors to conserve energy, increase reliability, route around attacks, and revolutionize energy pricing. But what exactly is a smart grid?

Choosing Energy Efficient Washers

Each year almost 400 loads of laundry are done in the average American household. What most people don’t realize is that they can cut their electricity bill by as much as a third and their water costs by almost half just by switching to energy efficient washers. If your washer is more than 10 years old, replacing it with an energy efficient washer could save you more than $135 on your utility bill each year and enough water to fill a swimming pool. The combined savings in energy and water each year is enough to pay for a matching energy efficient dryer.

Solar Energy: Thinking Outside the Panel

The sun provides Earth with energy for hours and hours each day, energy we can then use to power our homes, pump our water, heat our water, even cook our food. The power of solar energy can be utilized in many ways.

Solar Electricity Systems: Understanding Basic Configuration

As more homeowners embrace alternative energy sources like solar electricity systems, they find themselves in the position of learning basic concepts and vocabulary even if they hire a contractor to select the components and perform the installation. A good place to begin a basic understanding of home solar power is simply to know the difference between the three major types of systems in use.

Rebates for Residential Windmills

For those individuals in optimal locations to utilize residential wind energy, there’s never been a better time to get one installed.

Artificial Leaves Generate Hydrogen

Alternative Energy News: Chinese scientists have taken an entirely innovative approach in designing an artificial, fully inorganic leaf which mimics photosynthesis to split water and generate hydrogen.

Remember To Continue Electricity Conservation During The Winter

In the middle of the coldest winter in years, many households focus on energy savings related to reducing their gigantic home heating bills.

Tips for Choosing Low Energy Light Bulbs

With the growing concern over energy-consumption it’s no wonder that so many people are turning to low energy light bulbs to light their homes.

An Energy Star Water Heater Can Save You a Bundle

If you are looking for a way to significantly lower your utility bill you can look no further than your hot water heater.

The BlackRemote: A Regular Guy Attacks Vampire Power

Omar Lutfey of Loveland Colorado, inventor of the BlackRemote, quickly points out he’s “just a regular guy trying to do something that I hope will make the world a better place.” The current focus of Lutfey’s efforts, a device to completely turn off television and home entertainment equipment, addresses an issue that’s off the average person’s radar.

How to Save Electricity: Next Steps

If you’ve already changed out your incandescent light bulbs for low energy light bulbs, raised your thermostat, and unplugged your vampire devices, it’s time to consider the “next steps.”

Residential Wind Turbines- FAQs

There are three popular energy systems that homeowners use to get off the grid or reduce their energy costs considerably: solar energy power, diesel or gas generators or residential wind turbines. Out of all three, residential wind power is becoming the most widely used.

Energy Saving Products: What Is Available to Consumers?

When it comes to energy saving products, you have a lot to choose from. Some of these purchases may be small and easy to implement. Some of them may require you to plan ahead. No matter how many energy saving devices you choose to buy, you need to do your research to be sure your investment is going to yield a return.

Reduce Energy Costs with Daylighting

Daylighting, the practice of creating avenues for natural sunlight to enter your home, is one of the best ways to reduce energy costs.

Dimmable Fluorescent Light Bulbs: Get the Facts

Dimmable compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) are a good option if you want to save money on electricity. CFLs use a fraction of the electricity of standard incandescent bulbs, leading to lower energy bills.

Copenhagen Climate Summit 2009: A Failure of Potential

The 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference held in Copenhagen from December 7-18 was a failure. Who’s to blame?

At the same time as the costs of solar power continues to decrease, more and more people are turning to residential solar energy to reduce their electricity use and save on the increasing costs of energy.