What Energy-Conscious Homeowners Want To Know About Residential Wind Power

1. Why would I consider buying a residential wind turbine?

The answers to this question are highly personal. The decision may relate to a desire to do something environmentally positive like lowering the carbon footprint of your home or serving as an example to others, illustrating the potential of home renewable energy generation. You may simply be interested in lowering your electric bill. Perhaps you live in an area where the local utility's power grid is subject to interruptions and you want a more reliable source. Click here to learn more about making the decision to use residential wind power.

2. What are the advantages and disadvantages?

In evaluating the advantages and disadvantages of a home wind system, you will need to look at such things as: initial cost of the system, the reaction of your neighbors, the favorability of local zoning laws, and the potential for noise. These things will be offset by your energy savings, lowered carbon footprint, and greater energy independence. Click here to explore the advantages and disadvantages of residential wind turbines in greater detail.

3. Will a wind turbine work at my home?

Do you have steady winds of 10 mph or greater at 85 to 150 feet off the ground? When does the wind in your area peak seasonally? At what time does in peak in the afternoon? What turbulence patterns are created by adjacent structures? Do you have to measure data for a year to answer these questions? Don't have a clue? A professional wind assessor will. Click here to read about wind site assessments.

4. What does a home wind turbine cost?

You see that your local big box home store has a wind turbine on sale for $2,000. Great! But will it be big enough to create any real energy savings for your home? The wind manufacturer gave you an estimate of $22,000 for equipment and installation. Yikes! Is that too much? In truth, really effective residential wind systems range from $22,000 to $45,000+. Click here to read more about the cost of residential wind energy.

5. Will I still need my power company?

Setting up a residential wind turbine does not mean you'll be bidding your power company a fond farewell. Almost all home wind systems are on-grid units, meaning you'll need to negotiate an interconnection agreement with the electrical utility to establish a system of net metering to figure energy produced against commercial energy purchased. Click here to find out more about how your relationship with the power company will change when you put in a home wind turbine.

6. How much power will my turbine produce?

The amount of power your turbine will produce depends upon the size of the unit purchased and the quality of wind at the given site. Really effective turbines are tower-mounted at a height of 85 to 150 feet. Inexpensive, roof-mounted turbines will likely be subject to too much turbulence from adjacent structures and will only be capable of lowering you energy costs by 10%. Click here to learn more about energy production from residential wind turbines.

7. Where do I purchase a residential wind turbine?

How do I start shopping for a wind turbine? Do I look online? Are their manufacturers in my town or region? What's a fair price? What questions should I ask? Are their directories of manufacturers and equipment online? Can I find reviews or customer experiences? Click here to read more about buying your residential wind turbine and associated equipment.

8. Can I install a home wind turbine myself?

Most would-be home turbine owners stop at some point in the process and ask, "Can I do this myself?" The answer is probably yes, but the real question is, "Is it worth it?" There are different levels of "do it yourself," with different hurdles to overcome. To learn more about the resources for DIY installations and the expected potential results for each, click here.

9. What does it cost to maintain a wind turbine?

Although most modern residential wind turbines have few moving parts, all require some degree of maintenance and potentially repair (most likely from instances of bad weather.) Commercial installation companies build maintenance and repair visits into the initial sales contract with options for extension, but any turbine owner can learn what to watch -- and listen -- for to ensure their unit is functioning correctly and efficiently. Click here to learn more about wind turbine maintenance costs and procedures.

10. What energy tax credits and incentives will help defray the cost?

Fortunately, tax credits and other incentives are available to help homeowners defray the initial expense of installing home wind power. These benefits come from state and federal governments as well as local power utilities and other groups interested in promoting the cause of renewable energy. At minimum, you can expect to defray your installation costs by 30% with an uncapped federal tax credit. Click here to learn more about incentives for the installation of wind energy systems.

11. How long before my wind turbine pays for itself?

The bottom line is always, "If I spend all this money, how long before I recoup my investment?" Frankly, a long time. Some companies will tell you six years, but 15 to 20 is more likely. How is that worth it? Recouping your expenses, while important, may not be the only criterion for deciding to move forward with a residential wind turbine. Click here to read more about making the final decision to invest in wind energy.

Announcement: Could Your Home Benefit From a Residential Wind Turbine?

Well that is just what those who have installed residential wind turbines on their own homes are doing. Now they are enjoying the freedom to rely less on the more traditional and waste producing energy methods that come from electric companies that rely on oil, coal, or natural gas.

Announcement: Residential Wind Power Usage Grows Worldwide

Residential wind power not only helps homeowners adopt renewable energy habits and do their part in reducing the release of harmful greenhouse gases, but they also reap the benefits of saving money on their electrical bills. Residential wind turbines can save homeowners up to 90 percent off of their standard electrical bills, and when this is added to the fact that they can take a step towards removing their homes from the reliance upon electrical companies that supply energy through oil and coal methods this is all the better.

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.

Rebates for Residential Windmills

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Residential Wind Turbines- FAQs

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Residential Wind Power Generation: Laws and Rebates

The United States government has passed several laws and tax credits that encourage investment in generating electricity using residential wind power.

Home Wind Turbines: Important Factors To Consider

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