How to Create Wind Turbines for Home Use
By Mike Desal from http://www.BuyHomeSolarPanels.com
Utilizing wind energy is an attractive alternative to
traditional energy for many homeowners today. A
wind turbine can be used to generate a great deal
of energy depending on a few different variables.
The height you are able to reach with a suitable
tower for a wind turbine is probably the most
crucial to the amount of power it will generate.
The general rule of thumb is to have the turbine at
least 30 feet above anything within 500 feet of the
tower to ensure the least turbulent wind. Wind
becomes more turbulent the more objects it
travels around, across, or into.
There are many towers that are used with wind turbines and are typically
relative to the amount of space you have and the budget available to the project.
Guyed lattice towers are the least expensive, and are easy to construct, but
require a great deal of space to accommodate the down guy cables that attach
to them at three different points to provide their stability. A guyed lattice tower is
usually constructed of steel angle iron and consists of three sides, which are
shored up using cross sections that provide a ladder effect from top to bottom.
A tilt-up tower is constructed using metal tubing, is typically stabilized using 4
down guy cables and functions just as its name suggests. The tilt-up feature of
these towers is more convenient for maintenance purposes but a bit more
expensive then the previous tower above. The four-guyed cables are used to
safely tilt the tower up from or down to the ground without the need for the tower
to be climbed. Monopoles are the most expensive towers used for wind turbines
and usually seen on large wind farms, they consist of a single structured tube,
which tapers in from the ground up. Monopoles are the most aesthetically
pleasing option for wind turbines but require the most amounts of steel, concrete
A small wind turbine for home use can be purchased or constructed. The cost of
a pre-made wind turbine can be a substantial investment and it is recommended
to spend a period of time taking wind measurements using an anemometer
before deciding to buy. However, if you wish to construct your own wind turbine
the cost can be reduced to only a few hundred dollars. A wind turbine is a
device which converts wind energy to electricity using a low-RPM generator,
therefore the most important aspect of constructing your own hinges on finding a
suitable generator which is capable of producing 30 volts at 300-350 RPMs or
The potential savings with wind
turbines for home use can be
particularly substantial. With
optimal conditions homeowners
could see an 80% to 90%
decrease in energy costs, but
this is dependent upon
consistent wind on the property.
Utilizing a wind turbine is a
green option that many
homeowners can greatly benefit
from making it an attractive
decision not only for energy
conservation, but also for substantial potential savings on energy costs.