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2 Ways How To Build An Affordable Residential Wind Turbine

If you have any thoughts about building a residential wind turbine, now is the time.

Many thousands of people have gone before you and now, the power to their homes is either FREE or at least part of their power is.

Before you move forward to life with a wind turbine at home, there are a few details to get to the bottom of first:

1. How will I know if I have enough wind to make electricity? Check out your local tv station and find out if the average wind is over 9 mph. That is about the minimum you need.

2. Will your community okay you putting one on your property? In many areas they are not allowed because they feel they diminish property values.

Why should I build my own wind turbine vs. buying one already made?

1. Price - it is cheaper to make your own from a set of plans than to buy one made in a factory. New wind turbine kits can cost over $15,000, before installation. If you do it yourself, your ready to use wind turbine will likely cost much less than $2,000 installed.

2. Satisfaction of doing this yourself - it is not all that difficult to do and if you have some mechanical aptitude and do projects around your house, making your residential wind turbine from scratch will be a cinch and very rewarding.

3. Help make the world Greener - you are displacing the production of carbon, which is a byproduct of fossil fuel power production by making your own wind turbine.

How long will this project take?

If you have all the parts and are working with this consistently, it won't longer than a few weeks to have it ready to install.

What are the steps I need to take to get the turbine up and running?

Assuming you have taken the first 2 steps mentioned earlier, you now have the green light to move forward:

1. Find a set of plans that matches your objectives - carefully conducting this research will pay off in spades. You must get this part right for the rest to be straightforward.

There is a high failure rate with residential wind turbines because they often don't specify heavy duty enough construction materials. Make sure the plans you buy specify stronger material, like, for example spruce wood for the blades.

2. Have an open and well-ventilated place to work in - you will be spending a lot of time putting things together there so you will want an area where you can spread everything out.

3. Find a good local hardware store - make sure you can buy all the materials you need locally.

The 5 major components of a residential wind turbine are:

1. Rotor system 2. Motor 3. Batteries and inverter 4. Tower or roof mount 5. Tail assembly

* The rotors or blades are of course what produce the mechanical power to make the electricity. The 2 ways you can use the power you create are; charge a battery and supply direct power to your home.

* The blades and their geometry are therefore, are very critical to a successful wind project.

* You will have to buy the motor, the alternator, and all battery charging apparatus over the internet or from a local electrical supply house. This will be spelled out clearly in the plans you buy.

* Where exactly you mount the wind turbine must also be given careful consideration. It needs to be located at least 30 feet above the tree line in order to grab the most wind. The reason for this is if it is mounted any lower, buildings and trees will interfere with the consistency of the wind.

* You can often get old tv towers for very little or even free that work great for residential wind turbines.

* The final part of the assembly is the tail system. It is absolutely necessary as well. The tail is responsible for steering the wind turbine into the prevailing wind.

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