If those utility bills are driving you crazy maybe you should consider harnessing the wind in your yard or on your smallholding and opt to install a wind power generator kit to create clean, free electricity. It is expected that the next decade will put home-generated power firmly on the agenda of every homeowner.
There are several factors that need to be considered when deciding to order a wind power generator kit
These can be summarized as location, wind availability, sell power to a utility, your household requirements, full cost of kit and economic viability. Let’s deal with each of these in turn, starting out with the “raw material” of clean wind power generation, namely the wind itself.
First of all you must be realistic about your location. Do you live in an area that really does not get much wind? Are you in an apartment without an available rooftop? Will your local authorities allow you to have a wind turbine? Is there enough space in your yard for a 30 ft tower should that be necessary? Establish realistically where you would be likely to have to locate the wind power generator before purchasing your wind turbine kit.
Most people instinctively feel reluctant to rely on the unpredictable gusts of wind offered by nature when they first investigate installing a wind power generator kit. It is advisable to find out the average annual wind speed in your location. The good news is that some small wind generators can operate at relatively low wind speeds due to improved technology. Remember too that when your system is linked to your local utility, you can use bought electricity as a back-up.
Your household requirements are of course paramount in your successful purchase of the appropriate wind turbine. Bear in mind that the average US household consumes about 10 000 kW of electricity per annum and that a 10kWh turbine on a 30 ft tower is usually sufficient to meet this need. You should do some shopping around to find the most suitable wind power kit and make sure that there is back-up and support, especially if you decide to install it yourself. Otherwise remember to take into account the cost of contractor installation, which can be quite high. Also find out about the estimated lifespan of the particular kit you have.
At the end of the day you will have to sit down with all the figures and work out whether you really will be saving sufficient money over time to justify your entry into the era of clean power when buying a wind power generator kit. Estimate how long it will take you to recoup the cost of an installation that allows long-term free electricity generation and you will have the answer.