The decision to buy a wind turbine isn’t an easy one to make. Between figuring out your energy needs, whether your area is right for wind power and what requirements and restrictions there are in your area, there’s a lot to consider! Oh, and then there’s the threat of irate neighbours once you’ve made the decision. Buying a wind turbine is a process, a process that’s best to think through carefully and completely before acting.
This article is intended as a summary of how to buy a wind turbine, based on Green Home Gnome’s FREE Buyer’s Guide to Wind Turbines, to quickly give you an idea of what the process involves. Download your FREE copy today!
Decide Whether a Wind Turbine is Right for You
Before making the decision to buy a wind turbine you have to take a few things into consideration:
- Do you live in an area with enough wind to warrant putting up a wind turbine?
- What siting requirements and restrictions are in your area?
- Do you need special permits or approvals to get your installation approved?
- Will your neighbors be OK with you putting up a wind turbine?
- Can you connect your turbine to the grid?
The answers to these questions will determine whether installing a wind turbine is even possible for you (or whether you’re willing to put up with the hassle of putting one up).
Green Energy Provider
If after getting to this point you’ve decided that you don’t want to put up a wind turbine, but would still like to power your home with wind, consider using a green energy provider like Bullfrog Power to generate wind energy for you. It’s quite simple since you just continue buying energy from your utility and pay extra to the provider who then adds renewable energy to the grid.
Measuring Wind Speed
In general, for a wind turbine to be feasible you need to live in an area that has minimum wind speeds of 4 m/s (9 km/h). Some turbines are designed to work at low wind speeds (see 5 top wind turbines for low wind speeds), but in any event wind turbine output is based on the cube of wind speed, so as wind speed doubles, wind turbines produce eight times more power, which means it’s worth living in an area with decent wind if you’re going to put up a wind turbine.
- Research wind speeds by looking through a wind atlas to determine wind speeds in your area.
- Test wind speeds with an anemometer where you plan on siting your wind turbine. It’s recommended to regularly record wind speeds over at least a few months on the site where you’re putting your turbine.
Buying a Turbine
Choosing the right size turbine requires figuring out your home’s electricity usage, which consists of collecting electricity bills over the past year and calculating your usage.
When shopping around for the right turbine you have to look closely at the performance specifications of various wind turbines to find the right model for you while also taking other factors into account, such as wind speed, cut-in/cut-out, upwind or downwind, noise, vibration, warranty, installation and maintenance and various other considerations.
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