The cost of buying a wind energy unit such as a wind turbine or generator is one factor that makes residential users decide against having one. However if we consider the long term advantages of wind turbines they, no doubt, deserve some serious consideration.
Before making a decision, it is important that you estimate the time you will be staying in the home. Your investment will have a payback period of seven to fifteen years; the expense that you will incur initially will be reflected in the property value if an and when you decide to sell.
However if you have no intetion of moving you will see the greatest cost benefit return because having a wind turbine will enable you to generate free energy in the long run.
Firstly you will need to find out about the wind speeds in your area. A minimum speed of 5 meters per second is required for generation of electricity. Also, find out how often the wind blows and the prevailing direction; this information should be freeley available on the internet from the site of your local meteorological provider.
Check with local authorities about the rules and regulations of building wind turbines. Wind turbines are normally mounted on top of a tower. This is not a problem in rural areas; however, it can present problems in an urban setting.
You will need to assess your energy requirements. Find out how much energy you need to run certain appliances and lighting. Small turbines need to be monitored regularly in order to ensure maximum output. A number of factors go into the selection of turbines.
The cost of buying a unit for your home is between twenty thousand and forty thousand dollars. There are a lot of factors involved in the cost, so it is difficult to give an exact estimate.
However a better idea is to build a wind turbine by purchasing the materials yourself. If you are planning on building a wind turbine, the cost will usually range from $200 to $500 depending on the size and of the turbine and the quality of the guide that you purchase.
The ongoing wind turbine maintenance costs are very low and the plentiful supply of free energy from the elements in the athmosphere are a huge advantage, together with the clear environmental advantages.