As you're probably aware, using wind energy to supplement or even completely provide all the power required to run your home can be an excellent way to save money. An added bonus is that you're also helping the environment by lowering greenhouse gas emissions.
Before you jump right in and start building a wind turbine though, you need to do a little investigative legwork. There are some very important questions that need to be answered in order to determine the feasibility of wind power for your specific application.
The first, and foremost question you need to ask is; Is there an adequate supply of wind at your location? If the wind available at your home isn't enough to efficiently power a wind turbine, there is no point in investing time and money into something that won't work.
Secondly, you'll need to find out if you're allowed to install a wind generator. Some municipalities have very strict regulations that govern the use and installation of wind powered devices. These may also have height and sound restrictions that can adversely affect your proposed installation. Your best bet is to start with a call to your local code enforcement office. If they can't answer it directly, they'll be able to put you in touch with someone that can.
Next, you need to evaluate how much room you have. Windmills and wind turbines need to be located a fair distance away from any other tall structures. Ideally, they'll also be much taller than the closest structure too. This may take a large piece of land depending on the layout and location of trees and buildings on your property.
Finally, you should consider the financial aspects of it. How much are you willing to spend and how long will it take to recoup your investment? To calculate this you'll need to realistically evaluate the performance of your system. If you're buying a commercially available unit, talk to the manufacturer and find out from them. Do not rely on the unit's rated output, which in most cases is the maximum output. A better choice may be to build your own. By doing so, your investment and payback period will be very low, while the electrical output can rival some of the better commercial units.
D.R.Smith has been involved in the alternative energy field for over 20 years. He's put together alternative energy plans and guidelines that will help you become energy independent and start saving money today.