DIY wind power projects can be time consuming, but are well worth the effort and time invested into them, especially once the wind begins to blow and you're generating electricity to power your home. These are some of the steps involved to creating your own home made wind power!
What do you need to do before deciding to build your own turbine? Keep reading for helpful tips on how to get started.
The first thing you need to do is to assess your desired site to determine whether or not it is suitable for a wind turbine.
The best way to know whether or not your chosen location will actually generate the desired power is to conduct a simple experiment. Erect a makeshift tower to the height your wind turbine will be. Mount an anemometer atop the tower and record wind speed readings for one year. You could contract this out, but it could cost you up to $4,000.
You'll need to decide what design you'll use for your turbine - horizontal or vertical axis. The choice between direct drive and geared turbines is also important. Most residential turbines sport 3 blades, but you could perhaps have 1, 2, or even more, depending on your specific application.
The skills required to build your own residential wind turbine are relatively simple. If you're handy with tools and do-it-yourself projects already, then this type of project shouldn't be a huge leap for you. It's possible that a bit of welding may be involved, but that is a skill you can learn. Perhaps you know someone who is familiar with welding - don't be afraid to ask for help. A small turbine typically takes two weekends or so to complete.
Most of the parts can be found at your local hardware store, at the local junkyard, Craigslist, or on eBay. You never know where you might find free or inexpensive parts for your turbine design.
Installing the wind turbine is easy enough as far as mounting, but make sure to hire a contractor for connecting the cables and power to ensure it meets code.
Can you build a turbine yourself? Be patient and learn as much as you can beforehand and you'll be surprised at what you can accomplish. Then you'll love it when the electric bill arrives and it is less than it's ever been!
There are some useful Do it Yourself Wind Power manuals that provide step by step instructions, and can be useful in shortening your learning curve. My favorite is How to Build a Wind Generator which is written by a couple that has been living off the grid for over 15 years, and who built their own diy wind power generator.
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