questionswhat do you know about home wind turbines / diy…


The kits I've been looking at have the turbine and controller and you supply your own batteries/inverter..
I've also been thinking about building my own at some point (pull an alternator out of a junkyard and go from there lol)


I've actually been looking into this for some time now as well. If anyone has any valuable information please post it! Whatever I've been looking at, though, were in the thousands of dollars and were recommended to be professionally installed.

I did find some reviews of the Gudcraft device on amazon. Nothing looking too positive, as far as the other one I can't even seem to find a brand name so no luck there.


don't do vertical, although it saves space everything I have read indicates that it doesn't deliver the same amounts of energy as standard. I have been looking at this for about 2 years. The generators were all taken off the market a couple of years ago by forward thinking people and now they cost alot more. There are a ton of DIY plans out there, but the generators and the batteries are what kills the deal. I looked at a turnkey system, but 30k without state and fed subsidies is alot. My state doesn't have anything, but other like california do. You also want to learn about net metering and Green credits. The electric company charges a fee to transmit electric on their lines, but you may negotiate your green credits to them which they have to have for tax purposes or pay a larger bill.

Lots and lots to learn on this topic.


VAWT is the way to go unless you can build a huge tower. The advantage of Verticle-axis is that they function better in low altitude winds, which can be unstable and intermittent. Traditional wind-mill looking horizontal-axis turbines need a steady/stable wind to function properly.
No matter which style you go with, home wind turbines for generating electricity are still low-efficiency, and you won't get much power out of them unless you've got room for really big ones, or lots of smaller ones. I think their best use today is for vacation cabins that are off the grid, where you can have a bank of batteries to store your charge. Also best when combined with some form of solar.


Only 3 things to mention:
As stated above, check with your state for credits/rebates available. This is an expensive undertaking you don't want to mess up.
Check with your city for possible needed permits. You don't want to be partway through an install just to be told you can't put it there. Plus, they're often more help than you'd think.
Read extensively how other countries have handled the smaller turbines- particularly Germany and Norway.


For the biggest benefit at the least cost, a wastewater heat exchanger like this:

Also, solar heating for water, and the house in winter (if applicable) are relatively low cost options.

I live in a valley, and we don't have consistent enough wind to make a wind generator worth while.