Home Wind Energy: Wind Turbines and Backyard Windmills

Home wind energy is often overlooked in today’s renewable and alternative energy market. Many people are currently looking into solar, geothermal, and biomass but overlooking wind power. This is not surprising given that wind power is actually not for everyone and likely will not completely replace your current energy system. However, we would argue that for those who live in an area where wind energy is viable, this alternative energy source can still pay off quickly and then generate significant savings.

Home wind energy has three major advantages:

1. It is highly efficient, with even a small rooftop wind turbine producing generous amounts of electricity. Don’t be fooled by the size of those huge wind turbines you see on the side of the road – those are meant to provide a lot more power than your home needs.

2. The price of both rooftop turbines and backyard windmills has come down considerably. And installing and maintaining your home wind energy system may be much easier than you might think.

3. Rooftop turbines and backyard windmills are appealing, with major recent improvements having been in the look of these energy producers.

Like other forms of alternative and renewable home energy, home wind power can increase the resale value of your home while also generating savings along the way. You do need to choose the right system for your hone and make sure it will operate with the best efficiency. There are two primary ways to do this:

1. Positioning: make sure that you have installed your rooftop turbine on the place on your roof that is exposed to the most wind. For a backyard windmill or a wind turbine that will be on a non-roof surface you’ll need to look for a hill and consider how trees and other obstructions affect wind flow. Of course in both cases you also need to think of aesthetics as well – there may be a trade off since you don;’t want to put a windmill right in the middle of where children play or in a valuable sight line – they don’t tend to be dangerous but they can certainly get in the way.

2. Limit the length of space between your rooftop wind turbine or backyard windmill and the indoor parts that are collecting the resulting energy. For some systems, especially those that use direct vs alternating current, this is not as much of a problem, but in general energy can be lost if it has to travel too far.

As you can see, home wind power is not as complicated as you might think, and even if it cannot completely replace your current energy system, it can still provide valuable savings and increased home value.