Should You Buy A Home Wind Turbine?

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Should You Buy A Home Wind Turbine?

Wind power are becoming more common some parts of the United States. In fact, it’s now possible, in certain locations, to meet most or even all of your home electricity needs using only a home wind power system.

But wind power is not a perfect answer for everyone. Here are some facts to consider before you invest in a home wind turbine.

First, be sure you live in an area that’s windy enough. You’ll need to do some research. You also need to know wind speed and strength at the level where your wind turbine will be situated. Wind speeds on the ground and at rooftop level can be different.

You’ll also need to make sure there are no obstructions that will reduce your wind turbine’s efficiency.

You’ll have to determine which type of device works best where you live. There are different kinds and models. Basically, they’re divided into two groups:

* vertical axis

* horizontal axis

Vertical axis look like those you see in the picture to the left of this screen. Typically, you see these on farms and ranches. The blades are at a 90 degree angle to the ground below. This type catches the wind from any direction. Horizontal windmills do not work on the same principle, and are less efficient f the wind blows from many directions.

Of course, you’ll want to know about cost.

Homes that are powered by the wind are often eligible for state and federal tax credits. Over time, the credits, and the money you save on electricity bills, help you recover the cost of installing a residential turbine. But expect it to take several years before you break even and start to get ahead.

It’s also extremely important to check local zoning regulations, since some local governments restrict the height of structures around your home.

But deciding whether wind power is right for you, and selecting the proper wind power system, interview licensed, experienced installers, and definitely ask a tax professional about regulations that may benefit you.

Wind turbines can be a money-saving, environmentally friendly means of powering your home and making you energy independent. But it’s not right for everyone and you should be sure it makes sense for you before moving forward with your own wind turbine powered system.

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