If magnetic generators are not your thing, perhaps tapping into the ever present natural resource that is wind, is.
Reasons to Build Your Own Wind Turbine
There are many reasons why you would want to make your own homemade wind turbine. If you live in a rural property, or even in some suburban properties, you are allowed by law to build renewable energy devices such as this (although you may want to check the local by-laws if you live in towns, as in some places legislation might
exist against them for “noise pollution” reasons. In any case, there are many advantages to build your own wind turbine and there are really no disadvantages. You will not be able to power your whole house, but with a clever combination of solar panels, wind turbines and batteries, for a few thousand dollars it might even be possible to do this.
Build your own wind turbine
A homemade wind turbine might be more appropriate as a family bonding project that you can do with your kids, especially if they are mechanically or technically minded and you want to show them how to do something really cool. Most of the parts for a wind turbine can be scavenged for free from scrap yards or purchased on the cheap from sites such as Ebay. You may need to buy different machines and then salvage them for parts, such as lawnmower motors, outboard boat motors, old computers and tape decks and so on. The best way to find out what you need is to search on the Internet for some “how to build a wind turbine” style websites that have plenty of information on them about the parts you will need, the cost and most importantly blueprints and construction advice.
Going completely off the grid
Ideally, if you would like to have completely green pollution free energy living in a rural area, you should ask an energy installation company to do the installation correctly for you. There are many considerations to take into account if you want to do this and there may even be health and safety regulations that you would need to adhere to before installing a homemade wind turbineto power a house.
Selling your power back to the electric company
In some places, learning how to build a wind turbine and installing one might be a great way for you to save on your electricity bills. If you live in a rural area, and you have an extra bit of cash that you would like to invest, then you can pay for a green energy company to install your homemade wind turbine and solar panels and pay the standard energy company to build cables and towers to transfer the power to their grid. This will probably be an initial investment of a couple of thousand dollars, but if you do the math, you may see a great return in a few years, as the power you sell to the company adds up.
What’s the best place for a wind turbine?
How to build a wind turbine is not just an issue of learning how to do it, finding the materials and constructing/installing it. You will need to find a good area as a site for your homemade wind turbine that gets plenty of wind. Depending on how windy your area is, you might need a battery or a bank of batteries to be able to store power for extended periods of time when there may not be enough wind.