ProsResidential wind turbines can be really inexpensive. You can buy one, already made, for between $1200-6000 (which includes installation in some areas). If you save 20% on the average electric bill ($250), that means your wind turbine would be paid for in 2-10 years. If you save 50%, it could be paid for in less than a year!
You can build your own residential wind turbine and save even more--building and installing a turbine from scratch typically costs about $500. That's an amount you'll save in just a few months once it's installed, and after that, it's putting money in your pocket. In other words, residential wind turbines are very cost effective.
Another pro of a turbine is that you're doing something good for the environment. Every little bit helps, and by using less non-renewable power, you're making a difference!
ConsUnfortunately, some residential wind turbines are really noisy. Some aren't, so make sure that if you'll be installing the turbine near your home (or near your neighbors) you pay attention to those that are quieter. Look for aluminum blades and make sure to watch (and listen to) the wind turbine in action.
Another drawback of residential wind turbines is that some home owner's associations are ambivilent about them. You may have to attend several meetings, present survey information, and even provide photos or a model before your home owner's association board will give you the go ahead. You can read about one neighborhood's reaction to residential wind power here.
Full ReviewAre you interested in saving money on your electric bill and helping protect the planet? Then I bet you've considered solar panels for your home, right? And, maybe you've found them to be cost prohibitive or banned by your Home Owner's Association so you thought that you didn't have any other options for installing your own renewable energy system... Well, fortunately, that's not the case.
In most areas of the United States, a residential wind turbine will generate more than enough wind power to reduce your electric bill by 20-50%. Depending on the size of your lot, you may be able to install more than one turbine which could eliminate your whole electric bill or even equal your getting paid BY the electric company for the surplus energy.
So, let's take a look at the pros and cons of a residential wind turbine so that you can see if this might be the green energy solution you're looking for.