Everyone is looking into ways to cut their home energy bill and a windmill for home use can be a good way of getting that effort in gear. Long gone are the days of yore when we harbored the illusion that one day the promise of nuclear power would make it “too cheap to even meter electricity”.
Now that we have said that, it is important to also acknowledge that the current state of technology may not have caught up with you and your particular location yet. The windmill for home success rate is highly dependent on where you are located and by that I mean not only the area of the country but also the particular place on your property where you are thinking about putting the device to make power.
As with any home project, there may be a strong disconnect between where and how you want to do the project and the practical aspects of the equipment design that really dictate success. The realities of how much power you can create there are very important to understand on the front end of things.
Following that logic, there are 3 ways you can know if the windmill for home experiment is not for you…
Average wind less than 6 mph – This is not an absolute nonstarter but it is close, given current technology. As it turns out, if you want to maximize energy efficiency when the wind is blowing strongly, you have to limit the amount of power you will be able to get in a low wind situation. This is largely due to the state of advancement of the composite materials that make up most new blades.
Cannot mount on the roof – Your roof can be the best place of all for a home wind turbine. But, many do not even have the option due to local ordinance prohibiting (or severely limiting) where you can install your turbine.
Solar is better – Although this site is about the wonders of wind energy, in all fairness to other forms of renewable energy, you need to check out your options concerning solar power. It may be not nearly as strong a return as with wind but you need to check out this option at the same time you have wind energy on the front burner.
The windmill for home use is not for everyone and that is ok for now. As the technology improves though and lower and lower wind speeds will trigger power creation, the market will open ever wider.