Unlike other sources of energy that emit greenhouse gases, wind power is one of the safest and most economical to use in terms of the technology used. It works by simply converting the kinetic energy in the air into mechanical energy that can power up your home or your entire farm. Investing in a home wind generator is no joke, with its price ranging from $2,000 to as much as $23,000 depending on the size of the generator. Thus, knowing how to properly install it at home is a must to ensure efficient return of investment.
Before buying your wind generator kit, you need to pay close attention to certain existing conditions in your area:
- Are there wind blockages within a close perimeter like tall buildings, walls etc?
- Does your community allow wind turbines?
- Do you have ample wind strength since most wind generators use at least 10mph to produce adequate electricity?
If you answered yes to all those questions, then it's better to begin installing your wind generator. If you have purchased a wind generator kit, then the job should be a piece of cake. That is, if you follow the instructions on the manual carefully, of course. But there are certain product manuals that instead of clearing things up, add more confusion when read. Assuming you have all the necessary parts for your first ever wind generator that would mainly include:
- Turbine blades
- Stainless steel pipes for the body and the tail
- High DC, low rotation-per-minute motor
- A hub to connect the blades and its motor
- A 30 to 50 ft tower. This may just be your unused television tower or you may also purchase one.
- Generator diode
After assembling the essential parts of the wind generator, finding a perfect spot for your batteries is your next step. Make sure the area is very accessible, dry, properly ventilated and heat resistant. Simply connect the wire from the battery to the wind generator and the inverter attached to the battery should be hooked up to your electrical outlets at home. To ensure the proper flow of energy, the diode helps you monitor the direction of the current and the wall meter built in with the batteries makes you see if the batteries are charging well. You are now engaged in saving thousands of dollars in your electric bills.
Due to variations in wind strength, there will be days when your stored wind power may not be sufficient to run certain household applications. An alternative to this situation is to install a backup power source like a diesel generator if utility power lines are not available in your area. Using solar power is also a good backup if you are planning to be self-sustaining. Although entailing a much bigger initial investment, solar force generators can help you optimize your power needs.
Remember that when working with your wind generator, it is always a good idea to observe safety precautions. As harmless as it may seem, you are still dealing with a significant mass of electrical energy that pose great danger.