If you are looking for an alternate source of electricity for your home, then maybe you should start considering the use of wind power. It can provide enough energy for a household and do not require much for maintenance. Plus, it’s also environmentally friendly and you’ll be able to help save the planet by using this system. So how does one install a home wind power system? If you think you are capable of being a handyman, then follow the steps below on how to install one.
- Wind. Determine the speed of the wind. It should not be too low and neither too high. The amount required to generate mechanical energy is 15 miles per hour. However, wind speed that travels at 30 miles per hour or more could damage your equipment. This is why you should be familiar with your territory and do regular measurements of wind speed.
- Usage. The next step you would have to take is determining how much electricity you use, or how much is required from the windmills. The general rule of thumb is to have an additional one-third or 33.33% kilowatt output from your power generator to satisfy your home’s needs. This acts as a safety measure for when your home is at its maximum usage for electricity. There are models available with this kind of output. You can purchase those that are readily assembled for easier usage.
- Battery. The purchase of a battery bank is also recommended. If you believe that wind speeds are variable and sometimes may not reach the minimum speed, then you would need to store energy. To determine how many batteries you would need to sustain power in your house, check your electricity consumption. You can do this be checking on how many amperes your house will use in an hour, then making connections with batteries to adjust to the number of amperes required. The total number of amperes should exceed what the house requires. Then, you should store the battery somewhere safe and free from water or other elements.
- Installation. You should now place the wind generator where it should be. Dig deep and mount the device facing the wind. Do not let dirt and other debris surround the area. Once the wind generator is in place, add the cement. You can use a standard wiring system, to run the 110-volt current required for the household. This connects to the panel.
As a safety reminder, remember to turn everything off while installing the wiring. Never turn it on while you are not yet finished. Making a mistake like this could be very hazardous and even fatal. Once everything is in place, you should now test the power supply. Making sure everything works fine, test all points in the system. You can test the entire system with the use of your computer. In retrospect, you should also check the installation manual the system came with. Most windmills bought contain a user’s guide on how to install and use the device easily. Good luck!