Finding new ways to harness and utilize renewable and efficient energy sources is a top priority for everyone these days. Wind generators are just one good way to harness our natural energy sources, and if you are looking into self-sufficiency or "living off the grid," a wind generator can be an integral part of any plans for powering your home.
However, there is a lot of planning necessary to building your own wind generator. Asking yourself the following questions can help you make the wind generator that will best fit your family's needs:
- The most important factor in figuring how much power your generator will produce is where the wind generator will be placed. Contact your local weather station, find out about the wind patterns where you live, and be sure to talk with your local authorities about necessary building permits or restrictions.
- Other important considerations include blade size, battery size, and how much electricity you actually need. There will be times when you'll have excess electricity that must be charged off. Plan for this, and make sure you have a way to monitor energy levels.
- Once you've figured out what kind of wind generator you need, you'll need to determine how much actual building you want to do. There are several options for making your own wind generator, including building one from scratch, using a kit, or buying one pre-built.
- Unless you are thoroughly versed in physics and wind technology, it is not recommended that you build a wind generator from scratch. If this is the route you choose, however, be sure to buy a well-designed set of plans.
- There are several very efficient, easy-to-use kits that require varying levels of assembly, and will meet most family needs. After choosing your system, carefully follow the manufacturer's instructions for assembly and use. Failure to follow these directions could void any warranties, or could result in serious injury to yourself or others.
- Even if you buy a pre-built wind generator, safety should always be a top priority. Always follow any safety instructions, and do not allow children or pets to play on or near wind generators. It is also a good idea to have your wind generator inspected by a certified electrician who is knowledgeable in wind technology.
Once you have your wind generator up and running, regular maintenance is simple, but important. And knowing that you are contributing to the protection of our environmental resources can be just as crucial for some when it comes to making the decision to utilize wind generators.