Homemade Wind Turbine - Useful Pointers and Information
Do you wish to learn more about a homemade wind turbine?
If you are concerned about the rising energy costs or the negative effect that energy consumption has on the environment, then a good place to start looking for an alternative is a wind turbine.
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A wind turbine is a system that simply uses wind to convert kinetic energy into mechanical energy. In other words, wind turbines harness the wind to create energy for us to use in our everyday lives.
Wind turbines are considered renewable energy, which is energy that is quite simply "renewable". The world has used plenty of non-renewable energy sources like oil and coal, and experts tell us that there will come a day when those sources will not be available any longer. Additionally, non-renewable energy sources are not good for the environment and have environmentalists pushing for change.
Once a wind turbine converts kinetic energy from the wind into mechanical power, it can go through a generator that converts this mechanical power into electricity that can power up our buildings. Sounds too good to be true and you may be wondering why this type of renewable resource is not harnessed and tapped into more frequently.
Wind turbines purchased from a manufacturer are still quite costly and it also costs you to hire someone to install your wind turbine. Because of the high expenses, a good number of people are looking into constructing homemade wind turbines and using them to save on their energy bills.
Homemade wind turbines are sprouting up all over as homeowners learn more and more about renewable energy and the savings it can produce. DIY (do it yourself) wind turbines are not as complicated as you might think. Though your wind turbine might not be able to harness enough wind to completely power up your home, depending on your location and how much wind actually blows, it certainly can help.
Homemade wind turbines usually come in as either horizontal axis wind turbine (hawt) or vertical axis wind turbine (vawt). The hawt tends to be more popular and is known to produce more electricity than the yawt. Both of them are rather easy to construct and most any handyman or handywoman can do it.
Wind turbines normally are 4 to 6 feet tall and can produce about 100 watts of power. If you want more power than that, you can opt for a 10 to 14 foot wind turbine and watch it produce about 1 kilowatt of power if your winds are steady.
It is not expensive to build your own and costs are normally estimated between $100 and $200. Many people opt to seek around at junkyards, thrift stores, and their local hardware store for the necessary components for a wind turbine. It also takes relatively little time to construct a homemade wind turbine from start to finish, as smaller ones can be constructed in about one day.
Seek building instructions on the internet or purchase a book that gives simple instructions (see resources provided below). You will be so happy when your project is finished and your homemade wind turbine saves you money each month by producing electricity for your home.
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