Have you ever...built a wind generator to offset your electricity bill?

United States
September 30, 2008 11:31pm CST
I'm just curious! I know that anyone can build them out of spare parts, but the reading materials on doing just that is just a tiny bit scarce. So, I'm wondering if anyone's done that and what their favorite designs are...do you think it's a good idea? Would you ever do it? What do you think are the merits or faults of this idea? New technologies regarding wind power are coming out all the time...someday, I'm hoping they'll do without propellers altogether and mix kinetic energy and with wind energy...but I'm getting ahead of myself. What do you all think?
8 responses
@urbandekay (18312)
18 Oct 08
No, but I am looking into it. Thinking about a Teslar wind Turbine, more efficient than props or conventional turbines and easier to make. Currently, I convert used vegetable oil into Diesel to run my truck on. all the best urban
• United States
19 Oct 08
AWESOME! =) I wish the best of luck once you find what you need, dearie.
@GreenMoo (11842)
7 Oct 08
I'm definately bookmarking this discussion to return to later & read all the other responses! My partner and I have recently bought a property with no mains electricity so we will be entirely reliant on solar and wind turbines. We're not far enough down the line to have done more than some basic reading yet, but it's something we need to concentrate some effort on very soon.
• United States
7 Oct 08
*thumbs up* Energy independence, sounds like. That's pretty awesome. I wish you luck on the research, dearie.
• United States
1 Oct 08
I have looked into it but I read that they were noisy and I need at least 1.2 acres of land per each wind generator I want to put on. We are leading more toward the solar panels since we can use it easier. Now the problem is that we cant affor it right now. I hope as demand goes up the cost goes down soon. We cant swing the $60,000 we need.
• United States
2 Oct 08
Tends to depend on the propeller, the "energy ball" design is probably the quietest wind generator yet. But I digress, I hope solar technology costs -do- go down as well.
@miaonly (72)
• China
13 Oct 08
Well, I think there must exist some people with particular curiosity to build a generator, but perhaps not for offseting electricity bill. Self-proud and self-satisfaction weight more. If you want to launch your own, it may be helpful to visit some websites offering patent information. Since applying patent requires disclosing core technique information, you may get some clues.
@miaonly (72)
• China
13 Oct 08
Well, I think there must exist some people with particular curiosity to build a generator, but perhaps not for offseting electricity bill. Self-proud and self-satisfaction weight more. If you want to launch your own, it may be helpful to visit some websites offering patent information. Since applying patent requires disclosing core technique information, you may get some clues.
@miaonly (72)
• China
13 Oct 08
Well, I think there must exist some people with particular curiosity to build a generator, but perhaps not for offseting electricity bill. Self-proud and self-satisfaction weight more. If you want to launch your own, it may be helpful to visit some websites offering patent information. Since applying patent requires disclosing core technique information, you may get some clues.
@riyasam (16578)
• India
1 Oct 08
thats a good idea.i beleive in living within my means.but i do not think i have built a wind generator.maybe i have built for my kids,for fun.
@TheCatLady (4695)
• Israel
1 Oct 08
I'd love to make one. All the ones I see on the net are way to expensive or hard to make.