Mailbag: What do I need to know to purchase residential wind generators?

Yea! We have a mailbag. I just got this great question in my email and couldn’t wait to answer it. So, Tracey, thanks so much for sending it along!

If you’re going to purchase residential wind generators, you’re probably curious about what’s involved. The first thing you probably want to know is how much will your energy bill be. Based on my research of national averages in the United States, it looks like you’ll save an average of $100-150/month! The typical new energy bill after installing residential wind generators is just $10/month except in the summer when air conditioning costs bump that up to $20 or so. So, looking at the average savings over the course of a year, it looks like most people save about $1800/year, give or take. That’s a huge savings. In fact, for most of us, that’d be better than the raise we’re likely to get this year! 😉

The next thing you probably want to know is if  residential wind generators are noisy. And the answer to that is, unfortunately, “it depends.” Small residential wind generators usually aren’t bad (and some of them, you won’t be able to hear at all inside the house), but it is a consideration to be aware of when you’re comparing residential wind generators so pay attention to which ones seem noisier than others and just how much noise  you’re willing to tolerate.

Other common concerns are if the wiring in your house will need to be changed (nope), or if it’s possible to power an entire house on one residential wind generator (depends on your electricity needs and the size of the generator). And, finally, the fabulous question: will it help the environment if you install a residential wind turbine? Yes, absolutely, a thousand times yes! By getting even a fraction of your energy needs from renewable, green wind energy, you are definitely helping the environment.

You’re probably also curious about pricing, and residential wind generators ain’t cheap. On average, they typically cost about $6000-12000 installed. But, there are ways to cut those costs (and we’ll talk more about that in future articles), and looking at your potential savings, even if you spent $8000 for your residential wind generator, you’d make that back in a little over four years–not bad since after that every nickel you saved would go straight back into your pocket.

So, that’s what you need to know to purchase residential wind generators, Tracey! Thanks again for writing. And if YOU have a question, send it on in or post it below.

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