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Books by Mother Earth News (Author of The Mother Earth News Almanac)
A Low-Cost Homemade Wind Turbine
For many, home energy costs recently have increased by 50 percent or more , motivating a growing number of people to look for alternatives. The proliferation of net metering laws, in about 40 states, as well as a growing number of state residential wind incentive programs, has given a strong boost to the small-scale wind turbine industry. For many years, residential wind turbines have been most popular in rural locations where zoning laws tend to be less restrictive and neighbors less likely to object to them mainly on aesthetic grounds. That may be about to change. Many in the small-scale wind turbine industry think residential wind power is about to enter suburbia with simpler, less expensive systems that perform more like household appliances than complicated renewable energy systems. But does it really make sense to install a wind turbine in your back yard? Maybe, maybe not.
By RD Copeland. Are you headed for the beach or going camping in the mountains? Maybe you live on a boat, visit a remote cabin or you're living off-grid.
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The Basic Technology
Marshall Price's "Basement-Built" homemade wind generator. A low-investment windplant that's a backyard tinkerer's dream. Price at his home on the shores of Lake Erie.
While still hugely dependent upon fossil fuels, the home energy industry has evolved meaningfully in recent decades. As growth continues, homeowners now see solar as a realistic, investment-friendly option. State- and federal-level incentives have further contributed to what we now recognize as a solar boom. As GreenTech Media reported in , the distributed wind industry is looking to replicate the solar adoption boom. Federal incentives are now in the corner of distributed wind, in addition to solar.