How Much Does a Home Windmill Cost?
Windmills are used to convert the power of wind into rotational energy. This is done by the arms, referred to as sails. Windmills were originally designed for milling grain, but eventually were used to generate power Windmills are used to pump water as well as to extract water from the ground. The new form of windmills, also called turbines, are capable of completely powering houses or buildings in the same way that electricity can. This is not only cheaper in the long run, but is also more environmentally friendly.
How much is it?
- On average, a home wind turbine is going to cost anywhere from $5,000 to as much as $60,000. The costs will really come down to the type of setup that you are going to want to have in your home. The type of system you choose will depend on the size of the home as well as the amount of power that you will need.
- A system that stands up to 30 feet tall and products two to five kilowatts can retail for $4,000 to $12,000.
- A self-installed system that stands around 40 feet tall can retail for $15,000 to $25,000. These types of systems generally can produce 45% to 75% of your home’s electricity.
- Larger systems that stand more than 75 feet tall that can produce 100% of your home’s electrolytic can retail for $25,000 to $60,000.
- 10-kilowatt systems that are ideal for larger businesses or even a school can easily retail for $75,000 or more.
- For instance, Skystream, a popular windmill manufacturer, offers a home turbine setup that puts out 400 kilowatt hours a month for a price that is less than $8,500, according to this Squidoo lens.
- A Honeywell unit that is rated at 166 kilowatt hours a month can retail for $4,000 to $6,000.
- Remember, these prices will not include the installation prices.
What is going to be included?
- The average windmill is anywhere from 10 to as high as 100 feet tall. The windmill will have to sit higher than most obstacles such as trees and buildings to work at 100 percent and better performance.
- The wind turbine will sit on top of a tower or a bearing. This will allow the windmill to flow freely with the wind. A turbine will consist of blades, a rotor and a controller.
What are the extra costs?
- Depending on the model, some windmills may require batteries. Most turbines today, however, are connected to the utility grid so that they do not need batteries; if your windmill does need one, be sure to consider this as an additional expense.
- A turbine is going to need a cleared area to operate efficiently. For those that live on smaller lots, you may have to cut down some trees or make room for this type of setup.
- Like any appliance or tool within the home, repairs are going to be required down the road. Depending on the repair, the costs can greatly vary from as little as a few hundred to well into the thousands.
- Zoning and permit fees may be required when installing a new system.
- Depending on the company, shipping fees may be considered an additional expense.
- Do not forget the professional installation costs. Installing a new windmill can vary greatly depending on the type of windmill that you have. Expect to pay a few thousand dollars at a minimum.
Factors that influence the price:
- The amount of energy that your home is going to use.
- The size of the windmill.
Tips to know:
- Before you consider a turbine, talk with a consultant. A consultant can come out to your area and analyze the situation to let you know exactly what you would need in order to start producing wind power. SierraClubGreenHome.com has a good run down on what to look out for.
- Check with the electric company that you are using right now to get approval prior to your installation.
- Many local government boards and homeowners associations may ban windmills. Before you do this, always check with your local city and HOA to see what is allowed.
- Check out your older electric bills to know how much electricity you are going to need.
How can I save money?
- Check with your accountant to see if you can qualify for any type of energy credit. You may find that you qualify for both federal and state credits for playing your part in bettering the environment.
- On average, it is going to take anywhere from 10 to 15 years to recoup your costs. If you are in your home for longer than this, you will end up earning your investment back and then some.