Wind power generators might, at first glance seem to be an extremely complicated issue, especially for the average homeowner who is interested in constructing something for energy savings. Actually, this could not be farther from the truth. With a little work and careful planning, it is possible to take advantage of the benefits that wind energy has to offer.
For the do-it-yourself homeowner, there are two important considerations that one must be aware of before looking to construct a home power generator: what are the electrical needs you have for your residence and whether there is enough wind available in your geographic area to make the generator a viable option for your power needs.
Fortunately, there are sites on the net that can help a homeowner better calculate the kind of power needs he is likely to have at home before purchasing a wind power generator for installation. Some factors that need to be taken into account include the total square footage of the home and the kind of appliances and electronics currently in use in the home. Once these needs are figured, you can now look to see what kind of wind power you will need to drive the appropriate generator for your needs.
Once you know what your power needs are likely to be, you can now consult with wind almanacs or other governmental charts that are available to the public to see if a wind power generator is feasible for the area that you live in. Fortunately, these charts are readily available to the public from government sites or through your local NOAA (National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration offices). These charts give the homeowner data such as what the average wind speed is for wind in a certain area, how many days a year the wind is likely to blow, etc. The current wind power generator technology is good enough that only a two mile an hour breeze is necessary to turn most wind turbines, making it a much more feasible an energy solution than solar power for many areas of the country (there are similar data charts available for those in Canada, a country that receives far less sunlight overall than the US).
After you have determined your overall power needs and what kind of wind energy is now available to you, you can now shop for the appropriate wind power generator to meet your needs. Current wind power generators come in more models than the stereotypical propeller type that everyone may think of when they first imagine them. The propeller variety often requires more space to operate due to the room necessary to turn them, but there are also models available that resemble a drum that turns horizontally (think of a round oatmeal box that has had fins cut in the side that can catch any breeze and turn the turbine horizontally) not to mention the older style used to pump water from wells in the old west that resembles a wheel with blades or a pinwheel.
Whichever wind power generator you choose to build for yourself, know that they are a good way to conserve on your energy costs. You not only generate what you need for yourself, but can sell back any extra to your local power company you make from your wind power generator.