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Residential wind turbines

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Honeywell introduced a $5,995 wind turbine at this year's CES that you can purchase and install on your house. It will supposedly generate ~25% of the electricity that the average home uses. Obviously this has benefits over solar since it will generate electricity in good and bad weather and takes up a lot less space. It even works with low wind speeds (as little as 2mph).

You can check out the turbines site here: http://www.earthtronics.com/honeywell.aspx

Would you purchase one of these to assist in getting you off the grid? I can't say that I have $6k to blow on something like this, particularly when my electricity bill averages $60, but I'm sure costs for this sort of thing will come down.

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Neo, it's hard to tell from the video, but that turbine appears to be huge! If i had to guess, i would say it's about 25 ft in diameter. Maybe it's because there is no point of reference, and it is actually smaller. Based on what i'm imagining, i can't see putting one of those on top of the average home.

However, that is probably the first affordable unit with a decent output, so it is good news.

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From what I gathered I don't believe it is that big. Obviously turbines are going to need downsizing to be useful for residential.

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According to the link in Neo's original post, it's 6' in diameter and weighs 170 lbs. The price is still way too high, but it's exciting to know that this option is available. Good stuff.

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The price will come down as time goes by like anything else...hopefully as fast as flat screen televisions did. :silly:

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And now I hear that the gov. has given the green light on the Massachusetts wind farm - true?? (Sorry, don't mean to get off topic....)

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And now I hear that the gov. has given the green light on the Massachusetts wind farm - true?? (Sorry, don't mean to get off topic....)

The green light for the Cape Cod wind farm is very exciting and is true. Hopefully the project goes well and other states jump onboard. I would love for my state (North Carolina) to install wind farms off the coast.

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Honeywell introduced a $5,995 wind turbine at this year's CES that you can purchase and install on your house. It will supposedly generate ~25% of the electricity that the average home uses. Obviously this has benefits over solar since it will generate electricity in good and bad weather and takes up a lot less space. It even works with low wind speeds (as little as 2mph).

Hey Neo,

Very nice post and good find. I came across these turbines myself some time ago when they were first announced, but they kind of slipped my mind. Something to note: the company has licensed Honeywell's name, so it is not a Honeywell product. Many new energy economy companies are doing this to give their product an air of legitimacy - not to say the product doesn't work, but building integrated wind has had very mixed results and many companies try to avoid releasing any energy production stats post install. I myself am very interested in learning more about the technology and will continue to do some research. I may even try and track down their install in NYC and see if I can talk to someone about it. From what I've read, if a company gives you production data on their spec sheet, you should take 25% to 33% of that as the actual production number. If I come across more on that I will post it.

Thanks for reminding me of earth tron - it's back on my radar.

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From what I gathered I don't believe it is that big. Obviously turbines are going to need downsizing to be useful for residential.

I just left my job at a solar company, so I'm fairly familiar with the green industry.

I worked trade shows often and saw these Honeywell turbines a few times. They're about 8-10 feet in diameter.

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I just left my job at a solar company, so I'm fairly familiar with the green industry.

I worked trade shows often and saw these Honeywell turbines a few times. They're about 8-10 feet in diameter.

Thanks for posting the size of these things! At that size they definitely wouldn't be hidden from view. I'm sure my neighbors would love it if I stuck one on our roof. :silly:

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