Advances in residential turbines make wind power more affordable and easier to use than ever.
The Skystream 3.7 has an improved design that allows it to perform at lower wind speeds.
Renewable energy in suburbia: This Skystream wind turbine is accompanied by a rooftop solar photovoltaic array and a solar air heater on the home of Carl Baldino in Mullica Hill, N.J.
The 10 kW ARE 442 has an estimated energy output of 1,820 kWh per month.
ABUNDANT RENEWABLE ENERGY
Installing a Skystream 3.7 wind turbine. Its new design makes grid connection a more user-friendly process, while the prevalence of net metering and rebate laws in many states make wind an economically attractive option for homeowners.
ELENA & PAUL WESTBROOK (4); BOTTOM: SKYSTREAM
Inn Serendipity Bed and Breakfast in Browntown, Wis., uses a Bergey wind turbine for its power. The tower generates about 12,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity a year — more than the Inn's annual needs.
If you live in a class 2 or higher location, you might have the right conditions for wind power to be cost effective.