A DIY wind turbine is an easy and inexpensive way to convert wind power into electricity. Due to high cost of electricity many people are looking for ways to reduce their monthly utility bill, or to completely eliminate it. Wind generated electricity can be used for all your electrical needs, or to supplement solar panels or power purchased from a utility company.
A small homemade wind turbine can provide a home with energy that supplements the existing power source to save money. Larger turbines can eliminate the need to buy electricity from the utility company. Those who live off-grid, on a boat or in a remote cabin can rely on electrical energy generated by the wind when they build one of these 21 DIY wind turbines. A couple of these DIY designs are portable, making them great for taking along with you on remote camping trips.
21 DIY wind turbine designs for off grid living.
1- Car Alternator DIY Wind Turbine
With these easy to follow instructions you will be able to transform an old alternative from a car into a functioning wind power generator. Simple and practical, this design can be built cheaply and be up and running in less than two days. The blades for the wind generator are also re-purposed car parts that come from a fan clutch. You can save a car from the scrap pile by recycling all of its parts into something useful.
2- Vertical DIY Wind Turbine
This small but powerful DIY wind turbine generates 50 watts of power. The vertical shape allows it to catch the wind and harness its power for usage in the home, boat, recreation vehicle, cabin or camp site. Light weight vertical blades are created from PVC pipe that has been cut in half and the motor is recycled from an old treadmill. Ideal ways to utilize leftover pieces of PVC pipe.
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3- Large DIY Wind Generator
These detailed instructions will show you how to build a wind turbine that is large and can generator a considerable amount of power. This design is great for usage in a wind farm setting where a community is being provided power from wind turbines. This design is meant to placed on a tall tower. The higher this turbine design is placed the more electricity it will generate. It could be possible to generate an excess amount of electricity that your local utility company would be interested in purchasing from you.