I’d like to get off the grid by installing a windmill to produce electricity. Do you have any recommendations? -Andrea


Hi Andrea,

There have been a lot of exciting innovations in recent years in both solar and wind power to generate electricity for your home. Unfortunately, most of the solar options are still too expensive at present to justify going totally off the grid, so I think you’re choice for wind power is a good one, though wind turbines are pretty costly, too.

Windmills have the advantage of being active both night and day, as long as the wind blows, so make sure you live in an area that has consistent winds before considering installing one. For a personal take on what it’s like to live off the power grid using a wind turbine and solar panels, check out our article on Living Off the Grid.

The wind generator I’ve seen that I like the best is the WindTronics wind turbine from Honeywell. I’ve seen this one in action, and it’s truly impressive. What really sets the WindTronics wind turbine apart is that it has a start up speed as low as 1/2-mile-per-hour. The WindTronics wind turbine costs close to $6,500 and will generate up to 1,500 kWh per year.

Also, make sure you take advantage of the energy efficiency tax credits for homeowners, which can provide a 30% federal income tax credit if you install an approved wind or solar power system before 2017.

Good luck with your project,


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Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio, TodaysHomeowner.com, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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