U.S. Department of Energy



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Published by U.S. Department of Energy


Can I use wind energy to power my home? This question is being asked across the country as more people look for affordable and reliable sources of electricity. Small wind electric systems can make a significant contribution to our nation’s energy needs. Although wind turbines large enough to provide a significant portion of the electricity needed by the average U.S. home generally require one acre of property or more, approximately 21 million U.S. homes are built on one-acre and larger sites, and 24% of the U.S. population lives in rural areas.

A small wind electric system will work for you if:
• There is enough wind where you live
• Tall towers are allowed in your neighborhood or rural area
• You have enough space
• You can determine how much electricity you need or want to produce
• It works for you economically.
The purpose of this guide is to provide you with the basic information about small wind electric systems to help you decide if wind energy will work for you.