Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Build a Home Wind Turbine and Never Pay an Electric Bill Again

Whether you want to eliminate your energy bill, set yourself up to live off the grid, or make your home a little greener, you will want to look at what it takes to build a home wind turbine. You will be very surprised at how inexpensive and how easy it can be.

But why would you want to build a home wind turbine and not just go out and buy one? The answer is simple, especially if you are trying to save yourself some money. A retail wind turbine will cost you around $4,000 for the low end models and up to $10,000 for the best ones. Not to mention that you still have to pay for installation and then wait for up to 3 or 4 months to actually get it installed.

When you build a home wind turbine with the right plans, you will find that you can complete the project and have your own power source for under $100 when! The cost is almost laughable considering that once you build a home wind turbine, it will pay for itself in only 1 or 2 months since you will no longer have an electric bill to pay.

So what does it take to build a home wind turbine? Here is the list:

- a clear, easy to follow guide with full illustrations
- a decent sized work area, such as a garage
- common tools that you probably already own
- a single weekend to build a home wind turbine

And what about the parts to build a home wind turbine? There are only 3 basic parts to the generator:

- the blades and mounting
- the body and tail assembly
- the tower that will support your home wind turbine

You will notice that when you build a home wind turbine, the blades and mounting will take the longest. The actually process for this part is easy but it does take a little time so it is best to knock it out first.

The only piece that you will have to actually order to build a home wind turbine is the motor but your plans will tell you where to get it for a good price. The motor is the most important part as it will actually convert the wind energy into usable electricity for your home. Everything else you will already have or is available at your local hardware store to build a home wind turbine.

Another important part will be the housing for the generator body. We have found from experience that the best thing to use when you build a home wind turbine is double-walled stainless steel chimney pipe. This is the same thing used on wood stoves or furnaces. After you build a home wind turbine, you will want to set it outside and this pipe is already designed to withstand every kind of weather.

You will be able to do a custom design for the tail and make it out of anything you choose when you build a home wind turbine. It is easy to design and gives you a great opportunity to decorate anyway you want. A lot of people paint it to match their house or make it a custom art piece.

The wind generator tower is the biggest part of the unit. You will find that as you build a home wind turbine, the easiest thing to do will be to get an old TV antennae tower and reuse it. People will actually pay you to remove them from their houses so you can even make some money doing it!

The only other thing you will need to build a home wind turbine are the batteries and charge controllers. This is what will enable you to store power for use in your house.

That is it! It really is easy to build a home wind turbine and can be done for very little money.

With the right set of plans, you will be able to cut your energy bill by 80% or even eliminate it. Not only that but when you build a home wind turbine, you will also be helping to save the planet for generations to come!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Building a Home Addition Versus Buying a Larger Home

Choosing to extend the size of your current home via building a home addition is frequently a better decision than selling your home and buying a larger one. In addition to making financial sense, in many cases it also offers other advantages. For example, if you like where you live and/or have children in a school system that they enjoy, building a home addition can preserve these ties.

In addition to providing your house with more living space and saving money, building an addition can also be a terrific investment. However, before starting a large project such as building an addition, it's important that you first consider several factors. These factors include: the size and scale of the home addition, the property market values in the neighborhood, required financing, architecture, timeline for completing the project, and the personal disruption that you and your family are willing to stand.

Before breaking ground on a home addition, you should first determine your specific extra living space needs. For example, what types of room(s) are you looking to add, and how many square feet of space is desired? Once you know what you need for space, it is then critical to find out the market value of houses in your local area with similar features and sizes to your new home plans. With this market analysis you can then determine the market value difference between your current home footprint and your enlarged home footprint. This market value difference should represent the maximum budget for the new home addition if you want to make a positive investment.

The next major issue that needs to be addressed is how to finance the building of a home addition. Unless the project is being funded via your personal savings then financing will be necessary. If current mortgage rates are higher than the existing house loan, then a home equity loan may make more sense. If current mortgage rates are lower than the existing home mortgage, then refinancing the entire home, including the cost of the home addition project, may make better sense.

After addressing the financing of the home addition, the next major item to focus on are the plans. It is important to consider both the size and scale of the addition, as well as the aesthetics and architecture of the new addition. The home addition should be designed such that it melds into the existing home and is aesthetically appealing from the road. It should not be too large or small relative to the original home. Frequently, homeowners build large additions that either dwarf the existing home or look like aberrations cobbled onto the existing home. Home market values are based on more than just living space. Exterior aesthetics play a major role in calculating the home's market value.

It is also important to consider other items such as rooflines, doors, siding, windows, shingles, and height elevations. All should meld into the existing home exterior seamlessly.

If you are not planning to use an architect for designing the new home addition then consider purchasing a home design software package. There are a number of good ones on the market and they can help you in multiple ways. Besides providing you with overall sketches of the existing home and addition, they can provide necessary structural drawings to provide to the building inspector when pulling permits for the project.

The next two important aspects to consider are the timeline for completing the project, and the level of homeowner sweaty equity you are willing to provide. When developing a timeline, plan for delays and contingency plans. Regarding homeowner sweat equity, many homeowners over estimate their skill sets and time commitment. Do not over commit yourself both in time and skill sets. Hire contractors where you lack skills, tools, equipment, and time. Also where you legally can not perform the work, e.g. plumbing and electric, plan on finding licensed contractors. For smaller projects, such as installing interior doors, finish trim, painting, cabinet installation, tiling and hardwood flooring, by all means sign up for these tasks if you have the tools and skills.

Finally, remember that building a home addition is a major undertaking. It is also very disruptive to your home for many months. So before choosing to build a home addition, be prepared for the inconveniences of possibly not having a functional kitchen, contractors walking through your home, and loud noises throughout the day. Building a home addition is also a dusty and dirty endeavor. Finally, dealing with contractors can also be challenging at times.

If after considering all these factors you still want to move forward on building an addition, create your plans, hire your contractors, pull your permits and expect a few bumps along the way. When the project is complete you will have more living space, save money and maintain your home base.