Interested in reducing your non-renewable energy consumption? Home wind turbines are not only environmentally friendly options, but they are also relatively inexpensive. Home wind turbines can keep your home running efficiently and can significantly cut down your electricity bill. Best of all, wind turbines can be just as quiet as solar panels but they don't take over your roof. However, it should be noted that wind turbines will work best in at least moderately windy areas such as certain rural or suburban areas. Whether you are using a wind turbine as your sole source of energy or are looking to supplement for the sake of the environment and your electric bill, these are the top home wind turbines that can help. Read on to learn more.

Two shockingly affordable and functional wind turbine options include the Coleman 400-Watt 12-Volt Land and Marine Wind Turbine and the Sunforce 400-Watt 12-Volt Wind Turbine. The Coleman model is weatherproof and resistant to rust and corrosion. It also features an automatic shutdown function that kicks in when the battery is charged. Carbon fiber composite blades ensure quiet operation. The 12-volt battery charging makes it suitable for running a cottage or for use as backup power. A similar model is the Sunforce model which offers many of the same qualities. The Coleman and Sunforce models can be purchased at Home Depot for $454.55 and $575, respectively.

The Windmill 1500W Wind Turbine Generator Kit is easily the best home wind turbine on the market today. While at $1,500, it might seem like a hefty expense, it's important to remember the long-term financial benefits the wind turbine will provide. Featuring a high voltage capacity and energy output, you can keep your home running for longer without needing a battery recharge. It's strong, durable and is sure to last you for years, which means it'll more than make up for its price when you consider the energy savings. The UV-protective coating also ensures it won't show too much wear. The turbine is designed to operate fully at wind speeds of 31 mph but it will function at speeds over 5.6 mph. In case of strong wind instances, the turbine is designed to break quickly so that the battery does not overcharge. And while you can not use it to fully run your home on electricity, if you are off the grid, you may want accompanying solar panels. Also included with this turbine is an MPPT charge controller with Bluetooth capabilities.

Now before purchasing and installing a home wind turbine, there are many things to consider. As mentioned earlier, its best if you live in a moderately windy environment, so be sure to have a general idea about the wind speeds available to you. This should also be taken in consideration when choosing a turbine. Additionally, you want an understanding of the zoning requirements and covenants in your area. You'll want to be sure to select a site beforehand and determine if it should be connected to an electric grid. When determining the size, estimate the annual energy output and decide if it's enough to make a difference.