Brit Liggett

Honeywell's Home Wind Turbine Goes on Sale Today!

by , 04/21/11

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The Honeywell wind turbine, a small lightweight gearless system built perfect for homes and small businesses, goes on sale today around the world! The Honeywell, which was designed by WindTronics, measures six feet in diameter and is less than 185 pounds, and depending on where it is mounted, it can generate 1500kWh annually. But most impressively, the turbine is able to generate power for your home in wind as light as 2 miles per hour!

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The Honeywell goes on sale through authorized distributers around the world today — stores like Ace Hardware and True Value will be selling it — and it retails for $5,795 plus installation. “The design of the Honeywell Wind Turbine is unlike anything I have seen before,” said Kyle Biedermann, CEO of WindBucks Energy, a distributor of Honeywell Wind Turbine in Texas. “This product, which lives harmoniously in almost any setting, is beneficial anywhere there is wind and is a viable option for sustainable energy.”

Honeywell’s design resolves many people’s fears that the blades of a residential wind turbine might cut loose and fly off into the neighborhood. The design is compact — and although we wouldn’t call it artful — it is definitely not imposing. The price might make put gadget out of reach for a lot of homeowners, but given that the average home in the United States has an bill of $1,250 a year with an average usage of 900kWh (well below the Honeywell’s projected wind production level) if you can front the $6,000 for the device and installation, this device could start saving you $1,200 a year just four and a half years after installation.

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15 Comments

  1. railroad May 21, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    so what will be the kilowatt output and can I tie into my solar inverter

  2. BlueEyedAl November 9, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    What is the maximum wind speed that this unit can handle?

  3. Ronald Darnell September 16, 2013 at 12:30 am

    I notice the output of this wind turbine system, and wonder why it can’t be scaled up to replace the ugly wind turbine farms we have now in place

  4. rhinoguy February 24, 2012 at 2:35 am

    Home wind power is not for everyone. Solar power is much better suited for most people who are looking to get into renewable energy. Read here to see some of the troubles you can get into with a home wind turbine: http://www.rc-trucks.org/home-wind-turbine.htm If you live in the right place (lots of good wind), you make the right choice for a wind turbine, and you are the right kind of person, then a home wind turbine might make sense. Otherwise, it can be an expensive lawn ornament!

  5. bkball94734 May 21, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    I just got an electric bill for my parents house which is currently not occupied. A/C is running and set at 78deg. Refreg is running. My useage for 1 month was 846 KWH. So that is a low useage rate and calculates out to 10752 KWH per year. So I think your 900kWH per year should be 9000 kWH and that’s rediculously low. If you generator only produces 1500kWH per year, then you better go back to the design board. I hope you meant say 15000 kWH per year.

  6. Jerry S April 29, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    Something is very wrong with the math quoted! If electricity cost is 10 to 20 cents per KWH, prices stay constant, the device works without fail or expense, it continually produces an annual output of 1500 KWH for the $6000 investment, the payback period is 20 to 40 years. A 2 1/2 to 5% return. Better to just buy Duke Energy stock. The dividend is about 5% and you can still get back your investment, probably with inflation protection.
    Jerry S (MSEE, PE(RET))

  7. resieg April 29, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    1,500 kW ANNUALLY must be a typo or a joke – the typical household consumes more than this in a month – however, a wind turbine with approximately 2.5 square meters of rotor area exposed to the wind, can theoretically produce 1,500 kW /year in a windzone 3 (average 6 m/s winds), so there seems to be somthing right with this claim -but to ask $6,000 for a contraption like the Honeywell, is laughable, every homemade windmill for $600 will produce more power.

  8. JohnDrigot April 27, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    I think this discussion is all for naught once you understand how Honeywell tested this turbine to come up with the number of 1500 kWh – http://www.wind-power-program.com/small_turbines.htm

    In my market 1500 kWh would cost about $120. My 3.3 kWh PV system is tracking towards 450 kWh this month. Finally, do you know what happens when you produce more electricity than you use? Typically the utility will charge you a connection fee. Mine is low at $4.20 per month but I have a friend nearby with Poudre Valley Electric who is paying close to $20 per month. Make sure and figure that in to your payback analysis.

  9. fragel April 21, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    The small oversight of the UKs FIT…. Installing this turbine in the UK will earn you mega money over 20 years.

  10. caeman April 21, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    I have an all-electric home. I use way more than 900kwh per year. I am paying around 6 cents per kwh. What might make an investment like this work is the healthy tax deductions the US gov’t is giving for green technologies. Drop that $6k down to $2k after tax deduction and becomes more affordable.

    How easily will this unit ice up? In Ohio, we get 1 to 3 bad ice storm every winter.

    Me thinks a home user could mod together something like for significantly less than $6k.

  11. chris offspring April 21, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    just found a nice table with numbers straight from the US government:
    http://www.eia.doe.gov/cneaf/electricity/esr/table5.html

    the average energy consumption per household was 920 kWh in 2009….just not per year but per month!
    That’s 11040 kWh per year per household which puts my earlier assumption of 5000 kWh to shame.

  12. chris offspring April 21, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    So lets say i have $6000 lying around, which would be around €4100 for me.
    In Germany we pay circa €0.22 per kWh. Means that this turbine would save me 1500*0.22 = €330 each year.
    Amortization in 12.4 years. And that’s only if nothing breaks. Imagine you need to repair the turbine or replace parts of the control-system and you can add a few more years.

    And as poland.jr allready said: your price for 900 kWh is way off. Even in Germany with €0.22/kWh we get thrice as much for $1250. In fact, my last bill said something about €855 for 3600 kWh and right now €855 are exactly $1250.

    And even your average usage of 900 kWh is way too low. Here we have like 1800 kWh (or more) per person per year. I’m pretty sure that (in the US) you won’t get below that as long as you don’t live in a dirt-hole. A normal home with two parents and two children has probably 5000 kWh per year or more.

  13. mbrock April 21, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    I’m thinking the 900kWh should be 9000kWh. That average number they use would be a very energy frugal family.

  14. rabbot28 April 21, 2011 at 11:28 am

    It cost $6,000 for the device and installation, and it saves you $1,250 (the average homeowners annual electricity cost) each year. The wind turbine also produces more electricity than the average homeowners uses. That means in 4.8 years (6,000/1250) the wind turbine will have paid for itself. So Inhabitat is actually correct.

  15. poland.jr April 21, 2011 at 11:10 am

    I think a decimal point got re-routed ! $1250.00/900kWh = $ 1.38 per kWh. We only pay about $.12 in Oregon. The unit would have to produce 50,000 kWh to reclaim it’s cost. At 900kWh per year that will take over 55 years.

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