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Learn about home-scale wind energy without getting blown away!

Are you thinking about exploring ways you can limit yourhome's environmental impact, but you're not sure whethera wind-energy system is right for you? Wind Power For Dummies gives you real-world, easy-to-understand tips and information on each step in the process of acquiring, installing, and maintaining a home-scale wind-energy system. Plus, you'll learn how to assess your current energy use, increase your home's energy efficiency, and determine your site's wind-energy potential.

  • Getting a wind primer — determine whether wind energy is right for you, understand the parts of a basic wind-electric system, and discover basic electricity and wind-energy principles
  • Assessing your situation — get a realistic understanding of your site's wind-energy potential and check out alternate options to using wind energy

  • Assembling your system — find helpful advice on designing your wind-electric system, whether you're doing it yourself or working with experts

  • Installing and operating your system — use trusted tips on safely installing, living with, maintaining, and enjoying your wind-electric system

Open the book and find:

  • Electricity basics defined in clear English
  • Vital wind-energy principles

  • Advice on how to conduct a home energy assessment

  • Tips on how to increase your home's energy efficiency

  • Information on how wind energy will affect your wallet

  • The basic requirements for a productive, long-lasting system

  • Fundamentals on system sizing and design

About the Author

Ian Woofenden is a Senior Editor with Home Power magazine, the Northwest & Costa Rica Coordinator with Solar Energy International, and a wind-energy author, consultant, and instructor. He has been living off-grid with his family and several wind generators for almost 30 years.


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  • File Size: 2883 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (September 17, 2009)
  • Publication Date: September 17, 2009
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002Q1823S
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67 of 67 people found the following review helpful By David Stebbins on February 27, 2010
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If you're looking for a resource that covers most everything about residential size wind generators, this book is as good as anything you'll find. It has chapters on how to figure how much wind you have at your site, wind generator types, towers and how to erect them, legal issues, costs and how long it will take for your generator to pay for itself. The use of wind for off-grid and grid tied applications are compared. Maintenance and safety are covered in great detail. In fact, after you read the safety chapter you may decide that wind is not for you. If that's the case, you're in luck, there's a whole chapter on alternatives to wind: photovoltaics, hydro and solar thermal. A chapter on home energy conservation is also included. The amount of information can be overwhelming, but the author does a good job of tying it all together.
The author, Ian Woofendan, has been writing articles on wind and renewable energy for Home Power magazine for many years, and has wind and solar power at his own home. He has a lot of practical, hands-on knowledge that is evident in WPFD.
I've lived with small scale wind over ten years, and I know of only two other books this comprehensive that are oriented towards home-sized systems:
1) Power From the Wind (incidentally co-authored by the author of Wind Power For Dummies), Dan Chiras. This book is excellent, and in many ways equal in scope to WPFD. It runs about 250 pages.
2) Wind Power (Paul Gipe). Very good, but really technical, and includes a lot of information about very large commercial sized generators. 500 pages long!
If I had to get a single book on small scale wind power, Wind Power For Dummies would be my first choice, followed by #1 and then #2.
It also happens to be the cheapest of the three.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Paul B. Gipe on April 19, 2010
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April 16, 2010

Wind Power for Dummies by Ian Woofenden is the mass-market, mainstream book on small wind turbines that the industry has long sought as a measure of respectability. Small wind has arrived when the wildly popular Dummies' series takes up the topic. Dummies books, and this one will be no exception, are the kind that one finds shelves of when entering Barnes & Nobles, America's big box book store. Small wind has indeed arrived.

Woofenden, a long-time editor at Home Power Magazine, fortunately doesn't fall for the temptation posed by his entry into big-league publishing and sugar coat the technology. This is a real book by a real author who lives, breathes, and writes about the subject. He doesn't pull any punches.

As an outspoken proponent of safety around wind turbines-of any size-I found Woofenden's Dummy book particularly valuable because of its emphasis on safety. This is a topic that other writers often shy away from. Woofenden tackles the delicate subject head on and with good humor to boot.

Woofenden, a professional arborist, offers sage advice when he recommends that all towers have a full-time, fall-arrest system in place. He says he simply won't climb a tower without one present. That's about as clear a statement as a writer can make. But his statement is more significant than that. Woofenden is stepping out from the norm of his small wind brethren by calling for fall-arrest systems in an industry that has widely ignored these devices in the USA for nearly 30 years.

Disclosure: Woofenden applauds my work in the acknowledgements section of the book--for which I am grateful. A pat on the back is always welcome.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Katey on April 22, 2011
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If you don't know much about small wind power and are thinking about buying/building a system for home use this book is a good place to start. It doesn't get so technical that you can't read it (ok, some of the electricity stuff does get a little boring), but it's mostly easy to read and comprehend. I was hoping for more information about specific turbines and manufacturers, but there is not a lot of that in this book. However, if you're looking for the basic principles and whether or not wind will work for you this book does a good job with that. It's definitely a quick read and helpful for the wind newbie.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Allan Stellar on July 7, 2011
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I've never read any of the "Dummy" books before. However, I do have an interest in renewable energy, so I thought this book might be a good primer. I wasn't disappointed.

Woofenden writes with humor and verve. He is honest regarding the merits and troubles of having a small wind turbine. His book isn't designed to tell you how to install such a system; the book does what it is supposed to do: introduce small wind, in a readable fashion, to those who are investigating the merits of such a system for their home use.

I can recommend this book to anyone who wants a good, basic introduction to wind energy. I also liked the author's section on other renewable energy alternatives. And his focus on conservation as the best way to profoundly, positively impact the planet.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Barry on January 28, 2011
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Some of the books that outline the benefits of wind power do so from a YOU HAVE TO BUY point of view.
It is important to hear the truth from an expert such as Ian. Wind is not for everyone. Height is a key factor in the placement of the turbine. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in beginning to consider the benefits of a wind system. Thanks to the author for providing the education in a honest and easy to read format.
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