Are you planning to install a wind turbine for your home? This idea does not seem as far fetched as it did a decade ago. Improvements in technology, changes in attitude towards green energy and growing concerns about the environmental impact of fossil fuels have led to wider acceptance of wind power.

However, there are some common myths and misconceptions regarding wind power which hamper its acceptance and use. The first big myth about windmills and wind turbines is that they are very noisy. Well, there is no doubt that windmills do make noise. They involve moving parts and hence do make a certain amount of noise when working. For that matter, no appliance in your home from your air conditioner to your computer ever works without a bit of noise. However, it is totally wrong to say that windmills are noisy. A windmill used to power a home will not emit more noise than an ordinary refrigerator. If you live in a city, you are probably used to louder noises in the form of traffic. If you live in a rural area, your windmill will not generate noise louder than the noise of the wind.

Do not hesitate to set up a windmill on the basis of the noise factor. After a week or so, the feeble noise generated by the windmill will fade into the background and you will never get disturbed by the operation of the windmill.

Windmills are often criticized for creating shadow flickers where the shadows of the blades of the wind turbine are cast on the surrounding areas. This may cause some disturbance in the neighborhood in the initial period. However, it is very easy to anticipate when and where the shadow of the blades shall fall at a particular time and all around your neighborhood can take precautions to ensure the shadows does not disturb their routine life.

There was a time in the 19th century when railway lines were very unpopular and had a negative impact on property prices on adjoining lands. Today, they are not considered as eyesores but are tolerated due to their utility. The same is true in the case of windmills as well. It is a very common fear that installation of a wind turbine will bring down the value of the property. In fact, communities discourage members from installing windmills due to fear of lowering of value of the entire neighborhood.

However, the reality is that availability of free power will only increase the value of your property. With so much emphasis on climate change, fossil fuels, green energy etc, you stand a better chance of introducing yourself as a responsible citizen if you have opted for this renewable energy source for your home electrical requirements.

Pushing out into the unknown always requires some courage. However, you shall be rewarded with free electricity for all your life if you go ahead and get that windmill installed for your home.

Article by Dave Morrow of, recommending Gary Pipia the wind turbine expert of