For the Cost of an Iphone, A Wind Turbine Can Power An Entire House


Creating energy self-sufficiency has been an objective for people ever since electric power has become a necessity. But for a long time, doing that meant impacting the ecological balance of the environment around. Arun and Anoop George from Kerala, India have managed to achieve that, whilst also reducing dependence on state power grids and localizing an affordable renewable energy solution. All this without harming the environment! The secret lies in the small, ceiling fan-sized wind turbine that can generate 5 kWh per day, with just a one-time cost of $750! The low-cost wind turbine which generates enough electricity to power an entire house for a lifetime the green start-up Avant Garde has come up with, is planned to be suited in residential, commercial, agricultural and village electrification areas. Also, the prototype is highly scalable for power capacities of 300 kW or even higher. Once mass production is under way, the costs are said to decrease further.




According to the Global Wind Energy Council, India ranks fourth in terms of global installed wind power capacity, after China, the US, and Germany.


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98 Responses to “For the Cost of an Iphone, A Wind Turbine Can Power An Entire House”

  1. Angel says:

    How do I purchase one?

  2. Justin says:

    Where do you inquire about buying one of these?

  3. Valerie says:

    I need this! I can’t afford it today, but I need this! Do u hook it up to the house? Delivery & set up included?

    • Marks says:

      First buy a car and then remove the alternator and the fan. A car with big fan could cost $10-20K. Scrap the car and get $250. Your already getting a return on your investment. Next by 10 deep cycle batteries $3K every 5 years. Then hire an electrician to install everything $5K. Buy other equipment to regulate the power (this avoids fires) $3K

      So for $31K to start you can save $400 buck a year off your energy bill. Whooohoooo

      • Catherine says:

        Pessimism at it’s finest! ..First of all you can get the alternator and the fan without buying the whole car .. .. If it’s something a person really wants, why would you be such a wanker about?? Nobody is saying YOU have to do it

      • Chris says:

        Fairly idiotic to claim you’d have to buy an entire car (and not even a scrap value one) to get the alternator and fan out of it, no? It seems like you REALLY don’t want this idea to work, guy.

      • DH says:

        Are you naturally ignorant and negative or born that way?
        First off, the “car” parts are purchasable at a junk yard for less than say $100 to $200.

        Secondly, where do you get the idea of 10 batteries? IF one needs 10, those are easily obtained for around $100 to $200 thereby cutting your quote down to 1 to 2k.

        Hire an electrician? Really?? Not everyone is an idiot and many people know at least 1 person that can wire this up. It is not that hard.

        The ONLY thing you are even remotely close on is the cost of regulators/inverters, grid tie in, and wiring for $3k. BUT I would venture to say one that looks hard enough can find it lower.

        If one does not borrow to do the startup and they buy quality equipment and set it up to last, they have a means to save cash in the long run. Nothing worth a damn comes easy. You HAVE to pay somewhere and usually in the beginning. We don’t get any younger, so buying/high up front cost is worth it if you want to relax financially later in life.

        So you either are a paid troll or just a jack a**.

        • John says:

          You can buy a new alternator as above for around $85 … the better version for around $100. The unit pictured is an Advance Auto Parts 1 year warranty item. Heck .. buy from their website and save 15%+ depending on what promo is going on. The auto fan is a possibility, but one with bigger blades might be easier to work or create more movement. I am thinking an aftermarket hi-performance unit (sold online as above) would move more air. This part exposed to the elements may not last as long as if a casing to deflect rain was not included in the design.

      • alan schroeder says:

        Your numbers are a bit off. But maybe you are overlooking the fact there are people who live out in the boonies or maybe with a summer home where wired power not an option. As far as cost if you live in where you can generate power with a grid tie system you can go to Ebay and buy a grid tie inverter and solar panels and the payback is three to 5 years.

      • Mitch says:

        Should this kind of thinking prevail, we’d still be living in the stone age…

      • Gary says:

        Marks – you are too funny! Strange how instructions are there to do it yourself and people want to buy it. Time to make some money here? Agree with you on the batteries though. Painful!

      • Josh says:

        Absolutely ridiculous, first off you can afford to buy the turbine just like the article says then you find a deal on some used Golf Cart Batteries, if they are properly maintained you do get years of service out of them and while it is more convenient to stay plugged into the grid there’s nothing like generating your own and doing away with the bill. I lived comfortably with only 2 solar panels after running passive hot water lines and running separate heat. Everyone should learn to generate their own juice, we see how environmentally friendly the power companies are after all. Nice cup of coal ash water anyone?

      • John says:

        Or, go to a Junk yard and get an alternator and a fan for next to nothing.

      • billy says:

        First off it’s an old, 70’s era alternator and fan. You can get those at any parts store for less than $100, the expensive part is the deep cycle batteries, you can find these for about a $100-150 apiece if you look around, the rest is scrap metal and cheap wiring, junk yards and auto part stores, less than $100. Good idea if you know how to do the wiring

      • SchlepRock says:

        Come on! People, just go to a car junk yard and pull these parts and build yourself. Not too hard for the average layperson.

      • BooD says:

        I agree, Marks. Noobs.

  4. Judy Brooks says:

    from start to finish whats the cost – Ionia, Michigan

  5. Johann Scholtz says:

    More information please and cost

  6. Andre says:

    I am in South Africa … where do I buy a unit like this?

    • Donald Slover says:

      Junk yard, for alternator, fan, voltage regulator and batteries. wires, piping, and clamps hardware store. anything for a directional fin.

  7. Brandon says:

    I would like to know where these products are available and if I can get them in the US. Thanks.

  8. TRAVIS MYERS says:

    Where can I buy wind turbine for $750.? I want to buy one today.

  9. Nonya says:

    I want one but it better work

  10. Carmen J Jahner says:

    Amazing this would be fabulous

  11. James says:

    Great idea, but where does one purchase said equipment?

  12. Sonya says:

    I would like to know where I can buy one. What are the dimensions and who assembles it?

  13. Rick says:

    Who uses 150 kWh per month? Average in the US is 910 kWh per month.

  14. Jesse Hamilton says:

    OK. I’ll bite. Where can I get one?

  15. Sun says:

    Dear Goods Home Design,

    Thanks for posting this article. I would like to know where and how I can order this wind turbine.

    Kind regards,

  16. Glenda Labuschagne says:

    When will this be available in South Africa please?

    • kellie benner says:

      google them, you can purchase them online and on youtube they have directions to build your own. It is a simple concept

  17. Ahsanullah says:

    How can I get wind mill in Pakistan

  18. Nicholas Borho says:

    I would like further information on this device including availability for purchase whenever that occurs.

  19. Matt says:

    Please send info on how to order. Very interested!

  20. Jose Tapia says:

    I live in Law Vegas, Nv. USA, where I can buy this??

  21. Jose Tapia says:

    I live in Law Vegas, Nv. USA, where I can buy this??

  22. Vicki says:

    I want one! Please….I’d like to know how it works & who can install this for me?

  23. Jessica says:

    Purchase the wind turbine

  24. rach says:

    That’s what I was thinking. 150kWhr per month is nothing close to the average US home. We watch our electric usage closely and still go over 600kWhr most months. Perhaps the 150 is for homes outside of the US that are not near any electric grid.

  25. Paul Verdeyen says:

    Where can I find out more about this product?
    It looks promising.
    I’m about to move to Portugal permanently and I’m looking for renewable products to take there and represent. Currently Portugal is heading towards 60% of electrical energy production by renewable means but a product like this has definite prospects in the more rural areas.
    Somebody get back to me??

  26. julie young says:

    How do I purchase plse

  27. Jamel Oti says:

    Am interested to buy and interested to introduce this to my community. In the Philippines. Where can I buy? ? Pls I need prompt reply.

  28. Thomas Furrer says:

    Please send me all info and in particular the height that unit must be installed and all costs!

  29. Willow brown says:

    I want information on the wind turbine, how can I get one?

  30. Lyle Lewis says:

    I am interested.

  31. Tony says:

    How do i buy one?

  32. Keith says:

    Asking for more installarion and purchase details.

  33. Michael says:

    How to purchase (Belgium)?

  34. vinay says:

    where can i buy this in india, bangalore

  35. Ecole Morris says:

    How do we find out more, want it in next few months?

  36. Kevin conley says:

    Info on how to purchase

  37. Sam says:

    Stop putting these dishonest articles out there that leave out all of the pertinent info!! I live in the USA, in the south where we need ceiling fans nearly all year long, AC for several months and heat for at least 3, there is no way that would generate enough power for my 2500 sq ft house with all the advanced electronic gadgets. It might power my mini barn and yard light but never my house. I would have to cut down the trees on my property in order to erect enough of them to be effective in any manner whatsoever. I would call cutting down those trees a detrimental environmental impact. I would rather look at the trees than the turbines. Those look pretty fragile so I would like to see the research data as to how many of those would still be standing after a hurricane.

    • Francesco says:

      Hi Sam,
      there is a ton of other stuff you can do to even power a house like yours which uses upwards of 5o kwh a day. Think about geothermal for heating and cooling (yes, that works and is super reliable) and solar for electricity which should work just great down south. For the same reason you could think of a solar heating and cooling system.. Also if you have a running creek near or on your property think about a micro hydro system. Best would be a combination of all three. Yes, the initial costs are quite high (solar 10kwh, no batteries plus chargers and inverter= $25000 after incentives, a geothermal system is about $20000, a solar heating/cooling system is about $6000 after incemntives), but you have to think long term. The costs you save will amortisize the systems after 7-10 years.
      Finally those wind turbines are perfect for people that don’t use much electricity anyways because they like us for example heat with wood, or don’t need heat (most of India) use less electricity in general. 5kw is enough to run a big ass fridgem, a fan or two all day, all lights (as long as they are the energy saving kind) all kinds of kitchen gadgets and tools if you don’t run them for hours. I know because that;s what we do (we don’t have a wind turbine but solar, batteries etc.)
      Hope this helps.
      Cheers Francesco

    • JP says:

      Thank you, Sam!

    • kellie benner says:

      Not everyone has a huge house. We live in a small home, about 1/3 the size of yours. Even if it does not pay the whole bill, if ours is 200 and it pays 50 or 60…that adds up quickly. And you can put in more than one.

  38. Granny W says:

    I read they’re very loud.

  39. Cristian Lupu says:

    That it’s the price for Wind generator only, but you will need an entire system(wind generator, controller, battery banks, inverter) before to use the energy for your TV or laptop.

  40. Mitica T says:

    I need one

  41. Renee says:

    Would LOVE to buy like three of these. Humanity must end its addiction to fossil fuels. Turbines are NOT LOUD and they are far better for the planet.

  42. Jim Bailey says:

    Am I the only person who can google?
    Shame, seems to be mainly marketing and vapourware.

  43. Patricia says:

    The inventors are in India. So, it appears that their frame of reference for power consumption is Indian, not American. Looks like they have a great solution for their corner of the world! And, I’m confident that, with time, they–or others–will be able to increase the amount of power the turbine can produce. Sounds like an exciting start!

  44. GrantH says:

    Hey first-world folks… realize that not everything is for you. And not everything is perfect. There are a lot of places in the world that 5kw/day is more power than a couple of houses use. Even if it was not, that power is not coming from a gas generator, or is replacing kerosene oil lanterns, and so is improving the quality of life. To be fair USD $750 is probably a couple of month’s wages (or more) in these locations as well.

  45. Brian Pretorius says:

    I’m interested in obtoining details. Please mail2

  46. me says:

    send money to me

  47. Bob says:

    The problem with this is that if you are still connected to the grid, you have to install electronics to tell why direction the current is flowing, and a automatic transfer switch to ensure that anyone working on the grid does not get electrocuted during a grid outage. It costs you more than $750!

  48. Warren Searfoss says:

    hell I use around 50 kwh per day during the summer and 25 during the winter I would need ten of these… ,

  49. Samuel says:

    hi I would like to purchase the wind turbine am in Kenya how can I acquire one

  50. Barry Sahd says:

    I am interested. Live in E Cape Soouth Africa. Many homes without electricity here, could benefit from these. Also very windy here at the coast
    Please reply soon

  51. Tina says:

    Interested in information please

  52. Wish says:

    Its really helpful to save energy and providing cheap power.

  53. Yowell says:

    The fan blade should be installed the opposite way to make it more efficient. Concave blade should face oncoming wind not convex.

  54. Kathy says:

    Apt dwellers also need a durable but detatchable system that wont harm properties. Systems that can either be safely integrated into the grid or building or operated independently without mass inconvenience. Are you aware of any companies w such products available?
    The. People need maintanence advice as well.

  55. Dennis says:

    I’m sure this would work but in the north I wouldn’t use a clutch fan in cooler Environments. In the winter clutch fans are design to slip until the motor heats!

  56. Andrew says:

    Where and how do I get one?

  57. KJ says:

    You make your own. That is the real jewel about this system

  58. Papa A Watt says:

    I can use this. It is so easy.

  59. Mike kanara says:

    What a crock of shit, stop filling peoples heads with bullshit. You forgot to mention the battery bank at a cost of 300 dollars minimum per battery and you’ll need at least six of them, the inverter which decides how many kw’s, youll use, cost a 1000 dollars dependent on quality, for a 1000 dollars youll get naybe good 2kw inverter. plus the fact that this shitty alternater won’t do the job by itself, I don’t know where get your info from, but I’d like to see you run a drop saw, oven, vacuum cleaner and toaster off this windmill.

    • kellie benner says:

      It all depends on the size and brands you buy. Farmers have used windmills for years here in the midwest. It is not like it takes a rocket scientist to build one on your own. We have been looking into off the grid living quite a bit with the raises in the utility bills here. It may not be for everyone, but it can pay for its self rather quickly.

  60. Rob W says:

    You would need far bigger blades than this to catch the wind….you also need batteries to store power and then an invertet to convert 12volts dc to 230 volts ac…or 110 volts depending on where you are.
    You can run led lighting on 12 volts though…but most tvs etc will need 110 or 230 volts ac….unless they are specifically designed for to run on 12 volts dc………there’s a bit more too it.

  61. GrUmPy says:

    A factory alternators voltage & amps are going to drop significantly with the distance of wire this guy is talking about. 20′ in the air plus the distance to the battery bank, then going through the power exchanger (Transformer) not to mention the distance to the house or barns breaker box. Even if you put this joke of a windmill directly next to your building in question or on its roof. Your still looking at; the very least 40′ wire. I don’t care if you used an alternator off of a Semi truck, the voltage & amps won’t make a dent in charging the battery battery bank. Their just not built for that. Real wind turbines are magnetic generators with special breaking systems. Automotive alternators have diodes hooked to the copper wound coils that will slow the flow of power. Just my opinion, take it with a grain of salt. GrUmPy

  62. Marvin Mask says:

    I am interested in the wind turbine that can be used on a house roof or on a tower. I am in Canada. There is a market for solar in Canada.

  63. Ghidera says:

    In North America wind about 95% of the land mass simply does not have enough CONSTANT wind to make wind power feasible. If you’re living off-grid then any power is welcome I guess but you can get far more power spending the same amount of money on solar instead.

    Keep in mind that your turbine must be at least 30 feet above any ground obstructions (trees, houses, etc) and that only works when those obstructions are at least 200 feet away. Then you might get 10% of the “rated” power in a really windy month.

    Solar is far more economical than wind.

  64. Wassy says:

    I totally agree. The price of the iphone is so expensive that we could have powered a home instead, at least a medium housing with a moderate consumption.

  65. RFM says:

    You have to look at the whole cost of doing this and why. If you are trying to save money it probably won’t be cost effective. If you are trying to be a bit more green then maybe.

  66. John says:

    My question is how do you keep the wires from ripping apart as the generator changes direction with the wind?

  67. MKW says:

    If I understood you correctly Marks, a $31,000 investment would save me $400 a month. If my math is correct, it would take 77 and a half years to save enough to get my $31,000 investment back. That doesn’t make good financial sense to me!

  68. Robert says:

    It’s amazing that some folks just dont understant satirical and sarcastic things. Is it a mental defect to be born with no sense of humor, or is it just amputated by life?

  69. Matt says:

    $1700.00 US plus shipping cost for the turbine . You will need to hire a local electrician to install and purchase the wiring , batteries and electrical equipment from

  70. Patrick says:

    said very well . negativity breed’s ignorance

  71. Bill says:

    Simple thing go to junk yard get the parts

  72. Dominick says:

    I build the same thing you see on the post. I build them, make sure it works by testing it, then I take it apart. Ship it to you. Then you build it using the directions I send you with the product. It makes enough electricity to power a home with a small family. The cost with tower, alternator, fan, solar panels, and so on it 1,100.00 including shipping. Call 7343333678 and ask for Dominick. You can text also.

  73. BAZ says:

    And wind you need wind without it you have nothing.

  74. Bradley bell says:

    You so dumb. Lol

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