I want politicians to get us more energy not less, and that means nuclear to me. But that doesn’t mean I’m not interested in, or in support of, other ways of making energy.

I’m intrigued, for instance, by the Honeywell Wind Turbine:

That’s it up on the roof. Cool!

The marketing for it says it will provide up to 18% of the typical home’s energy use and is designed to be put in where the power is needed:

The turbine’s installed cost is approximately 1/2 of the cost of traditional turbines with a lower installed cost per kWh (in class and size) than any turbine on the market. Adding to the value are federal and state rebates covering anywhere from 30% to 100% of the overall cost.

The Honeywell Wind Turbine comes complete with a computerized smart box, inverter and inter connect switch to wire the system into a household panel. The Honeywell Wind Turbine is designed to be installed where the power is being consumed and can produce 2000 kWh/yr in class 3, 2752 kWh/yr in class 4 winds at 33′ (height of 33’). The system has a MSRP of $5,995.

You can buy them for $4,500 + installation costs from an electrician. It then sits between you and the utility electricity. It does what it can and merges in utility provided electricity as needed. Clever…

Because our town discriminates against businesses, I pay about $800 a month for electricity for my office building.  Saving 18% of that would pay for the wind device pretty quickly…

So I’m intrigued and will investigate this a bit more.  I bet the city would bitch about it.

But we will see. I’ll report later.