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10 August 2007

Answers fom the green guru - preview
Wind turbines
Earlier this year my husband and I applied for planning permission to erect a 'Windsave' wind turbine on our end gable
  • But our neighbour claimed that we would only save 6p a day
  • He also said that the turbine would create a lot of noise and keep him awake at night
  • Can you advise please?
    Jan Etchells

    Installing a wind turbine is one of the few ways you can get renewable electricity for your home
  • Windsave claim their turbine will deliver just over 1000 kWh a year – saving a quarter of the average electricity bill provided you can use the power when it's generated
  • It would cut your CO2 emissions by about half a tonne a year but at current electricity prices it probably wouldn't pay for itself within the ten-year turbine life claimed by Windsave
  • On the other hand, electricity prices may go up, and you might get the government's Low Carbon Buildings Programme to pay thirty per cent of the installation costs
  • To be eligible you must first have a good level of insulation in your home, and have energy efficient light bulbs and good central heating controls

  • Laurie Michaelis

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