Archive for February, 2010

Friday, February 26th, 2010

Green in 2010: Windfarms on your house

That’s just one of the things pitched to consumers at this year’s Green Products Expo in New York. Others include ultra efficient toilets and plates made from leaves.

Urban Green Energy

These wind turbines are designed to be mounted on rooftops and can produce enough energy to power the average American household when the wind is blowing at least 10 miles per hour.

Urban Green Energy, which makes the UGE-4KW, says the 18 foot turbine can generate up to 4 kilowatts of power.

According to the Edison Electric Institute, the average household runs on about 1.3 kilowatts of power, though that can vary widely.

UGE says the turbine is quieter than a human whisper, which makes it more suitable for residential use in suburban areas.

At a cost of $17,000 per turbine, the UGE-4K is a big investment for part-time wind farmers. But it qualifies for a 30% federal tax credit, and some states offer additional rebates.

Click through the gallery to see some of the other products.