ACE Is the Place to Pick up a Rooftop Wind Turbine

The Earthtronics Honeywell turbine

The Earthtronics Honeywell turbine

Michigan-based Earthtronics is giving the eco-minded one less excuse to rely on fossil-fuel based power.

The company will begin selling a Honeywell rooftop turbine at ACE Hardware stores in the fall. The retailer has more than 4,000 stores in the United States.

The price for the 2-kilowatt spinner is a bit high, at $4,500, and installation can set you back as much as $1,500, the company estimates.

But the devices are eligible for a 30-percent federal tax credit and can offset as much as 18 percent of a home’s electricity use. They also work in wind as wimpy as 2 mph.

There are still local zoning laws to contend with. Check with your local government office about the rules. And if they don’t have any local laws, tell them to get with it.

The American Wind Energy Association can help.

4 Responses to “ACE Is the Place to Pick up a Rooftop Wind Turbine”

  1. I can just imagine the problems my state would present with trying to install this item unless one lives out in
    no man’s land.

  2. Although the technology is getting cheaper the price is still out of reach for most people, especially ones that are ignorant of wind power. Most people know they could buy quite a bit of electricity before they get to that amount.

    “unless one lives out in no man’s land.”
    Is it really no man’s land if a man lives out there?

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  4. How in the hell can that thing cost $4,500.00? Look at it! Stop ripping people off and make something sturdy, reliable and within people’s price range - and buyers - stop sticking out your empty baby bottle to the government and don’t take a tax break - do these things because it is the right thing to do. But for crying out loud no one can make a safe small windmill that costs less than $1,000.00 that can produce some electricity? I don’t believe it.

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