Thursday, June 18, 2009


Got2begreen - 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.

Honeywell - By practically eliminating mechanical resistance and drag, the Honeywell Wind Turbine creates significant power (2000 kWh/yr) operating in a greater range of wind speeds (2-45 mph) than traditional wind turbines. . . . The Honeywell Wind Turbine's Power Blade System creates energy at the blade tips, rather than the complicated central gear of a traditional turbine. . . The turbine's installed cost is approximately 1/3 of the cost of traditional turbines with a lower installed cost per kWh 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.