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Green Building Bible, Fourth Edition
Green Building Bible, fourth edition (both books)
These two books are the perfect starting place to help you get to grips with one of the most vitally important aspects of our society - our homes and living environment.

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    • CommentAuthorjohnquick
    • CommentTimeApr 26th 2007
    is it worth having a wind turbine on your house in a built up area

    any comments would be appreciated especially naming appropiate products.
    • CommentAuthorAds
    • CommentTimeApr 26th 2007
    Likely to be money very poorly spent! Consider: size of turbine required versus practical size; significant effect of surrounding structures; load of turbine on building structure; even in ideal circumstances are the manufacturers power output claims verifiable. My advice - unless you have a large turbine, mounted at least 10 metres above any surrounding obstructions, don't bother. Opt for energy saving measures instead.
    • CommentAuthorJane Smith
    • CommentTimeApr 27th 2007
    I calculated that a suburban house could make exactly the same energy saving by spending either £1498 on a wind turbine from B&Q, or by spending £17 on low-energy light bulbs from the same place. I suspect the low-energy light bulbs could be bought cheaper elsewhere.
    • CommentAuthorJohn11668
    • CommentTimeApr 28th 2007
    That sounds almost incredible Jane, but it does not surprise me and I would readily accept your figures.

    B & Qs water tank at £798 could probably be bought elsewhere for £200. I suspect the solar panels and turbines are similarly inflated. So shop around and look for a local guy with the proper expertise is my advice!
    • CommentTimeApr 28th 2007
    For a cheap water tank you can use an IBC they hold 1000litres and you can buy them on ebay for £30-40.
    I have 2 joined together for my greenhouse - supplies 90% of its water.

    As for urban wind turbines I agree with Jane they are totally useless and there are far more cost effective measures.
    I know of one micro turbine that has generated 1Kw over a matter of months in a town centre.
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