14 Brilliant DIY Wind Turbine Design Ideas For Living Off the Grid

Building a DIY wind turbine will seem like a daunting project but for a renewable, clean, and free energy source, you shouldn’t think twice. Check out these DIY wind turbine design, ideas, tips, and guide and you’ll get started in no time!

DIY Wind Turbine Ideas For Free And Green Energy Source

Trying my hands on really living off the land, I’ve realized the need to harness readily available and sustainable energy sources. Gas-powered generators are definitely out of the question, and if you’re like me who can’t stand the noise of these generators and the stench of gas, consider sun and wind as energy sources. We’ve already got a solar panel installed at home but for an alternative energy source, a DIY wind turbine can come in handy. The following DIY wind turbine design ideas should be both informative and inspiring for your very own project.

1. $30 DIY Wind Turbine

$30 DIY Wind Turbine | Brilliant DIY Wind Turbine Design Ideas For Living Off the Grid
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A self-sufficient homesteader who never throws reusable stuff away is sure to build this DIY wind turbine for $30 and even less. You can follow the full details and the step-by-step guide here to build this wind turbine at a minimal cost.

2. DIY Tesla Turbine

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This good ol’ machine (and by old, I mean a good hundred years old) has been a reliable industrial machine, and could definitely be so for your humble homestead as well. It’s really simple, does not take up much space, and could easily be handled by any homesteader.

3. DIY Miniature Wind Turbine

DIY Miniature Wind Turbine | Brilliant DIY Wind Turbine Design Ideas For Living Off the GridDIY Miniature Wind Turbine | Brilliant DIY Wind Turbine Design Ideas For Living Off the Grid
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If building a large-scale DIY wind turbine is unimaginable at the moment, try this simple project to convince yourself otherwise. I’m pretty sure you’ll find this project engaging, you’ll get something big and actually useful done.

4. Repurposed Bike Parts DIY Wind-Power Water Pump

Repurposed Bike Parts DIY Wind-Power Water Pump | Brilliant DIY Wind Turbine Design Ideas For Living Off the GridRepurposed Bike Parts DIY Wind-Power Water Pump | Brilliant DIY Wind Turbine Design Ideas For Living Off the Grid
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A simple homestead task such as emptying water out of a pond can use up quite a considerable amount of energy. This simple wind-powered pump should be the solution. Reduce, reuse, and recycle in style, and generate energy to create a wind-powered water pump.

5. DIY Nozzle Diffuser Wind Turbine

DIY Nozzle Diffuser Wind Turbine | Brilliant DIY Wind Turbine Design Ideas For Living Off the GridDIY Nozzle Diffuser Wind Turbine | Brilliant DIY Wind Turbine Design Ideas For Living Off the Grid
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It’s amazing how simple household stuff such as this bin or bucket can make a difference to your homemade wind turbine. Consider this nozzle diffuser that will help direct energy to your homemade wind turbine for maximum efficiency.

6. Homemade ‘Wasp’ Design Wind Turbine

Homemade 'Wasp' Design Wind Turbine | Brilliant DIY Wind Turbine Design Ideas For Living Off the GridHomemade 'Wasp' Design Wind Turbine | Brilliant DIY Wind Turbine Design Ideas For Living Off the Grid
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Take this inspiration from two students who studied, experimented, and designed this ‘wasp’ wind turbine model from scratch. I’m pretty sure a self-sustaining homesteader like you can do just as well with this DIY wind turbine model for your home.

7. Build A Cardboard Tesla Turbine

Build A Cardboard Tesla Turbine | Brilliant DIY Wind Turbine Design Ideas For Living Off the GridBuild A Cardboard Tesla Turbine | Brilliant DIY Wind Turbine Design Ideas For Living Off the Grid
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This is why we don’t throw empty toilet paper rolls, especially the big ones. Can you imagine this Tesla turbine design made from cardboard and toilet paper rolls? You can certainly make this mini Tesla machine for your homemade wind turbine at a minimal cost, or even for free.

8. Sleek Wooden Wind Turbine Design

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We love this wind turbine design from Enessere for its futuristic and sophisticated look. Amazingly, this design is made from wood–it doesn’t get any greener than that. You can take this as inspiration for your own homemade wind turbine.

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9. How To Build A Wind Generator With A Car Alternator

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If a sleek vertical wooden wind turbine is out of the question for you as of the moment, you can use this conventional wooden propeller for your DIY wind turbine. With average engineering skills, you can make this project with a car alternator in less than a day.

10. DIY PVC Pipe Vertical Wind Turbine

DIY PVC Pipe Vertical Wind Turbine | Brilliant DIY Wind Turbine Design Ideas For Living Off the GridDIY PVC Pipe Vertical Wind Turbine | Brilliant DIY Wind Turbine Design Ideas For Living Off the Grid
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Saving on your energy bills can mean a lot even if it’s just a few bucks. You can create this simple wind turbine from large PVC pipes to power your outdoor lights and save a few dollars.

11. Homemade Electricity-Producing Wind Turbine

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Take this inspiration for a homemade wind turbine from actual people who are living off the grid. If you’re in a remote area where the wind blows consistently, use that to your advantage and make your own wind turbine and get power going.

12. Homemade Vertical Axis Wind Turbine

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If you’ve a limited space for a huge horizontal wind turbine then a vertical wind turbine is for you.While there are all sorts of designs for wind turbines, a vertical axis wind turbine is proving to be efficient, space-wise. Now you’ve got no excuse for going green with your energy source even if you’ve got limited space.

13. New Saphonian Bladeless Wind Turbine

New Saphonian Bladeless Wind Turbine | Brilliant DIY Wind Turbine Design Ideas For Living Off the GridNew Saphonian Bladeless Wind Turbine | Brilliant DIY Wind Turbine Design Ideas For Living Off the Grid
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Imagine how a broad piece of fabric can power a large sailboat. That is where the idea for this bladeless Saphonian design for a wind turbine come from. If you’ve got a good wind blowing in your area, you sure could use this design.

14. DIY Vertical Wind Turbine From Washing Machine Motor

DIY Vertical Wind Turbine From Washing Machine Motor | Brilliant DIY Wind Turbine Design Ideas For Living Off the GridDIY Vertical Wind Turbine From Washing Machine Motor | Brilliant DIY Wind Turbine Design Ideas For Living Off the Grid
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Amazingly, even your broken down washing machine can still be repurposed into something useful like this mini wind turbine with PVC pipe propellers.

Check out this video on a unique wind turbine design that’s definitely green:

There you have it, homesteaders! DIY wind turbine design ideas and methods to suit your needs budget-wise and skill level-wise, even space-wise. Learning about renewable sources of energy could be very well a survival skill for you to learn. Who knows when it will come in handy?

Did you find these DIY wind turbine design ideas fascinating? Let us know your thoughts about them in the comments below!

Want more energy alternative solutions? Check out this article on how to make a solar panel!

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This post was originally published in May 2016 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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