15 Brilliant DIY Wind Turbine Design Ideas For Living Off The Grid

DIY wind turbine seems like a daunting project, but for a clean, free, and renewable energy source, you shouldn’t think twice. Trying my hand at living off the land, I’ve realized the need to harness renewable energy sources. If you’re like me, who can’t stand the noise of a generator and the stench of gas, consider wind generator. We have solar panels installed at home, but for an alternative energy source, a DIY wind turbine can come in handy. Check out these DIY wind turbine design, ideas, and tips to get started in no time!

DIY Wind Turbine Ideas for Free and Green Energy Source

1. $30 DIY Wind Turbine


A homesteader who never throws reusable stuff away sure can build this DIY wind turbine. If you’re the crafty kind, you can do this for $30 and even less. Follow the full details and the step-by-step guide here to build this wind turbine at a minimal cost.

2. DIY Tesla Turbine


This good old machine (and by old, I mean a good hundred years old) has been a reliable industrial machine. It could definitely be so for your humble homestead, too. It is simple than you think and does not take up much space. Your basic know-how of this rotor is something your homestead could use.

3. DIY Miniature Wind Turbine


A large-scale DIY wind turbine will seem imposing, but try this simple project to convince yourself otherwise. I’m pretty sure you’ll find this project engaging; it’s a worthwhile project that works well.

4. Repurposed Bike Parts DIY Wind-Power Water Pump


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 could 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


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It’s amazing how simple household materials make a difference. See how this bin or bucket can make a difference to your homemade wind turbine. Consider this nozzle diffuser with its top of the line mechanics. It will help direct energy to your homemade wind turbine with the most efficiency.

6. Homemade ‘Wasp’ Design Wind Turbine


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Take inspiration from two kids who designed this ‘wasp’ wind turbine from scratch. I’m pretty sure a self-sustaining homesteader like you can do this as well. This DIY wind turbine model for your home will make an awesome project for the whole family.

7. Cardboard Tesla Turbine


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 also make this mini Tesla machine for your homemade wind turbine at a minimal cost, or even for free.

8. Sleek Wooden Wind Turbine Design


We love this wind turbine design from Enessere. It has a futuristic and sophisticated look with its sleek wind turbine blades. It’s amazing this design incorporated wood–it doesn’t get any greener than that. You can take this as an inspiration for your own homemade wind turbine.

9. Wind Generator with a Car Alternator


A sleek vertical wooden wind turbine like this looks great! Anything well-polished looks like a thousand bucks. Try this conventional chispito wind generator instead. It has wooden propeller blades with the efficient function of regular wind turbines. 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


Saving on your energy bills can mean a lot, even if it’s only a few bucks. Build a wind turbine from large PVC pipes. This horizontal axis wind turbine follows a savonius wind turbine design. You can power your outdoor lights and save a few dollars.

11. Homemade Electricity-Producing Wind Turbine


Take this inspiration for a homemade wind turbine from actual people who are living off the grid. Conventional wind turbine plans use blades like how an electric fan works. Check your place and see how the wind works there. If you have high winds, might as well take advantage of the wind energy. Build a wind turbine and get electricity going.

12. Homemade Vertical Axis Wind Turbine


If you have a limited space for a huge horizontal wind turbine then a vertical wind turbine is for you. With many wind turbine plans, a vertical-axis wind turbine is 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


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 comes from. It boasts of generating wind energy twice as efficiently as conventional designs. If you get good wind in your area, imagine the electricity generated by this wind generator.

14. DIY Vertical Wind Turbine from Washing Machine Motor


You can repurpose a broken-down washing machine into this small wind turbine. Use the washing machine motor to power this generator with PVC pipe blades. This is a vertical-axis wind turbine that generates wind speed beyond the size. Start with this mini project and graduate to powering more than a bulb.

15. DIY Savonius VAWT

A DIY savonius wind turbine (vertical-axis wind turbine) will save you time, space, and cash. All you need are bearings, 2 buckets, and some pipe. To save more, build your own budget-friendly VAWT from a broomstick (also included here).

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

There you have it, homesteaders! DIY wind turbine design plans and ideas to suit your needs, whether budget-wise, skill level-wise, even space-wise. Learning about renewable energy sources and applying them is 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!

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on July 5, 2017 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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