If your answer to any of these questions is “no,” there are many other options for you to reach your renewable energy goals. It will be better to have a successful solar- or hydro-electric system (along with household energy-efficiency improvements) than a poorly performing or failed wind system.
If your answers are yes all the way down the list, you may be a candidate for wind electricity. Take your time, do your homework, and carefully design and install a system that will be productive and safe for the long term. There’s really nothing like living with a successful wind system!
Ian Woofenden teaches, writes and consults about, and uses wind energy at his home in Washington’s San Juan Islands, and prefers to bicycle down–wind, because he knows wind is cubic power.
Mick Sagrillo teaches and writes about, consults on, and uses wind energy, having gained his experience by installing many ill-conceived—as well as well-designed—turbines at his home in Wisconsin.