Wind power created a lot of energy among BUILDER readers in 2012. There was a clear trend as the top five products—based off reader service requests for products featured in the magazine—are all wind turbines.

In a typical application, the wind turbine is connected to the home and the grid, powering the house and sending excess power back to the utility. Through net metering, many utilities will credit the homeowner’s account for the turbine-produced power that’s fed to the grid.

But the systems are pricey. They can range from $10,000 to $70,000 depending on size, height, and installation costs. The payback period varies from six to 30 years.

What else caught builders’ eyes in 2012? Rainscreens, insulated vinyl siding, high-performance windows, LED lighting, and tankless water heaters are just some of the standouts. Take a look at the results to see what 50 products most intrigued your peers.

1 Wepower Eco wind turbine
2 Southwest Windpower wind turbine
3 Honeywell wind turbine
4 Helix Wind wind turbine
5 Bergey Windpower wind turbine
6 Nora Lighting LED recessed lighting
7 Tech Lighting LED undercabinet system
8 Versetta Stone panelized stone siding
9 Schluter Systems floor drain
10 Intus Windows triple-glazed window
11 Panasonic wall fan
12 Sto Corp. cavity wall system
13 Honeywell touchscreen alarm
14 Kohler Power Systems generator
15 Brooks Custom countertop
16 Intus Windows windows
17 Dow Corning insulation panel
18 Huber Engineered Woods sheathing
19 Benjamin Obdyke rainscreen
20 L.E. Johnson Hardware door hardware
21 Carrier heat pump
22 Nuheat Industries floor heating system
23 DuPont Thermawrap
24 Comfortmaker Heating and Cooling gas furnace
25 Uponor plumbing system
26 Phantom Screens retractable panels
27 3Form resin panels
28 Plain & Fancy cabinets
29 Kreg Tool jig system
30 Zenaro Lighting LED light panel
31 Thermory Wood thermo-treated wood
32 Nuheat Industries floor heating system
33 Oborain prefab outdoor shower
34 Trane air conditioner
35 Meld USA surfacing material
36 Timber Products plywood panels
37 Leviton dimmer switch
38 Kichler Lighting outdoor lighting
39 Schlage Lock deadbolt
40 Knight Wall Systems rainscreen
41 Integrity Windows fiberglass windows and doors
42 Nuheat Industries floor heating system
43 WaterFurnace heat pump
44 Ann Sacks Tile and Stone wood tiles
45 Baldwin Hardware door levers
46 Broan Nutone ventilation fan
47 Niagara Conservation toilet
48 Pella fiberglass windows
49 Integrity Windows tripane glazing
50 A.O. Smith tankless water heater
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