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DIY Wind Power

Nov 5th 2010 at 4:21 AM

Have you ever driven down a country road or highway and noticed a huge windmill with its massive blades spinning in the air? Ever wondered how it works and whether or not you could create something just like it, only smaller? Believe it or not, creating your very own windmill is easy to do, and with a little time on your hands and a few materials, you can make that thought come to life!

In order to build an effective windmill to use to generate wind power at your home or on your property, there are a few things you need to do before you pull up your sleeves and start getting messy. Below is a list of the steps you should take when considering building your own windmill.

Check City Code

If you live in a rural area, you definitely have a better shot at getting approved to have a windmill on your property. If you live within city limits, this doesn’t mean you’re out of luck – you may just have to go through a few more processes before getting approved for a windmill on your property. It’s best to check with the city or town you live in to see what building restrictions or specific codes exist. This way, you’re not wasting time (or violating any laws).

Do You Have a Blueprint to Follow?

Before you begin to build a windmill, you need to ensure you have a solid blueprint or set of specific instructions to follow. This will enable to you ensure that you’re building a windmill that will operate at optimal performance. The last thing you want to do is spend a bunch of money on supplies, only to build a windmill that doesn’t run as good as it should. Most plans out there will also give you a list of supplies that you will need to complete the project.

What Will You Power?

This one is important, because it will determine the size of windmill you will need. If you’re looking to power something as big as your home, you should look into hiring a professional. However, if you want to power small appliances or other small things, building your own windmill may be your best and most cost effective bet.

Building a windmill can be fun process for everyone involved. Just make sure you follow the steps listed above before you begin your project. You’ll be happy that you did.

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