In the old days, the windmill or a wind pump as it’s properly called was used for agricultural purposes like powering machinery for grinding wheat and corn and pumping water into canals, homes, and barns. Today, windmills perform more than that. As the demand for going green looms larger and larger, many alternative forms of power generation or renewable sources of energy are being pursued, and windmill power is one such alternative. It’s even called modernly as wind turbines for the sole purpose of electricity generation.
If you’ve always wanted to cut down on power costs eating substantially into your expenses, then become an advocate for our planet by going clean and green. Try the power of a windmill aka wind turbine.
Here’s what you can do:
1. Design your own windmill model. Surf the Internet for patterns that you can download and save for printing. Once printed, you can bring this design to the copier to enlarge for you to see the even the littlest detail.
2. Get familiar with the parts of a windmill.
- Anemometer or speedometer - measures how fast your blades are going.
- Windmill blades - your windmill wheels.
- Brake - helps you stop your windmill blades/windmill wheels during emergencies like hurricanes, earthquakes, and storms.
- Controller - moderates wind velocities that can damage your windmill.
- Gearbox - allows you to control shaft speeds. Note: If a gearless windmill is available, go for this type instead.
- Generator - generates the power in your windmill.
- Nacelle - protects your generator and gear box.
- Pitch - determines the angles of your windmill blades, the angles that best catch winds for your generator to rotate
- Rotor - Make up part of the generator shaft
- Tower - the body that holds your windmill blades
- Wind vane or tail vane - maximizes power generation
3. Bring your design to a windmill manufacturer or store. Depending on your energy needs, you can start small by buying portable windmills. Later on, you may choose to buy large ones as your power needs increase.
4. Install your windmill. Your roof, garden or backyard are ideal locations for installing your windmill but choose a spot where wind is strongest. Get a Do-IT-Yourself manual for this purpose and make sure all the parts of your windmill are complete prior to installation.
5. Generate your own power. Now that you know the very basic of making your own alternative power source, get in action and build your own windmill.
6. Get involved. Join windmill clubs and enthusiasts: They can teach you all about the do’s and don’ts of maintaining a windmill and share information about caring for the environment.
7. Read up. There are many sources of information about generating your own power using the windmill. Check out the Internet, magazines, and organizations that are into alternative sources of energy.
If this works for you, spread the word about how building your windmill is one of the smartest moves you have ever made. Ditto, help other people build their windmill. The more, the merrier, and the better it will be for planet Earth.