With soaring energy costs on everyone’s mind, perhaps you been thinking about creative and inexpensive ways you can cut your home energy bill. If one of the options you are considering is the use of wind power, you may have been thinking about building a home made wind mill. If you are, consider the following questions…
1. Do you know what kinds of blades to use?
2. Do you know what to look for in a generator?
3. Do you know how to best construct the base and pivot point?
4. Do you know how to properly power your homemade wind mill?
1. The Blades. When it comes to blades, you want to ensure that you get something that is both durable and lightweight. Perhaps the best material choice when it comes to blades is going to be PVC. The good news is that nowadays you can choose from many vendors who specialize in PVC blades but you can also fashion your own with a little ingenuity and patience. No matter which route you choose, the blades you select should have the durability to stand up to the elements and the curvature needed to properly harness the wind.
2. The Generator. In addition to being an environmentally sound power alternative, the good news about your homemade wind mill is that it can usually be powered by a modest DC generator. When visiting your local hardware store for this, just ask for one sufficient to power most household appliances and that should work fine for most situations.
3. The Base and Pivot Point. After you have the blades and the generator, the next step in the process of building your homemade wind mill is going to be constructing a solid base and optimum pivot point. It should go without saying but the base needs to be solid enough to support the weight of the blades and the pivot point should allow for high wind tolerances which can place pressure on the structure.
4. The Electrical Connection. (Please note that you may want to consider the help of an electrician with this step.) Once your windmill is constructed and operating properly, the final step will be to connect the electrical leads to your appliances. There are a variety of commercially available controllers that you can choose from so just pick one that best fits your power regulation needs.
As you can see, building a homemade wind mill does not have to be overly complex. While we have certainly not given you an exhaustive set of blueprints, you should be able to take our simple tips and get going in the right direction.