When the time comes to start building, you’ll need to have plans that have been successfully used by other do-it-yourselfers for their windmills. Do a quick Google search and you’ll find a LOT of plans, but how many of them meet our criteria? Not very many.
To start with, your plans should be easy to understand. I’m going to wager a guess and assume you’re not an electrical engineer. If you like to fix things, tinker in your shop, and do odds and ends around the house, recognize that a windmill is a big leap; having solid, well-written plans is important.
Beyond the writing, however, you’d better have clear illustrations outlining what to do at each step of the process. Look for clear measurements for braces, foundation settings and blades. When it comes to anything that channels electricity, accuracy is vital. Don’t settle for instructions that leave you not quite clear on what to do next.
It’s also important that your guide outlines exactly what you’ll need to finish the project. A lot of the time, plans and guides written by do-it-yourselfers will skim over some details that they didn’t remember to mention. The last thing you want is for your windmill to come crashing down because you didn’t know about a joint you needed at the pinnacle of the braces. Not only should you know which parts you need; you should know sizes, brands and styles that will match up with your windmill.
Catering to Your Home
Windmills are fantastic in almost any climate and region. There are very few places that have no wind. Even if you live in such an area, a windmill can produce enough power to help cut down your energy bill at least a bit. But, you still want to be sure that your final design will fit in with your environment.
The windmill should be air and water tight to avoid any leaks or electrical shortages. It should also be tall enough to get above the trees in your area, and if you live with neighbors nearby, you should be sure it won’t make too much noise. In the past, many do-it-yourselfers have had their windmills taken down due to noise ordinances in their area.
A good windmill can put a big dent in your power bill, but it needs to be built to fit your particular needs. Once you know what your home needs to get off the power grid, you can find plans that will specifically match up with your region, municipality and energy needs.