The Windmill Generator

As the world gets more environmentally friendly, people are beginning to realize that other means of powering their homes might actually be cheaper than the ones that they are currently using. This is where a wind generator would come in. Wind generators, which are traditionally referred to as wind turbines, are made by attaching a propeller to an electric generator that is then attached to specific electronics that allows the device to be added onto the electric grid.

Windmill generators have been around for over a thousand years, though they didn’t always call them by that name. Originally found in Persia as early as 200 B.C., the first practical windmills weren’t built until the 7th century. By the 14th century, the Dutch were using windmills to drain areas of the Rhine River and by the 1900s there were around 2500 windmills being used in Denmark for pumps and mills. The first windmill that generated electricity, that is known and documented, was one that charged batteries and was installed in 1887 by a man named James Blyth in Scotland. The electricity producing windmills were built on American soil in Cleveland, Ohio in 1888 by Charles F. Brush. By the time that World War 1 broke out, the American windmill makers were creating 100,000 farm windmills every year and most of these were used for water-pumping. By the 1930s, windmills that were used for electricity were very common on farms.

Now, a windmill generator can be used to power an entire household, depending on how it is set up and how large the household is but it would require far more than just one windmill and it is not entirely reliable as some days the wind doesn’t appear at all. However, it can greatly reduce the amount that is spent on an electric or gas bill each month. Keep in mind that the average wind speed is between 5 and 15 miles per hour and that the factories that sell windmill generators are testing them at higher wind speeds. It’s actually fairly easy to build a wind generator at home and most people would already have all of the tools necessary to create their own, though they would need to buy wood and other additional items.

The residential wind turbines tend to cost between $12,000 and $55,000 when installed, though there are incentives and rebates that can reduce the price up to half off, depending on the state. Southwest Windpower estimates that the windmill generator would pay for itself within five to ten years by the amount of money saved. However, there are people who have made their own windmills without the vast cost and these guides are available with just a quick search on a search engine over the internet. When preparing to buy or create a windmill generator, make sure to clear the land around it so that there are no obstructions between the generator and the wind.

Southwest Windpower is a leading producer of windmill generators, though they are hardly the only company that creates energy efficient wind powered generators. Bergey Windpower Company, Wind Turbine Industries Corporation, Cascade Wind Corporation, and Humdinger Wind Energy are also companies that create windmill generators and this is in the United States alone.


Kyong Baldwin is a news writer covering politics, education, culture, science and technology. She is also the author of Friday Casting.

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