Everyone seems to be going green these days, and a good way to get in on the trend is to start using power generated by wind. In some cities you can specifically choose to purchase wind power for extra money, but that's not everywhere and over time, the cost builds up. A good way to solve this problem is to build your own wind turbine. For a one-time investment of less than $150 you could provide all the energy you and your family will ever need.
You don't need much to get started, as you'll see once you get a set of blueprints in your hands. Clearing out the garage and dusting off the tools you abandoned halfway through building that birdhouse 7 years ago are your first steps. After that comes the most complicated thing you'll have to deal with - sending away for the motor and waiting for it to arrive. Not to worry, however, there's plenty to do while you wait: like sand down some blades and acquire some rigging for this bad boy.
The blades can be made of anything, from prefabricated blade metal to scrap wood. Just make sure those things are solid because if they're going to be taking on the brunt of the work for you to run your microwave, television, blow dryer, and computer all at the same time, you don't want them self-destructing under pressure. It may be fun to build your own wind turbine once, or even a few more times as you discover how useful and cost-effective they are, but when you need to make one every couple of weeks you'll be one unhappy camper.
As for a base, the turbine needs to pick up as much wind as possible, meaning it has to be taller than all other things that might block the wind. It should stick up into the sky at least 40 feet. Now comes a rare opportunity for you to get double green. Not only will you be the first on your block to build your own wind turbine, but you can also mount it upon a recycled TV tower. Recycled means free, but it also means extra good for the environment.
By the time you're done gathering all of these freebies and ensuring they won't blast apart and kill a cow three counties over, your motor should have arrived in the mail. Now all you have to do is stick everything together and find a spot far, far away from anything slash-able, blow-able, or generally destructible to set it all up. You'll be powering your own home in no time at all. The little effort and money needed to do this project is incredibly worth the time in helping to build a more sustainable future.
And it goes without saying that you should always consult the proper manual before starting. Jumping in with the right instructions and guide will most definitely make your project a great success. An up and running wind turbine requires time, dedication, and the right spill of knowledge. With the proper manual, giving you detailed plans and demonstrations, your wind turbine will become a success. Don't make the mistake of wearing the DIY hat without any help - I've been there and it was surely a waste of time and money.
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