If you're planning on building a windmill or wind turbine to help reduce or even eliminate your electric bills, you're not alone. Due to the run up in energy prices, millions of others are becoming acutely aware of alternative energy and the benefits that come from using it. By embracing wind power, you'll find that there are numerous benefits that come along with it. Two of the most obvious reasons to start using wind power are the reduction in your energy costs, and the beneficial effect that it has on the environment. With that said, there are some things you should consider before you start.
Local Zoning Laws
Before you get too involved in building a windmill for your home, you need to check with your local authorities about any zoning laws or regulations that govern the use of wind turbines and windmills in your municipality. Most towns and cities have adopted laws that govern the placement and height of any wind power generating device constructed within the city limits.
Chances are good that there are also noise restrictions that set the maximum noise level that can be produced. It's worth noting that this is one of the most important parts of research that you'll need to do, and as such, should be the first thing you look into.
Is Your Home a Good Candidate for Wind Power?
If you've lived at your current location for awhile, you've probably got a gut feeling for the amount of wind that's available. At my house for instance, there is rarely a day that there isn't any wind, and on the days with wind, it's strong. If your site passes the gut feeling litmus test, you can do some further research here: http://www.eere.energy.gov/windandhydro/windpoweringamerica/wind_maps.asp
to get an even better idea of the amount of energy you have available.
You'll Need a Plan
Probably the most important part of building your own wind generator is to have a great plan. One that's been tested, and fine tuned to the point that even those with little to no building experience can easily complete it. It should also use materials that are easy to source, and inexpensive to purchase. And in the end, it should produce a reliable and useful device that's capable of providing years of service with limited maintenance. While this may seem like a tall order to fill, there are some excellent plans that have recently become available that will easily satisfy those requirements.
Just remember, stay focused, do your research, have a great plan, and don't give up. If it begins to seem overwhelming, break up your work into smaller portions and set goals based on them. If you do that, you'll have it completed and generating power in no time!
D.R.Smith has been involved in the alternative energy field for over 20 years. He's put together alternative energy plans and guidelines that will help you become energy independent and start saving money today.