Thinking of going more self-sufficient? How about building a windmill?

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Msbear, Sep 22, 2008.

  1. Msbear

    Msbear Fancy Banties

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    Just like everyone, the pressure of bills, and rising living costs have sent me into a search of a better lifestyle for my family. I've been researching alternative power sources. I came across this and it seems feasable and is credited. I can't find any other sources bashing it. http://earthisenergy.com/Recommends/Earth4Energy/

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    do you guys think?
    I think I might try to build my own windmill!
     
  2. chickensandmore

    chickensandmore Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I myself would like names and phone numbers of the people that built one..I have read that same type of wording to sell something so many times...I am not saying that it won't work, or that it's not worth a try..
    With time the way they are before I would put any money into it I would want a lot more details..
    If it sounds to good to be true, well you know the end of the story..

    Good luck and if you try it keep us posted

    Don in windy Oklahoma [​IMG]
     
  3. Msbear

    Msbear Fancy Banties

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    Yeah, it does sound like a late-night informercial!! Im doing more research before I take the plunge. My hubby is an electrician and he says it's quite possible but that it would most likely only power one appliance. We'll see....
     
  4. mom'sfolly

    mom'sfolly Overrun With Chickens

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    There are nice websites out there that show the potential for wind power in various areas of the country. You might want to look at your area on the maps. I believe the sites are government produced for showing the capacity for wind power. I would also look at the Mother Jones website, they seem like the natural people to look to for this kind of project.
     
  5. nautical_bouy

    nautical_bouy Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. Msbear

    Msbear Fancy Banties

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    Thanks, NB. That's an informative site. After chatting with my hubby for some time on this matter, it seems it won't be economical for us. We aren't planning on staying here for more than two more years or so and it wouldn't be worth it to hook all this up.

    Though I will add this page to my faves. I like how it is big and will produce some serious power. Some other models I looked at will do a few lights. I was like WHAAAA!??!

    Thanks again!
     
  7. Rusty Hills Farm

    Rusty Hills Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm not looking for a turbine to power anything. I want an old-fashioned windmill--the kind that was used to pump water. Anybody seen/heard about books/plans for one of those?

    We have a spot that would be ideal for a stock pond IF we could pump the water. Heck, even a stock tank in that spot would be helpful. But running electricity all that distance is not feasible.

    The only plans I've ever seen are for ornamental ones, not working ones, so if anybody knows where to look, I'd sure appreciate it!

    TY

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  8. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Quote:We use 4 windmills (3 in the patures and one at home) to pump water for our cow herd. They are all probably over 100 years old and my husband scrounges old parts at farm sales to keep them going. I know I've seen ads for new ones in some of his farm papers/magazines.
     
  9. Rusty Hills Farm

    Rusty Hills Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 3, 2008
    Up at the barn
    They are all probably over 100 years old

    WOW! Someday you should post some pictures! They are a part of our living history! I once heard someone say that it was the windmill--not the gun--that tamed the West. I do believe that, too.

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  10. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Quote:WOW! Someday you should post some pictures! They are a part of our living history! I once heard someone say that it was the windmill--not the gun--that tamed the West. I do believe that, too.

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    Here's the one here at home.
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    These are from the ones in the pastures.

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