What Are Residential Windmills?
Given the rising costs of energy from fossil fuels, coupled with the subsequent environmental effects, it’s
imperative that alternative sources are devised. Residential windmills are fast becoming a popular alternative power source for homes.
Residential windmills are machines that use wind energy to produce electricity. They are usually small scale,
specifically used to produce power that will be utilized in homes for everyday purposes only.
The windmill will capture wind power and then, through a mechanical process, convert it into any other type of
energy. In the early days, windmills were being used to pump water for irrigation and push machines such as boats,
but recent developments have seen them being used to produce electricity for domestic use.
Wind turbine manufacturers are giving expert knowledge to anyone interesting in alternative energy, through
online resources, or at dealer shops, on how to set up residential windmills. The main objective of installing a
residential windmill is to cut on the costs of power, but owing to the inconsistence and variance of wind energy,
it is wise to have back-up, in form of a utility grid connection.
Considerations when implementing a residential windmill
It should be able to store generated power.
Many times, wind power is not consistent, especially in urban areas - obstructions, varying wind speeds, among
others. It’s therefore important that your system be able to automatically store energy in a battery to be used in
during the times when there are disruptions to wind availability.
System should produce enough power.
Depending on your power needs, you should construct a windmill that will have a high output of power. Different
designs are capable of giving you the highest amount of watts that suit your needs.
Easy to build and maintain.
Since residential windmills are not built for commercial purposes, they are pretty easier to set up. With the
right installation, maintenance should be smooth too.
Should be affordable.
If you take your time to plan a good system, the costs should be within your reach. Get a good deal that
includes favourable after-sales maintenance.
Should be environmentally friendly
Conventional ways of generating electricity cause a lot of pollution. Residential windmills, on the other hand,
are generally eco-friendly. Since the turbine is powered by wind, there are no residual emissions associated with
There are various models of residential windmills currently available on the market, each giving different
results. Some of the models which operate on rounded flaps are attached on the rooftops of houses and will have a
power output of about 160 watts.. This model is fitted with magnets at the back of the mill blades for efficient
power output. It is recommended in areas that receive low gusts wind.
The other type of model that only has a limited number flaps - 3 or 4 - will produce an output of more than 400
watts of power. This model can function without a battery and is best suited to areas that receive high squalls of
winds. The disadvantage of this model is that it will require a huge tract of land to establish.