Home Windmills Go Hollywood

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Home windmills are gaining in popularity and now  Hollywood  is jumping on the bandwagon. Windmills aren’t just for farmers anymore and interest in them is at an all time high.

Jay Leno recently had a state of the art windmill installed on his home garage as part of an ongoing effort to make his garage more self sufficient and to make use of green energy.

Leno’s home windmill is capable of producing 10 kilowatts at a wind speed of 28 miles per hour and has a cut in wind speed of 6 miles per hour. Leno also said he plans to augment the windmill with rooftop solar panels to further aid in producing his own energy.

Actor Ed Begley, Jr. is also part of the windmill movement. Actually he was part of the green energy movement long before going green was cool. Begley owns part of a wind turbine project in Palm Springs and first got involved way back in 1985. Begley compares the wind turbine to an “old Studebaker”, which he says is still going. The power produced by the wind farm is sold to a southern California utility company.

At his home in Studio City, California Begley also utilizes not only wind power but solar energy as well. Two slates of 117 solar panels and a so-called urban windmill usually generate enough power for his 1,700-square-foot home with two bedrooms and 1.5 baths. “No coal, no nuclear,” Begley, 57, says proudly. “I go sometimes for weeks not going over to the grid.” No stranger to the green movement, Begley bought an electric car in 1970, and uses rain barrels to catch water for his garden. He also uses solar power to cook in his outdoor oven.

If you are considering installing a home windmill to help reduce your electricity bills you may be in for a disappointment when you learn how much the manufacturers are selling their “windmill kits” for. Of course if you’re a  Hollywood  celebrity price is no object. But for the rest of us price is a major consideration.

With the large upfront investment required to buy a home windmill, many people cannot justify the expense, considering that recovering their money spent initially will take too long to recoup in terms of savings.

Thousands of people worldwide have found there is an alternative to the expensive windmills sold by the manufacturers. Most people are pleasantly surprised when they learn they can build a home windmill themselves for a surprisingly low price. Contrary to what some believe, building an affordable wind energy system is far easier than you might ever imagine.

Using common tools found in every household, anyone with even average mechanical skills can easily build and install a home windmill. As is the case for any project, the better informed you are the greater the chances for success. With proper guidance and knowledge building an efficient home windmill system is now within the reach of anyone.


Source by Guy Williams

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