Windmills

Windmills

I remember driving across the states and seeing giant white airplane-like propellers up on top of a giant pole and I would ask my mom what they were. She told me they were windmills. But they weren’t like any of the windmills that I had ever seen in the cartoons or books I’d read. Little did I know that these were the modern day windmills that were mainly used to create electric power.

Windmills have come a long way. The first windmill was said to have been built back in the 1st century. The original use of windmills was to provide water and bring water up from a deep well. Windmills started being used for other purposes as well. They began to specialize in Denmark and were used to crush grain. The windmills eventually started spreading across the world and over to America. Early American settlers used windmills and watermills to cut lumber as well. Windmills nowadays are mainly used to provide water or used to actually create energy.

Some windmills are used just like a turbine at the bottom of a dam. The turbines in a dam are turned by the water flowing through them which creates energy that is stored in giant battery cells. The same has been done through windmills with the sails acting as the turbine that churns when the wind passes by it. Wind energy is a growing industry across the whole world since win is renewable and alternative energy source.

Some families are even looking into providing some of their own energy for their homes by creating their own rural windmills. Windmill kits can be purchased and installed by yourself for your own home or maybe even small business. It may not cover all your electrical needs but every little bit saved is a penny earned, right?