SentinelForLiberty Wrote:
Apr 06, 2012 6:34 PM
rural American residents, including farmers and ranchers, lived without electricity into at least the 1930s. Do you think if well windmills had power generation capabilities to supply the house, they would have done it? Of course! Those who could used wind to water stock and small gardens. (Anyone know when storage batteries were available for rural windmill power? They are very maintenance-intensive, easily ruined, short-lived, expensive.) For human consumption, water was pumped as needed, using hand-power until Rural Electrification efforts brought power to the rural areas of the time. Fast forward to today, farmers and ranchers off-grid long-ago changed to small, fossil-fuel generators to pump water for stock and crops - windmills