Current construction activity for a new school about 200 yards away
has caused a vibration or resonance in this single story 38 year old
wood frame house, from a diesel powered excavator. It's not that
bothersome or annoying just puzzling and it will cease it's present 8
hours, sometimes 6 days per week, when construction carries on to the
next stage. Ultimately the new school replacing the old 1950s one
will again be a quiet area, especially at night.
But it got me wondering; about wind farms and some of the objections
to them that have been raised?
New technologies, it seems, are always initially objected to. When
(steam) railways were first built, some towns, to their later cost,
objected to their smoke and noise coming anywhere near. When motor
cars were first introduced regulations were imposed that required a
man carrying a red flag at no more than three miles per hour to
precede them; might scare the horses! Also initially steam driven
ships carried masts and sails, etc. etc.
All part of an attitude of; "It's new, therefore it can't be any good
it!" or the NIMBY (Not in my backyard) syndrome!
One of the objections to wind farms has apparently been noise?
To date I have, mentally pooh-pooed the idea that a gentle 'whooshing'
noise could be objectionable!
But maybe one will have to build to reduce the 'Wind noise'. This
house btw, being low to the ground, ain't too bad even in 66 mph
winter storm gusts.
Maybe not wrong? Maybe there are noise concerns? While not objecting
at all to 'alternative energy' in all it's forms, from photo voltaic,
heat pumps and wind energy, just curious.
If noise were/is a consideration then one design parameter, to avoid
nuisance to humans and other creatures, would be to minimise it, both
at the wind turbines and one's home?
Of course some local development committee will be bound to find some
hare brained other means of objection. According to some housing
associations we should all live underground and have no effect on
anything or any neighbours above ground?
Typically 'No drying of clothes on outside line'. DURING AN ENERGY
COST CRUNCH, no less!
Consistently drying clothes outside, whenever possible, makes a lot
more sense and saves more energy than not idling your car in a drive
through line-up for several minutes!
But as Shakespeare observed "Lord, what fools these mortals be".
Comments, ideas, criticism, flaming, suggestions etc. invited.