Is it possible to turn a small, novelty windmill into a generator?
The windmill is very small - probably about five feet tall, judging by my own height. It is very simply four posts holding up a rotatable windmill / fan with a tail. Both the fan (the blades) of the windmill and the entire top piece (the fan and the tail) rotate. It is a little rusted, but still works perfectly - as evidenced by the creaking and squeaking we heard on a windy day! It can work up quite a bit of speed.
Unfortunately, due to the wind, we also get a lot of power outages. I don't expect that such a small windmill could power an entire house, but if it could power a computer or a freezer/fridge we'd save a LOT of money -- every time the power goes out my mother's computer fries and all the food we just bought goes bad.
Is it possible to turn this into any sort of generator?
(The windmill is outside and while we DO have windows leading in I don't want to encourage any critters. HOWEVER the windmill IS near a door from our garage that no longer opens, but does have an old, unused dog-door.)