There are so many reasons why you should take advantage of DIY home solar energy that it’s actually kind of hard to know where to begin. The greatest benefit that leaps out to so many is the opportunity to create an endless amount of free electricity to power your home.
The other benefit will be appreciated by those that are concerned about the carbon footprint that we are leaving on this galactic rock that we inhabit called Earth. Fossil fuels emit pollutants into our atmosphere every time they are used and are a finite source of energy that are not only very expensive but are also being depleted by the day.
The increased demand by developing nations such as China and India are driving the costs of fossil fuels used in the home including heating oil and natural gas higher and higher. Couple that along with the ever present political turmoil in the Mideast and you have a recipe for runaway fuel costs.
A DIY home solar energy system is an alternative energy source that is a viable option for the majority of homeowners. Anyone can build a solar panel using plans available on the internet. Search under solar panel plans and you will quickly find eBooks that you can download, videos that will take you through the process step by step, and more.
Constructing your own home solar energy system is relatively inexpensive, especially when compared to commercially built and installed solar panels. You can build your own photovoltaic solar cells and string them together into a solar panel that is every bit as good as a commercially constructed one for a fraction of the cost.
Commercial solar energy systems for a home of average size can run upwards of $ 20,000 and above. You can build your own solar panel and install it yourself for about $ 200. And once more, there are no special skills required to build your own solar panels and all the parts that you will need can be purchased at your neighborhood hardware store.
If you are uncertain about your ability to venture into the DIY home solar energy world, it’s very easy to start out slowly and see how it goes. Build a single panel. One panel will operate most of your appliances. See how it goes. The second panel will be easier and you can just add to the first. The more panels, the more energy you will be able to produce to generate free electricity.
In fact, if you build enough solar panels, you can generate enough electricity not only to power your entire home, but to produce an excess that you can then sell back to the power company. No longer will you be paying them, they will be paying you! That is a concept worth thinking about! What’s most exciting about DIY solar panels is that they make it possible for anyone to create their own electricity.
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