Make your Own Solar Panels and Reduce Your
Electricity Bill (or Even Get Rid of it Completely!)
Is it really possible to create your own solar power at home? You'd better believe it is! Home generation of alternative energy is now doable for many people, and this system will provide all the directions and support necessary to start you on your way. If you have sun, Earth4Energy will help with the rest! The Earth4Energy guides and videos will teach you the basics of solar power, and then lead you step-by-step through the entire process of making and installing your own solar panels. They will even provide support to you while you are building. After putting forth a little effort, time, and money, you can be creating your own electricity! There is no need for you to have any experience in building solar panels, because the guides and videos you will receive show you everything you need to know.
Watch this video to see more about how the system works. Then if you like what you see, click on the image below it to go to the official Earth4Energy website for more information!
Will this really reduce your electricity bill? Yes, it will! So not only are you helping the environment, you will also be saving on your bills with the Earth4Energy system. Earth4Energy also includes instructions for wind turbines! Used separately, wind and solar energy each generate a great deal of power. But if you are able to use a combination of wind and solar power, you may reduce your electricity bill by 80% or even completely eliminate it! If you are tired of paying huge electricity bills, and would like to find a way to save while also helping the environment, it is time to get started!
Alternative Energy Sources
Electricity is becoming more and more expensive, and this trend is only going to continue for the foreseeable future. Many people are seeking out alternative forms of energy in order to save with their costs. Building solar panels for home use is becoming a more popular option, since this approach allows you to take advantage of a free source of power, the sun. Here's a little more about how solar panels work.
* A Solar panel uses the sun to gather and create electricity. The cells that make up the panel are made from copper or silicone that has been specially processed to be efficient at trapping sunlight and turning it into electrical power.
* The power created by the cells then moves through a meter. This senses the power being taken from the sun, in addition to how much is used inside your house. The sun's energy is put into batteries, which can then be used to run your electical appliances.
* The world has entered a critical time of increased demand for energy. In some areas rolling blackouts have already begun to occur as power companies find they cannot keep up with demand, and this is likely to increase over the next few years. By using alternative sources of energy such as making our own solar panels and wind turbines, we can help to ward off these shortages and contribute to conserving energy at both a local and global level. You can get a head start on this by building your own solar panels, while seeing tremendous savings on your own electricity bills.
Making Solar Panels: How Difficult is it Really?
Making your own solar panels is fairly inexpensive, but you will need to have the necessary time and space available. It's best to start a project like this at time when you are sure you will be able to finish within your desired timeframe. After all, you will realize the greatest benefits from this if you have your new solar panels installed before the weather turns very hot or very cold!
* The things you need to build with should be easy to find. Just look in your local home improvement or hardware store. Before you purchase materials though, figure out the number of solar panels that you will need to start with. If you are new to this, it may be better to start with building just a couple of small panels that can charge your car battery for instance. By starting small, you will learn the process, and most importantly, you can see how it will all work for you in your own space.
* Give some thought to WHERE you will be building your solar panels, and where you will keep your raw materials and tools. You will most likely need to set up a space somewhere, dedicated to the making of solar panels. A section of your garage or basement would probably work well. Be sure the space is well ventilated so that any fumes from the building process can be easily carried away. You may even be able to set up a space outdoors.
* You also need to consider how you will arrange the time to work on these. At first you will need additional time for the learning process, but once you have built one or two solar panels you should have a pretty good idea of how much time it takes for each one. Do you have some spare time before or after work? On weekends? If possible, set aside time regularly to work on your panels.
Let's Take a Look at the Tools and Materials Required to Make Your Own Solar Panels
Once you have been able to determine where and how you will approach building your solar panels, you'll want to start collecting the things needed to make them. Here is a general list of what's required. Many people already have some of these in their homes.
- soldering iron
- tabbing wire (for connecting the solar cells together)
- bus wire
- voltage meter (for measuring the energy generated)
- UV resistant paint
- staple gun
* You will want to use either indium copper selenide or crystalline silicon solar cells for your panels. It is preferable to use cells that have been voltage rated and that are in good condition. In some cases you may be able to use broken solar cells (these can come at a large cost savings), but you need to understand that these may not work properly, and you could end up spending a great deal of time and money replacing them and re-assembling your solar panels.
* You will use glass or Plexiglas to cover your panel once you have installed the solar cells. Please make sure that if you use glass, it has been tempered to withstand harsh weather or other damaging conditions. If you are using Plexiglas, be sure that it has protection from ultra-violet rays. If it is not, it could become discolered and as a result, your panels would become less efficient.
* For a good, sturdy back to mount your cells on, plywood is a good choice. It is also a good idea to build a frame to hold the entire thing. This can be made from metal or wood pretty easily. Depending on how large the solar panel is, a picture frame might even be suitable.
Sounds like a lot of work, doesn't it? Well, the good news is that once you have gone through the entire process of building a solar panel at home, it will become easier every time after that. Now that you have gone through the learning curve you will find that you work faster and faster, and your process becomed increasingly efficient. Some people have found that it gets so easy for them, that they started up their own side businesses making solar panels to sell to others for profit! Why not get started today? Visit the official Earth4Energy website for full step-by-step instructions.