Why Go Solar?
Solar panels, also known as photovoltaic cells capture the energy from sunlight and store it in a battery bank. You then run your appliances and other electrical items from the battery bank. In essence, this completely erases the carbon footprint of your home for electricity costs. Solar energy is renewable, easy to obtain, and very cheap to capture once your system is set up. Building cheap solar panels is a great way to further reduce the cost of implementing a solar system. Initial installation for pre-manufactured solar power systems ranges from $10,000-16,000 per home and can be quite expensive. Building your own cheap solar panels from readily available materials not only helps you capitalize on a renewable energy source, but also cuts down even further on your impact on the environment as your panels will not have required any manufacturing processes.
Numerous kits are available for download from various vendors that teach you how to make cheap solar panels at home with materials commonly found in your local hardware store. The information that you will download contains instructions on calculating your actual electricity needs based on your current utility bills. Once you have that information, you can then begin building the cheap solar panels, each of which should take you about a day to construct. Once you have your battery bank and a few of the solar panels built, you can begin switching your power reliance away from the electric company a bit at a time until finally you are able to live completely "off-grid." Most municipalities will require a site inspection to make sure your solar power system is up to code, but after that you should be free to use your new solar power home exclusively.
Your new solar power home will pay for itself many times over in the course of its useful life. Many utility companies will even allow a resident connection to the grid and can pull some of your excess energy units from the cheap solar panels you built, netting you a small energy credit or even a bit of a profit from your solar installation. The kit or download that you obtain to build the cheap solar panels will include instructions on not only construction, but on how best to capitalize on your solar investment. There are a variety of tax credits and cash incentives available to consumers who are now interested in building or retrofitting a solar power home, and the building kit or how to video on building a solar power home should explain how best to utilize these incentives.
Solar energy is a great alternative to paying a large utility conglomerate each month. Use the information readily available from a variety of sources to capture and utilize your own energy and make a difference for our planet today!