With the state of the current economy, there is nothing wrong with doing a few things yourself. Costs are rising all over the place, including your power and heating/cooling costs. While there are many different products out there that make our homes more energy efficient, they often cost a bundle. Yea, you pay all that money upfront now, hoping to conserve energy and save more money in the long run. But what if you could do the same without putting so much money upfront?
The answer is, you can do it by building your own solar panel! That's right - Harness the power of the sun to power your home! Do you realize how dramatically your power and heating/cooling costs will lower? And the best thing about this is that you can generate power completely free! Tell me where you can do that these days!
Building a solar panel is relatively easy to do. You'll need basic supplies, such as:
- Copper sheeting
- A 24 to 48 volt battery (a car battery works the best in this case)
- Steel tubing (for the frame of the solar panel)
- Electrical wiring
- And other supplies you can find at your local hardware store
Supplies to build one of these sun suckers generally costs less than what your average power bill would be (around $200 or less). If you plan on using recycled materials, you could do it for even less! This is only a small investment upfront, but will pay for itself over and over throughout the years to come.
In order to build a solar panel effectively, you'll need a set of good instructions. Go visit Earth4Energy , which is a complete guide that provides full, detailed instructions on how to build your own solar panel!