Homemade Solar Power
Solar Power for Homes
Power from the Sun
Can Homemade Solar Power from the sun provide electricity
for your home and save money?
Many people want to use homemade solar power in their homes in these economic times. This is a great choice for two reasons: it will save you money on your utility bills, and it will reduce the demand on the earth’s natural resources ensuring a better life for our future generations.
And it’s not difficult to do.
There are only three major parts to a homemade solar power system for your home:
- The solar cells that turn sunlight into electricity
- Batteries to store the electricity for when the sun is not shining
- An inverter to convert the Direct Current from the Sun to the Alternating Current that is used in all the devices around your home: lights, TV, refrigerator, etc.
There may be other components to expand the usefulness of a homemade solar power system, but really, there are only these three major components.
The easy to assemble solar cells or panels are generally placed on a south facing (in the Northern Hemisphere – North facing in the Southern Hemisphere) roof of the house to get the most sunlight falling on them.
In areas where people have more property around the house, sometimes solar panels are placed away from the house. But the important thing is to orient the collectors to capture the maximum amount of sunlight throughout the day and throughout the year. This maximizes the amount of electricity you get from the sun – which is free, and not from the utility company –costing you money. To do this, the solar cell panels are mounted facing South (in the Northern Hemisphere) at an angle to the horizontal equal to your latitude... about 25 - 45 degrees in the continental US. This provides the best overall consistent power output throughout the day.
The electric power created in the solar panels will charge the batteries, and you would be surprised how many sources there are for inexpensive batteries that you can use to store all that free sun generated electricity for sunless hours.
Finally, the inverter will change the Direct Current (DC) from the solar panels/batteries to the Alternating Current (AC) at the correct voltage that you need to run the lights and appliances in your home.
Many homes also add a connection into the power lines coming from the utility electric provider. With this type of connection, during the times when you are not using very much electricity – for instance, while you are away at work during the day, you may actually be supplying power to your neighbors through the electric grid, and when power is flowing out of your house rather than into your house, the electric utility will pay you for it, reducing the cost of the electricity you may need over and above the electricity you generate – reducing your power bill. Another win/win.
A great supplement to solar power for your home is wind power. With both solar panels and a wind generator supplying power, you are even more likely to be selling power back to the electric utility and reducing your electric bill. Now it can be a win/win/win.
There are many good books
many good books
available showing how to add solar and wind power to your home yourself. And there are many books and web sites that will show you how to figure out what your savings might be should you add renewable solar and wind power to your home.
If you are interested in adding solar and wind electricity to your home, in many cases, your local power authority plus your local and national governments will have rebates and tax savings to help offset the initial installation costs so the system will pay for itself sooner. Another win.
The tips above will make your home more energy efficient. And when you save energy, you save money. Easy Energy Saving Home.com has over 110 Energy Saving Tips, plus many energy and money saving articles to keep you living efficiently and saving money every day.