Advertising The simple fact is that we cannot depend on oil and fossil fuels for our energy forever. Many people are already starting to realize this and are beginning to switch to residential solar power. Using residential solar power may seem complicated but it’s simpler than you might think. I personally know people that aren’t as smart (or as good looking) as you and they have built their own solar power system. First, let’s talk about what solar power is and how it works. Solar power is an amazing thing. The sun blasts more than enough energy to provide us enough power to sustain ourselves. They key is being able to harness this energy and use it to our benefit. Our goal is to take this energy and convert it into electricity. Once we convert to electricity, this will give us all the residential solar power we will ever need. Electricity is created by solar panels and converted using photovoltaic cells. The word photovoltaic literally means ‘light electricity’. Don’t let these big words confuse you, creating solar power for homes is quite simple and anyone can do it. A solar generator can cost as little as $200 and can pay for itself within the first few weeks that you put it into use. Not to mention the benefits to the environment. Let me give you an example of a recent solar generator I built. This is what’s called a ‘portable solar power system’ and can be made with only four pieces of material. (solar panel, charge controller, battery and inverter) These supplies can be purchased from any major hardware store and should cost around $200 total. This is one of the most popular systems to build due to the fact that it is ‘portable’. Take it wherever you like and you will never have to worry about the lack of electricity again. With a system like this, you should be able to get your investment back in as little as two weeks. I have cut my electric bill be nearly 85% due to the solar panels I have built. Not to mention that the whole setup cost just under $200. Now how’s that for ‘going green’. Anyone can do this, sometimes on a much larger scale. I’ve have know people who SELL the excess energy that they don’t use back to the electric company. So much for being at the mercy of the power company. Now you can actually MAKE money from them. The idea of making homemade solar power was unheard of 20 years ago, but today is one of the fastest growing trends in the world. With the ever increasing costs of utility bills it just makes sense for someone to use homemade solar power as an alternative energy resource. About the Author: 相关的主题文章: