One of the first home solar power guide I bought from the web is John Russel’s Power 4 Home. A lot of people may be wondering, does the e-book really works?
There are actually 2 e-books that come together in the Power4Home program. One is on residential solar power system and another one is on home wind generator.
Let’s take the solar guide as an example. To reduce your home electricity bill, John Russel suggests you use free energy from the sun. However, getting a professional solar contractor to setup the system can be very expensive. If you are planning to power your entire home with solar power, by prepared to invest upwards of $40,000.
A cheaper alternative is to build your own home solar system. A DIY system will not be able to provide sufficient electricity for your entire home. Nonetheless, it can be used to power most of your home electrical appliances and all of the lighting fixtures.
When you are using less electricity from the power grid, you will see a reduction in your utility bill.
What Power4Home will teach you is the step by step process of making your own solar panel. A typical solar panel is made from 36 pieces of 3” x 6” Photovoltaic (PV) cells. It is capable of generating 18 volts and 75 watts of electricity. The power output is sufficient to charge a 12 volt deep cycle or marine battery.
How much will it cost to make a homemade solar panel? If you were to follow the instructions recommended by John Russel, you can get it done with less than $150.
If you are planning to build a reasonable size residential solar power system on your own, you may need 2 to 3 solar panels. The other key components required for the system are the charge controllers, meter gauges, battery bank and power inverter.
Unfortunately, you can’t make these components on your own. You’ll have to purchase them from your local hardware store. John Russel has provided some recommendation in his guide.
In total, how much would it cost to setup the solar system?
Generally, you will need to invest about $1000 to $1500. The investment cost is much lower compared to a professional system of $40,000!
So does Power 4 Home System works?
The concept of generating electricity from solar cells has already been proven to be feasible. If you have the budget, you can employ a contractor to build the system for you.
If you want to save cost, you can make the solar panel on your own. Power4Home gives you the step by step instruction to do that. If you want to reduce your home electricity bill further, you can always scale up the system by adding more solar array.