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Ben Ford Homemade Energy Guide Review

The third e-book I bought on DIY home solar power system is Ben Ford’s Homemade Energy Guide. If you have never heard of this manual before, you can find it at www.homemadeenergy.org.

So, what’s my take on Ben Ford’s e-book?

The first impression is pretty good. The main web site is professionally done. I’m quite surprised his manual was seen on popular publishing such as Popular Science and Popular Mechanics. That’s a great social proof!

Ben Ford is a 52 year old “average Joe” from California. There’s one thing different about him though, instead of paying the utility company, the electricity company is paying him!

How did he do it?

Well, he uses renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power for his home. When the amount of power generated from the sun and wind is more than enough for his household consumption, he sells the excess energy back to the utility company. Great isn’t it?

In the Homemade Energy Guide, Ben promised to teach you how to live off the grid and how to get the power company to write you a check every month.

According to Ben, you can setup the solar system for less than $200. As with other renewable energy guide on the web, the budget is meant for 1 solar panel only.

Based on my research, a homemade solar panel is typically capable of generating about 18 volts and approximately 75 watts of DC (Direct Current) electricity.

How much would it cost to have a complete solar power system at home?

Be prepared to invest upwards of $1000. The budget is needed to purchase other solar component such as meter gauges, charge controller, deep cycle batteries, power inverters etc.

The main cost of the system lies in the battery bank. If you have a lot of electrical appliances and you need lots of power, you may have to build a larger battery bank to support your energy requirement. Large battery bank means higher cost.

Nonetheless, a residential solar power system costing around $1000 is still much cheaper compared to a system installed by a professional contractor.

If you were to engage a contractor, be prepared to pay upwards of $40,000!

If you are looking for ways to reduce your home electricity bill, explore the idea of using solar or wind energy. If you want to save more money, go for the Do It Yourself (DIY) route.

If you are good with hand tools, you can build the system on your own. All you’ll need is a design blueprint and a step by step manual.

If you are looking for a good instructional manual on the web, check out Ben Ford’s Homemade Energy Guide. It comes with a 60 days money back guarantee.

==> Click here to visit Ben Ford’s web site now!

By | 2012-07-29T15:42:23+00:00 January 8th, 2010|Homemade Power|26 Comments

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  1. Jim January 12, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    I would like to know what size Inverter do I need for a 36 solar cell grid hook up to a wall outlet one that would Handel add on panel?

    thanks
    Jim

  2. Will January 12, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    Hi Jim,

    Depending on the condition of the solar cell, 36 pieces of PV cells may generate from 50 – 75 watts of power. You may need a few more solar panel to generate sufficient power for your home.

    I would suggest for you to think long term. Get a power inverted that can handle up to 1000 watt. That would be enough to power a reasonable size house.

    Check out the link below that shows a small home solar power system.

    http://diysolarhomes.com/blog/home-solar-power/small-home-solar-power-system-video/

  3. DIY Homemade Energy February 5, 2010 at 10:37 am

    Ben Ford Homemade Energy Guide review is much better to watch as well as to implement in our home.

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  6. Robert L. Ligas July 29, 2011 at 4:57 am

    I wanted to order your solar DIY and I did but accidentally
    punched in your highly internet marketing of the $67.00 plus the monthly dues club. I only wanted the DIY SOLAR. I Immediately called your service company and cancelled the deal. Hopefully it will show up on my credit card as a credit.

    They said if I wanted your product of solar mfg. that I would have to throw in another order seperately from the mistaken deal.

    Well I’m very sceptical on reordering till I see that the $67.00 is credited back on my Visa statement.

    Please if you can trust me, send me the $32.00 Solar Manufacturing Guide and I will in turn send you your money. My company is a 25 year old company and I have no intention of not paying you.

    Send the .solar guide to my attention: Robert L. Ligas, President
    Ligas Enterprises Inc.
    9205 Coleman Road
    Roswell, Georgia 30075
    1-800-366-2087
    cell: 770-316-9810

    Reason I need this book immediately is for a solar manufacturing meeting I have next week and we want to fuse your comcepts into it.

    I feel you have a good bump up offering but you need to make it clear on that additional offering that it is a $27.00 month deal. Believe me you are going to get alot of cancellations after the first month.

    Thank you for your consideration. Best regards, Robert L. Ligas

  7. RAYMOND September 14, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    BEN: Do you have a number where people can call and speak to you personally about the guide to making solar panels that you advertise on the internet?

  8. louise September 25, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    i just purchased the kit for $47 using paypal and never had the chance to enter my address. I would like to contact Ben Ford to be certain i receive my product.
    Any suggestions?
    thank you,
    Louise

  9. Will September 26, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    Dear Louise, what’s your Clickbank purchase receipt number for Ben Ford’s product?

  10. Bruce Shaheen September 29, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    Ben, I tried to buy the magnets from the German source that you gave me, but they don’t ship to the US. How do I get them?
    Bruce Shaheen

  11. Mike Hartman Sr. November 1, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    I fly quite often and I’d like to see one of these power plants in person just to see it’s operation. Is there a location that you can recommend where I can see it’s potential?
    Thanks
    Mike

  12. wayne November 23, 2011 at 4:57 am

    hello, i live in new zealand, would it be possible to set up a system here, i live in the marlbough sounds ,where it costs up to 15000k plus just to get a power line put in.

  13. Will November 23, 2011 at 5:12 am

    Hi Wayne,

    It is possible to setup a home solar power system anywhere as long as there is sunlight. It boils down to whether you want the system to be built by a professional solar contractor or to do it via a DIY approach,.

  14. Kim December 8, 2011 at 11:51 am

    Hi, I am looking for a experienced DIY’er. I would like to make these solar panels to power my beach bar, but i do not have the time. I am looking for a trade/barter deal. I will pay for your flight, accommodations and food in exchange you will build my solar panels and set up the power grid. If this sounds like something you would be interested in please contact me at kimsaway@hotmail.com. Thanks!! Btw I have paid for Ben’s DIY e-book.

  15. Thelma December 8, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    well I am a ca girl here with a small school and thought it might be fund to see if our older kids could put one together for a science project. what do you think I order your book and have gotten a teacher to offer to help get one started. How much do you think it will cost to put one togehter.
    thank you

  16. Jerry Esten December 8, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    I want to take your offer and get a refund. Where do I go to do so?
    Not easy to find.

    Jerry

  17. Will December 9, 2011 at 7:56 am

    Hi Jerry,

    When you’ve purchased Ben Ford Homemade Energy Guide, you should receipt a confirmation email together with your purchase receipt. If you want to get a refund, head over to https://www.clickbank.com/orderDetail.htm. You will need your receipt number to verify your order.

  18. Jerry Esten December 18, 2011 at 5:48 am

    Thank you Will it is done!

  19. Becky January 11, 2012 at 1:32 am

    How would this work in Michigan? Is there anyone out there from Michigan that has any results? Also has there been any resolve of this issue? I tried to buy the magnets from the German source that you gave me, but they don’t ship to the US. How do I get them?
    Thanks Much ~Becky~

  20. Marilyn Adler January 19, 2012 at 8:28 am

    I listened to the video, and wanted my son to possibly build this for me. He lives in Beverly Hills, but would ship it to us when completed. However, I am confused about the $27.00 per month charge, which I did not hear on the video. Then, if everything is so readily available, why would it cost $200 per panel? I desperately need help because my monthly cost is around $300 per month. I have not worked (and no unemployment) because my husband and I both have major health problems. We both are on limited SS income and living our little savings.

  21. Brandon M. Sergent February 9, 2012 at 5:26 am

    Old scams are the best scams.

    If you really want to deal with your electricity bill just hype up an ebook purporting to deal with your electricity bill, fleece all the other poor people, and then buy solar/wind with the proceeds.

    If the guy wanted to help people he’d make the information freely available and then accept donations.

    This is the electricity equivalent of a get rich quick book. Post it for free somewhere if I’m wrong. Put your money where your mouth is.

  22. I. M. Sceptical March 19, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    Dear Ben,

    Congradulations on your product and sales pitch . But, I must say you make a little too much of the ” I’m just a little ole electrican” credential. If you were an honest little ole electrician you would let people know home-based solar systems involve more than just a DIY solar panel. You know well (or you are a “fibber”) that such a system involves/costs more than just a panel, not to menion the number of panels needed to support an average home.
    So Ben, you’re doing a good job of making money selling a plan which appears on the face to be good . Your idea is well stated and attractive

  23. Bob March 19, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    One thing that was not even close to being clear on Ben’s videos: He states that you need 72 segments of tabbing wire to connect the 36 individual cells, but if you have to connect them all with 2 tabbing wires each on Both Sides, that would be 144 segments of wire and you have to be very careful to not allow the tabbing wires to touch each other in the gaps between the cells. If this is not the case, that point would have to be discussed for clarification. Also, some additional information on the differences between the various types of PV cells would be helpful, as well as some info on what additional things you may need if you have one or more 240 VAC appliances to run.

  24. gregr March 23, 2012 at 9:09 am

    I thought it is was a rip off….or someone would be in a new industry…

  25. Guillermo Cardona April 10, 2012 at 1:12 am

    Mr. Ford, I wonder if you would be interested in developing solar energy projects abroad. I Have a client who owns a hotel in Colombia, South America and he is in the process of building more hotels as well as installing solar panels or solar energy in his agricultural farms.

    I would love to talk to you to discuss this opportunity, so if you could give me a phone number to get a hold of you I would appreciate it.

    My contact information is: Guillermo Cardona, 13004 SW 88th Terrace N., MIami, FL 33186 Cel. 786-663-6624 Email gandg@rogers.com.

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Best regards,

    Guillermo

  26. JakeyM February 16, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Certainly, but people need to understand that adding Solar on their house is an asset which could improve the actual value of their house if / when they decide to sell. With the environment the way it is going we simply cannot dismiss any item that offers free electricity at no cost to both the consumer and more notably the world!

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