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Homemade Energy Review – Is Homemade Energy E-book a Scam?


Ever since the global crude oil price reached its peak at $150 per barrel back in mid 2008, home owners have had to pay a higher electricity bill. This is not surprising since most of the utility companies use oil or natural gas to generate power.

The dreadful question is, would there be another price hike in the future? Chances are…it might.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t like to be at the mercy of the power companies. They increase the power rate I have to pay but I have never seen a reduction…even when crude oil prices have reduced!

That has lead me to source for ways to reduce my home electricity consumption. One alternative is to use renewable energy sources such as solar and wind generator.

As it turns out, there are many DIY residential renewable energy guides on the web. One of the popular ones is the Homemade Energy e-book from www.homemadeenergy.org.

Is it any good? Or is it a scam?

That’s the reason I’m writing this review.

Homemade Energy Manual Review

The Homemade Energy book is written by Ben Ford. Ben is a 52 year old Californian who has some experience building residential green energy systems. You can see Ben in his introduction video above.

For this review, I decided to purchase the manual.

Is It A Scam?

To be honest, I was a bit hesitant before I made the purchase. But I did it anyway. There’s actually a 60 Day Money Back Guarantee on Ben’s offer. So I thought what the heck. There’s no harm trying it.

There are actually 2 manuals that come with Homemade Energy. A DIY solar panel and home wind turbine guide.

Ben of Homemade Energy promised he’ll show us how to own a solar or wind power for $200 or even less.

If is possible to work with such a low budget or is he pulling my leg?

I started to read the solar power guide to find the answer.

DIY Solar Panel For Less Than $200

After reading the solar guide, I realized the budget of less than $200 is meant for 1 solar panel and not for the complete system.

The solar panel instruction recommended in Homemade Energy is capable of generating about 18 volts and approximately 75 watts of energy. To do that, we have to use 36 pieces of Photovoltaic (PV) cells.

As it turns out, we can get a lot of the construction material quite cheaply from Ebay.

To be fair, a complete residential solar power system would need more than $200 of capital investment. Remember, there are other components involved such as DC disconnect, switch panel, battery bank, charge controller, power inverter, power cables, meter gauges etc.

Ben did cover a quick description of all the components in his guide, but I wish he could have provided more information such as the types, cost, recommendation etc.

Review Conclusion

So, is Ben Ford’s Homemade Energy guide a scam? Personally, I did learn some valuable information from the guide. I have not read the wind generator manual yet. But so far, the DIY solar panel instructions make sense and relatively easy to follow.

Hence, I don’t think it a scam. Nonetheless, everyone has their own individual opinion. If you want to know more about Homemade Energy, click on the link below.

==> Click here to visit Homemade Energy now!


Related web pages:
1) Green DIY Energy Reviews – Reviewing The GreenDIYEnergy Manual

2) Information on Power4Home – 10 Quick Points

3) Heartland Renewable Energy Society

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  2. Emmett Wortman May 3, 2011 at 5:30 am

    I think that this is a scam. I have done quite a bit of internet research and it seems to me that there are too many red flags. The reviews I have read state that the books are very generic with very general advice. At this point, I think I will be doing a lot more research on the subject of making my own energy.

  3. Tom L August 11, 2011 at 8:22 am

    I ordered and paid to download the book and also the DVD. I watched the DVD and feel like there was a few places I lost out on the continuity of the construction. Also there was no mention of what material the corrugated panels was made of unless I missed it. Also as the Reviewer said one panel just produced 18volts. Good grief how many panels would I have to build to run my house with a 200amp circuit breaker panel?

  4. Tamosius December 16, 2011 at 4:29 am

    So, this guy claims he’s free from those big guys that supply energy..
    What a misleading statement! Without them, he would need to purchase batteries, so no, he isn’t independent.
    He uses those big energy producing companies to “store” surplus energy, and then when the sun goes down, and he switches tv, he gets his energy back from them.
    He’s still very dependent.

  5. Will December 26, 2011 at 6:56 am

    Well Tom, you will need at least 10 units of Photovoltaic panel. The next thing that you’ll need is a power converter.

    Power converter is a useful device which can convert voltage both up and down as per your needs. As is evident from the name the device supplies power in the form of alternating burst sine waves, this is possible due to a circuit which inside the device which cuts the sine waves by half.

    This ensures the matching the output of amps as per the requirement. There are other names also associated with the device like switch mode power supply.

    There are many types of converters which can be used for different purposes. A step down converter is used mostly in US and Canada by the travelers visiting these countries. It protects the device that use 110 volts from 220 amps supplied in European countries. Power converters are easily available online as well as in stores; these can be easily found in the places where solar accessories are sold. Actually you must understand why you need this and for what.

  6. Will December 26, 2011 at 7:06 am

    In the countries like US and Canada most circuits run on 120 volts. Most countries in the world use 220/249 volts, such as Europe, Australia, New Zealand and South America. Most of the appliances available do not support dual voltage; these appliances are prone to power surges.

    Such appliances need additional amps to perform, therefore a power converter is necessary as the shape size and holes may differ in different countries.

    The voltage difference in different countries as based on the safety norms of individual country. United States and Canada regulations allow use of 120 volts, many other countries support only 220 volts, this seems to more practical as it doubles the outlets and lights and can be run on a circuit.

    For electronic devices such as laptops, power converter is required for other devices like hair dryers or coffee maker; you may need a simple converter in your home solar system.

    You may not need a converter if your devices are already supported by dual voltage mechanism. Due to different voltage supply, it is always advisable to carry your converter as you may need it to protect your costly electronics like cameras and laptops and also to avoid last moment disappointment when you needed electricity the most.

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