One of the most popular home renewable energy guides on the internet right now is Michael Harvey’ Earth For Energy (Earth4Energy). It is selling by the thousands of copies every month.
What is the reason behind its popularity?
Many home owners are concern about rising energy cost. Apart from our bank mortgage, our electricity bill is one of the largest household expenses. To reduce energy consumption, many people are looking into solar power to supplement their electricity needs.
However, a home solar system installed by a professional contractor is very expensive. We are talking about the range of $30,000 and above depending on your current home energy consumption. The time it takes to recover your investment can range from 20 to 30 years!
As a cheaper alternative, many home owners are setting up a home solar system via a Do It Yourself (DIY) approach.
How much would it cost to install a DIY solar system?
A realistic figure is about $1000 to $2000. The major components are the solar panel, charge controller, circuit breaker box, meter gauges, battery bank and power inverter.
The system would not be able to power all of your electrical appliances, but it will handle most of it. It can also be used to power all of your room lighting fixtures.
To reduce your cost even further, you can make your own solar panel. This is where the Earth4Energy e-book will come in handy.
The manual basically shows you how to make a solar panel with step by step instruction. The budget you’ll need to set aside is roughly $150. A typical homemade solar panel consists of 36 pieces of 3” x 6” Photovoltaic (PV) cells.
By soldering all the solar cells together, it is capable of generating 18 volts and approximately 75 watts of electricity under direct sunlight. The power generated is capable of charging a 12 volt deep cycle battery.
So is Michael Harvey’s Earth 4 Energy worth the investment?
Personally, I think it is a good buy. I bought my copy about a year ago. Back then, what I received was only 2 pdf files and a couple of videos.
Since then, they have added a few more instructional videos in the members’ area. The videos are step by step instruction of how to make a solar panel recorded in High Definition (HD). I was really impressed by the quality.
If you are thinking of setting up your own home solar power system and you don’t want to spend too much money, check out the Earth4Energy guide.