Solar Power

Fight the Power Company – Free Energy With Homemade Solar Panels

Solar energy
by compxl

With energy costs continuing to rise with no end in sight, most people have two options: continuing to pay through the nose, or switching to free energy.

Solar is the most reliable option for free energy by far, but getting started is anything but free: professional installations of solar panels can cost thousands of dollars. Thankfully, a new option is available: DIY solar panels, which can be built for less than a tenth the cost of ready-made. The first hurdle for anyone interested in DIY solar power is obtaining a good how-to guide on the subject. There’s a wide selection of guides available on the Internet, some free, some not; more importantly, some guides are better than others, and before you spend a dime on any guide, make sure it’s a well-reputed one. Many guides are junk, and provide nothing you couldn’t find on Google for free.

For those who don’t have money to burn on professional installations, DIY is your best and cheapest option for switching to solar power. Most guides list all the materials and supplies you’ll need for building your own solar panels: these can be found in any local hardware store, but you can also find excellent deals online if you’re a savvy shopper. You’ll need a solid backboard, typically made of wood, the solar cells that make the magic happen, and glass sheets to let the light in and protect them from the other elements; these components can be bought for for a fraction of the price of a professional installation.

Even if you’ve never heard of a carbon footprint and don’t know why it’s a good thing to reduce yours, you can see the benefits of switching to solar in your monthly utility bills. Your solar energy system will pay dividends in slashed energy costs; you can save 80% or more off your bills with inexpensive, easy-to-build homemade solar panels.

DIY solar energy is a great way to save hundreds of dollars on your utility bills while helping the environment at the same time. To find out more about how you can make the upgrade to solar power without stretching your budget, go to You could save a month on your electricity bill with a 0 DIY solar panel!

Related Solar Energy Articles