October 17, 2012

Get Off the Grid and Put an End to Outrageous Power Bills

Every month Mike and Chloe’s utility bill arrives in the mail and each time their gripe is the same, “this electric bill just gets higher and higher every month…it’s time we make some changes around here.” Then another month rolls by in which they’ve done nothing to alter their power usage and another outrageous power bill shows up. They repeat the same frustrated complaint, yet again they do nothing to make a difference and so the grunting and bill paying just repeats month after month and year after year. Sound familiar to you?

Like Mike and Chloe, millions of home owners exist in this scenario. The sad truth of the matter is that every consumer in this vicious energy cycle pays more for monthly power consumption than their parents paid for monthly mortgage payments! So what can our fictitious homeowners, Mike and Chloe, do to make any real difference in their power use and bills? Or, on a more personal level, what can you do to make a difference in yours? Well folks, there are some options:

  • Option 1 – Sell everything electrical you own including your house and move into a cave. Hmmm, we’re going to need a lot more caves for this one.
  • Option 2 – Wait for your city, town or block to someday form a green and clean energy co-op so they can stick it to you. This option is also known as the APBJSP (Advocates, Planners and Bureaucrats Job Security Plan).
  • Option 3 – Turn your thermostat down until frost appears on your nose, disable your AC unit (sledge hammers work well for this), don’t cook, don’t wash anything including yourself, and limit your use of everything electrical to 3 minutes a day (except for your new iPad of course).
  • Option 4 – Dig in and do-it-yourself. That’s right. Get off the grid by becoming a self-supplier of your own sustainable electricity.

Personally speaking, I prefer Option 4 and undoubtedly you will too. Ok, so how does one go about supplying their own sustainable electricity? Again, there are some options:

  • Option A – Hire an electrical contractor who specializes in solar panel installations to convert your home to solar energy. One word comes to mind, expensive!
  • Option B – Hire an electrical contractor who specializes in wind turbine installations to convert your home to wind energy. Ditto Option A.
  • Option C – Design, build and install your own solar panel array or wind turbine energy system. Three words come to mind, inexpensive, challenging and rewarding!

If you have the money then by all means options A or B are excellent ways to turn your home into a clean, green snub the power company machine. However, most folks in these troubled times don’t have an extra $20-100K laying around the house to buy retail solar panels and wind turbines as well as pay high priced commercial contractors. Yes, I concede there are now a number of so-called “green” contractors who are offering green energy installment plans to homeowners who are cash strapped. Now isn’t that just a novel idea? Let’s all mortgage our rooftops or yards, pay more high interest on big loans, run up more personal dept, and when its all said and done pay more for self-supplied electricity than even the power company dares to charge. But hey, it will reduce our carbon footprints and that makes us feel good. We won’t get any sleep for figuring out how to pay next month’s installment, but we’ll be green.

Needless to say, I favor Option C. Yes it’s true. Anyone who can read and use everyday tools can become a do-it-yourself designer, builder and installer of their own solar energy and/or wind power systems. Challenging? Absolutely. In fact some may even find it more daunting than they care to consider. If that is you, please see options 1,2,3, A, or B. Rewarding? Sure is. There’s nothing in the rewards department that compares to forming a working plan, creating and installing a new system that benefits you and your family, and saving a boat load of money in the process. Inexpensive? Yes. Doing your own sustainable energy project costs pennies on a dollar compared to paying a contractor to do it for you. You can actually design, build and set up your own secondary solar or wind system for a couple hundred dollars. This system will provide partial power allowing you to reduce your on-grid power bill. For a couple thousand, or less if you’re a savvy parts shopper, you can power your entire house, garage and outdoor lighting. You’ll be green and you’ll sleep well at night.

How and where can you find the right information to start and finish your own DIY home solar energy or wind turbine project? Folks, look no further than the screen you are now staring at. That’s right, the entire internet is at your disposal and there’s a wealth of information out there waiting for you to use. Do your research, learn about solar energy and wind power, and seek well written guidance from DIY solar and wind energy experts. There are currently several good downloadable DIY green energy guides available on line which have been produced by experienced DIYers. I happen to favor two particular guides because they are written in understandable terms, have masterfully produced step-by-step videos, and offer 24/7 support to get you through any snags that may occur. If you’re truly serious about saving a lot of money by becoming a self-supplier of your own solar or wind electricity then your first step needs to be getting a great DIY energy guide. You’ll find convenient links below for my favorite guides but no matter how you approach this and any other DIY projects, always work smart and practice safety first.

Faine Morrison is a DIY home improvement enthusiast strongly bent towards saving money and going green when and wherever possible. If you enjoyed reading this article please take a moment to post a comment and share this. And, if you share the author’s penchant for DIY home improvement and sustainable energy you’ll benefit from checking out DIY Solar & Wind Systems and DIY Solar & Wind Energy, two of the do-it-yourself energy guides he recommends. Contact Author

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Which is the Best Alternative Energy Choice For Novice DIY Enthusiasts – Solar Or Wind?

I’ve seen my title question posted on several DIY home improvement forums lately and I believe it’s a valid concern that should be addressed by experienced alternative energy DIYers. There’s a lot of interest in do-it-yourself kits and home made renewable energy solutions by people from all walks of life and many of them are searching for guidance. Those who are venturing into home-built off grid solar energy and wind power solutions for the first time should realize that, like everything else, these systems have up and downsides that need to be considered. This article briefly reviews some of these.

The list below covers some of the major pros and cons surrounding home solar energy and wind power generators (excluding the obvious and tediously overstated points that these systems utilize renewable energy, don’t pollute while operating and reduce carbon footprints.):

DIY Solar Pros:

  • Noiseless Operation
  • Safe To Be Near Properly Installed Panels
  • Relatively Easy To Build And Install With Basic Understanding Of Electricity And Wiring
  • Downloadable Technical Guides And Online Support Available For DIYers
  • Minimal Maintenance Required
  • Minimal Space Requirements/Good Sense Use Of Roof Areas
  • Low Cost Recycled Components Available
  • Good Power Output With Multiple PV Panels
  • Time Tested, Proven And Popular Technology
  • Renewable Energy Tax Credits May Be Available

DIY Solar Cons:

  • Basic Understanding Of Wiring And Electricity Needed
  • Requires Consistent Direct Sunlight Away From Shaded Areas
  • Subject To Hail & Bird Damage/Breakage
  • Not Well Suited For Long Winter Northern Climes (Limited Daylight/Heavy Snow Removal)
  • Multiple Panels Needed To Fully Power House And Maintain Charged Batteries
  • Roof Mounted Solar Panels May Lower House Resale Value
  • Permit And Inspection Required In Most Locales

DIY Wind Pros:

  • Relatively Easy To Build And Install With Basic Understanding Of Mechanics/Electricity
  • Downloadable Technical Guides And Online Support Available For DIYers
  • Can Be Built From Low Cost New And Recycled “Other Use” Components
  • Good Power Output Attainable
  • Time Tested, Proven Technology
  • Does Not Detract From House Curb Appeal/Resale Value
  • Attractive Alternative Energy System For Owners Of Rural Lots/Acreages/Farms
  • Renewable Energy Tax Credits May Be Available

DIY Wind Cons:

  • Proximity Noise May Be A Problem For Home Owner And Neighbors
  • Spinning Blades Can Be Lethal To Birds And Tree Squirrels
  • Subject To Damage Or Collapse From Severe Wind Conditions
  • Requires Open Space Free Of Trees And Utility LInes To Operate
  • Sufficient Yard Area Needed For Stabilizing Guy-Wires
  • Proximity Hazards If Improperly Grounded
  • Regular Maintenance Required
  • Power Output Limited By Turbine Size/Power Train Adequacy
  • A Basic Understanding Of Mechanics And Physics Needed
  • Not Suitable To All Locations – Consistent Wind Days Required
  • Not Popular With Some People Due To Noise And Hazard Potential
  • Permit And Inspection Required In Most Locales

It’s important to understand the pros and cons of these renewable home energy applications and the significance of proper construction and installation. For many experienced do-it-yourself enthusiasts the pros of both solar and wind power outweigh the cons and drives the spirit of experimenting with alternative home energy technology. For the first-timer the cons can certainly be challenging and quite daunting, but learning new skills and applying them for one’s benefit is what DIY is all about. If you are a DIYer (seasoned pro or brand new) with the motivation to reduce or eliminate your dependence on public utilities, and you are up to the challenges, then building and installing your own solar and/or wind energy systems can be a highly rewarding project. The best advice one can give is to do your homework, create a well planned system design and seek out help when you need it.

There are several very good and inexpensive DIY solar energy and wind power guides available on the web which will lead you step-by-step through your project. I urge everyone who wants to build and install their own home energy system to select a guide, study it well and use it as the foundation of their project. Two of the popular guides that I recommend are linked below for your convenience. These are two of the best in terms of detailed instruction and video quality but there other ones on the web which you may prefer. Be safe, be smart and most of all enjoy your DIY home energy projects.

Faine Morrison is a DIY home improvement enthusiast strongly bent towards saving money and going green when and wherever possible. If you enjoyed reading this article please take a moment to post a comment and twit this. And, if you share the author’s penchant for DIY home improvement and sustainable energy you’ll benefit from checking out these links: DIY Solar Panels And Wind Turbines and DIY Alternative Energy Solutions which are two of the do-it-yourself guides he recommends. Contact Author

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You Have the Power to Free Yourself From Big Money Energy

In the last decade the global community has begun a dramatically shift from it’s acceptance of and willingness to rely upon fossil fuel energy generation. It is no longer “business as usual” in terms of how and where power is produced and consumed. Individuals, municipalities, states, and entire nations are more and more demanding that alternative energy be developed to lessen global pollution and the waste of limited natural resources. Granted the buzz words, ‘renewable,’ ‘sustainable,’ ‘alternative,’ ‘clean,’ ‘carbon footprint,’ and most of all, ‘green,’ have been kicked around long enough to have become cliche, but the heart of the issue remains pure. People everywhere want to move forward with new advances in clean energy technology.

While solar energy and wind power are far from being new concepts, they are the most obvious and readily available technologies for green and clean energy production. Recent advances in these energy technologies have caused a proliferation of solar and wind power generation undreamed of just a few years ago. We are now seeing massive solar array plants and gigantic wind turbine farms popping up even in the remotest regions of the globe. However, that is all big corporate development propped up by Wall Street mogul money and government tax and grant programs geared to produce trillion dollar profits. So what about the little guy? The people like you and me that just want to free themselves from the shackles of high energy costs and live a little ‘greener’ in the process.

Well, the news is both good and bad. Each and everyone of us has the opportunity before us to reduce or even eliminate our dependence on public power utilities. There is fast becoming a plethora of information on the web on how to build our own wind power and solar energy solutions. With a little skill and thoughtful research we can all find means of helping ourselves to cheaper power along with the “feel good” plus of reducing our personal pollution of the environment. Caution should be used with much of this information though. While there are very good resources available, much of what’s out there is so bad as to be pathetic. You should avoid any online product or system hyped as “free energy”, “endless energy” or the most criminal of all “magnetic perpetual motion energy”. These are red flags that scream ‘BOGUS’ as they wave in front of you. The scammers are out there poised to dupe you, so be warned.

As one who believes that if a thing is worth doing it’s worth doing yourself I always favor the creativity, self reliance and pride that comes with any DIY project. Solar and wind power installations are no exception to the rule. While the thought of doing anything electrical may be daunting to some, the fact is that well designed do-it-yourself home energy projects are not difficult. I have to wonder why anyone who can read, follow expert instructions and handle a few common tools would ever pay good money to someone else to do a job they can do themselves. I have to wonder why anyone wants to continue having a big chunk of their income sucked away every month by the power company when they can supply their own home energy needs.

If you are like-minded, want to be partially or completely independent of ‘big energy’, wish to green up your lifestyle, and have the wherewithall to create your own alternative energy supply then you need to consider your own do-it-yourself home solar and/or wind turbine project. Not only can you do it, but you’ll benefit from the pride and self assurance that comes with the process. What a great bonus that is!

I’ve reviewed several of the DIY solar and wind guides selling on the web and found one that I particularly favor. It is well written in understandable terms and provides easy to use step-by-step written and video instructions. There’s a link below to this system for anyone interested in learning more about freeing themselves from corporate energy, saving money and living clean and green.

Faine Morrison is a DIY home improvement enthusiast strongly bent towards saving money and going green when and wherever possible. If you enjoyed reading this article please take a moment to post a comment and twit this. And, if you share the author’s penchant for DIY home improvement and sustainable energy you’ll benefit from checking out DIY Solar Panels, one of the do-it-yourself guides he recommends. fainemorrison.woodmors@gmail.com

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Live Off the Grid, Save Money, and Be Independent of the Power Company

Solar power and wind power are familiar to millions throughout the world as the primary sources of sustainable energy. For decades we’ve all seen the advantages of capturing and using solar energy in everything from tiny photovoltaic cells on calculators to the vast corporate utilities’ solar arrays. Wind energy has been used for centuries to power everything from sailing ships to the early grist mills that once dotted Holland and other European countries.

Recent advances in tech, design and materials have given us the huge wind turbines we now see popping up on the hills and plains around the world. Governments and mega-corporations are now jumping into renewable energy development in ways not dreamed of just twenty years ago. Does this mean we will all benefit from cheap energy as fossil fuel, nuclear and hydro power give way to green energy? No! That won’t happen in this lifetime nor anytime.

Many billions in capital investment is required for personnel, materials, construction, and infrastructure to green up the world’s power grid. Once the utilities have recovered their huge initial outlay they aren’t suddenly going to lower their rates. When we plug our appliances, hybrid cars, tools, and toys into the new green grid we will pay just as dearly for electricity as we do now and probably much more. But hold on, there’s a sweet upside to green energy tech for all of us workaday common folks so don’t get off the bus to Greenville just yet!

That upside is based on one very special principle. Simply put, the governments and power companies don’t own the sun and they don’t own the wind. Anyone with the desire can tap into these natural resources independent of the grid by installing their own solar and wind power generators. Energy systems scaled to single home use are readily available from commercial contractors, home improvement stores and expertly written do-it-yourself solar panel and wind turbine plans and guides.

While the cost of hiring a contractor to install retail solar or wind power generators may be prohibitive to many, the do-it-yourself option is very affordable and doable by anyone who can read and use a few basic tools. Certainly there are challenges to DIY energy projects but by using a well produced text and video guide you’ll easily overcome these. There are several excellent guides available on the web for less than $50 that provide complete solutions to building and installing your own solar and wind power systems. If you choose to shop for a guide, then be sure you select one that provides step-by-step written and video plans and that offers 24/7 consumer support.

Off grid living with your own solar, wind or both systems in place can mean partial or complete independence from power bills and the forever recurring rate hikes. Whether you pay less each month or never pay again depends only on how extensive you want to make your green energy project. Over time you can easily save thousands by going off grid, and if you build and install your own renewable energy supply you’ll save several thousand dollars over commercial installations.

Faine Morrison is a DIY home improvement enthusiast strongly bent towards saving money and going green when and wherever possible. If you enjoyed reading this article please take a moment to post a comment and twit this. And, if you share the author’s penchant for DIY home improvement and sustainable energy you’ll benefit from checking out DIY Solar Panels, one of the do-it-yourself guides he recommends. Contact Author.

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Why Should I Build a Small Wind Turbine? The Key Benefits Outlined

If you are reading this article then, rightly or wrongly, I am going to leap to the conclusion that you have at least one DIY project under your belt. Between you and me I am going to assume that the belt in question is a very nice tool one.

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If you enjoy undertaking DIY then it is great if you can find a project that is not only fun to build but which will also bring a number of great benefits to your household moving forward. One such project is to build a small wind turbine which will provide you with off-the-grid power. What then are the key advantages that you can expect from this undertaking?

The first advantage and one which you will only benefit from only if this is a DIY project, is the saving you will make on the building and installation of the wind rotor. A wind turbine that is professionally installed can cost anything up to $7,500. If you are able to build the rotor yourself this price can drop to as little as $200. Furthermore if you are a keen recycler of materials this could drop further to a mere $140.

Once the small wind turbine is in place you will have a means of generating very cheap electricity, and you will find that your power bills can be slashed by up to 80%, a remarkable saving in anyone’s budget. This is a massive boost as it means that you will be making this saving not just for one month or for one year, but far into the future. Just think what you could do with the money you will save month on month.

If you are reading this article and you are based in the USA or Canada then I have further good news for you. There are a number of tax credits and rebates available which will allow you to increase your savings even further. If you are based outside of North America then you might also find that credits and rebates apply, and you should check your own region’s or country’s regulations.

One further advantage is that by installing a wind turbine you will be generating your own sustainable form of energy. This not only helps the environment, and lessens that famous carbon footprint of yours, but it also means that you are not reliant on the national grid to power your home, which will stand you in very good stead if there are any power shortages in the years ahead.

The average DIY enthusiast will not only have the skills to build a small wind turbine, but also will most probably have many of the necessary tools and materials to hand. This is not a complicated project and can be a fun undertaking with a number of key advantages, and ones that are definitely not worth passing over.

If you enjoy DIY then this is a cool green undertaking that will benefit you and your family. Over the long term you also well might find that not only do you save money but that the addition of a small wind turbine will actually enhance the value of your home.


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What Are the Top Five Advantages of DIY Home Wind Energy?

If you are considering undertaking your own DIY project to install a wind rotor what then are the top five advantages that you can expect from the undertaking.

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  1. A professionally installed wind rotor can cost anything up to $7,500. By undertaking the project on a DIY basis you can bring this cost down to $200, maybe as little as $140 if you are good at recycling materials
  2. You can generate very cheap electricity by installing you own wind power system and can subsequently slash your electricity bills by up to 80%. Why pay for energy when you can save thousands on your monthly power bills in the years ahead
  3. If you are based in the USA or Canada then there are tax credits and rebates available which can increase your savings even further
  4. You will be generating your own sustainable form of energy which will stand you in good stead if there are any power shortages in the years ahea
  5. Building your own four to eight foot rotor is not a complicated project and the average DIY enthusiast will not only have the skills but will also most probably have many of the necessary tools and materials to hand

A DIY home wind energy system then has a number of key advantages and ones that are definitely not worth passing over. If you enjoy DIY then this is a fun project that will benefit you and your family far into the future, you might even find that over the long-term it enhances the value of your home.

If you want to start making some substantial savings on your power bills then check out this easy step-by-step guide to building your own wind turbine: http://www.diywindenergysystem.com/

How Long Does It Take To Build A Wind Turbine?

At this point you have probably researched the benefits of DIY wind energy; not only in terms of the low installation costs, but also in the drastically reduced power bills you are going to receive going forward. The question remains though that, if you do take on this project, how long does it take to build a wind turbine?

As with any DIY project the time that it takes is going to depend on three things:

  1. How prepared you are in terms of materials and tools
  2. How enthusiastic you are to work through to completion
  3. How clear and detailed the instructions you have available

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Building a wind turbine is not a complex task, and most people you have dabbled in DIY before are going to have many of the tools to hand and possibly even some of the materials, this is what makes a wind turbine such a low cost option.

If you can clearly see the savings ahead of you in terms of power bills, then this is going to motivate you to work through the project efficiently and to get it up and running as quickly as possible. The quicker you are harvesting the power of the wind, the quicker you will be making savings.

Probably the biggest factor then in how quickly you can build a wind turbine is going to rest with the quality of the instructions you are following.  Whether you are a DIY novice, or someone with more experience under your belt, it is going to make a big difference if you have detailed step-by-step plans backed up by videos and technical support if needed.

Now there is an easy to follow guide that walks you through every step-by-step process of building a home made Wind Turbine.

Will Home Made Wind Turbines Lower Your Power Bills?

We are all aware that using sustainable energy is great for the environment, however the other big plus point in using a home made wind turbine is how much money it can save you, not only on your power bills going forward, but also on the initial installation.

If you go for a professional installation then it could cost you anything up to $7,500, however the DIY route could mean that you could build a system for a fraction of this cost and have it up and running for less than $200, maybe less than $140 if you are good at recycling materials.

Once your home made wind turbine is in place you will then see substantial savings on your power bill. You can slash your electricity bill by up to 80% and remember this isn’t just for one month, this is month after month.  If you are based in the USA or Canada there are also wind tax credits and rebates available, which could take your savings to an even higher level.

If you have undertaken DIY projects before then building a home made wind turbine is not going to be a difficult task for you. You will probably find that you have most of the tools already and you may even have some of the materials to hand.

Building a home made wind turbine could prove to be one of the best investments you have ever made and without doubt it will lower your power bills now and for years to come.

If you want to start making some substantial savings on your power bills then check out this easy step-by-step guide to building your own wind turbine: http://www.diywindenergysystem.com/.

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