Category Archives: DIY Solar Energy

How To Set Up The Most Basic Solar Power System?

When thinking of a basic solar power system, think of a small cabin in the woods that needs four 12 volt batteries as a simple example. The assumption being that you are planning to run a small minifridge, a few lights, and a small stove. Perhaps, you may plan on powering a few simple tools as well.

The most basic setup will include a 3 panel (45 watt) solar kit and perhaps a 300 watt inverter at the minimum. This actually is a good starting point for a basic solar power system and then an additional 60 watts can be added. Anywhere you can eliminate the use of an inverter will help cut back on cost and the amount of converted current needed.
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DIY Solar System Will Save You Money

Many homeowners want to go green. They want to end their reliance on an electric system that is contributing to global warming. At the same time, many people are struggling with the high cost of energy. The concern over global warming and the high cost of electricity are both expected to become bigger problems in the coming years.

Going solar is obviously a great option no matter where a home is located. The problem is the cost of buying and installing solar panels. As long as the cost is too high, home owners simply won’t consider it.
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How to Build a Car Radiator Solar Heater ?

A car radiator makes a sturdy, cheap, solar heater. These simple steps will produce a basic design suitable for use as solar water pre-heater.

What materials and tools will I need?
This basic design requires one car radiator, flushed, pressurized to check for leaks and repaired, if necessary. Two rubber radiator hoses and two hose clamps used to attach the radiator in series with the water supply. Finally, black spray paint completes the list of materials. Tools required include a straight screwdriver and a rubber mallet.
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How To Make Solar Heat Panels

Solar heat panels can be easily and inexpensively made to help reduce the cost of heating your home by using the power of the sun. This project most directly benefits houses with a south facing room as that will be the strongest sunlight available.

Making a solar heat panel can be as simple as modifying old aluminum storm windows to absorb the heat and send it into a room through a vent or through a window. If using a window to bring the warmed air in, you’ll need to ensure that the opening is air tight around the vent. Otherwise the warm air coming in will quickly be replaced by the cold air that is coming in as well.

Using an old aluminum window, a piece of foil backed insulation, and a vent into the room, the window with the foil backed absorbs the heat from the sun and a some fan can draw the warmed air into the room where the vent is placed. Granted, it is a bit more complicated than that, but that is the basic plan. The window catching the rays must be angled to be able to absorb the heat and the vent into the room must be sealed tightly to prevent cold air from also coming in.

DIY: How to Build Your Own Solar Hot Water Heating System

The Most Recommended Solar Panels Are:

With the increase in the interest of having a “green” society, the topic of solar power as a source of heat is a hot one. There are different methods of achieving this, as well as different things to use the solar power on as a heat conductor.

What follows is a synopsis of some of these methods and some insight as to what one might need when interested in using this kind of natural power for heating purposes.

How to Make a Solar Water Heater ?

Depending on the method of solar heating used, here is a list of some things you may need to have when using solar heating of water.

  1. One or more 100 feet long black garden hoses
  2. One or more 50 feet long black garden hoses
  3. Southern exposure. The roof is the preferred place of southern exposure if feasible
  4. 30 gallon clean black plastic barrel with spigot
  5. Four 4×6 treated posts, eight feet long in length
  6. Concrete Mix
  7. 3X3 sheet of one inch thick plywood
  8. Four 2 by 4’s, 3 feet in length
  9. Sixteen carriage bolts with lock washer,washer, and acorn nut
  10. A post hole digger
  11. Four 4×6’s, three feet in length

Both methods don’t require all of these things, but we will put this together with the following methods so you can see what material you will need for each.

1° Method

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How To Add Solar Power To Your Home ?

With more and more emphasis being placed on energy being derived from natural sources and being less dependent on fossil fuels, more and more interest is being shown towards solar power. Solar power requries one thing and that is sunlight. The sun is the biggest star in the universe and while it shines bright upon the Earth every single day, it can also be used to harness power and that is a very interesting thing to alot of people.

When it comes to adding solar power to a persons home, the most common way of doing that is through solar panels. These panels are produced by different companies from all over the world and what they do is harness the sunlight that comes from the sun, stores that energy in the panels and then transfers it into a power grid. The panels are made to produce a certain amount of power per hour which means that they are usually designed to help take the stress of off the regular power grid which is also run by fossil fuels.

The best place to go in order to find solar power and panels for your home is to do some research online. There you will be able to find out where to buy panels and exactly how a system is put together.

DIY PV Solar Panel Installation Guide How to Install Roof Solar Kits on Roof

How to Install Solar Panels Yourself

With the rising cost of energy and the movement to utilize renewable energy sources, many homeowners are interested in using solar photovoltaic panels. These panels are comprised of solar cells that do the actual work of converting the sun’s rays to power that can be harnessed and used. The cells are mounted in a frame, or panel, that is typically placed on the roof. You can install solar panels yourself, even if you have only basic home improvement skills.
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