Green DIY Energy is increasing in popularity among consumers. Green energy is considered to be natural, renewable and non-polluting. The main types of green energy are solar and wind-powered. These power sources save money and help to fight global warming by reducing carbon dioxide emissions.
Green energy saves homeowners a lot of money by reducing monthly energy bills. State and federal government also provide rebates and tax incentives for using these types of power. DIY kits for solar panel or wind turbine installation can save the homeowner even more money by not having to pay for professional installation.
Paying outside contractors to install solar panels and wind turbines can be very costly, drastically decreasing savings for the consumer. This is where DIY, or Do-It-Yourself, kits come in. The type of kit should be carefully chosen, however. Instructions can be daunting for those who have not had much experience with home improvement projects.
The easiest DIY energy kit should be dedicated to a specific need, like heating a swimming pool. The solar energy provided by the kit should be able to stand alone and not require connections to existing household plumbing or electrical wiring. The kit should be complete with all necessary parts, instructions, and clear diagrams. A description of the level of homeowner expertise for installation is also beneficial. The kit should provide a backup plan during low or no energy conditions, like darkness and cloudy days. Lastly, the kit is most useful if it is modular. This means another kit can simply be purchased, assembled, and connected with the originally installed green power source as energy needs increase.
The main type of Green DIY power is produced by solar panels. These are large panels that have many smaller plates that collect light from the sun and change it into energy. One thing to consider in deciding to purchase a solar panel DIY kit, is the amount of sunlight in the area. Solar panels work on the amount of available light, not heat. During winter, with shorter days and frequent overcast skies, solar panels will not collect as much energy. However when there is a lot of sunshine, extra power generated by solar goes back to the grid and runs the electrical meter backward. This saves the homeowner money.
Another commonly constructed type of green DIY energy is wind power. A wind turbine is connected to a tower. It collects kinetic energy from the wind, converting it to energy compatible with the home’s electrical system. On windy days when enough energy can be generated by the turbine, power used from the electrical grid is proportionally decreased. If more wind power is produced than is needed, it can be sold back to the electrical utility.
Green DIY energy is a burgeoning industry. Kits and multitudes of online instructions abound. While most DIY projects are relatively simple, the homeowner should take care to purchase a kit that matches his or her level of expertise. Once this green energy is installed, the consumer can enjoy increased savings on energy bills, and can feel good about helping to preserve the environment by diminishing his or her personal carbon emissions.
Jude Angel is a DIY enthusiast and loves taking on new DIY challenges. The Green DIY Energy guide is what he followed for his most recent project, DIY solar panels.