Do-It-Yourself Solar and Wind Renewable Energy
No matter how you look at it, energy is expensive and it's going to become more expensive in the future.
Government support for renewables goes up and down with gas prices and political power. The government now has big plans for renewables. Even if these are carried out they won't happen fast enough. Energy costs will keep rising and become more scarce especially as we take more active steps towards curbing climate change and global warming. Energy for our homes could very well become totally unaffordable or even unavailable.
On the plus side, there are tax credits available but most commercial systems exceed these by quite a lot and you still end up paying alot of out of pocket expenses or have to go into debt. Even if the credits cover the entire systems, in most cases you still have to come up with the money up front - something that is difficult or impossible for many of us.
So... What are we to do? The best way is to create our own devices and systems as much as possible. Renewable energy is not rocket science. Much that can be done to reduce or even eliminate our dependence on commercial energy is simple, using common materials and tools.
There are many free plans on the internet that we can use. One of the best I have found is BuildItSolar.com. They have hundreds of plans, tips and how-to articles.
As good as the online plans and articles are, I found them very frustrating. So many options, so many ways to do things. Hours, days and weeks or more could be spent buying, building and experimenting - not for me.
In my life, I've found that the best way is to rely on someone who has already done it and really knows his stuff. After a lot of searching I found Bryon. Bryon knows all about do-it-yourself renewable energy. So, check out Bryon's GreenDIYenergy website for the best in do-it-yourself renewable energy. Bryon's material includes an easy to follow how-to manual, videos and lots of extras.
You will certainly find what you need to build your own systems and, who knows, maybe this will spark a new career for you, maybe you will become your community's renewable energy guru.
P.S. Here are some free renewable energy potential maps that should prove to be useful to you.
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