DIY Solar Power

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Have you noticed that there is a surge in interest in growing your own vegeatlbes, and solar energy, and windmills?

It seems that everywhere I go lately, the conversation at some point turns to these topics. I even found this weird site where the people had built a totally energy efficient home and used all natural materials –

Take a look – it opens in a different window. It’s actually pretty nice inside, isn’t it? And they use no outside power. What a dream! Would never work for where I live because it’s too cold. I would still have to rely on outside power to some extent.

So I guess the hot new term is ‘living off the grid.’

I was talking to another friend today about wanting to do some solar, and maybe even a windmill down the road. I told him about the ebook about building solar panels that I told you about a few months ago. He said he had seen something better on You Tube. The site is – (the videos are on the page) but somehow I feel like the first one is more trustworthy. Maybe ‘cuz the guy is dad-like?

What do you think? Which one should I choose?

It looks easy enough that even I could do it. Well – I mean the building part, until it came to the actual installation and wiring. But you get my point, it doesn’t look all that hard.

I really want to do this. The utility bills are never going to go down. That’s a big bunch of money every year.

I’m thinking that some handy guys could make a bunch of money building and hooking up these things for people. I wonder if that would fall under electricians? I wonder if municipalities have even stared to deal with these issues yet. I think we’re really behind in this in the U.S.

Do you know of anyone who has tried solar? Or windmills? How is it going for them?


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