Gathering information using DIY solar panel books is a perfect way to begin understanding the different possible options of generating your own electricity through free renewable resources available at your home. Solar panels, a solar water heating system or wind turbines can produce enough energy to meet the daily electrical and hot water demands of your family. Many energy-conscious households use a Combined Energy System, connecting solar panels, heating systems and windmills together, to take full advantage of harvesting energy from the sun and wind.
Solar energy is collected from the radiant heat and light from sunshine, and is available to every homeowner for about one-half of each 24-hour period. Since the early ancient times, man has harnessed this power by building structures capable of supplying their homes with light and warmth. Location of the home and construction of the house in relative position to the Sun could mean the difference of surviving through cold winters in the heat of the summer, or not.
As technology has evolved, advancements in solar panels through the use of radiant sunlight energy, can now generate direct-current electricity to be used immediately, or stored in batteries for a demand at a later time. The most modern inventions generate electrical solar power using photovoltaic solar cells and heat engines. Through creative ingenuity, it is possible to use solar energy to produce space heating and cooling, create potable water using solar distillation and increase solar temperatures which can be used for industrial purposes and cooking.
Solar water heating systems collect solar radiant heat and transfer the heated energy into tubes of water, and send it to a hot water tank for storage. Even a conservatively sized solar hot water system can generate enough heated water to fulfill the daily requirements of a typical household. Little alteration is necessary to convert a typical conventional water heating system into one being supplied through solar energy. Many of these types of systems are designed to use solar radiant energy for heating the water, and solar power to generate electricity to constantly move water through the system.
Wind turbines generate electricity using the secondary solar-powered renewable resource of wind. As the Earth heats up, air rises. As that air cools, it falls back to the ground, and spreads across the land, producing wind. As that wind passes through the windmill, and turns the blades, the turbine produces electricity. Wind turbines are a perfect fit with solar panel power, in that more electricity is produced from solar panels during the summer months, and more wind is produced in the winter.
Though solar and wind power are both intermittent resources, available at varying times, through the use of electricity transporting to conventional transmission lines, or saved in battery storage, it is possible to supply solar and wind energy 24 hours each day. The use of batteries in conjunction with solar and wind generated energy can provide a source of electricity, and extremely remote locations. In urban and suburban areas, is possible to take full advantage of the local utility company as a way to transport and store self-generated electricity in the electrical power grid. Using a “net-metering” agreement with the electric company, they are required by law to purchase from the do-it-yourself homeowner all excess power they can generate.
As the demand for photovoltaic solar cells and wind turbines steadily increases, the cost of materials has lowered, making it feasible and affordable for do-it-yourself hobbyists to fabricate their own energy producing systems. Like solar panels, DIY solar water heating units are easy to assemble and install. The moment even a basic small solar panel, windmill or solar water heating system is completed, it immediately begins producing energy to reduce the financial strain from conventional fossil fuel generated power.
Do-it-yourself homeowners interested in constructing their own solar panels, wind turbines and solar hot water heating units can find detailed schematic drawings, DIY solar panel information and guidelines on the Internet. Even those with limited construction capabilities can easily follow the simple to use instructions.