Before I get into the DIY Solar panels, let me tell you how this all started:
A few months ago, my wife and I decided that we wanted to install solar panels for our home. The main reason was that we felt it was the biggest thing we could do ourselves to help the environment, and it also comes with the great side benefit of cutting down our electric bill. We could debate about which one was really more important, but in the end, they were both great goals.
What we had no idea about was the huge cost associated with installing home solar panel systems. $10,000 for a smaller end system was a shock to us. It turns out after looking around on-line that this is the number one reason why people don't have them all over the place. Solar panel systems just aren't affordable for the average homeowner.
We were really disappointed, because it just wasn't in our budget. And even if it was, it would take many years for it to pay for its self in utility savings.
So that's how we ended up with DIY solar panels and never looked back.
Now, I'll admit, I'm not that handy. I wasn't so sure I could handle a project like DYI solar panels. But the guide I was working with turned out to be everything I needed. It was a lot easier than I expected, and I've got several panels set up now and hooked into the grid.
When we aren't using much electricity, the DYI solar panels are pumping electricity back to the utility company, and our savings have been huge. Soon enough, we'll be completely self sufficient.
And the best part is coming home every day and seeing the work that I did myself that is truly helping the environment. And on a much different scale than throwing cans in the recycling bin.