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Build Your Own Solar Panels and Wind Turbines
It can be downright exhilarating to know that every time you see the wind blowing, and every time you see the sun shining, you are producing electricity for your home and saving money--all without a carbon footprint!
To solve this problem, thousands of homeowners are learning how to build and install their own system. Boatloads of money can be saved as a result.
With the right guidance, a person with little to no technical knowledge can build a small renewable energy system for as little as $200-$500.
Even if you just start by running your refrigerator off of solar and wind, you'll recoup your cost quickly and actually have fun building things with your family.
We purchased and reviewed the contents of various guides available on the internet. Here are our the results of our work:
Earth4Energy - 85 page guide plus 2 videos.
He also gives you tips on the best places to find free or inexpensive parts. The wind turbine explanation was detailed and shows you an ingenious and inexpensive way to build your own wind turbine/generator.
The one thing that really sets apart Earth4Energy from the rest is he includes two very good instructional videos. We were impressed with the videos and with how easy it really is. 5 stars.
Home Made Power Plan - 117 page guide.
Actually, this would have been a 5 star guide if they hadn't skimped on the solar panel explanation. We doubt that too many people will be able to build a good quality solar panel using the instructions they provided alone. Since this was the actual advertised purpose for the guide, we knocked it down to 2.5 stars.
They do an excellent job of explaining how to build a wind generator, but it's the exact same explanation found in Earth4Energy! Plagiarism? Click here to visit Home Made Power Plan.
Home Made Energy - 59 page guide.
Overall, we have doubts that there is enough information to help users without technical experience. The illustrations are few and the ones that are there are somewhat confusing and unprofessional looking.
Overall, we were disappointed with the content of the guide. 2.5 stars. Click here to visit Home Made Energy.
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