Simple Solar Systems

If you’d like to save money on your fuel bills at the same time as doing something to help the environment, switching your home over to solar energy may be the solution. But how should you go about it?

Aren’t solar panels expensive and difficult to install? What if you live in a rented property? What if you live somewhere where the sky is always grey?

Solar Cabin

The good news is that, with the range of available products continually expanding, there are now solar energy solutions suitable for almost everybody. The cost of using solar energy has dropped considerably as devices which used to be a specialist concern have gone into mass production.

With a seismic shift in public attitudes to solar energy, everything is changing. Big business is aware of the demand for solar energy options by people like you.

Government solar energy initiatives are also helping. If you own your own home, you may be able to get a grant or loan to install solar panels and educe your carbon footprint. Some jurisdictions will allow you to write off the cost of installing solar energy devices against tax.

Installing these devices is much easier than it used to be, with easy home kits available, so in most cases you should be able to do it yourself.

If you live in a rented home, you can alert your landlord to the financial incentives available for installing solar energy devices. Alternatively, you can obtain lightweight solar panels which are designed to be fixed to roofs on a temporary basis.

You can even get solar panels which you can attach to windowsills so that they hang beneath your apartment windows generating solar energy for your use.

The improved efficiency of modern solar energy devices means that they can now be effective even in cloudy environments where direct sunlight is rarely available.

Solar energy has become so easy to access that it’s mazing more people don’t realize how they can take advantage of this great source of free power. Get ahead of the rush and convert your home to solar energy now. You’ll be doing the planet a favor – and you’ll be doing yourself a favor, too.

One person who has applied this to his tiny house is Lamar who built a 14′ x 14′ cabin in Utah. See this post on Lamar.

Lamar has written a book on his own personal experience and he explains in his from his site for $5 and he explains how to build a solar system for a small house for less than $1000. Check out the Simple Solar Homesteading website.

Battery Array

Battery Array

Charge Controller

Charge Controller

400 watt Inverter for AC power

400 watt Inverter for AC power

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Ruth - September 12, 2008 Reply

I nominated you for a blog award today on my blog – insidetheartisan.blogspot.com I just love your blog! The idea behind the award is that you then pass it forward to 6 other blogs that you like (if you feel so inclined!). Keep showing these cool houses!

Kent - September 13, 2008 Reply

Thank you Ruth, I appreciate that. I will now need to do my nominating as well.

Kent

Total Solar Energy - October 10, 2008 Reply

solar power needn’t be expensive if you go the DIY route. Most of the costs of solar power actually come from getting someone to install it

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