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How Solar Panels Can Save You Money
In an effort to cut energy costs, more and more people are using solar energy. Installing solar panels will be high, but the expense will quickly be off set by the amount you will be saving on your electric bill. If you build your own solar panels you could save up to half the cost. While this article can’t possibly provide a comprehensive guide to building your own solar panel, we will look at some of the most important aspects.
Many people are worried about the cost of solar panels, which is why they haven’t yet made the switch from standard electricity providers to this form of clean energy. But, there is good news, solar panels are probably not as expensive as you might think, in fact you can even make your own solar panels at home with a little help from the internet and some basic household tools. The simplest design for a solar panel is using a wood container, which means that you will need some simple woodworking tools like a saw, a drill and a screwdriver, which you probably already own. You may also need some silicone caulking and/or wood glue to assemble the wooden container and attach the solar cells. Since you will need solar cells mounted together to create your homemade solar panel it’s important to have them on hand as well. If you are worried that you might not find these cells very easy take a look online at places like Ebay. Just because you find them cheap doesn’t always mean you should invest in them. You need good quality cells that aren’t damaged because the better they are the more energy they produce. If the solar cells you find on Ebay are rated at or below grade “B” avoid them. 100 solar cells can produce an average o9f 100 watts of power, you’ll find approximately 36 of these in each solar panel. Each solar cell costs about $2 so you won’t go broke on them.
It is first necessary to realize that you will need a container in which to place your solar cells in order to create your own solar panels with the do it yourself method. Solar panels containers can be made of any number of materials although the ease of workmanship makes wood the obvious choice for such a project. Plywood is a great option to use for the back, but you can use any type of wood you have available. It is recommended that you have some wood inside the box to separate the cells and hold them upright as well as a covering of plexiglass over the top too. This type of opaque covering protects the cells from damage due to the elements while still allowing necessary sunlight to reach each cell. It’s important that you remember to drill a whole for the wires to be pulled out of. You can use solder to connect all of these cells together once you’ve mounted the solar cells.
It only takes some skills with tools and anyone can build a solar panel. In no time at all you can have your own solar panel up and running.
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