With the costs of electricity and gas on the never-ending rise, many Americans are searching for a more economical way to meet their individual needs. Just what are all the benefits derived from using a homemade solar cell? These free-energy harnesses allow you save money, go green, and enjoy a good money-saving weekend project.
To begin, let us define this source of green energy. Solar energy is the energy derived from the sun's heat and light output. Generally, this method of harnessing one of the earth's most reliable forms of energy produces enough energy to power a 12V battery. If you build a large panel, it might power a 16V battery. With several cells and judicious use of your household electricity, you might be able to generate enough power for all your needs. Experts say that building your own solar panels can save you up to 80% on your electric bill. Likewise, with prices for electricity ever increasing, even small helps such as a single solar cell can make a good-sized dent in your electric bill.
Before constructing your cells, a basic understanding of how the panels work would be helpful. The process is simple. First, photovoltaic cells convert sunlight into electricity. This electricity is then conducted, via wiring, to a battery or other such storage, where it can be harnessed for many uses. Now mind you, those uses are not strictly confined to the needs of the house. These panels can be made to power anything you wish, whether that be an experimental DIY automobile, a boat, or a disinfection plant for third-world countries, the possibilities are endless.
To build your own panels, you will need a few basic tools. While the actual construction of the solar panels is beyond the scope of this article, a short list of tools you should compile, as well as a general idea of the basic supplies you may need, will help you prepare for your weekend project.
First, you will need tools to assemble your panels. These tools include a handheld drill, a DC meter, a battery, and insulated wire. Materials that you may need, but can vary according to the project you are following, would include items such as photovoltaic cells, ply board, plexiglass, and wiring. These are not items that will work for every solar cell; check your own DIY instructions for a list of supplies specific to your project to find out more about the items you need.
Building your own homemade solar cells provide many benefits for the entire family. First, it is an inexpensive and helpful project to conquer in a single weekend. Secondly, while it is inexpensive in itself, it will also save hundreds of dollars on your electric bill in the days to come. It is easy to maintain. It enables you to go green, eliminating any sort of footprint associated with the traditional production of electricity. Incidentally, it is one of the most popular forms of green energy. Lastly, it provides a reliable source of electricity that can be stored in batteries for use in case of a blackout. The sun gives off energy daily that can be harnessed for your own good. With homemade solar cells, this good will pay off in no time.