According to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), the combustion of fossil fuel is responsible for the majority of power generated in the United States: 45% of power generation comes from coal, 23% from natural gas, and 1% from petroleum. These harmful pollutants release carbon dioxide and other harmful gasses into the atmosphere which in turn has been linked to global warming. If you are like me, and care about the environment, these stats are unacceptable.
It is well known that earth is bombarded by tons of solar radiation; approximately 30% is reflected back to space while the rest is absorbed by clouds, oceans and land. This powerhouse (the sun) is one of many “gifts” given to us by Mother Nature. All these “gifts”, can be harnessed and turned into, what I would call, free energy, which in turn means, “free electricity”. These are the drivers for my article, and this is your first step to learning how to save electricity at home.
History tells us that ancient humans have used the sun for centuries to create and innovate. My name is Jacques Whitford, a 43 year old dad. Chances are you have not heard of me before, but if you're interested in learning how to save electricity, you'll be glad you finally did. Ever since I was a little boy, I have been fascinated with learning how to save energy.
Like ancient humans, I knew there had to be another way to save on my electricity bill! With prices of solar panels at $ 1.40 per watt today, I knew it would be too costly to purchase a commercial home power system, although prices for solar panels have declined by around 75% in the past 10 years in the United States. So, for me and every other American out there fascinated with green energy, we have to look for alternatives.
There are many alternatives. These are simple do-it-yourself guides to building wind generators and solar panels for home owners. Anyone can use these systems, regardless of whether or not you are a handyman; my 10 year old son have learned how to build solar panels on our own.
Things you will need are a DC meter, battery Box, insulated wire, inverter, drill, and rechargeable battery. First thing you need to do is read the entire book from start to finish. I highly recommend doing this before starting on your system. It will help save you a lot of frustration down the road.
Some other things to consider are placement. You will want to make sure your solar panel is in direct sunlight, this is very important. Remember the basics, the sun rises in the east and sets in the west. Consider things like building a post or placing the panels on your roof. After you have built your power source, you will want to set up your battery configuration.
For battery configuration I chose to use a combination of parallel wiring, and series wiring. Here's a quick 101: Parallel wiring is used to increase current (power). This means, if you are wiring a three circuit battery, in a parallel setup, it will act as if you have a battery that is three times as powerful. In short, parallel wiring boosts current but the voltage does not change.
Series wiring, on the other hand, is used to increase voltage. Say for example, you had three 4-volt batteries. Connecting them in a series wiring will unite the voltage of all 3 batteries to give us the effect of a battery 3 times the voltage, which in this case will be one large 12 volt battery. Now that you are an expert in battery wiring setup, you will need to create the appropriate combination of parallel and series setups based on your batteries.
By using a combination of parallel and series you can increase both the current current and voltage level at the same time. For example, if you have 6 four volt batteries, you can achieve 24 volts and 6 times the current of one battery. If this sounds a bit tricky to you, do what I did, use a battery bank designer online. There are many to be found by doing a Google search.
So here you have it folks, a simple way to generate and save electricity. Not only will you become self sufficient with this system, there are many other benefits to generating your own electricity: cost, environmental, and most of all pride. I hope you have enjoyed reading this article. If you need more information please feel free to use the resource section.