Originally posted 2010-09-18 08:03:19. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
There are many ways to generate DIY power for the home. One of the more common of these methods is by the use of solar energy. Persons interested in generating power from the sun should keep a few things in mind.
Generating energy from the sun only occurs if the sun is shining. If you live in areas where the sun does not shine for several weeks at the time, this method may not work for you. In addition, you will not generate electricity when the during the night. This can cause problems where nights are long in the winter and where there are many winter storms causing the sky to be overcast for long periods.
In order to provide electricity for the night hours some families remain connected to the grid for their backup plan. By remaining connected, excess power that is generated can be sold back to the electric company to offset the power that is consumed in your home. This method provides the most constant source of power. You can run even large appliances that depend on resistance heating if you remain on the grid. However, you must be located close enough to the power line to make the connection.
If you are not able or do not want to remain connected to the grid, you will need to have a bank of batteries to store the energy that you produce. Batteries have become much easier to handle and much less expensive during the past few years.
Since the energy that is produced by solar energy is DC electrical energy, it must be converted to AC energy before it can be used in a home. Conversion of the power is accomplished using a power inverter. Once the power has been converted, it is useful to operate many of your normal household tools.
DIY power is a viable option for many families.
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