Archive for March 2014
We live in a world where energy costs are rising as our resources to create that energy are declining. Luckily, and just in time, there are now several cost effective and eco friendly alternatives to these energies. In this video you will be walked through how to put together your own solar panel cheap and effectively.
Whether you are trying to go completely off the grid at affordable prices, or just cut back on your energy use, this is the way to go. There are several reasons to consider this as an option.
Cost EffectiveSolar panels have come a long way, and the prices are continuing to decline. This makes off the shelf solar panels a lot more affordable, but even at these reduced prices, they can still be quite expensive. For the true bargain hunter and DIY enthusiast, there is still a cheaper, more wallet friendly approach. This approach is in homemade solar panels.
By buying the cells individually, or in bulk, through sites like ebay, you can save a ton of money on these. You still then have the challenge of encasing the cells, but with a little bargain hunting and ingenuity you can find the materials to do this on the cheap side as well. If your really a thrifty person like myself, you can scavenge some materials to do this as well. It never hurts to pay attention to what people on your street are throwing away. There are many things that can be re-purposed or adapted to fit your needs. Just pay attention to the things around you and you are sure to score some materials that can be used to enclose these solar cells.
One huge benefit of converting to solar energy is the savings. You can build your solar panels at your own pace and add them as they are finished. The more solar panels you add, the less electricity you use. The less electricity you use, the more money you save. Eventually, if you have enough solar panels, and a large enough battery bank, you completely come off the grid, and stop paying for electricity all together. That should be the ultimate goal.
Last, but certainly not least, you can give your self the satisfaction of knowing that you are doing the planet and everyone on it a huge service by converting to a sustainable energy source. This is much more eco friendly and all around better for everyone. This will reduce emissions and waste that are created during the process of creating noon-sustainable energy sources. Every one person that does this is a baby step in creating a world not dependent on damaging industries.
If there is one thing that always troubles me about the summer, it's how to cool down my house without killing the electric bill. Manufactured air conditioners and central air can be extremely costly, both up front and in the long run. Well, have no fear, The 5 gallon bucket air conditioner is here.
At a glance your probably thinking, why would I ever do this. There are tons of reasons to do this.
Cheaper than Buying an Air Conditioner
Air conditioners can be quite expensive. The cheapest I've seen an air conditioner lately is around $150. And now, think. How many of those window units would you require to cool your entire home? Yep, and that's before you even see what it can do to your electric bill. Central air is even worse. It works a lot better than window units, but still has a huge impact on monthly expenses.
The cost to make one of these units, on average is about $15-$25. That's a huge difference from $150 wall units. And best of all, if you connect this to a small solar panel as this gentleman did, NO MONTHLY EXPENSE.
No Toxic Chemicals
It's no secret that air conditioners contain chemicals like Freon to cool the air. These chemicals can be very hazardous. You won't find anything like that with the 5 gallon bucket air conditioner, as it is purely run on ice. That alone is an awesome reason to consider this idea.
RenewableBy far one of my favorite things about the 5 gallon bucket air conditioner is that it is completely renewable. It's renewable in the sense that, to recharge this you simply add more ice. As you will see in the video, this gentleman used a 1 gallon jug that he filled with water and froze. It's easy as keeping a handful of these jugs frozen and alternating them as the 5 gallon bucket air conditioner begins to lose cooling power.
Well, that's that. I hope everyone enjoys this video as much as I did. I will definitely be building a couple of these in the coming months as summer approaches. I have a few of my own designs that I've been working on. As I build them I will post the designs, pictures, explanations, etc.
Farewell, for now.