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Possible To Save Money With a Home Made Solar Energy System?

By Singapore Home Guy On November 15, 2011 No Comments

Living off grid and producing electricity from natural resource may sound ambitious. But let’s face it, is it impossible? It’s true that it can be challenging and complicated but there’s always a possibility. It is possible to produce electricity for homes with solar energy. It requires ample amount of money, time and effort though. Yet, it’s achievable. Here are some few tips to achieve this goal.

Patience, Patience, Patience…

Living off-grid doesn’t mean that you call your electric provider to disconnect your power supply after you build one solar panel. A single home-made solar panel is not enough to support your household’s power needs. You need to build plenty of solar panels and to have lots of batteries. You may start with using home-made solar panels to compliment the electric consumption in your households and reduce your monthly utility bill. You will know that you can completely live off grid when your bill goes down to almost zero without too much trouble in regards to you and your family daily lifestyle.

Let’s do the Computation

First step to off-grid living is finding out the power consumption of your home. A standard American home usually consumes about 588kWh monthly. But this factor may vary depending on the home’s size, the number of occupants, time of the year and number of appliance at home. For an instance, many households have doubled power usage during summer season since they use air-conditioning more often. Check your old electric bills and know the monthly power usage in your household. Some electric company may also include the average of your home’s monthly power usage.

Once you have known the amount of electricity you need to start living off-grid, find out how many solar energy panels you need to put up. Actually, it is easier to know the number of solar cells you will need and divide these cells into solar panels later on.  Sadly, solar cells generate varied amount of electric power. It depends upon the location, cloud cover, size, time of the year, etc. But you can always get dependable number of watts generated by each solar cell by contacting your solar energy supplies manufacturers.

Lastly, you need to know the number of batteries you will need to keep the electric power produced by the panels during daylights. These batteries will supply your household the needed electric power during the night. You can choose from two types of batteries. The car batteries, or known as wet cell lead batteries and AGM or deep-cycle gel batteries. The latter is more expensive but are best suitable for solar power. They tend to last longer than the car batteries.

Depending on the calculation and the result, you’ll know how much power your household needs in a daily basis. Once you have come up with the battery type, know it storage capacity. Then, divide the power consumption by the storage capacity of the battery. The result will by the number of batteries you really need.

Reduce your electric Consumption

All of us enjoy and use up unlimited electric power. We worry less about using plenty of electric power and just pay what we used up once the bill comes up. Once you start living off grid, you need to limit your energy consumption as home-made solar panels generate finite amount of electricity.

There are few lifestyle changes you need to embrace once you try the off grid living. Firstly, you cannot leave your desktop on all-day, all-night. You will also need to be frugal in using air conditioner and heaters. As you build your home-made energy system, start replacing you traditional appliances with energy saving ones. So, instead of using incandescent bulbs, better use CFL lights. If you can, replace electric appliances with appliances that don’t use electric power. For instance, use hot water heater or furnace.

You will also need to change your behavior to achieve off-grid living successfully. You need to get yourself used to turning off lights and appliances when you don’t need them. Instead of drying your clothes with electric dryers, hang it dry outside.

Yes, living off grid is challenging but at the end of the day, you can reap seamless benefits from your home-made solar power system.


Solar Energy Panels: Save Money through Do It Yourself Solar Panel Installation

By Singapore Home Guy On July 1, 2010 1 Comment

Most of people are in the look of alternative energy resources nowadays. It is due to the increasing energy consumption as well as its cost. Now, for people to save thousand of dollar in their electric bills, one should know how to build and utilize a Solar Panel. This system will give you an opportunity to reduce the energy consumption as well as the electric bills in your home. Purposely, you also protect environment as the whole system of Solar Panel used mostly natural resources which is basically the sun energy. Furthermore, Solar Panel does not releasing any harmful materials. While enjoying the enormous benefits that the solar panel can give, you are also minimizing the pollution in your environment.

There’s a lot of alternative source available today but Home Solar Power System out-stand among them. This device produces useful energy by capturing the solar energy releasing by the sun and transforming it into solar energy. Because the energy source comes free, there’s a lot of people would like to take advantage of this system.

Obtaining and installing your own Solar Panel can be costly. Mostly, the largest cost is coming from installation. Those unfamiliar about Solar Panel installation opt to hire professional to do the installation task for them. But if you want to save some few bucks in the installation process, you can do it yourself. Obtain a step-by-step manual for proper installation. It is important that you will be able to do the whole process properly so that you can get the effective function of the Solar Panel. Don’t rush yourself upon installation – be patient. The panels maybe costly, but by installing it yourself, you can save a lot of money.

You can also earn money in having your own Solar Panel. Once you have properly installed solar panel, you can have the opportunity to capture large amount of solar energy. This way, while reducing the energy consumption in your house through using solar energy, you can also sell the excess energy source to other small company. You just have to make sure that the whole system is receiving enough sunlight so you can come up with a lot of solar energy. That way, you can minimize your electric bill consumption.

Solar energy can be converted into different power sources but the most common is electricity. The sunlight is directly converted into electric power once captured by the panels. The conversion process can be done with the use of solar cells or photovoltaic cells (PV cell).

Solar energy panels are environment-friendly and easy to maintain system that is why it becomes popular alternative energy source. This can be located in remote areas which is beneficial so that people can have electric power without the need of seeking for electric company service. Moreover, Solar Panels can last for long time as it has no moving parts.


Wind Energy: An Alternative Power Source Solution

By Singapore Home Guy On June 8, 2010 No Comments

People tend to use more than enough power these days. The result is the increasing demand of power supply. Due to this, alternative energy resource has become more popular and beneficial as conventional power resources are not able to reach the increasing demand. One of unconventional and renewable power resource is wind energy, where in you can have to same effective energy power at low cost.

Wind energy becomes popular to people as it can give renewable energy supply at much cheaper cost. This helps most of homeowner to get the enough supply of power without paying too much on their electric bills. Before, wind energy was being used just to pump water. But as time goes by, it evolves due to technology advancement. From pumping water turn into energy and power supplier- electricity supplier. Most of homeowner who tried to use wind energy as alternative source were able to cut back expense on their electricity bill for almost 80%. This is also beneficial to our environment as the resources used to implement this solution are merely natural.

Now, if you are considering of having your own wind power system, there’s a lot of video tutorial and step-by-step manuals available in the market. With its easy-to-understand interface, you don’t have to employ or hire professional to do the installation for you. You just need to obtain proper tools and necessary material requirements for you to do the installation properly and conveniently. You are more likely to spend 200$ for the whole thing installation. You may find it expensive, but with the benefits outweigh cost, you will realize that the money you are going to spend will be worth it.

Once you come up with the proper materials and installation tools, you can now start putting all that together. You just have to be careful upon installation. The whole process should be done in proper manner and in feasible area. Once you have your own wind power system, get ready to cut back your bills. It can also be very beneficial if you have small business that requires power energy as you don’t have to worry in your consumption.


Is It Possible To Go Green For A Singapore Home?

By Singapore Home Guy On July 13, 2009 1 Comment

The trend nowadays is about going green, save the earth, plant more trees or plants, save energy. So the 2 questions revolving to this trend in Singapore: “Is it possible to go green Singapore our home here?” and “What is in for me if I go green?”

To answer the first question is that it can be done, but it will costly if you go this route initially and after that you will experience your monthly cost like electricity bills and even water bills to go down dramatically. We are unlike other countries which experience seasonal changes, typically we experience summer throughout the year. Let’s see what we can do to help reduce our bills and save the earth at the same time:

Use energy saving electrical appliances. As the countries around the world have taken into consideration of energy saving and going green, it makes sense for the electrical appliance companies to reduce the electrical consuming of the appliances. I have seen the new energy saving washing machines that save 30% of the old type of washing machines, and refrigerators that save 20% more in the long run too. So when you are out going shopping for a new electrical home appliances, make sure to read the labels that state energy saving.

Another thing that takes up a lot electricity are the lightnings in our home. We use lights to brighten up in the night. There are now energy saving light that not just save electricity but also the life span is so much longer than the previous lights (fluorescent light) that consumes about 25 ~ 35 watts an hour, but for the new LED light that last 3 times longer life span, and yet is only using 30% of what the fluorescent light are using.

Using solar panel. This is more for the landed property in Singapore. You can use the solar panel as electricity for the light during the night. You can use two different source for the light system in your home, one is the normal electricity from PUB, the other is from the energy generated from the solar panel. This way you can rest assure that you will have lights brighten up in your home.

Using white colour paint for your walls. As you know that Singapore is a tropical country that has sun throughout the year, so it will be hot throughout as well. By using white walls, you can make your home look brighter and it will also reflect the light from your home too. You can reduce the electricity in your home by just switching on the fans instead of air conditioning.

Well there are small little ways that do not cost you to go green in Singapore, by unplugging the plugs of the electrical appliances if not in use, this can save you like additional 5 ~ 10% of the electricity bill, as electricity are being sucked up if you on the switch or leave it plug to the electrical source, they are called electric vampires.

You might be asking, how we measure the amount of money I will be using for a year. I have found a web page by the Singapore government; you can calculate how much money you will be spending in a certain amount of hours. Do note that this is a gauge, and it’s not 100% accurate. Check your electricity usage here.

So be very conscious to make your home a greener place and money saving place to live in Singapore. If you have any things to share in regards to the topic, feel free to share in the comment below.