People said I was crazy. "You are going to build your own solar panels to heat your hot water?". They laughed at me when I bought some DIY solar panel plans on the Internet. But who's laughing now?
For under $1000 I was able to buy the plans and all of the materials. It just took me a weekend to build with my handyman buddy and a bit of tinkering to get it perfect. But now I estimate that my DIY solar panels save me in excess of $20 per month. I save on both the energy that it takes to heat my hot water and on my household heating.
In fact, the system was so easy to build myself that I am thinking of building my own photovoltaic solar panels for my garage so I can save on electricity. If you have any mechanical skills at all, you can build your own solar panels.
A DIY solar panel project is both satisfying to build and satisfying to the pocketbook.
- DIY Dan
Before we get stared it's important to note that DIY solar panels and other components may not be as safe as commercial solar systems. If you damage your house or hurt someone by using a system that is not approved by the authorities, your insurance company may not cover you and you may get sued.
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