Sunday, June 7, 2009

Free Home Energy - Do You Need a Commercial System Or Can You DIY?

With the ever rising cost of power to the home, many people have been looking at harnessing the free energy which is all round us. But do you need to buy a commercial ready-made system or is it possible to build your own?

For the average home, the cost of heating is outstripping the average wage increase and many consumers are looking to do something about it. Very few homes lend themselves easily to the use of wind energy or solar energy because they were built long before such ideas became a reality. Even now, new homes are still not being designed to take advantage of free energy sources. The new-build industry hasn't yet woken up to the increasing awareness and demand of the knowledgeable homeowner.

You can go out and buy a commercial energy system and have it adapted to fit your house. However, this can be prohibitively expensive and out of reach for the average homeowner. While the system will start to make savings as soon as it is installed, the return on the investment can be over 10 or 15 years. So the next person to own the home will get the main benefit rather than you!

A viable alternative is to install the free energy system yourself. If you can do almost any type of DIY competently, then you are well qualified to install your own system. The components, in terms of wind turbines and solar panels, are becoming increasingly available and affordable all the time. The technologies associated with these devices is improving rapidly to the point at which every home can afford to generate its own electricity.

The big electricity generating companies are a bit slow at promoting the viability of this technology. It is easy to see why, they have a vested interest in selling you electricity that they have generated.

So the components are readily available. What about the design and construction knowledge? There are many people who offer step-by-step instructions to set up your own energy generator. These are now extremely good and valuable sources of hints and tips to make the installation a success. They even tell you how to sell your electricity to the big electricity companies.

I know of many people who have taken the plunge using these instruction packs and are now reaping the benefits of free home energy. The return on their investment is usually in the range of 2 to 3 years. So I would go for a DIY system every time.

Autor: Al Stewart

Al Stewart is a researcher of technology and has reviewed a number of free energy guides.

Added: June 8, 2009