Solar Power and Wind Power are the common ways of generating homemade electricity. Some folks reduce their use of electricity to a level that they can disconnect from the utility company and live “Off the Grid.”
Solar power comes from free sunshine. If you live in part of the world where the sun shines a lot, it may work for you.
You cannot make solar electricity at night.
Even if you live, where cloudy days are a rare occurrence and the snow doesn’t cover your solar panels long nights are a problem.
If you want your lights and your refrigerator to keep working all night, you will need batteries or another way to bank energy. You are doing well when you can put more power into you batteries during the day than you use in 24 hours.
Wind power works day or night, as long as the wind blows. Most windmill generators will start making power when the wind is 10 or 15 miles an hour. The faster the wind blows the more Watts they can make. The problem is; no wind equals no power.
Using a windmill generator and solar cells together will increase the percentage of time when you can put power into your battery bank.
For more information on what to consider, before you jump into homemade power, check out this article. How to Decide if Wind Power is Right for You.
I suggest that you work on a solar power system that will power just one or two appliances that you use often. This will let you learn about it by doing. It also has the advantage of being a low cost way to start that you can implement quickly.
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