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Archive for the 'Solar Education' Category

The biggest problem facing the do it yourself solar enthusiast is ignorance of basic electronics and materials. This category contains educational posts that I've created to help people overcome this.

How to Quickly and Easily Calculate Average Household Electricity Consumption

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

One of the first steps in justifying the cost of a new solar system is to perform an electricity audit to determine your average household electricity consumption. This article shows you a couple easy ways to go about performing your own home energy survey.

Once you’ve completed an electricity audit, you’ll be able to put the numbers into an electricity consumption calculator and see just how much money each appliance costs you per month. This can be a real eye opener.

Exploring Light Facts For Kids

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

A friend of mine has an 8 year old boy. He’d really like to get his son exposed to solar power as early as possible and he asked my advice on how to answer the question “how do solar panels work for kids”. I offered to look through the selection of stuff at and recommend some stuff that I thought could help. He didn’t want to do this himself since, as he put it, “I can’t tell crap from gold”.

Choosing Your (Solar) Path In Life

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

If you’re new to the whole ‘solar thing’ but are looking to get started, there are two important decisions that you need to make before investing in any solar technology. These choices will set the course of your solar life, so choose wisely.

The Two Most Useful Equations in Electronics

Saturday, June 25th, 2011

There are two important equations that are used in every electrical project. A person can usually debug an electrical circuit using only these two equations, so long as they are good with logic or algebra. However, before we can discuss them, we need to cover two more definitions.

Basic Electrical Concepts

Friday, June 24th, 2011

In previous posts, such as my solar powered pond pump pages, I’ve tried to pass on hands-on knowledge of how to build solar circuits. However, I rely on a common foundation of electrical concepts such as voltage, current, resistance, etc. I assume that my readers are familiar with these concepts, but this is not always a valid assumption. This post covers some basic electrical concepts that need to be understood by anyone wanting to work with electrical solar circuits. Each definition below includes links you can follow to get more information on that topic.

Benefits of Solar Energy

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

With ever increasing global warming, we cannot afford to burn fossil fuels to generate power forever. It not only depletes the reserves left on earth but also increases the amount of carbon emissions.

Understanding Battery Ratings

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Amp-hour, Cold Cranking Amps, and Reserve Capacity are the most common battery rating that you’ll see. There is a plethora of other standardized ratings out there for special applications, but for solar applications, you’ll want to pay the most attention to the amp-hour and reserve capacity ratings. These will give you the best estimate as to how long you’ll be able to power a load with a battery.

Read This Before Buying A 12v Solar Panel

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

This article covers some common mistakes people make when they are looking to buy a 12v solar panel. Installing solar powered products for improving your life is rarely a strait-forward craft. There are always tricky bugs that creep up and a sharp eye needs to always be kept on voltages and power ratings. Read this article to prevent yourself from succumbing to these common pitfalls:

Wind Turbines For The Home

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Thanks to innovative engineers and new composite materials, prices on reliable wind turbines have in fact come down very rapidly over the last few years and are continuing to get less and less expensive. Someday soon, we will hopefully see the installation of wind power generators as a standard building practice.