Installing your home with solar panels doesn't have to be a massive chore. You can find solar panel kits to update your home and help you control your utility bills. These kits not only help you lower the cost of home energy, but the kits themselves are relatively inexpensive. Getting green energy for your home only requires a small investment if you are someone who likes to do the work yourself, as hiring an installer is an additional expense.

Home solar panel kits include cells, diodes, and wiring, all the items you need to build and install the panels. If you are not sure what type of panels you need, you can consult an expert who will guide you in the right direction. Your panels don't even have to be for your home. You can find panels for a boat or RV. You can also use them for a small cab system or as a backup emergency power source. You can choose from kits as small as five-watt do-it-yourself kits, 80-watt kits, and everything in between.

For example, an 80-watt solar power kit is good for smaller household structures, such as cabins or as backup power. This simple DIY kit uses a SunSaver6 charge controller and a 55 amp-hour AGM sealed battery. This means that you can get up to 162 hours am or 1944 watts of power per week, depending on how much sun you have during the week. Of course, there will be more power in the summer and less in the winter. This panel can power a laptop between 40 and 90 watts per hour. Smaller devices, like radios, only need 20 to 75 hours. Remember that if you add a second panel for more power, you will need a larger charge controller than the one provided in the kit.

You may even decide to go for a hybrid sun and wind kit so you can benefit from both elements in your quest for green energy. For example, a 20-watt solar panel kit may also have a 50-watt mini wind turbine kit. When the solar panel harvests five hours of sunshine per day, it produces 42 amp-hours or 500 watt-hours of energy per week. The wind turbine adds even more hours of energy.

Many of these smaller panel kits allow you to experiment with solar energy before making a total investment in it for your home. Since they are fairly inexpensive, you can decide whether a more advanced panel system is worth the time and money it will take to install. Remember that when you invest in home solar panel kits, this does not mean that you will be completely off the grid. You will incorporate your solar panels into your existing utility connection. Plus, you can check out government incentive programs to see if you can get a refund for using your solar panels. You may discover that solar energy is well worth the immediate benefits and not just the future rewards.

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