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Cheap solar power

Is there such a thing as cheap solar power? Happily I say, yes. Does it require a little more work? Absolutely you have to jump in and do a little extra work to save some money. Depending on the size and type of home you want to outfit there are inexpensive options out there. Best case scenario you are starting from scratch with a new home that can be outfitted beforehand for solar friendly lighting and appliances. But, for the rest of us some changes to our lifestyle and energy usage will allow for some solar replacement.

If you are committed to converting to solar there are many exciting, well priced items available down to simple light bulbs, that are solar friendly ,on the market. Maybe you can opt for a smaller refrigerator and television. Solar ovens are cheap and easy to make and used all around the world. A good old fashioned wood stove can serve many purposes like, heating, cooking and water heating. Depending on your level of commitment and how many luxuries you are willing to forgo you can equip a small home to run exclusively on solar. If you are like most people you want to tread lightly and keep your lifestyle nearly the same. This is still an admirable way to do your part and you will probably increase your solar use as you get comfortable and learn the ropes. Spend some time online and you will find hundreds of websites with instructions for constructing your own solar car, a solar oven, even a site to show you how to build solar panels out of recyclables. Days to day discoveries are easier to keep up on when you join the solar community as they are a passionate group that is excited by the future prospects of cheap solar power and love to spread the word. Not all of us can afford to go 100% solar as we would like but there are ways to advance the science until we can’t afford not to go solar. Calling your politicians and reminding them of the importance of renewable energy or doing a project with your kids to teach them about the possibility of solar are admirable steps to do your part to keep solar in the forefront.

Cheap solar power ideas are out there for the taking and only require a little extra homework and some motivation. If you really want to make the change don’t let money get in the way. Reach out to other solar users in your community for help.

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January 24, 2008 - Posted by | Blogroll, Solar Power

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