There are a LOT of how to guides on the market that are supposed to show you how to make your own solar panels, and windmills or wind turbines. At last count there were at least 16 different guides available that purport to guide you step by step through building solar panels and windmills that, as they proclaim, will save you money. And while most of them do, at a bare minimum, show you how to do this, there’s not much innovation among them. Add to that the fact that some of them are poorly written and illustrated, and you can quickly see that getting the most effective one can often be a hit or miss proposition. The phrase caveat emptor is most appropriate in this field. Let the buyer beware.

I’ve read most of these guides. Some I bought, read, and promptly got my money back. A few of them are a complete waste of money. Rehashed information that you can typically find for free. Others are not. The ones listed below are what I feel are the two best guides on the market today bar none. They not only provide the basics, they go beyond that and add a tremendous amount of innovation and value. These manuals have great illustrations, informative instructions, innovative methods, and great video guides that will actually SHOW you how to do it. So if you’re looking for the best do it yourself wind and solar power plan guides, the two best available ones are listed below. You can’t go wrong with either one of them and both are highly recommended.

Our #1 Choice – Green DIY Energy

Even though its arrival was a little later to the DIY home power plan market, Green DIY Energy is an excellent product. When it first came out, it had very much appeared to be a copy of some of the other products that were being sold. But over time, the publisher has stuck with it, and continued to improve and refine this product. What made it our number one choice is the most recent changes that they’ve done.

The first is the addition of EXCELLENT demonstration videos. Now, you not only get the highly illustrated and informative e-books, you get hours of instructional videos that will walk you step by step through the process of building solar panels.

The other reason is that their material is produced and approved by an NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) certified individual. Many of the current products on the market are just a rehashing of old methods without much attention to safety or innovation. This product is safety conscious, and pays very keen attention to details.

This guide has excellent drawings and diagrams, and very clear and thoroughly detailed videos that will easily lead you through the building process. This plan is basically foolproof.

Hours of EXCELLENT Instructional Videos

Professionally prepared NABCEP material

Payback of One Month. Yearly Savings of Over $2000

Total Installed Costs of Less Than $200

Geared Towards the Beginner

No-Risk 60 day money back guarantee

So as you can see, the reason this has taken over the top spot in our ratings is because it goes the extra mile. The NABCEP certified material, and the EXCELLENT and thorough instructional videos that leave no room for error are what have changed our mind. It’s really a great package if you want to start making your own energy with wind or solar power. And the best part is that once you get your system up and running, you’ll pay for this guide in only one month. And in the course of a year, you’ll save over $2000

Our Overall Rating = 5/5

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Our #2 Choice – Earth4Energy

The first of the energy plan kits to hit the market, Earth 4 Energy provides a tried and true solution to generating power at home. The plans have been very well tested and refined to provide a remarkably good product for the homeowner that wants to build windmills or solar panels in order to lower or eliminate their electric bills.

Can be built for less than $200

No experience necessary – designed for the beginner

Electric bill can be lowered by 80% or more

Can be easily completed in a weekend

Clear and thorough diagrams and documentation

60 day money back guarantee

Of all the different solar and wind power plans on the market, this one has always been in the top 2. At the moment, in our opinion, it’s moved to the #2 position. It was the first one on the market, and has had the most polishing and refinement, but it’s lacking the NABCEP material. Since the publisher continuously updates this product, there’s no reason to believe that it won’t stay in the top 2 positions for a long time to come, and quite possibly it will move back into first place with some further enhancements. It truly is a great product that’s been on of our top recommendations for quite some time.

Our Overall Rating = 4.5/5

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So as you can see, these are the best of the best. When they first came to market, they were both a little rough around the edges. But due to time and competition between them, they’ve both evolved into great products. I would expect that in a few more months, there will be basically no difference between them as far as quality and information is concerned. You really can’t go wrong with either one of them.

If you’ve been looking for ways to reduce your energy bills you’ve probably been thinking about using some type of alternative power. And if you’ve done any research at all, you know that solar and wind power are perfect for this!

Since the average American household uses 11,040 kWh per year, it’s easy to see that the potential savings from generating electricity via alternative sources can be substantial. But if you’ve also researched the costs of buying commercially available wind turbines or solar panels, you know that living off the grid isn’t cheap. Even though demand for these types of power generators is increasing, the prices haven’t come down out of the stratosphere and into the realm of affordability. And in most cases, commercially available products aren’t even cost effective yet. While this is disheartening, it’s not reason to give up on alternative energy. It’s quite possible to BUILD YOUR OWN reliable, effective, and low cost solar panels and wind turbines. Using plans that are available, you can easily generate power for less than $200, and in some cases even less than that. These plans are simple to complete – they’re geared towards the average do it yourself homeowner. You don’t need to be a master mechanic or engineer, almost anyone can build them from readily obtainable parts using common tools. And the best part is that you’ll know exactly how your power system works when you’re done. If you ever need to perform any maintenance, it will be a snap.

In our quest to cut costs at our home, we started looking for plans in order to build our first windmill. We found several different plan packages, and were somewhat overwhelmed as to which one should we use. So after lots of research, reading, and asking a lot of questions we put together this review page based on our findings and experiences with each of these products. One thing worth noting is that all of these plans are good, and will adequately provide all the necessary diagrams, parts lists, and instructions that are necessary to build a fully functional windmill or solar cell/solar panel. Rest assured that no matter which one you choose, you’ll have no problem with any of them. That said, some of them are inherently better than the others for various reasons that are worth considering.

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