It’s funny, when it comes to building your own solar panels for your home, as cheap as they cost some people still want to take shortcuts in saving money or not researching the solar panel plans they are about to buy. If you’re interested in building your own and you’re sitting on the Internet searching for free solar panel plans you need to realize there will come to a point when sacrificing quality for saving money will have negative consequences.
Making your own solar panel is already a major cost saving in contrast to buying a pre-made one but trying to get the cost down to literally nothing is not a good idea. In this article I will be focusing on three mistakes that you must avoid if you want the building to go smoothly.
Mistake 1 – Using Free Plans
Now don’t get me wrong, whenever I hear about a bargain, a sale, or something for free my ears always perk up. But when it comes to powering your house with solar energy using free plans can lead you down a frustrating path that can set you back in many ways.
The main problem with free solar panel plans are the majority are not well created and can be very difficult to follow by someone who has no experience building. Free plans may sound great when you find one on the Internet, print it out and start building, but what happens when you get stuck or don’t understand something?
Usually all your hard work will have gone to waste as you will not be able to get any specialized help. The higher quality paid plans will have a support system set in place so that if you get into any trouble you can get help from an expert who will set you right again. So don’t skimp when it comes to buying quality plans otherwise you may find yourself abandoning the solar project all together when you run into difficulties.
Mistake 2 – Plans That Only Teach How To Make A Solar Panel
Some solar panel plans will only show you how to make the panel but will then leave you scratching your head as to what you actually have to do with it. There is more to powering your home with solar energy than just building a panel.
You will also need to know the correct method of installing it, which direction to face it, how to assemble and connect multiple panels, and much more. So make sure that you choose plans that take you through the whole process of making solar energy and actually getting it up and running in the most optimal way possible.
Mistake 3 – Choosing Incomplete Plans
You would be surprised at the large number of plans that do not have full and comprehensive parts and material lists. These are absolutely essential especially if you are a novice. If this is missing or incomplete then following solar panel plans become much harder than it should be. So always make sure the plans are complete by reviewing the plan yourself or by asking the owner who created it.