If you have heard all the hype around people making their home wind turbine and solar power at home for little under $250, you would have noticed that there are dozens of diy energy guides on the market. One them, Earth4Energy, claims it can help you save up to 80% on your power bill. But what is the truth behind the guide? We got ourselves a copy, and this is what we found.
Its good aspects:
1 – Great value for money
Earth4Energy, although similarly priced to the other guides, was the most complete and comprehensive ones we read. Furthermore, if we were ever stuck at some point in our build, the quick, helpful customer support provided great advice.
2 – Excellent customer service
Our support tickets were answered not only quickly, but very thoroughly. Furthermore, a while back we recommended they provide video instructions to help people picture the building process better – and guess what? They recently did! How’s that for meeting your customers’ needs?
3 – Excellent solar panel plans
The solar panel system plans were the most comprehensive and thanks to the great instructional videos, they were by far the easiest to follow. Material cost estimates were accurate – the author, Michael Harvey, claims you can get all the solar parts for about $100-$150. We managed to find everything for $117.53. This is a bargain if you think the cost of getting a professional to install these systems can run into thousands of dollars!
What was also helpful with Earth4Energy’s solar plans, is that it shows you how to make the system portable, which is ideal if you own an RV.
The problems we found:
1 – You need to scale up to start saving:
This is one of those problems we found with all the diy energy guides. Yes, it is very possible to save up to 80% on power by following these plans, but it will take you more than one system to get there. So, depending on how much power you want to make, and where you live, you will have to scale up your systems, and obvious spend more than the claimed $250 or so to see the desired results.
With comprehensive plans, step-by-step diagrams, supplementary videos, excellent customer support, and regular updates to meet the growing needs of its users – the Earth4Energy ebook and videos will set you well on your way to making your own renewable energy at home. It’s no wonder this guide has out-performed it closest rivals by over 500%! (based on number of satisfied customers)