The common conception that creating a workable home solar or wind energy system for a residential house is prohibitively expensive or impractical is somewhat outdated and needs to be revised. The cost of setting up a reliable, passive source of backyard electricity is actually lower than one might think and continues to fall, in contrast to energy prices from traditional sources, which will, in all likelyhood, continue to rise. Outfitting ones residence with a non conventional, home made solar panel array or wind turbine system can be done with basic materials that can be gotten from the local hardware store and require only a little time and mechanical know how.
The view that a practical renewable energy generation system is out of the reach of most home owners is based on the idea that in order to have a decent set up, it has to be proffessionally designed and installed. Having a solar panel system or wind powered generator therefore must be expensive if the proffesionals have to come in. Again, this notion has become outdated and should be put out to pasture. The fact of the matter is that the materials required have, in recent years, become much cheaper or free altogether in some cases.
For example, one major cost issue that has since become much less expensive is storage batteries for a home system. A home needs batteries to store any excess energy created to deal with fluctuations in demand throughout the day. These batteries used to be quite expensive. Now, the thrifty DIY home renovator can obtain such batteries from local commercial and industrial companies. Most people aren't aware that many companies in these fields are required to get new batteries for forklifts and other machinery once they are no longer able to fully charge within a set amount of time. So they have to buy new batteries, and either give away the older, still very useful ones for next to nothing, or nothing at all.
In addition to a drop in prices for basic materials, the Internet itself has fostered a more responsive environment for the transfer of knowledge regarding methods and techniques of building home energy systems. At present, there is a virtual cornucopia of information regarding cheap set ups for wind turbines, solar panels, geothermal systems, even hydropower turbines, all available online for free as well, or for a very fair price.
If you are interested in developing a greater energy independence by rigging up your own system at home, be aware of a few things. While deploying a basic system at home is relatively simple, you need to be careful, take your time, and double check your work. Remember, your dealing with your house's energy supply, which is considerable. "Safety first" should be your motto. Also, in regards to instructional materials and manuals: do your research before you buy anything. There are some very reputable sources of information out there, both online and in print. Look into anything you buy before shelling out any hard earned dollars. Home energy independence is a possibility, but like anything worth doing, it will take a little time, and some effort.