One claim is that the guide will tell you how to build solar panels for as little
as $125 and a wind turbine for as little as $100. So let's consider whether that
would be possible, and if so what the specifics of these devices would be. First
with regard to the solar panel, a solar panel is built of photovoltaic cells, and
the cheapest solar cells that I could find came to about 25 cents a watt (on Ebay).
So this claim is certainly true, but may be a little misleading; allowing for costs
other than the solar cell (frame materials, leads, wiring), you could create a solar
panel generating at most a few hundred watts of power for that price, if you shop
carefully. Now, there's nothing wrong with that!
It means that a 3 kilowatt home solar system could be constructed for much less than
the cost of having such a system installed. But you certainly could not do it for
$125, although you could indeed make one solar panel for that price.
Still, this looks like a decent guide to home-built green energy. The guide has plans
for various sizes of wind turbine: 500-watt, 800-watt, and 1500-watt. Its solar system
plans can be expanded to meet the needs of just about any household.
Its tips on how to improve energy efficiency are sound and common-sense for the most
part. The authors' website allows visitors to download videos on green energy and
to sign up for an email newsletter. Advice is provided for using net metering in
conjunction with your local utility, as well as for going completely off the grid
(a more difficult proposition but by no means impossible).
As anyone knows who has
looked into converting a home, wholly or in part, to renewable energy, the up-front
cost can be daunting. If you can follow well-designed instructions and don't mind
putting in some work, Green Power Easy can help you to shave a lot off that up-front
cost, while also helping you cut your power consumption through simple, common-sense
As the cost of green energy continues to drop and the cost of fossil fuels (and hence
of commercially-generated electricity from your utility) continues to soar, a lot
of products are finding their way onto the Internet to help people save money on
electricity and to make their personal energy economies greener.
These products range from simple and useful guides to producing solar or wind power
at home, to scams involving scientifically unlikely (and usually unexplained) techniques.
So that's the first thing we should always determine up front: are the methods of
power generation or saving being addressed here ones that we know are real and will
It's advertised at a regular price of $49.97 (currently discounted to $39.97) which
includes all four e-books plus some bonus videos. The set gets good reviews from
those who have used it, who generally say that it is well-written, easy to follow,
The authors come with plenty of experience: twelve years in the green energy consulting
business, and seem to be something in the way of missionaries for green energy. So
far, so good. Let's take a look, then, at some of the claims the authors make for