I worked in a manufacturing company and had a co-worker that was into everything "green". I asked him what he though about solar energy and I thought he was going to wet himself on the spot. He started to get excited and his legs started twitching. as he excitedly went on and on about how great it was. His biggest problem was finding any legitimate plans, diagrams or instructions on how to put a solar energy system together. He found many different parts but could never put the whole concept together.
A basic solar installation can cost over ,000 so unless you're ready to make an investment that big, you won't have solar panels. But if you make them at home you'll be able to cut costs and make it possible to get them for under 0!
Do research on products. Solar panels come in mono-crystalline and poly-crystalline formats. The mono is purer silicon and more expensive but is also slightly more efficient. The poly panel is less expensive, has a shorter carbon offset life and is usually larger in size. Carbon offset or carbon neutral life means the amount of renewable electricity it produces which offsets the amount of carbon that was produced to make the panel, typically 4 years. Solar panels can be mounted on slope or flat roofs, ground and pole mount tracker systems.
Loose sockets and the like, can be very hazardous. Especially if there are children around. It's your calls how far you go with this, but think about at the very least doing visual inspections. electrical contractors can do this for you relatively cheaply.
If you're new to PMG's, do some research on the various sites to become familiar with the types of plans being offered. You'll see a wide variety. Some sites also have video clips of their PMG's in action.
I will be going over some basic connection techniques that you can incorporate immediately in your personal home wiring. In theory, most home electric wiring is simply extending wire from you main breaker panel to all the various outlets and lights around your house. So let's say you have 20 20 amp breakers in your main panel and you're already using 10. You want to draw power to the new room you're in the process of building and you're wondering how to go about it. Now if there was only 1 outlet you needed power for, this wouldn't involve any mid-way connections.
Second is to remove the damaged wire; once you have found the appliance, you will need to search for the bad wire. Remove the casing of the appliance and look around inside. When you find the damaged wire, or wires, remove them by using a soldering gun. Heat up the solder points holding the wire to the appliance. Once it begins to melt, you can take the wire off.