If you have been thinking about going solar, this is a really great time to get started with an inexpensive DIY solar starter kit. Depending on how much electricity you need, harnessing sunlight to live completely off-grid can still cost a lot of money. Yes, you don't have to cover 100% of your energy use at the start.
One of the many benefits of solar energy kits is that they are modular. So you can begin small, and add to the system over time. So think about having enough solar panels to cover your peak energy use. Take a look at your energy bills for the past year to see what month and time of day you consume the most electricity. Then build a solar panel system to produce that amount of power. This could generate the biggest bang for your buck while you begin to take advantage of clean, renewable and highly available solar power. Starter kits are just a few hundred dollars, and they include the parts you need to start seeing how solar works for you.
As an added bonus, these solar start kits qualify for a 30% federal energy tax credit. This means you can reduce your cost by 30% and save on your taxes.