DIY Homemade Solar Furnace -- Solar energy is free, and is always begging us to make use of it. Here is another great way you could make use of solar in your house. Why not build this diy homemade solar furnace to help heat your home this winter. Most of the materials for this project can be re-purposed or picked up at dump yards. The reminder should not cost you more than $50 at your local hardware store.
How To Make A Powerful USB Charger From 2 Solar Garden Lights - This uses 2 solar panels from garden lights you can pick up for a buck at the dollar store. The cool thing about this project is he used a few LED’s so you can not only charge your devices day or night but use it as a flashlight when you need to.
DIY solar panel installation—this is the clearest set of BASIC instructions (and pics) I've encountered in a while. I'd advise a supplemental book for the particulars of running your house on a hybrid solar/grid system. Once you DIY, you'll want more details on the the day-to-day stuff!