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Residental Home Use:
- Solar Power Systems for Homes
How a solar power system can supplement or power your entire home. Residential solar energy kits, batteries, costs.
- How Do Solar Cells Work?
Information on how solar cells work, their advantages, and challenges with efficiency.
- Solar Home Heating
Solar home heating with solar panels, geothermal or radiant heat systems.
- Solar Water Heating Systems
Solar water heating systems and how they can help homeowners save money.
- Solar Roof Tiles
Information on powering a home with solar roof tiles.
- How Solar Power Works
The basics of how solar power works, and the advantages and disadvantages of using solar power as an energy source.
- Pros and Cons: Solar Energy
Learn about the pros and cons of solar energy for residential home use.
- Why a Lack of Support for Solar Power?
Cost and other considerations that could explain why a lack of support for solar power.
- Problems With Solar Energy
What problems with solar energy cause it to be relatively unpopular; what can be done to solve these problems.
- How to Figure the Correct Angle for Solar Panels - Solar Energy Systems
Calculations for how to figure the correct angle for solar panels -- the 'quick' method, plus a better method to maximize efficiency.
- What Kind of Batteries Can I Use in Solar Lights?
Information on the two kinds of batteries you can use in solar garden lights.
- About Solar Power Generation
Learn about solar power generation for recreational, residential, and large-scale use.
- Retrofitting Solar Power
Information on retrofitting solar power in residential homes - space, energy, and equipment considerations.
- Solar Power Shingles
The pros an cons of solar power shingles installed on the roof of a residential home.
- How Do Solar Garden Lights Work?
How solar garden lights work, LED options, and the best places for solar lights.
- Solar Power Christmas Lights
Using solar power Christmas lights as a 'green' alternative to traditional outdoor lights.
- Home Solar Power Kits
Home solar power kits are a more affordable option for residential homeowners who want to include solar power into their homes.
- How is Solar Energy Used?
Examples of how solar energy is used, from residential to business to commercial and agricultural uses of solar power.
- How Efficient is Solar Energy?
How efficient is solar energy: the average efficiency of solar cells, and factors that affect output.
- What Are the Waste Products of Solar Energy?
What are the waste products of solar energy? Information on how the use of solar power helps us to be eco-friendly.
- What Color Absorbs Solar Heat the Best?
What color absorbs solar heat the best? How light and dark colors affect the efficiency of solar cells.
- Why Are Solar Panels So Expensive?
Why are solar panels so expensive? The sun provides free energy, but harnessing that energy isn't cheap.
- Facts About Solar Power
Interesting facts about solar power - basic and fun facts about solar energy, an environmentally-friendly energy option.
- Why is Solar Power Important?
Why is solar power important? The many uses and benefits of solar energy systems.
- What Are Some Examples of Solar Energy?
Examples of solar energy use in residential homes.
- What Are the Limits of Solar Power?
The limits of solar power as a viable alternative to drawing energy from the grid.
- Solar Power Frequently Asked Questions
Where to find answers to some solar power frequently asked questions (FAQ).
- What Can You Run on Solar Power?
What can you run on solar power in a home? Examples of how solar energy can be used.
- How Long Do Solar Panels Last?
How long do solar panels last? Maintenance issues that can affect both their effectiveness and their lifespan.
- How a Solar Furnace Works
Find out how a solar furnace works and how they're used in the home.
- How To Clean Solar Light Panels
Tips on how to clean solar light panels for maximum performance.
- How Solar Attic Fans Work
Learn how solar attic fans work and the pros and cons of cooling your attic with solar power.
- Solar Power Post Caps
Use solar power post caps in landscaping to add warmth and light to your yard.
- How Many Solar Panels Does It Take to Make One Kilowatt?
Figuring out how many solar panels it takes to make one kilowatt; how to calculate the number of solar panels required for a residential home.
- How Well Does Solar Heating Work?
How well does solar heating work, the advantages and disadvantages, and the different between solar heat and solar power.
- Affordable Solar Power
Examples of more affordable solar power systems for residential homes and recreational use.
- Calculating Solar Power Needs
Calculating solar power needs - how to figure out the amount of electricity you need to generate from your solar panels.
- Solar Power Backup
Solar power backup systems: the 5 components that make up a complete backup system.
- Benefits of Solar Power
The benefits of solar power for residential homes; practicality of its use & installation; and financial cost.
- Solar Power Air Conditioner
Choosing a solar power air conditioner for residential homes.
- Solar Power Pool Heaters
Solar power pool heaters can help owners of pools and hot tubs lower their heating costs.
- Solar Power Hot Water Heater
How a solar power hot water heater can help with household water needs while also saving money.
- Solar Hybrid Power
The pros and cons of solar hybrid power systems, a combination of solar power and wind power.
- Off Grid Solar Power
Gaining energy independence with an off grid solar power system. Advantages, disadvantages, and system considerations.
- Should You Consider an Off Grid Solar Power System?
What to consider before deciding to install an off grid solar power system.
- Emergency Solar Power
Information on emergency solar power backup systems for residential households.
- DIY Solar Energy
DIY solar energy projects for the home: small, relatively inexpensive do-it-youself solar power projects.
- Costs of Producing Solar Energy
The costs of producing solar energy and why it's not more popular with the average homeowner.
- Solar Energy Home Designs
Solar energy home designs - what to take into consideration when designing a new home in order to utilize solar power to its maximum.
- Solar Power Lights
Solar power lights: things to consider before buying lights for yard, garden, and other outdoor use.
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- Basics of Solar Power
The basics of solar power - how it's generated and the types of solar energy that can be used for solar home heating.
- Is Solar Power Renewable?
Is solar power renewable? Find out if solar energy is a viable 'green' alternative form of energy.
- Types of Solar Power
Types of solar power and how they're used for solar home heating & lighting needs, and for other types of electricity production.
- Solar Power Statistics
Solar power statistics - how popular is solar power compared to other forms of energy? Plus more interesting solar power statistics.
- Cheap, Sustainable Solar Power
The barriers to cheap, sustainable solar power systems that can help reduce our environmental impact.
- Solar Power Breakthroughs
Solar power breakthroughs in efficiency, manufacturing, storage, and concentrating solar power.
- Cooking With Solar Power
Cooking with solar power - types of solar ovens and the pros and cons of solar cooking.
- How Does Solar Heating Work?
How does solar heating work, and the difference between active and passive solar heating systems.
- What is Active Solar Heating?
What is active solar heating and how can it help save on residential home energy costs? Find out here.
- How Are Solar Panels Made?
How are solar panels are made, and the difference between crystalline and amorphous solar panels.
- What to do With Old Solar Panels
Suggestions on what to do with old solar panels, rather than throwing them in the dump.
- A Comparison of Wind Generator versus Solar Panels
Comparing wind turbines / wind generated power versus solar panels, which generate energy from the sun.
- What Are Solar Panels Made Of? Types of Collectors
Information on what solar panels are made of, with descriptions of solar panel flat plate and concentrating collectors.
- Solar Power - How Does a Solar Battery Work?
Find out how solar batteries work and how they can be used.
- How Do Solar Cells Work?
How do solar cells work? An explanation of how semiconductors work to convert energy in solar (photovoltaic or PV cells) cells.
- Why is Using Solar Power Better Instead of Oil?
The benefits of going green - why using solar power is better than oil. Advantages of solar energy.
- Solar Power Cost Trends
Solar power cost trends, including what can be done to reduce the costs of solar panels, land acquisition, and solar energy storage.
- Disadvantages of Solar Power
The disadvantages of solar power - technical, reliability, and economic disadvantages that limit the popularity of solar power.
- 12 Volt Solar Power Systems
Learn about 12 volt solar power systems, their advantages, and how they can be used to create larger (24 volt) systems.
- What Light Wave Do Solar Panels Use?
What light wave do solar panels use - an explanation of wavelengths and solar panel efficiency.
- Concentrating Solar Power Systems
Types of concentrating solar power (CSP) systems; advantages and disadvantages of CSPs.
- How Do Solar Cars Work?
How do solar cars work and why they are not commercially available.
- Solar Power for Boats
How solar power for boats can help provide an emergency reserve of power when on the water.
- Investing in Solar Power
Alternatives for investing in solar power - how residential homeowners can invest in solar technology.
- Solar Steam Power
Solar steam power: what it is, how it works, and the drawbacks to this environmentally friendly version of the old-fashioned the steam engine.
- Combination Solar Wind Power Systems
Combination solar wind power systems - the advantages, disadvantages, and considerations of a residential home installation.
- Solar Power Farms
An explanation of solar power farms and what considerations need to be taken into account to make them a viable source of green energy.