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What Can You Run on Solar Energy in Your Home?
With the environment of utmost concern today, it is vital we work
toward protecting it as a community. There are several things that
can help protect and clean the environment including recycling,
using less gas, and emitting as few harmful energy by-products as
possible. One way you can do this is by using solar power. But
what can you run on solar
power in a home?
The great thing about solar power is that it can be used
for a number of different things. For instance, residential
solar home heating continues
to grow in popularity as people become aware of the benefits of
solar energy. With solar energy, you are using renewable, abundant,
free, and a clean energy source.
Many homeowners find the cost of installing a solar power
system overwhelming. Not surprisingly, the upfront investment
cost presents a challenge for many people. However, it is
possible to build
your own solar panel to save money. If you're not comfortable
building your own you can, of course, purchase a system for your
home. Sometimes rebates are even offered by the government - a
great incentive to convert to a sustainable energy source.
Everything in your home could potentially be run on solar power:
- Use of solar home heating to keep you warm;
- Energy to power your stove, washer & dryer, and lights;
- Heat hot water for use in your clothes washer, your bath or shower;
- Garden lights for your outdoor living spaces.
Unfortunately, one of the big disadvantages for homeowners is the
investment cost to install solar panels. The efficiency of
solar cells isn't as good as one
would like, and they generate a relatively small amount of energy
for the space they take up. That means you would need a large number
of solar panels to if you wanted to power your entire home. As a
compromise, many homeowners pick and choose the items they wish to
power with solar energy - for example, they might only install a
solar water heating system,
or only use solar garden lights to illuminate their decks and
Although solar power is most commonly referred to with residential
housing, it can actually run several other things as well. Solar power
is beginning to branch out within the auto industry, commercial use,
and can even be used for cars, planes, and boats.
As solar cell efficiency improves, fewer panels will be required to
generate the same amount of energy, making solar power more attractive
to individual homeowners seeking to do their part for the environment.
The additional cost savings after the initial investment has been paid
off is just another bonus.