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Greenhouses: The Ultimate Solar Energy Technology


The technology to capture solar energy and use it in a variety of ways is rapidly developing. It is an exciting time in the industry with large scale, efficient solar farms generating power from the sun on a massive scale. Whilst most of these large-scale developments focus on converting the suns energy into electricity, other solar devices are also being designed like the solar powered cooking grill a solar device that generates diesel from the air. In a domestic setting the capture of solar power is still limited but we can expect to see some exciting development in the future.

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Greenhouses

It is worth remembering that plants capture the suns energy all the time and convert it into food in a process called photosynthesis. Our vegetable patches and gardens are therefore one big solar panel. We can capture more of this energy to extend our growing seasons and produce more food by the use of cold frames and greenhouses.

A greenhouse does not increase the suns energy or concentrate the incoming light. A patch of ground under a greenhouse does not receive more light than a neighbouring patch outside the greenhouse. So how does a greenhouse work then? Sunlight is not just light – it also carries heat energy too. When light passes through an object, like glass, some of it becomes heat. The panes of a greenhouse capture this heat energy and hold it inside the structure heating the plants and the soil around the plants roots. It is this increase in temperature that makes the plants inside a greenhouse grow earlier and faster than plants outside.

To maximise the capture of this heat energy a greenhouse needs to have tight joints and glazing so the heat and warm air inside can’t leak out. Glass is not a good insulator but modern thickened glass is more effective at retaining heat when there is no direct sunlight, for example, when there is cloud cover and during the night.

Quality greenhouse manufacturers like Cultivar use gaskets in their frames which allow the greenhouse glazing to expand when it is hot but when the glass cools and shrinks the gaskets also ensure a snug fit with no air gaps. If you have a layer of brick or stone at the base of your greenhouse this will act as a heat store – it will take longer for the greenhouse to heat up but overnight these dense materials will release their heat.

Walipini Greenhouses

The further you are away from the equator the less light you will experience in the Winter. For many of us there is not enough sunlight in the Winter to allow us to grow a crop. Of course, you can artificially heat your greenhouse – however this is not very efficient.

A Walipini greenhouse design comes from Bolivia and it has a unique design. It is a large hole (6-8 feet deep) with glazed top level and roof. This design has much less surface area of glass to capture sunlight through so how can it be warmer during the Winter? It uses a secondary source of heat – the Earths crust! The Earths crust is molten metal and magma and it’s very hot. You only have to dig down about 1.2m to benefit from this heat. At this depth the soil temperature is fairly constant at 10 – 16 °C. This steady temperature is found in most places across the globe and it even has it’s own name – The Thermal Constant.

So by digging down into the Thermal Constant layer you ensuring that your plants roots always experience a safe temperature making Winter growing a possibility. It also prevents root temperatures becoming too high in the Summer.

If you want to try this type of greenhouse you need to make sure that it’s base is a good 5 feet above your local water table. This will prevent flooding and root waterlogging.

Sunrooms

You can use the suns energy to heat your home directly. Large panes of glass, sunrooms and skylights can be added to your home to capture the suns heat and reduce or eliminate your need to use artificial heating. If you want to make sure the heat captured during the day does not escape as soon as the sun sets you will need to use quality double glazing, in freezing countries triple glazing is the best option. Without quality glazing the sun room will not be comfortable in the evenings and overnight.

You should pay close attention to the glasses Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC). This measures how well the glass converts the sunlight that falls onto it into heat. The scale runs from 0 to 1. The closer the SHGC is to 1 the better it is at generating heat from sunlight.

Fit a ceiling fan which pushes air down towards the floor. Because warm air rises the hottest temperatures will be up near the roof, a ceiling fan will make the air circulate pushing the heat down towards the furniture and people and below.

Of course you can use some clever design to combine the benefits of a sun room with a greenhouse. Several eco communities as well as research institutions are incorporating large glazed sections onto the side of living quarters to provide heat as well as a large area for year round food production. The image below is of the Sirius Community greenhouse.

Domestic Solar Power Adoption

Having solar panels fitted individually to your home can still be expensive and complicated. Some governments have helped the industry by providing grants and incentivising power companies to use domestic solar power. Other countries have done the opposite by levying taxes and imposing restrictive legislation. These two extremes are illustrated by the UK and Spain.

Despite Spain being bathed in constant sunshine, using solar power for anything other than water heating is difficult and expensive. In the UK solar panels are literally everywhere even though there is little strong sunshine for much of the year. In 2016 the UK was in 6th place globally in terms of solar capacity and was generating 12,300 MW of solar power, about 3.5% of the country’s electricity need. In comparison Spain is in 10th place in the world with a capacity of only 5,500 MW.

If you want to find out more about solar power production and usage on a country by country basis you can start here. If you can’t fit solar panels to home don’t despair there are still ways to use the suns energy.

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Rinkesh is passionate about clean and green energy. He is running this site since 2009 and writes on various environmental and renewable energy related topics. He lives a green lifestyle and is often looking for ways to improve the environment around him.

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15+ Magnificent Reasons to Build Earthship Right Now


Pioneered by Architect Michael Reynolds, Earthships are sustainable homes because they encourage easy living and above all, they are cost-effectiveness to construct. Their sustainability is attributed to the fact that they utilize readily available natural materials as well as reusing resources that would otherwise harm the environment. The design and architecture of an Earthship is equally oriented towards environmental sustainability by optimizing on the use of natural resources such as solar energy and the harvesting of rainwater.

Besides, the presence of both solar energy and rain water supports the production of food which can be grown in the shelter. These are just a few of the many benefits of Earthships as there are a myriad of reasons individuals should build an Earthship home. This article thus seeks to unveil the 15+ magnificent reasons it is essential in this time and age to build an Earthship shelter.

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1. They are easily sustainable. Earthships are very sustainable as they require less and provide a lot. For instance, it is easy to harvest natural water from rain and snow melt. Moreover, the house supports the growing of food which means one gets to eat healthy and cuts back on food expenses. The availability of water ensures the crops have constant supply of water for growth and there is also warmth in and out of season sustained by the solar energy conserved in the house.

2. Presence of free food. One of the most rewarding advantages of an Earthship is that it is very conducive for crop production. The construction design allowing for the utilization of solar and water harvesting guarantees there is adequate warmth and water for the growth of crops.

An individual residing in an Earthship therefore has the capability of producing own food which translates into saving on food budgets. For this reason, the more the care and attention taken by the owner, the greater the success of crop production.

3. There is an efficient way of recycling water. Through the effective water harvesting techniques of an Earthship from rain or melting of snow, the structures offer an efficient way of recycling water. The water is tapped through the help of gutters set up all round the house and collected in a cistern. The water is pumped to the showers and sinks for ordinary chores and cooking activities. The waste water recovered is used in a greenhouse for the purpose of watering the plants therein.

4. Presence of warmth in the shelter. Earthships are designed with a lining of thermal mass conduction which promotes the absorption of heat from the atmosphere while preventing it from escaping. The heat is therefore regulated which ensures the shelter is warm even in winter. Apart from the thermal lining, the Earthship has large glass windows facing the sun that facilities the entry of heat into the shelter.

5. Presence of sufficient energy. Earthships are built to encourage the tapping solar energy through the use of solar panels. Given that it is a self-sustainable shelter, the installation of solar panel is part of its essentiality. Consequently, there is adequate energy realized in the shelter. An individual who is a cautious user of energy in the house will find the energy sufficient and will see no need to install electricity.

6. There is a feel of freedom. Work is a necessity for people to get the finances for food, clothing, shelter and other needs. It is for this reason that globally, people work on a daily basis to put food on their table, have a place to call home, and have clothing. However, with this structure, there is recycling of water and growing of crops, which means less incentive to put much effort in working. It is through this rewarding outcome of the structure that gives one a chance of freedom to enjoy his/her hobbies as well as activities that are fulfilling.

7. It is easy to build. The design of the structure is very easy to comprehend and put up. It does not necessarily require the advice or supervision of a house contractor. Minimal knowledge is required to construct an Earthship. Besides, most of the Earthships are single-story making it even easier to build. Also, the construction does not require the use of heavy machinery but the output of an individual seeking to have the shelter.

8. It is cheap to build or buy. Earthships have a considerable low price when compared to other modern houses. The reason for this is that there is less use of expensive materials in construction. A basic Earthship requires readily available materials for its construction, making it cheaper than others.

Nevertheless, they differ in prices depending on the level of décor in the house as well as other factors such as available rooms, architectural design and space. In consequence of this, both the wealthy and the less privileged can have such shelters with different designs on the basis of preference.

9. It makes use of recyclable materials. Because of this, Earthships aid in environmental conservation. For instance, most landfills are full of waste that requires proper disposal. With Earthships, some of the materials found in landfills ranging from car tires, plastic, glass bottles to cans can be utilized in construction. The materials only require their reinforcement with concrete.

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10. Proper treatment of sewage. The design and construction of ordinary houses usually results in challenges especially regarding the proper treatment of sewer waste. Earthships, on the other hand, enable the treatment of sewage on-site as it is part of its design. Waste water from sinks is taken to the green houses or gardens for cleaning and watering the plants. The water is then piped to the toilets for use and later drained to the ground for crop growth.

11. Initiates a difference in thinking. Through the use of sustainable housing which is not only easy to build but also cheap, there is an influence regarding new strategies in environmental conservation. For example, the initiative has brought about the resourceful use or recycling of waste that is often regarded as useless.

It also conserves the water available and utilizes natural heat to keep the house warm. It is thus mind blowing to the point that people are now opting to go this way and to use their time to discover more on how best to preserve the environment.

12. It is possible to build as per individual preference. Most of the conventional houses have already been built and are rented out or purchased with a set of preferences as pictured by the contractor. In this case, however, there is a chance to build a home that suits your preference. What comes into mind when you hear of an Earthship is that it is a “stupid house.” If you do your homework, however, you’ll realize there are numerous beautifully built Earthship. This is possible since the design and modeling of the Earthship is up to the owner.

13. Little to no bills to cater for. Since Earthships main goal is self-sustainability, it is a huge plus. For starters, if you built the house, there is no chance of paying monthly rent rates. Also, through the use of solar energy self-installed in the house, there is no chance of paying electric bills and if so, in minimal amounts. With free flowing water, there is no need for water provided by the state that will subsequently bring about more bills.

14. Earthships can be built in almost all locations. The structures are easy to construct in any location with less difficulty. It can be built in the most adverse locations like the snow-laden areas, sandy areas, windy areas, forested areas and mountain tops. The possibility of this is attributed to the fact that there are a myriad of materials which can be used for the construction.

15. It is now possible to connect with nature and still be part of society. The world we live in today is characterized by a lot of modern technology from phones to laptops to the internet. Therefore, if you are an individual seeking to opt out from this kind of society without completely detaching yourself, an Earthship will provide such a company. Presence of solar energy instead of electricity, presence of food instead of going to the stores for groceries and much more. Moreover, one is able to venture in green house production which provides adequate connection with nature.

16. Presence of an Earthship community. There exists other people globally who advocate for the evolution of Earthship houses. On this basis, if you are an individual seeking to build such a structure, you will have the support of other like-minded people who will not only provide physical support in construction but also revolutionary support as the globe moves towards initiatives that bring about less destruction of the environment.

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Maximizing Solar Energy Advantages – 7 Elements to Consider In Building a Solar Power-Ready Home

Today, as the sources of traditional energy are fast depleting and their prices rapidly rising, more and more countries and even industries have realized that nothing is more abundant and affordable than the energy that comes from the sun. As the massive switch is going on, you too can maximize the benefits of solar energy advantages by making your home solar power-ready or if you’re still at the planning stage of your dream house, you can make it ready for solar power technology by integrating the following elements:

Elements to Consider In Building a Solar Power

1. Thermal mass – is one of the elements in designing a building in which the mass is given consideration to ensure the property retains its balance against temperature changes. Brick walls, polished concrete, and tile floors are better materials that can absorb heat during the day when temperatures are higher while providing thermal energy during cooler temperatures at night.

2. Windows – the Windows are the best spots of your house where you can collect heat from the sun. It is ideal for windows on the south side of the house to be bigger to let the sun’s heat go through the house during the day. Windows on the north side should be smaller to keep the heat at night.

3. Ventilation – Doors, and windows should be positioned opposite each other to allow for unobstructed cooling to flow through the house by the time the air cools down in the evening during the summer season.

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4. Insulation and draught proofing – proper insulation of roofs, floors and walls as well as filling of gaps to prevent draughts or current of air to intrude.

5. Shading – appropriate placement of exterior shading structures should be wide enough to intercept the intense heat of the sun during summer and passable enough for the winter sun to go through.

6. Layout, orientation, and positioning of your house on the land – the south side of the house is the spot where you’ll get most of the sun’s heat during the daytime. It is advantageous to position your living areas on the sunny side. However, if you live in the southern hemisphere, you’ll get the sun’s heat on the north side.

7. Landscaping – target the cooling breeze to flow through your house by positioning the trees and plants in the key areas of your property where it can also serve as a shade during summer. Additionally, the best trees to plant are trees that shed off leaves in winter.

Integrating these elements to get the most of the solar energy advantages for your own property doesn’t really involve a great deal of financial investment and time. It is actually possible to apply them and turn your old property into solar power-ready with simple modifications such as moving your living area to face the south side, installing additional windows, repositioning doors for good ventilation and planting of more trees to get properly shaded. All these can be carried out without spending a huge amount of money.

What Are 3D Solar Cells and Advantages

3D Solar Cells

The near completion of the making of the new generation solar cell prototype is seen as a key milestone in getting the most of the solar energy advantages especially in turning solar power affordable to all.

Solar3D, Inc., a California-based company and the makers of what they call the new, “super- efficient” solar cell has announced recently that it has successfully completed the design of the experimental model and that they are now on their way to the completion of every design elements such as the 3-dimensional photovoltaic structure, the optical element and the suitability of the design for mass production.

It took one year for their team to conduct intensive research, development, and testing.  The CEO of Solar3D said that once everything is complete, the production of these technologically advanced solar cells will pave a way for changes in the solar industry as well as the opinion of consumers about the utilization of solar power.

3D Solar Cells and Advantages

The 3-dimesional solar cell technology offers a new way to maximize the conversion of solar energy into electricity. This breakthrough technology is patterned from the light management techniques used in fiber optic devices, in which the 3D design is used to harvest sunlight in micro-photovoltaic structures where photons travel around until they are turned into electrons.

According to the developers, the efficiency of the new solar cell will be significantly higher compared to the present solar technology in the market.  They believe that this much more efficient solar cell technology will create a huge impact in making this an attractive business for investors.

Jim Nelson, Solar3D’s CEO emphasized that their new solar cell technology provides an economically competitive way to generate power. This is in addition to other solar energy advantages over fossil-fuelled power sources. The company’s goal is to make solar power available and affordable to worldwide consumers.  Their engineers are developing not only more efficient solar power instruments but also products that can be massively produced.

They consider this new achievement as their significant share in the industry’s campaign particularly SunShot initiative by Stephen Chu, the Energy Secretary which aims at bringing solar electricity rates at par with traditional providers.

Although, at present, this new solar cell technology is currently under positive development and nearly on its way to completion, but the fact that the potential scope of the market will be worldwide, this can be considered a big leap not only in our concern about global warming but it could also pose as one of the viable solutions to the growing global unemployment and economic problem.

What is an Inverter? How does it work?

Complete Guide on how an inverter works

In simple terminology, this device is known as an electric box, which makes the household electricity for the gadgets, which are used, in daily life. At first, the idea of understanding the concept of how the inverter works is quite difficult and tricky, but once the individual gets the concept straight then there is no more confusion left. The concept of it gets clear in the head if is not clear of how inverter works then the individual is just limited to knowledge of what an inverter is.

The inverter is a great invention for human, without this device, we might be still stuck with few things. For instance, now individual’s work life doesn’t come to a halt if they plan on traveling as the technology has evolved.Earlier when people used to travel a lot, their time was consumed by the journey and their work time was wasted. Now during the travel, a person is able to work and communicate with their office while being miles away and not being in the office or city physically. This has made travel very easy than ever expected, and this all is due to the inverter. Normally if the individual is traveling by their car, SUV’S or caravans across the country and they are constantly in touch with their office.

While the kids are enjoying their trip, and don’t cause any problems for the parents by crying and fighting, they are watching cartoons on their LCD’s which are fitted in the headrest of the front seats. Now all these things need a supply of electricity in order to operate and work. It is similar to when we work on our laptops; they require electricity after a certain time in order to run. They are being run on inverters and the way inverter works for this gadget is not that tricky, one just needs to get their head around it. The same is the case with the televisions at home they run on electricity. Now, what the individual wonders are that how do all these gadgets operate and function within their cars, SUV’s or caravans, it all because of the inverter and below how inverter works will be explained.

Most of the individuals have the curiosity about how the inverter works; it is not difficult to comprehend.  As mentioned above that the inverter takes power from the batteries and then it eventually turns the power into the household current, and the household current is to be known as the alternate current. Let’s first clarify the difference between the DC, which is the acronym for Direct current (the direct current, here the current starts from one direction or from one place and directly or straightly goes to the other end. The flow of the current is in one direction, therefore another reason it is also known as Direct current. Batteries are an example of direct current as there the current flows from one direction and run straight to the end of other direction). While the AC is an acronym for Alternate current, and the alternate current does tend to flow in one direction for a certain period. Then it changes its direction of current flow and now it goes in the opposite direction of the original flow. An example of AC current is the switches, which we have in our household. Another reason why the sockets use the AC current is that the Alternate Current is easily produced in comparison to the Direct Current. Above the denotation of inverter states, that it is an apparatus which known to convert two types of currents, the direct current to alternate current. Now the two types of currents are defined and their purpose as well, which makes it easier to comprehend how the inverter works.

how inverter works What is an Inverter? How it works?

“The inverter also increases the Direct current voltage then it changes it to the alternate current, before sending it to power the gadget.”

The inverter also increases the Direct current voltage then it changes it to the alternate current, before sending it to power the gadget. This is how the inverter works, although before it was opposite the alternate current used to convert into the direct current. Although when this procedure was reversed into the direct current into, alternate current.

Let’s give a brief description on how the inverter works for the gadgets being used in the cars, SUVs and the caravans. The MP3, GPS acronym for Global Positioning System, the LCD or the children might want to play with their portable video games (PSP, game boys). All these types of gadgets can be charged in the car, now the question which is commonly raised amongst the kids especially that how do these gadgets get charged within the car, SUV’s or the caravans when there is no socket which supplies electricity in order for the gadgets to be charged. The answer to the question on how the inverter works are very simple and a one-word answer with the help of the inverter. Which leads to another question of their; what is inverter and how the inverter works. For them in easy and plain language which is easily comprehensible to them is that inverter is an electrical box which helps in producing electricity within the car for gadgets like these to be charged. Now the answer to their second part on how the inverter works should also be kept simple and logical for them. It basically gets electricity from the car, stores in the electrical box and then when the individual plugs in their gadgets into the cigarette lighter which becomes the power port rather the socket which given the current and electricity to the gadget in order to help them to charge. This is how the inverter works in the cars, SUV’s, and the caravans as well.

In conclusion, the concept of how the inverter works is not that all one needs to do is try to comprehend it in the way it conceivable to person who has no knowledge about what the inverter is and how the inverter works.

Flexible Solar Panels: Technology Gets Better and Better

One thing we know for sure is that technology continues to improve, and at an exponential rate. The better any technology gets, the better it is at improving upon itself. Most of the major inventions of the modern world are actually innovations on existing technologies. Everyone is waiting for the next technological shift in solar power, hoping that solar is indeed the energy source of the future.

Challenges Faced by the Solar Industry

The three major challenges to solar power efficiency are easy to understand. Cost, battery life, and convenience have kept solar power from being the right choice for the majority of people. The good news is that these challenges are rapidly being overcome by improvements in solar technology.

Firstly, solar panels have long been more expensive to produce than the return in energy savings warrants. In the past, if you bought a solar panel you may not pay off that initial investment for 10 to 20 years. The solar panel may last that long, but convincing people that the investment is worth their while is tough. And many people just cannot commit to that kind upfront investment. Fortunately, technological advances have started to lower the price of solar panels. Now if you buy solar panels, you can earn money when you are creating a surplus by selling the power back to your power company.

The second major challenge is battery life. Without an efficient, safe, and dependable way to store energy from the sun, solar power becomes less dependable. What do you do when the sun isn’t shining? Of course, if you have a solar array that powers batteries, you can store up energy when it is sunny and then use it on cloudy days. Unfortunately, improvements in battery life have been slow to catch up with the improvements in solar efficiency.

The third challenge is convenience. The market for small-scale solar panels has not been big enough to warrant investment by manufacturers. Producers of solar panels have focused on the bigger investors, such as businesses and governments. Those kinds of big projects are worthwhile. But making convenience, small-scale solar panels for individuals and families seems riskier. What if the market doesn’t take off? How do you justify investing in creating a lot of something when the gain on each individual item is small?

Overcoming Challenges with Flexibility

Flexible solar panels are a huge step in the right direction. For a long time, solar panels have been viewed as heavy, cumbersome, and expensive. The relative gain on an investment in solar seemed small when compared with the upfront costs. But as solar technology improves, the costs fall and the benefits begin to outweigh the costs. Flexibility means better solutions for every application of solar power sources. Solar roofing installations can power an entire home and even make a profit for the owners with surplus energy. Small flexible solar panels can be used to charge mp3 players, laptops, and cell phones.

Flexible solar panels are lightweight, dependable, and represent the latest technology available to consumers. The truth is that solar power is the future. Our energy needs are rapidly outstripping the planet’s resources, and every carbon based energy source is going to run out sooner rather than later. The sun, however, will always shine.

As technology in harnessing the power of the sun improves, our chances of using solar power as the main power source grows. The sun doesn’t have to be out every day if the technology to collect, store, and use solar energy is as good as it can be.

 

 

The best things you can get with the solar power

Solar energy, an alternative and renewable power source, has been proposed by many as a  reat source of energy. Although it is not widely used today, solar energy has a great potential to be used in future. There are several ways to harness the sunlight. The use of solar panels or photovoltaic cell is the most common way to acquire the much needed solar energy. They are avery efficient in generating a clean and renewable source of electricity.

How Solar Energy Works

Solar panels gather and directly convert the sun’s energy into electricity. During daylight, the photovoltaic cells which are arranged in a grid-like pattern on the solar panel’s surface collect the sunlight and turn it into electricity, the charge controller regulates the amount of energy sent to the batteries to avoid being overcharged or with low energy, batteries store the energy to be used at night or when there is a blackout, the inverter is needed to convert the DC (direct current) to AC (alternating current) which is used in your home appliances.

A diagram showing how passive solar energy works. Source: energysavers.gov

solar energy

Another way to harness the sunlight is by using solar thermal energy. This is commonly used for heating homes, providing hot water, heating swimming pools, and space heating. Usually, space and hot water heaters use a storage tank to store the heated water while pool heaters recycle the water by using collectors which heat the water and return it to the pool. The other way to harness solar energy is through passive solar. A good example is opening your windows or curtains in the morning to let the sunlight in. Passive solar also known as direct gain includes the building architecture that has a good thermal mass such as specific kinds of materials that can store the sun’s energy for future use. Basically, the solar energy advantages are numerous, is something to think about so that you can save cash and also the environment.

Various benefits of Solar Energy

Although solar energy has its disadvantages, these will surely be covered by its advantages as further researches are done to bring the use of solar energy to a higher level. Here are some solar energy advantages.

  • Solar energy is a renewable energy source. Though we cannot harness it during night time, we can still rely on its availability day after day.
  • Solar energy costs nothing. The energy from the sun is free so after giving up a little bit of money, the source of energy is practically free.
  • Solar cells do not require much maintenance once these are brought up to their maximum efficiency.
  • Solar cells are quiet collectors. They produce no noise, unlike any other energy sources.
  • Solar panels are very reliable. With parts fixed and not moving, these can last longer than any other energy source.

BENEFITS OF SOLAR ENERGY

Together with its advantages, here are some benefits of solar energy.

  • Solar energy is clean. It does not produce pollution at all. Solar power plants emit zero pollution and do not cause harm to the environment.
  • The initial investment in the equipment can be expensive but once it is brought to its maximum efficiency, you will not need to worry about bills. You will find it lesser or even totally free.
  • Because of the improvements in the solar energy technology, the costs are getting cheaper, making it more acceptable to be utilized as one of the most commonly used energy sources.

Indeed, there are many benefits and advantages that you can expect, aside from being cost effective this is also very friendly to our environment.

CALCULATING THE PAYBACK TIME ON YOUR INVESTMENT

Now you must be careful in choosing your solar system since there are many expensive devices that work unsatisfactorily. You must keep in mind that electricity rate prices on the payback time of the purchase are a direct function of the value of the energy generated by your solar panel. So the cheaper and efficient the solar system the faster the payback time on the system you chose. Evidently, you have to consider sunless locations. But you also have an alternative solution for this kind of trouble. The renewable energy legislation, signed into law on October 2008 encourages people to embrace alternative energy, including solar energy. So, if you have a roof or any small space to place a solar panel made by yourself in an easy way, you should consider enjoying your energy freedom.

Say goodbye to fat energy bills!

 

 

Solar Powered Lighting

Saving Money And The Earth With Solar Powered Lighting

Solar Powered Lighting

A great option for homes is renewable energy. There are many forms of renewable energy you can incorporate into your home and one major way to do this is with solar powered lighting. Inside or out you can get renewable energy in your home and save money while keeping our earth green.

With a solar panel installation, you can enjoy indoor solar lighting both day and night. You will not need most likely your lights on during the day but at night you can have lighting that lasts throughout the night. Each day the collection of power on your panel will convert and can be used for the lighting. It is a repetitive process that will continue for as long as you want it to last.

There are special lights you can buy that are used with solar lighting. Or you can use a system that is used for regular powered lamps and watt bulbs. It depends on the place that you want to use the lights.

Many outage areas are in your home as well. You can use solar energy in basements, garages, and sheds easily. You can put a panel on the side of your shed, for example, so capture the energy to be used. This is a great way to diminish the cost of lighting my buildings in your property in addition to the rooms in your home.

For outside users, you can install lighting especially made to capture solar power. When night falls you can use the lighting pre-energized by the sun. It gives a soft glow that makes seeing outside very attractive. The motion sensor lights now created that gain their energy source from the sun. This saves a lot of energy with wiring and added costs to lighting the outside of your home.

Saving Money using Solar Powered Lighting

Solar powered lighting may cost a bit more in the beginning but the turtle wins the race. As you save a lot of money in the future. As you keep a lot of dollars in your pocket down the road. You can have many opportunities to save money with special rebates and discounts on your taxes as well by using solar energy in any form.

Check into home install kits on solar energy systems regarding using it for lighting. The detailed information online where you can find the exact items you need for installing the panels that you need for using solar powered lighting in your home. If needed you can also find many contractors to help you with the installation of your lighting.

Solar Battery Storage When Converting To Solar Energy In Your Home

Solar Battery storage

You have decided to get on the green train and convert your home with a solar power energy system. First of all, way to go, and second, you need to know about solar battery storage. You will need to know many things as you change your way of thinking about the way you gather and use power in your home and this includes your thinking on batteries.

A battery storage system is essential to the completion of your solar energy kit. It will hold the energy saved up that you need to run electrical items in your home. The battery will store an excess collection of your solar energy collected.

The remaining power that you obtain, that is not being stored in your battery and not being used in your home, will be sent to your local power company by the use of an inverter. This inverter will send the power to your local company and they, in turn, will reduce your utility bill. In some cases, they will pay you for the energy that you send them.

A solar battery uses amp power. This size of the battery that you will need will depend on the size of your home and the size of your grid system. It will require a large enough battery for you to use. These types of calculations for amp hours used will determine your battery needs. There are also considerations for bank size of the battery and cycle rate.

With most home installation kits for solar energy, there will be estimates on the size of battery you will need for solar battery storage. This will depend largely on the size of your home. You can also tell by gauging what your current electrical use is.

In purchasing a kit you need to give the spec of your current usage to help determine your needs. Other factors will include if you are doing a full conversion or a partial one. The ability to know this in advance will help determine what battery will do the most effective job for the needs that your home has.

There is an initial cost for the system, which may or may not includes the solar battery storage, for your home installation. In purchasing your kit ensure what is included in the cost for the best pricing. Many contractor and retailers have bundles which include in the kit your inverter and your battery but this is not always the case. Check details to ensure you have everything you need to convert.

Deciding On Residential Solar Panels For Your Home

People used to think of residential solar panels as a wave of the future, but the future is here. Across the country, you can find more home using solar electricity as their main source of energy. Some homes are fully solar while others have a partial solar system. A partial system will give you added savings as well from the cost of energy in your home. This is especially true if you are not ready to fully go solar.

It has been highly encouraged by the department of energy that Americans find alternative means of gathering energy for the use of homes as the concern of standard users becoming less available. Solar energy is one of the safest alternatives compared to other sources.

This is especially true for the states that are normally exposed to sunlight the majority of the year. However, it is also effective in states that see less sun in certain months. The compatibility and ways that the average American can use solar energy are much more efficient and understandable in the present day than ever before.

Because of the growing popularity, the cost of using residential solar panels has been significantly reduced as well as compared to the past. They are still more that regular power for initial set up, but after the installation, they end up saving you money. So, in the long run, they are more cost effective. With everyone going green it makes sense that solar energy would increase in popularity.

You are also using natural energy that is stored from the power of the sun; therefore you are not expending anything. They are easy to install and will not detract from the look of your home. They are designed to work with your life and the storage is hidden in typically a garage area.

Many people avoid the use of solar panels because they think the look will bring down the property value. In actuality, it will raise it as there are special tax incentives for having solar heating in your home. It is a value of a good looking tax break.

You can find more information about residential solar panels by looking online. You can see the options that are available to you and where you can purchase a system for your home. Remember the tax break you get when you evaluate the cost. You can also find information about installation of a system should you decide to buy one.