The Push for Solar Power Homes
Solar Powered Homes
The ice caps are melting. Our protective atmosphere is disappearing. There are crazy storms, droughts, and plenty of unexplained weather. We are constantly bombarded by information indicating that our ecosystem is severely out of whack. Normally, being inundated by so much information could be considered an overreaction, propaganda, or a call for a headline. However, when it comes to global warming, people are finally realizing that this is serious, this is true, that it’s time to make a change.
There are plenty of ways we can make a difference, starting with one´s home. One of the newer options that is slowly entering the mainstream in developed countries are solar powered homes. In the past, this was a very expensive option, and one that was difficult to do. As it is slowly becoming mainstream, prices are dropping, and there is much more information on how to install solar power into your home.
How does solar power for homes work?
In very basic terms:
Most people have seen solar panels, which are the basis for solar power. These panels need to be located in an uncovered area, where they will receive maximum sunlight. The solar panels will then charge the energy they are receiving from the sunlight, and store it. It is then changed into electricity, which can then be used by your solar powered home.
People often wonder: How effective are solar panels in cloudy regions? That depends. Solar panels can still charge with energy on a cloudy day, but if it is always cloudy, you are unlikely to receive enough energy to power your home. Also, if you live in cold environments, you electricity needs will be much higher, and solar probably won´t be enough to power your house.
For this reason, most people will use solar power in conjunction with electrical power. Unless you have a small house and lots of panels, or you live in a region that is always sunny, this is the best choice you can make. Similar to hybrid cars, your house will use the electricity created from the solar panels first. If that is not enough, it will then use the regular electricity. By using this method, you are maximizing your use of sustainable, re-useable energy.
How to get solar lighting for your house?
You basically have two options, and those are to hire an electrician, or install it yourself. If you´re not comfortable installing electricity, you may want to hire an electrician, although there are a number of do-it-yourself kits available, and various resources to show you how.
You will also have to decide if you will be installing solar power to power your entire house, or if you plan on adding it piece by piece. Most solar powered homes are done by the latter method, because the cost involved is far less.
If you don´t have the money to install solar panels for powering your house, you may want to install solar outdoor lights. These are lights you purchase that have their own solar panels built into them, and can be placed wherever you like. They can range in prices, but are generally very affordable. They are easy to move around, and don´t have to be plugged in, making them extremely convenient and safe. Check out your local hardware store for some options.
Are you wondering what else you can do to make your home more environmentally friendly? Read my article about 5 changes you can make to help save the environment.