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Solar Power Energy for Homes

by GuestPoster - May 5th, 2011.
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Solar power for homes is becoming more and more popular and accepted as a way to cut back on your utility bill, use less fossil fuel and be kinder to our environment. This helps ensure cleaner air for our future generations and saves our pocket book now. It’s basically a win-win situation! So what is involved in using solar power in your home? Lets take a look.

Solar panels are made from solar cells that are joined together. Most solar panels consist of silicon solar cells and they come in a variety of sizes. When the sun shines on the solar panels, each cell receives light particles. The power from these light particles is transferred into electricity. That is definitely a simplified version (this article is not really dedicated to that subject) but I would recommend doing some research into it if you are interested in doing so.

The use of solar energy is not only for electricity. It can also be used in other forms of energy such as heating water through solar-thermal panels. They work in very different ways than solar panels and do not involve any electricity at all.

The sun is a very powerful natural energy source. It is renewable (meaning it won’t run out) and is always there, shining down on us and it will never send a bill. Did you know that one hour of sunshine contains more than an entire year’s worth of power? We don’t even need continuous sun to reap its benefits. Solar panels still work even on cloudy days.

If you are interested in using solar energy for your home, there are two ways to go about doing it. You can hire a company to come and install solar panels for you. There are many reputable companies. Check out Evergreen, Canadian Solar and Sun Power. There are lots more to choose from so be sure to compare prices and look at customer reviews.

You could consider building your own DIY solar panels if you need to save some money and like DIY projects. There are numerous sites on the Internet that give free instructions and can guide you step by step through the process. As always, do your homework first and check on any permits you may need. Also check your homeowners or property insurance policies to see if something like homemade solar panels would have an effect on them. If you decide to hire a company to do it for you, they usually will help secure the permission or permits needed. You can also look into government grants and incentives that can help significantly lower your costs.

Solar energy is quickly becoming a viable option for just about anyone. With newer technology it is getting easier and easier to take the necessary steps to quit pouring so many poisonous gasses and harmful chemicals into our environment. With the economy in the condition it is in and fossil fuels costing what they now cost, it is no wonder so many people are turning to the power of the sun for their energy needs!

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