Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Solar Energy Systems That You Can Use in the Home

Solar energy systems can be as complicated or easy as you want them to be. Ultimately they use some form of heat or light energy that comes from the Sun to do their stuff. The task of the solar energy system is to get as much of that particular source of energy as it can in the most efficient manner possible.

A very simple solar energy system is the solar oven. This is simply a box the size of a microwave oven. It will be painted black on the outside so that it absorbs the Sun's heat. The inner sides of the box may be made of reflective material so that heat is not lost to the environment. You may add a tray to put the food on. And a thermometer to know the heat of the oven. Provided you locate the oven in a good spot for the sun you can cook food. It may take a while to warm up but it certainly works.

Along the same lines, you can create a solar water collector that can heat up water. A solar water collector uses the same principles as the oven. It is built to attract and absorb the Sun's heat energy. Within the collector you will store water. This water will get heated and can be used to heat the home or to wash the pots and pans.

Simple solar panels can even take advantage of the Sun's light energy. Solar panels use photovoltaic cells to convert light energy into electricity. With instructions and the right materials these cells can be made quite cheaply and easily. Once you have created the electricity with the panels, it can be stored in batteries or converted for use in the home.

Autor: Denzil De Vries

You can make your own Solar Energy Systems, go to solar and wind power kits for reviews of popular manuals that show you how to do this, including an Earth4Energy review

Added: June 17, 2009