Saturday, August 22, 2009

8 Common Usages of a Home Solar Power System

1) Generate electric power for general household usage - A home solar power system can be installed and the power generated by the Photovoltaic (PC) cells can reduce your power utility bills to zero.

2) For cooking purposes - Using the energy of the sun and some creativity, solar power can be used to cook our food. By using easy-to-make solar oven and heaters, it can put food on our dinner table. The food preparation process is longer and you can only do your cooking when the sun is shining. Nonetheless, it free energy.

3) Passive space heating - By using strategically placed blinds, awnings, sunrooms etc, solar power can be used to heat our homes without additional cost.

4) Heating water - One of the most common usage of solar energy is to produce hot water. A passive system does not require any moving parts or electrical pumps. All you need is water in the system and some copper piping.

5) Heat up a swimming pool - How much power do you need to heat up your swimming pool? A lot of power! By using a simple solar blanket, you can heat up the entire swimming pool cheaply and efficiently.

6) Landscape lighting - Light up your surrounding yard or garden with inexpensive solar lights. Save money by not using expensive overhead lighting. Some of the solar lights even have very funky designs.

7) Provide indoor lighting - This can be done by using low power consumption light-emitting diodes (LED). Use solar energy to charge up a battery bank at day and use the battery to power the LED at night.

8) Supply power for remote lodging - If you have a cabin up in the mountain, a boat or RV, you can use solar energy as its main power source.

Autor: Ken J. Maxwell

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Added: August 22, 2009