Solar panel installation
Let’s face it; there are many reasons why solar panels would benefit your home. It could increase the property value, and it will definitely cut down on your carbon footprint and reduce your electric bill each month. The purpose of this article is to give you some basic tips about this form of power.
Basically, solar panels take the rays from the sun and convert them into electricity. The photovoltaic cells inside each panel have an internal mechanism that takes the light and makes into convertible power that it can then send into your electrical grid. The warmer the temperature, the more efficient the process. This is why, even on a cold day, the sun will not give you as much power as it might on a hot day that has some cloud cover.
Tip: Buy Energy Star products. In the typical home, appliance’s make up about 20 percent of the electricity use.
There are some basic solar ovens that will heat water for you. All you have to do is pour water into a pot and place it inside the oven. During the summer, you will generally place the oven at a 30 degree angle to the sun, you will place it at 60 degrees in the winter when the sun is lower in the sky. The water inside will come to a boil over time, and it won’t cost you a dime.
Solar panels have been a power option since the 1970’s. Recent advances in technology, coupled with recent discoveries about the dwindling availability of fossil fuels, have made them once again a more popular option. You can even get rebates or tax credits for solar panel installation, depending on the state or county in which you live. If you have a really sunny month, you might even contribute so much energy to your local grid that the utility sends you a check instead of you paying a bill.
Tip: Harness wind power in your home. Wind power is probably one of the cleanest sources that we have available now, and using it just might cut your electric bill down by up to 90%.
Your solar panel array can connect to the grid just like any other device that creates power. Once your panels are hooked up to your electrical system, it will start adding power back to the grid on the first sunny morning. The benefit is that every kilowatt-hour that it adds back means you are taking less from your utility, resulting in a smaller bill.
Whether your home will appreciate or not on the basis of a solar panel installation will really depend on where you live. Obviously, in more upscale areas, panels are likely to give your value a boost, but you will want to talk to a local realtor to find out if panels are a likely value enhancer in your community.
Tip: Try heating your home with a wood pellet stove. The pellets burned in a pellet stove are made of highly compact sawdust.
There is no research back on what will happen when we start having to throw these solar panels away because they are old and worn out. However, in the short term, solar panels in use mean that there are fewer fossil fuels being pumped or mined out of the earth and turned into electricity. There are no environmental by-products to solar energy, so it’s a win-win so far.
Going solar can save you money over time, and future generations may thank you for helping the environment today.
Everything we do in and to our home will affect the environment one way or another, either for good or bad. Becoming aware of this is an important first step, which can lead to considerable savings for you, as well as benefiting the environment. This also includes improving energy efficiency in your home. And there are a number of ways in which you can make your current home “greener” that will put more “green” in your pocket too. Insulation is an important first step in reducing energy usage and reducing your outgoings. It’s even more important now with the rising cost of energy these days. And there have been many improvements to insulation in recent years that make it more effective and efficient as well as even safer in the home. Those walls, lofts and attic spaces can lose huge amounts of expensive heat from your house, so insulating them can save you a great deal of money as well as making a more comfortable home – warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. After all, insulation works both ways! A lot of insulation is very easy to install or lay down, or you can go for a professional job and get an approved contractor to install cavity wall insulation. Once you have the insulation in place, it’s worth looking at the types of heating and air conditioning systems that are available. Modern ones are all so much more energy efficient. While the initial costs may seem a bit steep, you should recover your money in the long run, through lower bills. Before agreeing to buy any new system, check whether there are any grants available to you locally, or any other help. It is possible that some grants for those on a low income or those over a certain age may be available. Sometimes financial help is only available for certain systems or by using certain installation contractors. Check up on the required conditions to be met before signing up for anything. Solar panels are one way of providing additional heat and power in your house. The costs of installing these have come down considerably and the latest designs are a lot more efficient and easy to maintain. The panels are also more attractive and with so many people opting for this form of additional heat and power generation, solar panels have become very much the “in-thing” in many neighbourhoods. You may have a local contractor who can install solar panels for you or you may need to check for a national company. Whichever you chose, make sure they are certified to fit and install solar panels correctly. Solar panel installation at an information center adjacent to Ögii Lake (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Windows are another source of heat loss in winter and heat gain in summer and many homes still have the original windows, which may be outdated by today’s standards for energy conservation. They may also have shrunk from their frames, creating draughts. Where possible, think about replacing windows with double, or even triple-glazed windows. It’s not necessary to do every window at the same time, these can be done bit by bit if necessary. And in some houses, there may be certain windows that need replacing anyway or where you have already noticed cold draughts in the winter winds. Cutting out the heat loss from windows (and doors) can have a very beneficial effect on your bills! In hotter climates, you can even get tinted glass that will reflect the sun’s glare during the summer. Quite aside from insulation, if you are going to redecorate your home, you can now get healthier paints that are free from VOCs (volatile organic compounds). and this is another way to get your house greener and make it a safer and healthier place for you and your family. Let’s take a look now at water. Rainwater may be scarce in some areas, but when it does fall, you can collect it for free and make good use of it, saving your water bills. There are a number of ways to collect rainwater, from rain barrels (keep them covered to prevent accidents and to keep insects out) to underground tanks set into your garden.
You can collect rainwater through your downpipes using an adapter. The water can be used for washing your car, watering plants and is even said to be very good for washing hair, leaving it soft. There are also many ways now to save water inside the house, by using less. For instance, there are a number of new toilet models available. These use less water than older models. Some have two buttons, one for a short flush, one for a longer flush where necessary. You can also get more modern shower heads that will use less water. As water bills increase, replacing your toilet or your shower head with a more modern one incorporating water saving technology can save you money over time. It’s important to think through any changes you may want to make. Anything you do must always consider whether you can afford it and just how much of a saving it will make for you. But in general, you will find that being kind to the environment will also be kind on your pocket! Check out a few of these ideas and see if you can make your house greener and more eco friendly!
- Green Energy 101: Everything You Need To Know (sustainableenergyresearch.co.uk)