With the cost of energy continuing the rise, families are always looking for ways to reduce costs. One way to reduce cost, and helping the environment by saving natural resources, is using solar energy as a source of power. Solar power can be used to heat or cool buildings as well as provide a natural source of energy. As consumers look for ways to “go green”, solar power will be more prevalent.
By using the heat of the Sun, energy is collected through solar panels. This energy is saved and can be used to supplement existing energy supplies or be the sole source of energy. Generally, the energy panels are installed on the roofs of homes and use the direct rays of the Sun to power the building.
While installation of the solar powered systems are expensive which are paid up front, the benefits are long term. Without the dependency on utilities, homeowners save on the monthly expense to light, heat and cool their homes. While using solar power in the home has benefits as well as some disadvantage, the savings in energy costs could amount to thousands of dollars over the course of a year. But, more importantly one of the biggest savings is that of the environment!
Basics of Solar Power
Solar Power Information – Helpful information from National Geographic on how solar power can be converted to energy.
Solar Power – Simple explanation on how solar power functions in the household.