"Using Solar Power At Home"
Using Solar-Power At Home
You can take care of most of your energy needs simply by harnessing the power of the sun using solar power. The power generated can be used during the day and, if you can store it, at night as well. All you need is a device that converts and saves solar energy. There are several different ways of doing this, depending on your particular needs and circumstances.
How does it work?
A home solar power system uses what are called solar arrays. Solar arrays, as the name suggests, are nothing more than a number of solar cells that convert the radiation given out by the sun. A solar cell is the smallest unit of any solar energy producing device. These cells are placed side by side, in a grid pattern, to form the arrays. These arrays are then exposed to the sun, mostly by placing them on rooftops.
The solar cells themselves are made of a semiconductor material and this is called a 'photovoltaic' (PV) cell. When exposed to sunlight, these PV cells create electrical current. The PV array is then connected to some basic electronics which sends the electric current to charge a 'battery bank'. To gain useful energy from the battery storage system a voltage inverter is also needed because the battery bank stores current in DC (direct current) form and most of our appliances use AC (alternating current). Hence, the need for conversion from DC to AC.
Here's a quick look at some of the uses to which solar energy can be put:-
1. Solar Lighting For The Home - A solar lighting system is very simple to install and use. It simply converts the energy from the sunlight to generate electrical power for the home. Also, because we can store the energy in batteries, we can have power even at night, when the sun is no longer shining. So, no power bills for you as all the energy, once your system is installed is free.
2. Solar Cooker - This is a small box size appliance that cooks your food without using fuel. You can use it to boil or roast food, but only slowly which is a good thing as it maintains much of the nutritional value of the food. So, here's your chance to have healthy food and also save on your power bills in the process.
3. Solar Home Heating - The best possible solution to your biggest worry. How do you cut down on the costs of heating your house?
The answer is simple - solar heating. It might be expensive to install, but the fact is that you recover your money after only a few years (because of the money you save on your bills). After that, you have heating for free! You also need to keep in mind that installation costs depend on how big your house is and its design.
These are the advantages that a home solar energy system can give you. When most families are worried about the rising cost of their power bills, you have the chance to get rid of that problem just by ordering an easy to follow home solar energy system guide. Along the way, you save money and you contribute to a pollution free environment.
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