The Future Of Power: Solar Powered Homes
There are many options available to a homeowner when it comes to providing energy to fuel their home. Some of those options include the use of electricity, natural gas, heating oil or a combination of these fuel alternatives.
Unfortunately, many of these fueling options are becoming increasingly difficult for the consumer to take advantage of. This difficulty is due to a number of reasons. One of those reasons includes the expense of fuel due to production costs and depletion of natural resources.
However, an optional source of power available to the homeowner is not only readily available, but can substantially reduce the energy costs to the consumer. That energy source is the sun and the energy is solar power. Therefore, it is important to know what is a solar powered home and what are the advantages of having such a home.
What Is A Solar Powered Home?
A solar powered home is a residence that has chosen to construct a photovoltaic solar power system on to the home. Generally, this system is placed on the roof in such a way that it faces south. This is so that the maximum exposure to solar energy is realized.
The purpose of the solar panels is to capture the solar energy radiated by the sun. Eventually, this captured solar energy is converted through the solar panels into usable energy. The production of this energy then flows into the electrical system of the home providing, in many cases, all the energy required to meet the power needs of the residence.
In many cases the entire energy requirements of the home can be met through this photovoltaic system. Of course there are variables to consider when ascertaining whether the entire power needs can be met by the system. Some of variables could include the geographical location of the home, weather and the various seasons of the year.
As with anything else, the initial construction of the solar power system was cumbersome, large and unsightly. Today a solar power home can be equipped using streamlined equipment.
Advantages Of A Solar Powered Home
There are several advantages associated with having a solar power home. One of the first advantages is that it helps to conserve the planet's resources. This means that less emphasis and need is placed upon the use of natural resources. Those natural resources could include fossil fuels, oil and natural gas. In addition, there can be less impact on the environment as it decreases the need for energy produced from hydroelectric plants or generation of electricity through nuclear plants.
Another advantage to having a solar powered home is a reduction in energy expenses. Obviously the more the home is dependent upon solar energy the less dependency there is upon electricity. It not only helps to reduce the electrical bill, but also if there is an overage of electricity produced often the homeowner can sell back that electricity to the electricity provider.