We are all aware of how precious the sun is and how essential it is to us. Solar energy provides us with many things including life, without it life on earth would not exist. For hundred's of years we have been using the suns energy around the home for simple things like drying our washing, I think that over the years we have taken this wonderful source of energy for granted.
This energy from the sun reaches us in the form of sunlight. This sunlight contains infrared and visible rays which gives us heat and light. Today we are converting this solar energy into electricity with the use of solar panels which are currently being used all over the world.
Here are a few simple ways that we are using sunlight around the home:
- Already previously mentioned is drying the clothes, the sun absorbs all the water from the clothes and dries them.
- Pickles, food, pulses are all dried using the sunlight.
- Our plant life, around the home all of our pot plants and vegetables all thrive off photosynthesis, without the sun this is not possible.
- Solar water heating is also a wonderful thing, the sun heats the panels which heats the water and there you have it, free hot water for the home.
- We shouldn't forget to mention the most valuable use of solar energy and that is to generate your own electricity at home.
- Solar energy at home is one of the easiest things to set up, this system can be installed on any flat surface, preferably on the roof or an open terrace. For this you would require solar panels which consist of photo voltaic cells, these cells are designed to soak up the energy from the sun and this is how voltage is produced. This system contains an inverter which is used to convert this solar energy into ready to use electricity. Obviously the more solar panels you have the more energy can be produced. A battery which is connected will store the electricity produced during the day, giving you a access to stored electricity in the evening when the sunlight has gone.
- Solar cookers are also a popular way of cooking, solar power is used as fuel.
- Another very important thing to remember is that any kind of energy we use created by solar is completely pollution free, in other words any solar energy systems used is clean free energy.
So all in all if you are searching for a better and cheaper way of saving you can't beat using solar energy as your renewable energy source. Its easy and simple to install and very cost efficient.