Views:227 Author:sinoyin Publish Time: 2019-03-05 Origin:Site
For several thousands of years, human being has been harnessing the power of sunlight so as to provide our basic needs. The method by which primitive man used solar energy for heating, lighting, preparing food and bathing are not exactly as high-tech as we think of our modern methods but man already know where to turn for energy.
Nowadays, there is a structure which is known as solar energy house which is used for making a house modern and efficient. A homeowner may decide to build a house which relies mainly or partially on solar power so as to save home energy which is generated by the coal power plants connected to the city’s grid system and consequently invest in a system which generate huge savings in electricity as well as other utility bills in the long run.
Below are several ways through which a house can benefit from sunlight streaming freely while minimizing the energy cost:
1. Portable photovoltaic systems: These are small devices which are equipped with the ability to absorb energy from the sun while converting it into electricity. A calculator which runs on solar-powered batteries is a good example and so is a solar lawn mower and solar RV appliances.
2. Solar pool heater: harnessing solar power to heat the swimming pool in your backyard is a practical as well as cost effective means to take advantage of sunshine and also save home energy. Solar pool heaters are often open-loop systems which circulate running water via a solar collector and directly into the swimming pool or a hot tub. These systems are not expensive and provide more than the money spent in the long run. Additionally, governments and private financing companies offer various incentives for investing in energy efficient systems such as solar power systems, wind energy systems and geothermal heating systems.
3. Solar Hot Water System: A solar energy house usually have a closed-loop Solar Hot Water System which consist of a system of pipes whose one end is connected to a solar collector and whose other end is connected to a regular water tank. Within the pipe is a natural anti-freeze fluid known as glycol. This solution collects the solar heat which is trapped within the collector and transfers it into the water. This is one of the most popular uses of solar power but homeowners have to be very careful so as to maintain the system appropriately. A common mistake is overheating the glycol to a temperature which is more than needed. The availability of free solar energy does not mean you should overheat. A good way to prevent this is make use of additive which prevents the breakdown of glycol or have s small vent built into the solar collector. The glycol must also be replaced once every year so as to maintain the standard of the water heater.
4. Independent photovoltaic system: A full-fledge solar energy does not only save the home energy by providing a supplementary source of energy, it runs off-grid purely on solar power. This is most possible if you live in an environment closer to the equator such as the Sun Belt states. A house that runs on off-grid electricity may generate an extra income for the family living by connecting the solar energy system to the city’s mainstream power grid and selling the excess electricity generated from the solar power.
All these would make your house and those of your neighbour modern and efficient, especially when they are installed appropriately.