Solar panels can be installed in homes to capture the sun’s rays and convert them into energy.
The use of solar energy in the home is becoming an attractive proposition for an increasing number of people. Many people use solar energy, harnessing the sun’s energy to heat their homes and run various appliances. It is an economical and eco-friendly way to bring energy into the home and can reduce outdoor energy consumption by 50-70%. There are several ways to use solar energy at home, including through solar heating systems and solar panels that generate electricity.
A closeup of a solar panel.
Once implemented in the home, solar water heating can be used to heat the home and generate hot water. A collector mounted on a roof or other elevated area is used to absorb heat energy from the sun, usually amplifying the heat and storing the resulting hot water. This heat can be used to provide hot water for the home or it can be channeled through radiators for heating. This can not only reduce utility bills, but also add value to your home when you come to sell it.
Solar power systems that are connected to power can transfer excess energy to the grid.
The technology used in solar energy is the solar electric panel, which uses photons to generate electricity. These photovoltaic (PV) panels can be freestanding rigid boards used to harness solar energy. They can also be placed on the roof or you can get peel and glue laminates depending on the type of roof. As photons of light hit the panels, they excite electrons in the material used to make them; this higher state of energy is then captured as electricity.
Solar-powered homes are now able to power major home appliances such as stoves, refrigerators, computers and TVs.
The energy is converted into electricity through a modified grid system. This system is no different from the usual grid system found at home, except that it also converts solar energy. The system also has a meter installed that reads how much solar energy the home used compared to normal electricity. The meter subtracts the electricity from the solar energy, and the remaining amount is the amount applied to the electricity bill.
Photovoltaic solar energy sources often require the installation of disconnect switches or isolators, which can completely cut off power.
Most solar power systems are also capable of storing some of the energy they generate. If there is energy left over, it can be used later to heat rooms and generate hot water. It can also be used to light up your home or provide electricity for other electronic devices.
Cost reduction is the main reason why people use solar energy in their homes. Depending on the system, solar panels can pay for themselves in about 12 years. By the year 2020, the US Department of Energy expects this form of electricity generation to become commonplace in the home. The agency expects to see normal energy consumption reduced by around 70% over this period.