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The Best Green Way to Heat Your Home

When it comes to converting your home into a solar home, there are a few alternatives, because not all homes have the same problems, the same requirements or the same potential sustainable power sources. Therefore, if you are going to try a total conversion or even get off the grid completely, you will either need to do some do research or call in an expert to make a survey for you.

If you call in an expert, try to get an independent one, so that you can work out the costs of satisfying your energy requirements yourself. You will have to pay for such a report, naturally, but you could carry out a report yourself with a bit of work on your behalf. In order to produce a solar home, you may find the rest of this article interesting.

There are fundamentally two kinds of solar designs: passive and active solar energy. Passive solar energy can be used to supply heating, cooling and natural light for your home. Active solar energy is used for powering home appliances, tools and lighting. It is the ideal combination of these two kinds of solar energy that you will try to achieve, if you are attempting to convert your home into a solar home.

You can make use of passive solar energy techniques in many ways, although they are more easily incorporated in during the actual construction phase of a new home. The largest area of glass should face south or be within 30 degrees of due south. This will catch the maximum amount of heat. This heat can then be distributed around the house by stone floors and stone walls.

The central heating ducting and furnace fan can be utilized to assist, if need be. If the house becomes too hot in the summer, awnings or even solar panels could be dropped down in order to put the windows in shadow. When thinking of passive solar energy, you should try to think of ways of providing warmth and coolness without using electricity. For example, a skylight at the top of the stairs will allow the warmest air in the house to escape, since hot air rises. This will result in cooler air to be sucked into the house at lower levels.

The other feature of a solar house is the generation of electricity by the use of solar panels grouped into solar arrays. Solar panels make use of photovoltaic cells to convert light into energy. This energy can then be used to power ordinary electrical appliances of all kinds or some or all of it can be stored in batteries for later use. Conversion from AC (alternating current) to DC (direct current) and back again, if needed, is a straightforward matter.

Solar energy can also be used to warm up water for the pool or for the home. The most common type of system uses pipes filled with a type of anti-freeze to collect the sun's heat and pass it on to tanks of water via a heat exchanger.

A solar home uses energy efficiency to reduce the need for heating, cooling and electricity. The use of higher grade lagging, more energy efficient windows, kitchen appliances and lighting than those utilized in traditional homes, will save you a lot of money and energy. As you can see, some of these alterations, especially the passive ones are structural, so hard to apply in many homes, but there is always something you can do to reduce your energy bills and gradually convert your home into a solar home.


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