How's your electric bill been treating you? If you're like most people in this economy, it's too high and doesn't seem to be getting any better. Been hearing the buzz around the "go green" movement to preserve the environment? Not sure where to start. Well a good first step can be to get a grasp on the most popular alternative energy system right now... Home Solar Power.
Before we dive in deeper, let's take a quick lesson on our mighty sun. All the systems of the earth are powered by the sun and all life is sustained through it. The power from the sun is measured in Zettajoules. This power is of course a combination of the heat and light that is transmitted from to the earth's surface. The sun transmits is energy in a way that is similar to how to radio waves travel. Really the only difference between a sun's energy and radio is the frequency range that it travels in. As the sun's electromagnetic radiation comes to the earth, our atmosphere absorbs a portion of the energy and what makes it through is the heat and light that we are familiar with.
The 93 million mile journey that his electromagnetic radiation follows on its path to earth takes just over 8 minutes to complete. If this energy is not captured, harnessed, or somehow concentrated, it will merely be dissipated over the earth's surface. Harnessing and concentrating this energy can be done several ways.
Most people don't realize that there are many devices and tools that can be used to harness the sun's energy. For the sake of this article, I will mention focusing collectors. Focusing collectors are simply a device used to collect and concentrate the sun's energy where it can be used alternatively, such as in the case of solar water heaters or sky lights.
Solar power for the home has a variety of uses. All appliances, lights, air conditioning, outlets, etc can be powered by a solar source vs. from the electrical grid. These days there are many solar panel systems that are designed for home use. There are kits that are prefabricated for easy install, companies that will custom design a system for your home, or the ever popular DIY (do it yourself) kits and guides that are available for exciting and rewarding projects. These systems once installed will provide years of benefit which completely outweighs any financial investment that you'll need to do up front.
With the rising energy costs and our dynamic economic climate, home solar power is growing in popularity. If you're concerned with the "green energy movement", this is and alternative energy source that is right in line with it. If there actually is a legal way to lower your electric bill or get rid of it completely than why not consider it? In addition, there are federal tax credits available to homeowners who invest into this technology. Harnessing the sun's free energy makes a lot more sense than paying for this energy year after year. As reliable as the sun is to rise and set everyday is the same reliability you'll get from a home solar power system.