Solar power is harnessed in many different ways and can be stored and converted into the energy that powers your everyday household devices. The most typical technique for collecting solar power is by using solar panels which are constructed of several solar cells wired together. There are also passive methods of harnessing the suns power and these practices can be used to directly heat your home, dry your clothes, bake your food, and warm your water.
Running Your Appliances
When solar energy is collected by solar panels the power is stored in a battery cell and converted into usable voltage for running the appliances you use in your home every day. A smaller solar panel might keep be used to power the pump for the pool house, while a larger panel may be able to keep the refrigerator and kitchen appliances humming. Using passive methods to directly dry your clothes or heat water is a wonderful and environmentally friendly way to save money. Using a thermal water storage tank for heating water and a solar room to either hang clothes in or vent warm air into a drying box can save you lots of money on laundry day.
Generators and Motors
Solar energy techniques can be used to power generators and motors in much the same way. Solar power is absorbed by solar cells, transferred to a battery storage unit, and then converted into useable voltages. Using solar power to run a generator or motor of some kind opens up worlds of possibilities, everything runs on some form of stored power. In most cases, even where fossil fuels are concerned, the original source of this convertible energy is the sun. By going directly to the source to run our motors we cut out the smoke, smog, and soot produced by burning that fossilized middle-man.
From Your Car to Your Electric Toothbrush
It’s no secret that finding cleaner renewable energy sources is at the top of everybody’s to-do list. If it isn’t, it ought to be. There are just too many safe, effective, low-cost ways to put the suns power to use. The solar energy stored in batters can be used to power everything from our cars all the way down to our electric toothbrushes. On small scale homeowners can use solar panels and other passive solar energy methods to lower their heating and power bills, and on larger scales corporate complexes and community service offices have made use of Trombe walls to heat and cool their offices.
There really is not much that can’t be run on the energy collected from the sun. All depends on your needs and what type of solar energy technique will be most cost effective for you given your environment. If you’re out here on the plains solar panels are a good bet, supplementing them with a wind turbine to cover the slack on cloudy days is even smarter. Take a look around at your home environment and the natural tools that are there for you; let the sun shine in.