Everyday, we instinctively 10 TIMES push a button that provides electricity to run our daily life properly.
Once we wake up, our fingers creep to a light switcher, in the bathroom we do it again for hot water, in the kitchen to prepare breakfast, lunch and dinner, then we watch television, read and write e-mails, work, even at night before we close our eyes we once again push the button for a bed reading.
Each kilowatt-hour of electricity causes over two pounds of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere.
Should we just step back to the times of Flintstone to fight global warming ?
Of course not. There is another way of getting electricity, which is far more, eco friendly: using SOLAR PANEL.
Our Earth receives more energy from the sun in just one hour than the world uses in a whole year.
Solar panel collects, absorbs and converts this free sunlight into electricity (compared to electricity we get from a coal-fired plant, this solar energy is more sustainable). Not just it prevents us from depleting the running-out fossil fuel, it also is green energy, energy without tossing pollution and emission on its production.
The application of solar panel in home :
Solar panel applied in our home are commonly in the forms of :
– Solar thermal panels: which are used to heat up water for use in the home. This is commonly known as solar water heater (we will explain more about that later in this post)
– Solar Electricity Panels or Photovoltaic (PV): which uses the photovoltaic effect to turn sunlight directly into electricity. Setting this solar panel will generate clean and renewable electricity to our homes to power our home appliances.
One basic photovoltaic or solar cell can generate only a small amount of power. To produce more power, usually some 40 solar cells are interconnected to form panels or modules, which can provide electricity power from 10 to 300 watts (to obtain greater power, you can set some photovoltaic panels in an array, by this method, you can even provide viable solar electricity to power small home).
As PV technology can use both direct and scattered sunlight to generate electricity, the solar resource across Australia can support small solar electric systems, yet the amount of electricity created are depend on the amount of solar energy received.
– Ways of installing solar panel in your home:
A home solar system is generally consisted of solar panels, an inverter, a battery, a charge controller, wiring and support construction.
Many DIY books provide lots of solar information and guidance. The information covers the material, installation and various information and tips regarding solar energy.
Call a solar contractor or solar suppliers. You can call a contractor of solar system construction. Some experienced solar suppliers will evaluate your home building and discussing your energy consumption preference before determining and installing the most suitable solar systems for you.
– What you can power from solar panel:
Due to their modularity, solar systems can be designed to meet any electrical requirement, both large and small one.
You also can connect them to an electric distribution system (grid-connected), or they can stand-alone (off-grid)
You can run your water heater, AC or air heater, and many more home appliances with your solar panel. You can even heat your pool using this free energy.
– Benefits of installing Solar Panel Systems:
The cost of installing a solar system in your home might somehow be quite high, but it makes a good investment :
Solar electricity – in the long run- will be cost-effective than buying it from the power company. There is an initial investment at the installation, but then it starts paying for itself. Once the cost gets break even, everything after that is profit. Compare this to paying an endless monthly bill with no return on investment.
You will mostly get government tax credits. Rebates usually cover 20-30% of the system cost.
Home investment : equipped with a solar system, your property will have a higher price.
– Solar Panels Create Eco friendly Energy :
One kilowatt electricity produced from your home solar panel will prevent such hazardous impacts :
- 150 lbs. of coal from being burned.
- 300 lbs. of CO2 from being tossed to the atmosphere.
- 400L of water from being used.
Electricity used in our homes are usually produced from combustion of coal and other fossil fuels, which creates pollution and emission that threatening our health and our planet.
Lots of efforts and campaigns have then been made to minimize the use of electricity in our homes, in dreams to get a cleaner air, cleaner water, healthier planet.
There are lots simple things we can do from our home to cut our electricity consumption.
SOLAR WATER HEATER is one great way to do that.
– Benefits of Solar Water Heater:
Supporting Clean Environment: Solar is a clean energy. Powered by such energy, solar water heater does not trigger any emission, nor pollution (like do the other similar products, electric or gas powered).
Therefore solar water heater is the most eco friendly water heater. Although due to the solar energy availability it is always advised to have a back up water heater, you will anyway lessen your carbon footprint anytime you use your water heater.
– Good investment:
Depends on the hot water consumptions in your home, your solar water heater can save you some $ 500.00 a year on energy bill.
Although the initial cost – such as components and installation- is more expensive than buying conventional water heater.
Investment of solar water heater will generally payback after a period of 2 – 4 years. You will also receive a federal income tax credit.
– Things to consider before installing solar water heater:
Determine the water heater capacity you need : Size the maximum use of hot water in your home You can estimate this by accounting the number in your family, the pattern of your water use and the appliances in your home that use hot water.
For your reference, an average clothes washer request approximately 64-95L per load, Automatic dish washer needs 25-55L per load, shower will runs 8L per minute, etc….
Determine the available solar energy at your location to find appropriate type or capacity of solar water heater that should be used in your area.
Check the local building regulations. Before installing the solar water heater system, it is worthwhile to know the regulations or limitations regarding the installing and positioning of the water heater systems to avoid any costly re-installation.
As said above, water heating might consume up to 25% of your home energy. Installing one that uses free energy could make a good investment.