Solar Power for Homes - Things You Can Do Right Now!
Specific solar power for homes' specific applications are here today to help the DIY homeowner get "off the grid." You don't have to wait until you can afford to solar power your entire home to start grabbing some of those solar rays right now!
Today there are several inexpensive specific solar applications that are available in a wide range of designs and styles. Your home is powered by AC (alternating current) and the sun's power-at least for now-is captured in DC (direct current, like your car's power) and you need a separate device to convert that power to run your home's lights and appliances. But, who said anything about powering your whole home?
For instance--speaking of diving in--there are solar devices designed to specifically heat your swimming pool! Small, portable units that sit beside the pool and silently warm the water, keeping it at a comfortable temperature for day or night swimming. Not only that, but after the initial purchase, it's free warm water! These are very low (mostly no) maintenance devices you'll forget you even have after a while.
The most energy draining, power hungry thing you have in your home is your water heater. If you could just get rid of that expense you could save a bunch! Well, now you can. You need to buy a solar device designed specifically for your water heater and plan a way to connect the two, or purchase a complete solar panel-water heater tank set. The latter is your best bet, as its the most efficient way, but either is better than sucking enormous amounts of non-green power.
Garden lights, path lights, pond pumps and security lighting all are now made with their own tiny solar panel attached! Many of these can be taken home and simply stuck in the ground to start working. Talk about a DIY project your whole family can be a part of. There's really very few things that can match this kind of family experience... and, I'll bet your kids will giggle when the sun goes down and the lights magically come on!
There are even kits and DIY solar panels you can make for a few hundred dollars. If you're looking for a place to start, here it is! Making your own solar panel is fun and rewarding. And, when your path lights come on at your next deck party, you can say "I made that happen!" Go online and search "solar lights", "build solar panel" or "solar kits" for starters. And for more information on any of the above ideas, go to www.RemodelQuickTips.com/ and click on "Solar Power for Homes."
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