Solar Heating and Lighting Ideas for Your Home

It seems like every day, there is an article or news feature that talks about how important it is to switch from using electricity to solar power. By using the sun to get the energy that we need on a daily basis, we hinder the emissions that come from coal, oil and gas from going into the atmosphere; we help to protect our trees and eco-systems; we create a method for using power either on or off of the power grid; we help to create more jobs to those who are passionate about working in the solar production industry and we significantly lower our energy costs.

As more developments are being made annually when it comes to solar power, scientists are discovering all kinds of ways to both heat and light our homes. If you’ve been thinking about making the switch from electricity to natural energy and you’d like a few ideas on how you can do that, we have five for you right here:

Use solar light bulbs. Although solar light bulbs are still somewhat new to mass consumers, there are some that you can purchase, not just for the outside of your home but the inside as well. One company that makes a solar bulb starting at around $15.00 a piece is Nokero.

Install some solar panels. When it comes to finding a way to naturally heat your home, one of the most popular and effective methods are solar panels. As the panels absorb the sun, they help to bring the warmth from the sun’s rays into your house. There are many people who want these panels but believe that they can’t afford them. The good news is that for a down payment of $1,000, they can be yours.

There are also PV shingles. Another way to heat your home is to have some PV (photovoltaic) shingles put on your roof. The nice thing about them is that they are actually designed to look like and integrate well with the asphalt shingles that you currently have. Although they can tend to be a bit pricey, as they’re becoming more popular, thanks to federal and state incentives, you can get them installed for around $10,000 (approximately half of what they cost when they first came onto the market).

Consider getting a solar water heating system. If you’d like to see the cost of your monthly water bills drop by as much as 50-80 percent, then consider getting a solar water heating system put into your home. Basically they consist of metal panels that are filled with water and then placed outside of your house in a way where they are facing the sun. That way, the sun’s rays heat the water eliminating the need for you to rely (as much) on an electric water heater. A good one will run around $3,500.

Open up your windows. Being that solar power is simply using the sun for energy and lighting purposes, a passive-yet-effective approach that you can take now to control the Fahrenheit temperature in your home as well as provide the amount of lighting that you need without the use of electricity is to simply open up your windows. By letting the sun come into your house during the summer season, you bring natural warmth and light and by opening up your blinds or curtains during the window, you have less of a need for overhead lighting and lamps. It’s a quick, easy and cheap way to use solar power right at this very moment. Enjoy!

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