There are many commercial solar energy products on the market for the average consumer. This is great news for homeowners, as the choices are getting more and more versatile. Using solar products can help you save money and possibly make you money if you convert your extra energy into power that you can sell back to the power company.
One very popular option we are seeing lots of this summer in the U.S. are yard and garden lights. This lighting contains passive solar cells that gather energy from the sun during the day and converts it into energy at night to light pathways and flower gardens. These solar lights have no cords or moving parts and can last up to about 25 years.
A solar water heater is another product on the market for consumers. This can really save you a lot of money, but is more complicated than sticking some lights in the ground. If you are interested in a solar water heater, you should do your research and it should be installed by a professional.
Surely you’ve seen solar-powered automobiles when the car shows come to town. This technology is pretty far from mainstream for the moment, but there are great possibilities here. There are some cars on the market now which use solar power gathered in the roof for some of it’s auxiliary functions.
In new home construction, it is becoming more and more common to have in-floor heating. This can be done pretty easily with solar power. Pumping water through dark tubing allows it to be heated up by the sun and circulates underneath the floor, making it warmer. In the winter, this can be placed outside and you can easily keep the snow melted on your front steps. Of course, you need to have lots of sun for this application in the winter.
Or, the in-floor heating can be provided by your solar powered water heater.
This dark tubing has been used to create solar powered swimming pool heaters. You can easily heat your swimming pool by about 10-15 degrees, prolonging the amount of time you can leave your pool open.
you can even put solar lights around your pool for a romantic setting.
When you think of swimming pools, that brings to mind hot tubs. Hot tubs can be very expensive to heat and can be a big drain on the wallet to keep them at 110 degrees. A solar heater water heater or an outdoor ground heater can heat your hot tub.
With solar energy products, there is no noisy motor or moving parts to wear out. This will allow it to keep operating for decades so long as they are adequately maintained and not damaged.