Harnessing the sun for energy with solar panels provides clean renewable energy that is stored and used to generate electricity for home or commercial use. Homeowners who install solar panels are able to provide the energy needed to operate their homes without reliance on outside sources or contributing to the use of fossil fuels and damaging the environment. Unfortunately, the initial financial investment may be more than the average American is prepared to pay. There are, however, economical ways to go green and use the power of the sun. This guide offers a host ideas for practical use of solar panels to save money and to do your part in protecting the environment.
Review of the Top Solar Backpacks by J. Rica Middlebrooks provides in depth reviews of backpacks with installed solar panels that generate enough energy to power small electronics like ipods and cell phones. Ideal for camping or simply as a power source for those long hikes, these backpacks sell for under $200 and are an excellent way to contribute to the use of renewable energy.
Use Solar Lights for Outdoor Lighting by Wendy Dawn is an excellent source of information on the use of solar lights for the yard and garden. These lights are inexpensive and a practical way to begin your transition from fossil fuels to solar energy without spending a lot of money. Read her article for more information about solar lights and how you can take advantage of the power of the sun to light your yard.
Homeowners Can Now Rent Solar Panels by Amy Brantley provides overview information about renting solar panels as a cost effective alternative to purchasing and installing your own solar panels. She provides basic costs and reviews the pros and cons of renting solar panels from an established company. If you desire to go green, but have limited resources, this just may be the alternative you are looking for.
Reducing Your Home Energy Costs with a Solar PV System by Tom Bacc does a wonderful job of explaining how generating your own electricity works and includes information on selling electricity back to the electric company and calculating expected savings and energy production. If you are considering installing those solar panels in the hopes of becoming self-sustaining as you go green, this article is a must read.
Solar Cooking in New York City by Richard Carriero gives you a first hand account of solar cooking with a commercial oven. This well-written and informative article about the advantages of using a solar cooker to harness the sun’s rays for practical use deserves a read. Although solar cookers do not use solar panels, I have included this article as a cost effective and easy way to use the sun’s energy in everyday life to perform one of life’s most basic tasks: cooking delicious melt-in-your mouth food.
How to Build a Solar Box Cooker by Joe Poe is a fun article that provides directions for making solar cookers. Although it may not serve as your main source of cooking energy, this project provides you with the means to experiment with solar energy without investing in expensive solar panels and is a great follow-up to Richard Carriero’s article.
Considerations for Homebuyers Installing Solar Power by Steve Graham very aptly describes the necessary considerations a new homebuyers should consider if they wish to go green with solar. Check this article for information on location, preexisting features of the home and regulations in the community before you make the decision to buy a new home. A realistic look at the feasibility and practicality of installing solar panels for renewable energy may save you from investing in property that simply is not suited for your desires.
Green Living Guide: Solar Powered Electronics and Technology by Kirby Rooks looks at the latest solar technology for solar power. His review ranges from the solar bra capable of powering your ipod as you hike or jog, to military applications of tent solar panels used to recharge batteries and provide energy for lights or other necessities.
Even though you may not be prepared to convert your home to solar power, you can do your part for the environment and save money in the process. By investing in solar powered gadgets, making your own solar oven or simply buying a few solar lights for your yard you will take an important step towards harnessing the power of the sun to make your life easier and help the environment at the same time.