For most people, solar power is something that only folks looking to cut down on their carbon footprints resort to. However, clean energy generated from solar panels can be used in daily life in a number of applications. Solar energy can be converted into electricity or used directly for heating purposes. A lot of countries encourage the use of solar Energy and offer tax credits to citizens using them. Here are some of the more common uses of solar power.
[box_light]Uses of solar power in daily life[/box_light]
Uses of solar power in daily life
[box_dark]Heating swimming pools[/box_dark]
Solar pool heaters are incredibly commonplace around the world. They provide enormous monetary savings when compared to the amount it costs to heat pool water using grid electricity.
[box_dark]Solar Water Heaters[/box_dark]
Around the world, regions that experience sunny winters or temperate climate requiring hot water supply round the year have adopted solar water heaters as a permanent feature for residential buildings. The installation allows households to get a running hot water supply round the clock without using gas or electrical heaters.
[box_dark]Passive building heating[/box_dark]
Solar energy can be used to heat building passively using an air- or fluid-based system. Heat absorbing tiles and south facing windows allow the surface of the building to collect heat that can be radiated and carried through the building through the gas or fluid vents.
[box_dark]DC Electricity generation[/box_dark]
Solar panels create DC electricity which is sufficient to power small appliances and devices including laptops, mp3 players and cell phones. Depending on the energy requirement of your device and the kind of power you consume through the day, solar panels can be effectively used to charge these commonly used devices.
[box_dark]AC Electricity generation[/box_dark]
AC electricity is used to power household appliances and a small array of solar powers can easily power a number of appliances that are used every day. Of course such a use requires an elaborate and often expensive installation that is actually a one-time investment and its cost is returned in terms of energy bill savings in under five years.
[box_dark]Solar cookers and food dehydrators[/box_dark]
Solar cookers provide a great alternative to gas stoves though they take more than half a day to cook/steam simple foods. The solar food dehydrator, on the other hand, has received a much warmer response as it can dehydrate almost all kinds of food and help preserve them for future use.
[box_dark]Solar clothes dryers[/box_dark]
If you are looking for a cleaner alternative to your power-sucking dryer unit, the solar dryer might be just what you need. The box like construction can be installed in your backyard if you get ample sunshine in the area. The method dries clothes naturally which prolongs the life of the fabric as well.