Solar energy is a form of energy that’s derived from the sun and so is absolutely free to harness. And unlike other forms of energy, the only costs involved are those associated with manufacturing or installing the solar panels.

There is a wide range of practical applications for solar power and if you’re an owner of your own home, then you may have already heard of them. If you’re not aware of what they are, you may find it helpful to follow the links below.

The first example I will look at is solar power for heating water. If you have a hot water supply, then perhaps it could be converted to run on solar power. You could also heat your swimming pool and hot bath to using solar energy, rather than the traditional fuel sources.

To take this a step further, you can look at heating rural housing estates by allowing the power generated by solar panels to be used for all houses there. There are rural areas that lack access to grid-connected electricity, but where homes have to be heated by diesel, but without electricity, the power produced by solar panels could provide enough to keep them warm.

In rural areas such as these, you can think about making the process a step further by converting the lanterns which are used to light the pathways and paths to the garden by taking advantage of solar power to do so. They can be used in this way, even when there is no electricity, meaning there are no burning bills or dead animals in the house, which most traditional heaters create.

Of course the household solar energy generated for heating your hot water will also go towards heating the whole house. This can prove cost-effective in itself, though the results for the carbon footprint created will take a little longer to assess. As the solar panels run on solar power, it means no fossil fuels will be burnt in the operation of the system.

The need for a system of this kind to be installed on the roof is somewhat odd. You’d think there would be sufficient sunshine to power it properly, but unless you live in the northern hemisphere, the solar panels won’t be able to generate enough sunlight to provide the whole system. Most households already have solar panel installations where they use their energy to run their DVD players and television sets, so it makes sense to convert the system to use the solar panels in hot water.

Of course, you don’t have to have your house and its hot water in the house to be able to benefit from the process. It’s best to start looking at this idea at your home and garden centers since you can be sure they have a wide range of ideas on how to make the most of the system.

One of the more obvious benefits is that in cold weather times, you’ll be able to use the storage systems to store excess heat rather than buying expensive electric heating. You can also use it for generating heat in the winter, but again using the heat generated by the solar panels to warm up the swimming pool and even the baths that you’re using in the summer.

A disadvantage of the system is that the direct hot water is used, so the water will come out a bit hotter than it should. You should ensure that your pipes and drainage systems are good enough to be able to use the hot water safely.

Ultimately, it’s up to you to choose how to use the system. However, I’m confident that you’ll be able to find other ways to use solar energy for hot water, even if you have no solar panels at all to install.

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