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Thinking of adding solar power to your house?

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House using solar power

There is a home in my hometown that uses a lot of solar power, and has for as long as I can remember. This is not something very common in the area, and that led to stories stating that the person who owns the home was someone who worked to invent the solar panel. While I doubt very much that the story is true, it is neat to look at the house. They must save a lot each year on energy, and I can’t imagine why more homes are not built like this.

Solar power is free, except for the equipment

Solar power is free, for the most part. All you have to do is to buy the panels to capture the energy. Though these might not be cheap, in the long run they will save a ton of money, and are also great for the environment. It might be hard to run the average house on solar power all of the time, but having a just some of your power coming from the sun can be money saving. More and more companies and homes are using them now, but it has taken a while for solar power to really catch on.

Direct sunlight

The problem that some have with solar power is the light. You do have to have direct sunlight to capture the sunlight, obviously. If you live in a very shaded area, the last thing you probably want to do is to cut down some trees to get the sunlight. That’s not necessary. You can have your panels a bit away from your home, and though it is not quite as convenient, it does work. The best placement nets the most power, but they can capture more than you need, and some energy can be saved for when the sun is not up.

Good for the planet

Adding solar power to an existing home is going to cost more than putting it into a new home, but that shouldn’t stop you from doing so. It will still save money in the long run, and will be something you are glad you did. Solar powered electricity isn’t perfect, but it is far better for the earth. That, combined with wind power, might help to keep things a little more green on our planet. Every little bit that any person does has a bigger impact than they might think. If everyone used just a little solar power, the world would be a different place.
Published: 2007-10-10
Author: Isabelle Chartrand

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