Solar energy technology is a relatively new field, but one that has turned out to be very exciting and full of opportunities for free, clean energy that will help offset our reliance on fossil fuels. Solar energy is typically captured through the use of photovoltaics, which are panels of material that are capable of capturing the radiation from the sun and converting them into direct current electricity. That power can then be used to power many appliances and devices within your home. Since you don’t have to pay for the sunlight you receive and draw power from, it can be quite an affordable way to power your home.
There are two types of solar energy technology that exist today: passive solar and active solar energy. The primary difference between the two is that active solar technology, as opposed to passive, requires the use of other mechanical devices or conventional sources of energy, like fans and pumps, in order to convert the electricity or heat gleaned from sunlight into usable energy for your home. With passive solar energy, you can just rely on the photovoltaic cells to draw in the solar radiation, requiring no other means of conversion.
Until recently, this type of solar energy technology has been out of reach of the common household, the prohibitive costs and complicated installation making it quite difficult to power your home using solar radiation. However, recent developments in more cost effective solar panel technology, not to mention the many guides and manuals that exist on the Internet that can show you how to make your own solar panel, it’s more feasible than ever to loosen the grip your utilities companies hold on your and your expenses. Not only will you be able to use free energy to power a significant portion of your home, you’ll be using less of the limited resources we have left. With this in mind, it would do you well to investigate your options for getting solar energy in your home.