Replacing Scarce Resources:
Energy production from fossil fuels and nuclear energy can be damaging to the environment due to carbon emissions, nuclear waste and other pollutants. Not only are these methods of energy production damaging to the environment but scarce resources are being consumed at an alarming rate and have a finite supply.
This is where alternative solar energy has emerged as beneficial: energy from the sun is one resource which is available in unlimited quantities and is constantly replenishing itself. Unlike most forms of non renewable energy, solar energy (renewable energy) is locally produced and consumed providing more jobs for people in your area.
A Great Energy Option
There are some great reasons why alternative solar power is a great energy option. For starters, you will soon see some real savings on your monthly utility bill (you may actually reach a point where you don’t use a utility company at all). And…your home becomes a more valuable asset.
There are a number of ways where you can use alternative solar energy, and not just to heat your water and generate electricity. Other applications include cooking, passive solar design, pump water, heating your swimming pool/spa as well as landscape lighting.
Which Route to Follow?
When it comes to alternative solar energy you have a few different options, you can either install small solar projects such as solar lights, or use a solar cooker, or think about installing larger solar projects such as full scale photovoltaic solar generators. Solar panels are great for heating pools.
Passive Solar Energy
Many new home designs utilize passive solar energy. If you design your home and garden to incorporate passive solar you can reduce heating and cooling bills ten fold. By taking advantage of alternative solar energy technology you will save money by not having to maintain and purchase new equipment.
Utilizing passive design is often a more efficient way of utilizing solar power, rather than adding solar technologies to a home. Despite your best efforts these may not be entirely energy efficient.
Photovoltaic cells are often used as alternative solar energy generators. These photovoltaic cells, or PV’s as they are often referred, are semi conductors which have two layers of silicon. It is not necessary to have a complete understanding of how PV cells work, however it is important that the contractor you hire does.
DIY Home Solar Projects
If you are one of those people who doesn’t feel complete unless you have one do-it-yourself project on the go, then doing an alternative energy solar project might just appeal to you. There are a range of projects online which take hardly any time and are a fun activity. Check out this link for plans to do this.
Utilizing alternative solar energy is worthwhile, and you may even like to take advantage of both solar and wind power technology.
Installing alternative solar energy is a costly business at times, and can be a heavy capital investment. In some regions there are tax credits and subsidies available? There is a plethora of information available on the Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy www.dsire.org. And you can find out exactly what subsidies and incentives are available for your area.