Solar Right in Your Home
While it is awesome to contemplate entire cities and countries running off clean solar power, the revolution starts at home with you. If everyone invested in solar power for their home, then the grid would have no choice but to downscale and perhaps even go away under some circumstances. Of course, due to the cost of solar power technology, this isn’t possible for everyone. However, middle class folks can now afford to get into home solar power bit by bit.
For example, you can start by changing your external lighting to solar. Outdoor solar lighting is affordable and incredibly easy to install. You just poke the light in the ground and the job’s done.
Changing your water heater for a solar water heater is also a relatively low-hanging fruit; one that will save you hundreds of dollars every year.
I also take a decent look at the latest solar roof tile technology, an approach to solar power that makes it look like you aren’t using solar power. Personally I think solar panels are cool, but I guess some people want to be more discreet about how awesome they are.
Your pool can get a solar makeover too, which means a much longer swimming season and lower operating costs for filtration.
Moving inside the home, you can find out how solar power sizing works and how to pick appliances that are more energy efficient. Those two activities go hand-in-hand.
On the more technical side, you should know the pros and cons of ground-mounted solar panels, since it seems many people only know about roof mounts. You can also learn about the all-important inverter and its essential role in making your home solar supply work with all your appliances.
Solar On the Go
In some ways, home solar installations are a little boring. I mean, they are awesome, it’s just that they aren’t really sexy. If you really want to impress the right sorts of people, you need to take some cutting edge solar tech with you when you leave the house. Not only will it make you more attractive (not really), it will actually make your life easier.
Solar cookers are one of my favorite things. They are special devices that take sunlight and use it to cook food. Not only are these making huge changes in parts of the world without clean water and electricity, the food you can cook with solar cookers is on a whole other level. I’ve even compiled a solar cooking guide with tips just to show that this is no poor person’s BBQ.
The rest of mobile solar life is covered handily by portable solar panels, solar backpacks, and lithium battery banks to store up all that captured sunlight.