In today’s eco-conscious world, it’s almost impossible to ignore the need for conservation. Fuel costs are on the rise, utility bills keep surging, and we’re the ones who keep paying the price. But as we all know, things will get more expensive until we learn how to tap into available renewable resources, such as solar heating.
Solar panels have been a growing trend for some time now due to their unique benefits. However, despite the advantages they provide our world and wallet, they still haven’t been fully embraced by the culture at large. Therefore, they haven’t been given the chance to realize their full potential. As a homeowner, don’t be wary of new technology. Solar panels may look alien, but are actually quite a practical investment.
How It Works: Collect, Convert, and Conserve
For many, solar panels are a bit of a mystery. It’s true — there are a lot of complicated scientific explanations surrounding these products. Yet when you get down to it, the process is quite simple. A photovoltaic (PV) cell is attached to the roof and collects radiant heat from the sun. This energy is then harnessed and converted into thermal energy for the home. Enough PV cells (called an array) can actually fuel anything that is connected to them, including space heaters, water heaters, cooking appliances, and even your pool. If a battery is installed, the PV cells can store excess energy from sunny days, which can then be used anytime the sun is absent (night or cloudy days.)