What can we do to save energy and money? We can look at alternative energy sources, especially those such as the sun, that minimize long-term bills. Maybe we can’t change the whole world, but we can change our little piece of it. We can consider solar energy to power our homes.
Think of the sun as the ultimate energy source. It is a nuclear reactor, but at a nice, safe 93 million miles away. Plants and animals that eventually became fossil fuels were once nourished by the sun.
You can use solar panels to power your home. Unfortunately, the price of pre-built PV cells is really high and can go up to $15,000. With this price, it’s no wonder that just a small amount of people use solar energy to power their homes. However, there is a solution to the problem. You can build your own cheap solar panels with material that can be found at your local hardware store. And the best is that it costs around $200 to build it and install it!
Solar energy works.
Open the door of a car that has been sitting in the hot sun, and you will feel solar thermal energy. Or take a drink from a hose that has been lying in the sun. You can take advantage of solar radiation and transform it into electricity using cheap solar panels.
How can sunshine become electricity?
In a nutshell, modules or groups of silicon solar (called photovoltaic or PV) cells collect sunlight and convert it into electricity. The solar panels can be mounted on or near your home. The solar panels also last a long time. A lifespan in excess of 20 years of constant use is expected.
What do you need to turn solar power into electricity? Clear, unshaded access to the sun at least a few hours each day, adequate roof or ground space for the solar collectors, and some solar power generation equipment. There’s more, of course, but those are the basic requirements. It’ easier than you might think.