As the world progresses towards being more environmentally friendly, this involves changing our energy consumption patterns. One of the simplest ways to do so is by relying on sustainable and renewable energy like solar energy. With the advances of today’s technology, solar energy isn’t just reserved for industrial use. Now, we can even use solar energy at home! Of course, using solar energy at home requires some investment, but we believe that the money you’ll spend is worthwhile if it means reducing the impact of climate change and taking better care of our planet. What’s more, solar energy is becoming an increasingly popular energy source in many homes. If you’re looking for residential uses for solar energy, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we’ll take a look at the best solar-powered devices that you can use at home. Keep reading to find out more!
1. Solar Powered Ventilation Fans
Ventilation fans are a must-have for houses, especially with those with attics. This is because ventilation help to lower your air-conditioner and electricity bills as they help to cool your house down. Usually, ventilation fans run on electricity. Technically, this defeats the purpose of ventilation fans as they’re supposed to help you save energy and electricity. But, with solar-powered ventilation fans, you don’t have to worry about using additional electricity. You can find solar-powered ventilation fans online or in some hardware stores. They usually come with photoelectric cells that convert sunlight to energy to power the fans. Solar-powered ventilation fans can also be mounted onto sheds, attics, or garages. Additionally, you can also get solar-powered standing fans that can be placed in the garden or patio.
2. Solar Heating for Your Swimming Pool
If you have a swimming pool at home, you should consider using solar power to heat your pool. To do so, you’ll need a solar floating blanket. They heat your pool passively by absorbing heat from the sun and transferring that heat to the water in your pool.
Solar floating blankets are a cost-effective way of using solar energy to heat your pool. However, if you’re looking for something a little more upmarket and high-tech, then you should consider installing a solar-powered water heater for your pool. Generally, you’ll need to get solar panels installed onto your roof. Your pool gets heated up when water is circulated from the pool to the solar panels through tubes.
3. Solar Water Heater
If you’re looking to replace the water heaters in your house using solar-powered heaters, you have two options to choose from: active and passive water heaters. Active water waters make use of pumps and tubes that circulate water from the solar panels on your roof to a storage tank. On the other hand, passive water heating systems don’t involve any pumps or tubes. Instead, this type of heating system relies on physics and how heat rises naturally.
This model produces an ultra-bright illumination of up to 900 Lumens. It is sleekly designed and the light head is protected by high strength ABS shell and features 48 pieces of 2835 0.2W SMD bright LEDs.
Regardless of whether it is day or night, you can whip up a meal for a family of five in just one hour with this oven. It reaches temperatures of up to 550 degrees fahrenheit and can bake, steam or cook.
With 16 high-brightness LED lamp beads and 90-degree beam angles, these lights can produce up to 650 Lumens of 6500K light output; 50% brighter than ordinary lights and waterproof.
Active Water Heaters
Active water heaters can be further split into two categories:
- Direct circulation heating systems: This type of heating system has pumps that circulate water from solar collectors to various parts of the house. This type of heating system is good if the climate that you live in is tropical or you don’t experience freezing cold winters.
- Indirect circulation systems: In this type of heating system, instead of water, a non-freezing liquid gets circulated instead from solar collectors to a heat exchanger. There, heat is transmitted to the water which then gets circulated to your home. If you live in a climate that experiences super cold temperatures then you should opt for an indirect circulation system.
Passive Water Heaters
Compared to active water heaters, passive water heaters are much less costly, though they’re not as efficient. Similar to active water heaters, they can also be split into two different categories:
- Integral collector-storage systems: This type is passive heating system is good for homes that require a lot of warm or hot water. Solar collectors are installed directly into water storage tanks. Water is heated up when energy from the solar collectors gets transmitted to it.
- Thermosiphon systems: In thermosiphon systems, water storage tanks are usually placed higher than solar collectors. As heat rises, the heat energy that’s absorbed by the solar collectors gets transmitted to the water. An important point to take note of is to make sure that installation is done carefully, and preferably by a professional. This is because water storage tanks weigh a lot and are usually placed on the roof.
Of course, installing solar-powered heating systems isn’t cheap. However, you should see them as investments that will not only save you money on electricity bills in the long term but is also a way for you to do your part in the fight against global warming.
4. Solar Energy For Cooking
You may not have thought about this but you can also use solar energy to cook food! For a fun and simple DIY project, you can create your own solar-powered cooker! Using a box, an aluminum pan, and foil, cooking bag, tape, styrofoam, and thermometer, you can create your own little solar-powered grill where you can toast stuff like smores. Ultimately, you want to create a container that’s wrapped in foil to focus sunlight onto the food that you’re trying to cook. Alternatively, if you’re not into DIY projects, you can also purchase a solar-powered cooker online.
5. Solar Energy For Outdoor Lighting
Last but not least, you can use solar energy to power your landscape lighting. Solar-powered LED lighting fixtures are usually sold individually and come with a solar-powered cell. In the day, the solar panels will charge the battery and by nighttime, your front or backyard will be beautifully lit throughout the night.
Featuring a glass and aluminum alloy lantern sconce that is built on a scrolled arm mount, this solar wall light emits a vintage ambiance over your garden. It can be programmed to turn on and off automatically.
This handy water purifier is small enough to fit into a backpack so that you can easily take it on the go where ever you go. It makes use of solar energy to filter 99.99% of pathogens from water.
With that, we’ve come to the end of your article! We hope you’ve gained some inspiration on the residential uses of solar energy. Using solar energy is a great way to save money on electrical bills. But more importantly, it’s also a great way for you to do your part for the environment. Remember, we only have one planet and it’s up to us to take care of it.
|1||Flexible Angle Solar Garden Light|
This model produces an ultra-bright illumination of up to 900 Lumens and the light head is protected by high strength ABS shell.
|2||Fusion Hybrid Solar Oven|
Whether it is day or night, you can whip up a meal for a family of five in just one hour with this oven that bakes, steams, and cooks.
|3||Linkind Dusk-to-Dawn Solar Spotlight|
With 16 high-brightness LED lamp beads and 90-degree beam angles, these lights can produce up to 650 Lumens of 6500K light output.
|4||Solar Spindle Top Wall Light|
Featuring a glass and aluminium alloy lantern sconce that is built on a scrolled arm mount, this solar wall light emits a vintage ambience.
This handy water purifier uses solar energy to filter and is small enough to fit into a backpack so that you can easily take it on the go.