Aug 7, 2020

5 Ways to Incorporate Solar Into A Sustainable Home

So you want to be more sustainable, and you’ve come here to see how solar energy can help you achieve this. Well, you’ve come to the right place! One of the biggest clean energy power sources is solar energy, which also happens to be the fastest-growing renewable power source. Since solar energy is our bread and butter, we’re here to help you understand how to incorporate it into a more sustainable home. 

Solar Powered Fans

Solar-powered fans are exactly what you think they are: regular fans powered by solar panels. While there are many different types, the portable ones will almost always include portable solar panels. The types of solar-powered fans you can find include attic fans, patio fans, camping fans, personal fans, and even chicken-coop fans.

Using solar-powered fans will help you save on air-conditioning costs, especially during the summer when these solar-powered fans run the most, and air conditioning costs are higher. You also don’t have to worry about any electrical fires or accidents since there aren’t electrical cords lying around to cause them.

Solar Powered Generator 

If you don’t have a solar panel system setup, but still want to be able to harness and use the sun’s energy, then you might want to consider getting a solar-powered generator. They serve as a great backup power source if the power goes out in your home. They can also be used if you’re ever looking to go “off the grid,” such as camping or boating.

You never want to use solar-powered generators long-term, however, as they’re not built for forever, continuous use. Composed of solar panels and a storage system, just like solar-powered fans, their panels are smaller than residential panels and easier to move. 

Solar Powered Fountain Pump

If you enjoy having a pond or fountain in your backyard, then you should look into a solar-powered fountain pump. Another easy way to incorporate solar into your home, or in this case, yard, these fountain pumps run completely off of the sun’s energy, or in some cases a backup battery pack.

Using one of these is a great way to cut down on regular energy costs, making it more sensible to use energy from the grid for more essential items, like A/C or your refrigerator. Using the grid to power non-essential items can add up quickly on your electricity bill, so cutting costs in smaller areas not only helps your wallet but also helps you be a more efficient consumer.  

Solar Powered Cars

Although not mainstream yet, they probably will be sooner rather than later. Solar-powered cars have many advantages, with the main one being that there aren’t any greenhouse gas emissions going into the atmosphere. Since they run off of energy produced from PV cells, they don’t burn any fuel and therefore do not produce any emissions.

Another perk of solar-powered cars is that since they’re powered by electric motors, which are smaller and lighter than gas engines, they operate without making an excess of noise, and they reach higher speeds and allow for faster turning and stopping. 

Solar Powered Outdoor Lights

A simple way to incorporate solar into a sustainable home is through the use of solar-powered outdoor lights. Similar to a solar-powered water pump, by using these outdoor lights you can cut back on your electricity bill. They also cut back on potential accidents since there aren’t any cords or electric work that comes with regular outdoor lighting, not to mention it’s nice to look at a light without the eyesore of a hanging cord.

An added bonus, outdoor lights can last up to 15 years when cared for properly. Once you start using them, you’ll never go back to grid-powered outdoor lights. 

As you can see, solar energy can be used for many different things aside from traditional residential solar panels. Hopefully, you saw one of these easy ways to incorporate solar into your home, and decided to make a change towards a more sustainable future! Of course, if you’re ever looking to install solar panels, make sure you contact us.

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