By now, everyone knows that you can harness the power of the sun to power your home. Most people also know that installing solar panels so that you can utilize the power of the sun in the first place can be incredibly costly. However, what most people don’t know is that people have been harnessing the power of the sun for energy since the beginning of mankind – sans solar panels. Every year, about 8.2 million quads of solar energy hit the earth. To put that in perspective: one quad of solar energy is equal to about 300 trillion kilowatt-hours. So, you can bet that there is plenty of solar energy to go around. Here are some DIY solar energy solutions for your home.
One of the most common DIY solar energy solutions is a water heater powered purely by the sun. With the costs of materials and solar energy panels, you are looking at spending one thousand to two thousand dollars, but compared to a professionally built, commercial system, you would be spending almost ten times that amount. Moreover, a DIY solar energy powered water heater can provide warm water to your home – totally off the grid.
Another common solar energy solution is a sun-powered oven. Gas stoves can be incredibly expensive and so can electric stoves, especially if they get a lot of use. However, a solar powered stove uses a fraction of the amount of energy, but doesn’t skimp on the amount of cooking power it can provide – it is the sun after all. Moreover, many of the materials needed to create a solar powered stove can be purchased at the local hardware store. If you are an avid cook, or if your stove sees a lot of action, chances are you will save a lot of money with a solar powered stove.
Next, out of all the alternative energy sources, like geothermal energy, nothing comes close to solar energy when you are trying to power an addition to your home. If you were hesitant about building that guest bedroom, or pool house, because of the added energy costs, now you can build that addition and then install solar panels on the roof to connect it to a power source. After your add-on is connected, you don’t need to worry about it being an energy sucker. And with enough voltage from the sun, you won’t have to worry about that addition to your home costing you a fortune down the line.
Lastly, you could even have solar powered ventilation throughout your home. Better ventilation means cleaner indoor air pollution, but also you won’t need to rely so much on your air conditioning system. With solar powered ventilation, the air will feel much cooler than it is. Ventilation can also save you money on your overall utilities and it can increase your quality of life. With mold and other serious indoor air pollutants that can affect your health, a solar powered ventilation system might be the smartest investment of your time and money.