Solar Energy Basics

How can Solar Energy be used to heat my home?


There are 3 major types of solar technology used in homes today:

  1. Solar water heating
  2. Solar PV (photovoltaic) cells
  3. Solar space heating

Solar water heating uses small photovoltaic cells on your roof or a stand to obsorb the suns rays, converts that to energy, and heats your water.  Out of the 3 technologies listed above, solar water heating is probably the most practical.

Solar energy technologies produce electricity from the energy of the sun. Small solar energy systems can provide electricity for homes, businesses, and remote power needs. Larger solar energy systems provide more electricity for contribution to the electric power system.



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Solar energy is a renewable energy and can be used to help heat your home in the winter.

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