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  • 3 Ways To Use Solar Power In Your Home

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    Solar power is being integrated more and more lately, which is awesome! If you're curious on how you can incorporate solar power in your home or business, take a look at some of these tips, courtesy of eHow Home.

    Heat Your Home With Passive Solar Power

    Before you start attaching solar panels to your roof, realize that the sun is already heating your home. Call it a freebie, and take advantage of it by designing your windows, walls and floors to collect, store and distribute solar energy. Expand Southern-facing windows and use darker, more heat-absorbent masonry in walls and floors that will take in the sun's rays during the day, and radiate heat as the room cools at night.

    Cool Your Home With Passive Solar Power

    When you think of the sun, you likely associate it with heat, but passive solar power can also be used to cool your home. The best way to cool is not to heat in the first place, but you can also use heat to cool by taking advantage of natural forces. A solar chimney works on the principal that hot air rises, and in doing so creates a vacuum that is filled by cooler air. The hotter air is pushed out through a vent on the upper floor (or ceiling), and cooler air is continually pulled in to replace.

    Solar Panels

    Those dark-faced, square panels are what most often leap to mind when someone mentions solar power. Photovoltaic panels convert energy from direct sunlight into electricity that can either be used immediately or stored in batteries. With the cost of electricity continuing it's steady climb, and more efficient and affordable solar panels coming into the market, you don't have to be Ed Begley Jr. or Al Gore to appreciate what solar panels can do for your home. Systems can be standalone or grid-tied, with the former supplying all of your home's electrical needs, and the latter working in conjunction with your utility system lines.

    Read more at eHow Home

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