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Uses Of Solar Energy For Residential Purposes
By Solar Home Site, Thu Dec 8th

Uses of Solar Energy for Residential Purposes

Today's homes have vast energy requirements, whether forheating, cooling, lighting or another purpose. All these requireelectricity or energy.

The most common use of Solar Energy in residentialhouses is for the purpose of heating water. A solar panelcan convert sunlight into heat. The bottom of solar panels isblack so that they can absorb as much heat as possible. Aglass-covered water pipe then coils up along the side of thesolar panel. When it is sunny, the water in the pipe is heatedand this hot water can then be stored in a tank underneath thehouse or somewhere else out of sight. Another major and more common use for Solar Energy is theconversion of sunlight into electricity. Solar cells convertsunlight into electricity.


These cells are usually made out ofsilicon which is common material found in sand. Electrons fromsilicon atoms are released when sunlight hits a solar cell, andthese electrons flow away. Since electricity is actually theflow of electrons from one place to another, each solar cellproduces a small amount of current or electricity. Solar Energy is now usedin a variety of ways. Calculators and watches often run onsolar cells, and larger solar cells are used to provide powerfor solar cars.

Other areas where Solar Energy is being used are heatingswimming pools, power for satellites in space, power for parkingmeters and street lights.

About the author:The Solar Home Site provides energy-efficient ideas, how-to's and product recommendations, such as how to install a solar hot water heateror use solar panels. Save on your electricity costs as soon asthis year!


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