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Choosing a Solar System to Supplement Your Water Heater

Dozens of different types of systems that use solar energy to supplement your hot water heater are available, but only a few have stood the test of time. Sticking with proven entities is always a good [more…]

Using a Drainback System to Heat Water

A drainback system lets you use solar power to heat water for your home. Indirect, active, closed-loop drainback systems are an excellent choice for heating water unless you receive a lot of snow and have [more…]

Using a Closed-Loop Antifreeze System to Heat Your Water

Closed-loop, active, antifreeze systems are the most versatile and failsafe of all the solar supplemental water heating systems. Most new solar homes feature a variation of one kind or another. [more…]

How to Use Radiant Heat Floor Systems

Radiant floor heat systems use solar power to heat water, which is then pumped through your home's floor. You can use solar-heated water to heat your home off-grid. Radiant heat, without solar, costs much [more…]

How to Build a Solar Space Heater

You can build a very effective solar space heater for around $400 in parts. Over the course of a sunny day, this system can heat a room at zero cost. There are no pumps, fans, or moving parts. The size [more…]

Solar-Powered Water Supply Systems

Solar power is very useful for water supply systems. The most common applications are for household water supplies and agricultural and livestock needs. Of course, using utility-provided water is more [more…]

Assessing Your Solar Power Needs

If you are installing solar power in your home, regardless of the application type, your first step is to assess your power needs. You can add up the power consumptions of individual appliances and other [more…]

How to Design a Solar Room or Greenhouse

Solar greenhouses and sunrooms share some common design features. To design a solar room or greenhouse, you need to understand the greenhouse effect, which occurs when sunlight enters the enclosed space [more…]

How to Build a Solar Pool-Heating System

To green up your lifestyle and save a bunch of money, you can create a simple homemade solar pool-heating system. You lower the submersible pump into the pool water so it'll always be primed. The pump [more…]

Tips for Building a Solar Room or Greenhouse

A do-it-yourselfer can design and build a solar room for a relatively low cost, with relatively low risk. You don't need electrical wiring or plumbing, and you don't need to obey all the building code [more…]

The Benefits of Solar Powering Your Home

Most photovoltaic (PV) customers are interested in solar powering their homes because they realize that solar power is good for the environment, among other things. Few other investments can positively [more…]

The Basic Components of a Home Solar Power System

Solar intertie photovoltaic (PV) systems are not particularly complex. First there are panels, which collect the sunlight and turn it into electricity. The DC signals are fed into an inverter, which converts [more…]

Types of Photovoltaic Solar Panels

If you're looking into powering your home with solar power, you need to know about photovoltaic (PV) panels. PV panels, which cost anywhere from $2.40 per watt to over [more…]

Mounting Equipment for Solar Panels

When you switch to solar power for your home, mounting your photovoltaic (PV) solar panels is of critical importance. First, you need to mount the panels where they'll get maximum sunshine over the course [more…]

DC-to-AC Inverters for Your Solar Equipment

In your solar power system, you need inverters to take the low-voltage, high-current signals from the PV panels and convert them into 120VAC or 240VAC, which is directly compatible with grid power. Inverters [more…]

Installing a Solar Power System for Your Home

Installing a solar system to power your home is an involved process. Even though you'll be hiring a professional, it helps to understand what's going on. Expect the entire process of installing a full-scale [more…]

Should You Hire a Contractor to Install Your Solar Power System?

You could install your own photovoltaic (PV) solar power system. Many self-installed systems work just fine, and the owners are happy with the results. On the other hand, there are a lot of reasons to [more…]

What You Need to Go Off the Grid

Off-grid solar PV systems are expensive, so find any means you can to reduce the energy requirements. Most off-grid houses use a wide range of energy resources, in sharp contrast to the typical all-electric [more…]

How Large Does Your Solar Power System Need to Be?

Switching to solar power can require a substantial outlay of money. At a minimum, you need to determine the following in order to get a good idea how much your standalone photovoltaic [more…]

Ten Great Solar Home Improvements

Your personal situation dictates the type of solar investment that's best for your own home, but some projects stand out because they're practical for nearly every homeowner, in both monetary and aesthetic [more…]

Nine Great Do-It-Yourself Solar Power Projects

If you're considering using solar power but aren't ready to go whole-hog with a photovoltaic (PV) solar power system, here are some small projects you can undertake that will make a huge difference. You [more…]

Ten Inexpensive Solar Projects and Devices

If you want to start using solar energy, you don't have to wait until you have enough money to convert your whole house to use solar energy. You start out simple and work your way up with solar projects [more…]

How to Make a Solar Oven

Making and cooking with a solar oven is a cheap and easy way to minimize your power use. You can make a good solar oven for under $40, and it works even if you do a messy job of construction. In fact, [more…]

How to Use an ICS System for Heating Water

An integral collector system (ICS) batch system lets you use solar energy to supplement your water heater. If you live in a mild climate, you can install a simple ICS system because you don't have to worry [more…]

Sources of Alternative Energy

Coming up with alternative energy sources is essential due to the energy demands of a growing population and dwindling supplies of fossil fuels. This list is an overview of available alternative sources [more…]

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