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Tips On How To Cool Off Your Home Using Solar Energy

Tips On How To Cool Off Your Home Using Solar Energy

Tips On How To Cool Off Your Home Using Solar Energy

With the diminishing natural resources and the vast amounts of green house gases being pumped into our atmosphere, many people are now looking for alternative energy sources to power their homes. Renewable energy solutions such as solar power have now become a popular alternative to traditional planet polluting resources. The energy that solar power generates is free and unlimited.

Below is a general guide on building your own solar panels:

1. Make sure your home receives an unobstructed view of the sun. The amount of sun the solar panel captures will depend on a clear path. Maximum sunlight will mean maximum electricity being generated.

2. Acquire the material that you will use to mount the solar panel. Although you could use OSB materials, plywood is much stronger and durable for bad weather conditions. You will also need a soldering gun, pair of gloves, and goggles, as you will have to attach solar cells together, if you are installing more than one solar panel.

3. Purchase a solar panel that is between 12 volts and 16 volts. The price for one solar panel is around $100.00. Then, purchase a rechargeable battery. A 12 volt lead or acid battery is recommended. A deep cell battery is the type you should acquire because it is long lasting.

4. You will now need a DC meter that is equivalent to the voltage of your battery. You will also need a DC input. These items convert the energy from the solar panel which then powers the home.

5. Now it is time to install the solar panel and devices. Use a drill to install the DC input and meter to the top part of the battery box. You will then connect the meter to the battery using insulated wire. Connect the first wire to the negative input first and then use the same method to attach the DC input and the solar panel to the battery.

6. Attach the solar panel onto the plywood and attach it to the home. Wait 8 – 12 hours, and then it is ready to start converting the sun’s energy to sustainable energy.

Solar panel kits are a very good choice for installing your own solar panels. These kits come with everything you need to build your solar panel and are easy to install. There are many companies that now sell these kits. When you build your own solar panels, you are not only contributing to the planet, but you are also saving a lot of money on your power and heating bills.

The U.S. Department of Energy reports that, on average, 45% of a household utility bill can be attributed to heating or cooling the home. In addition to the cost to homeowners, traditional approaches to cooling a house create byproducts that contribute to global warming and other environmental hazards. Particularly in areas of the country that have warmer climates, utilizing some green building techniques can help reduce energy costs and the harmful effects on the environment. So, as temperatures rise as we head toward the summer months, consider these ideas for your next construction project, or think about how some of these strategies could be incorporated into your existing home.

Today, residential construction is dominated by the stick-frame method, which uses wood beams to form the side and roof frames of a house. While various strategies can be employed to improve the energy efficiency of this conventional wood frame approach, several alternatives have emerged in recent years. One popular alternative is insulated concrete forms, which uses foam forms that are filled with concrete to create the frame of a house. By today’s construction standards, you likely can’t find a more structurally sound frame, but homes built in this way also have the potential for huge energy savings as well. Rather than having a layer of siding, plywood, wood beams and drywall between you and the outdoors, as with traditional construction methods, insulated concrete form construction creates a thick barrier of concrete and insulated foam. Outdoor heat is much less likely to penetrate a home constructed in this way, thus making interior temperature regulation much easier and less costly.

Most window manufacturers offer various product models, some of which contain more insulating potential and are therefore more energy efficient. Selecting the more energy efficient options, even though they may be more expensive, can contribute to a long-term savings in your energy bills. In addition, during the design phase of your home, avoiding placing numerous windows in areas of the home that have maximum sun exposure can help avoid solar heat absorption into the house. Installing functional shutters can also enable homeowners to add another layer of protection against the hot summer sun.

Contractors must finish off a home’s thermal envelope with thorough caulking around the house to seal off areas where cool interior air could escape or hot outside air could enter. In addition, selecting lighter exterior colors can result in a more energy efficient home, as lighter colors tend to reflect solar heat while darker hues tend to absorb it.

Whole house fans, typically installed in a home’s attic space, function like an exhaust system by forcing hot air from the building. Though whole house fans work best when the outdoor temperature is mild, rather than hot, they can rapidly ventilate and regulate a home’s temperature. In addition, generous installation of ceiling fans throughout the home can allow homeowners to take temperature regulation in their own hands. Indeed, running fans uses much less energy than operating an air conditioner.

Because solar heat can penetrate the roof covering of a home, radiant barriers can reflect that heat away from the house so it does not infiltrate the living space. Radiant barriers are typically placed directly underneath the roof sheathing, thereby blocking further transfer of warm air into the house. Some studies suggest that radiant barriers can save 10% to 15% in energy costs.

Strategically using landscaping to make your home more energy efficient is perhaps the greenest of all green building concepts. Positioning lush trees and shrubs so they shade areas of the house prone to intense sunlight can help maintain a comfortable interior temperature.

If these alternative methods to cool your house are insufficient to help you maintain a comfortable temperature within, using the air conditioner is not necessarily completely off limits. Unfortunately, most Americans rely solely on the air conditioner and use it when other, less expensive methods that pose less risk to the environment are readily available. When used wisely, the air conditioner can be part of a responsible approach to cooling a home. For example, regularly change filters, and turn down (or off) units in areas of the house that aren’t being used can reduce costs and unnecessary harm to the environment. In addition, installing programmable thermostats, which are designed to automatically adjust temperatures according to specified settings, can help avoid overuse and waste.

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