If you are interested in possibly using solar, you might be wondering how many people use solar energy? This can be a difficult to estimate because most solar energy systems are thought of to be electrical which tie to the utility company grid. There are other types of solar uses, such as solar water heating and solar home heating using walls to store the radiant energy from the sun. With all the different types of energy available on our planet, solar energy accounts for a very small amount. Only a very small fraction, like .04 percent is used.
With solar energy, there are none of the problems that come with traditional energy sources such as coal, oil, or nuclear power. There is no digging, drilling, leaks or spills. Since nothing is being burned, air pollution goes right out the window. Solar energy is becoming a very real possibility for relieving the burden of fossil fuels. If everyone added solar panels to their roofs, emissions would take a nose dive. Besides just powering our home, there are also exciting new possibilities on the way in solar-powered vehicles, as well as solar-powered chargers for everything from your cell phone to your laptop. The future is in solar power, an abundant, renewable resource. Perhaps the first of its kind and it’s been staring the people of earth right in the face this entire time.
solar panels are not just for areas with great climates. In 2012, Germany had more solar power than Italy. Residential Shanae PBN Links power is practical in any part of the United States, and indeed in most of the world. It works for isolated rural homes and houses in high density city neighborhoods.
Make sure the solar energy panel is clear of any pollen or dirt. The best way is to spray it with a hose and use a soft cotton cloth, such as an old t-shirt. Cleansers should only be used as a last resort, and they should be diluted as much as possible. If necessary, use a soft brush like the softest toothbrush available and use as little pressure as possible. The exception: if your solar panel has a rubber-like appearance, never use any abrasives or cleansers as they are likely to ruin the product.
What does a geothermal installation solve? A typical geothermal installation will solve three out of the four energy buckets, or about 73% of a total home’s energy needs: space cooling (9%), space heating (45%) and water heating (18%). What’s left is the electrical consumption (28%).
In the Southwest part of the United States, sunny skies abound. There can be up to 300+ sunny days a year, which makes solar panels a pretty solid investment. In the Pacific Northwest or the Northeast (where I live), we count ourselves lucky to see the sun 150 days a year! In fact, as I sit and write this in my neighborhood (Wilkes-Barre) Starbucks, it’s been five days since I’ve seen the sun! And it’s all these cloudy skies that significantly reduce the benefit of installing solar panels. Little sun = little electricity.
How much do you like your current yard? This is an important question, and it is often the one that determines which technology is really right for you. Solar is a very tidy technology. Geothermal will tear up your yard. Not a big deal in a new home, but in an existing home with a nice yard and friendly neighbors, it can cause some pain & consternation when you see the backhoe or drilling rig drive up onto your grass. My company works with local area landscapers who can return the yard to what it was before, but it definitely will make a mess!