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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Make Your Home Energy Efficient With Solar Panels

Solar power is an amazing form of clean energy because it is relatively inexpensive and will never run out. This energy supply is really limitless and will continue on for many lifetimes. Clean energy, as solar energy is referred to, is relatively cheap to invest into because of the rebates and incentives that are offered. So how do solar panels really work? Well, read on to find out.

The biggest benefit of using solar power is you won't need to be reliant on the public electric grid because you'll be producing your own energy. So, you'll be able to cut down on your electricity bill, and in some cases you can really slash them. In fact, you can also get paid because in many areas the government will buy any extra energy you produce. However, even if this is not the case where you live, the savings you can make by installing a solar panel system are enormous.So what are you waiting for? Go green and put up your specific DIY solar panels and DIY solar water heater at your residence.

You need to be able to hook up your solar panel, once it is finished, to a 12 V battery to store the energy. Sealed lead acid batteries seem to be the most popular type because they are inexpensive, safe and robust. In fact, with a little research you can find these batteries very cheaply or even for free. So, these batteries store the power produced by solar panels, which can then be converted into AC power with the help of a power inverter so the electricity can be used by appliances. This means you should get a true sine wave or modified energy converter. More than likely, you will want to use your appliances at home which requires purchasing a true sine wave inverter to convert electricity. By spending a few extra dollars on the right inverter, you will be able to use your electricity in your home.

Moving on, you will need to add to your solar panel and battery a little device called a charge controller for the following reasons. To make sure your batteries do not explode, or receive the wrong level of voltage while charging, you need to have these devices hooked up. To prevent any chargeback to the solar panel from the battery, these gadgets must be used. Likewise, if the batteries are fully charged, it will stop allowing power to flow into them to avoid damage.

Undoubtedly, solar panel systems are the future for energy production for the home due to their cost-effectiveness over the long term as well as the fact that they are good for the environment. So the sooner you install them, the more money you'll save.


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