The Future of Generating Energy For The Home


Solar energy for residential houses is nothing new. It has just been relegated to the background in lieu of rising cost of real estate; newer more advanced building materials, design and the limitation of resources.

Since man started building homes, sunlight played a major influence in the design. In fact, even in the more advanced urban planning method of the Ancient Chinese and Greeks, the orientation of the buildings is as much as possible directed towards where it could capture the most sunlight.

The ancients might not be as intellectually sophisticated then to use catch phrases as passive solar and thermal mass but when they build, they were building in compact proportion, employing overhangs, producing insulations and building in manners that direct the airflow within the structure and producing well lit, well ventilated spaces using the relative position of the sun to the orientation of their structures.

Lately, as the conventional sources of energy became more expensive, homeowners were once again turning to the sun for energy requirements.

Since the 1950’s, harnessing the sun’s rays has been developing and today the solar cell technology has achieved very efficient levels that modern (so-called green house) designs apply the sun’s power to provide energy for the home.

While solar energy is free, the device that will convert it to run our appliances is not. To provide solar energy for the home, solar cells called photovoltaic made from semi-conducting materials, are grouped into modules. These solar panels are mounted on rooftops, yards or open spaces where it can capture the maximum amount of sunlight.

Whenever possible, the panels will be installed facing south to get the most out of the sunlight but tracking systems are also used to follow the direction of the sun. The solar panels collect the energy from the sunlight. The process basically is that when the panels are exposed to sunlight, the electrons are separated form the atoms. This movement of the electrons creates electricity.

To store power, pumps are often used – circulating water in the cells. The water goes into a storage tank where the power is stored, ready for use. Sometimes, the use of gravity is employed if it will just the same store the heated water in to the tank.

In spite of all the development in solar energy though, the use of this technology is not enough to provide power to the whole house. The best method so far can only fulfill about 80% of a households power needs. The employment of solar energy for the home will still require the use of the conventional power distribution method.

Powering the homes by solar means will still, for a while be augmented by a local power distribution agency. To many, this is already a good starting point. Homeowners that feel that the high cost of powering their houses through solar power, is justified when compared to the price that is now being paid for conventional electrification method where horrendous amounts of CO2 are being dumped into the atmosphere just to generate a pitiful amount of electricity.

However, due in part to the rising costs of energy, the technology for solar energy has been undergoing rapid phases of development. Experts are confident that within five years, powering the home through the solar method will be made widely available for those who prefer it as its sole energy source.

Solar Power for Camping Trips


Perhaps you’ve already heard about solar power systems. People often think that solar power is very expensive but that was years ago. Today, you can already find more affordable alternatives in order to enjoy the free energy from the sun. Many individuals love to go camping and if you’re one of them, you may as well carry a solar power system with you.

But are the systems reliable, portable enough, practical, and readily available?

RV camping can be a lot more fun if you have a solar power system with you. However, some campers simply find the whole system as unnecessary. The camping spaces are usually fully hooked up so you won’t need the system unless there is power failure. The trips are usually carefully planned and you will need to reserve for the hook-up. You can also go on an RV camping without the hookup. You can explore quiet and remote places for a couple of days. In this case, the solar power system is a must and it’s practical to have them around. Before you go camping, you must determine your electrical requirements. The camping schedule should also be appropriately chosen to make sure that there will be plenty of sunshine. The batteries can be charged using the system. Once you determine the load, you can now estimate the size of the system. Purchase the needed materials and start the installation of batteries, solar panels, and inverters. These are needed to produce the required energy.

Today, there are several solar power systems that are suitable to RVs. Shop around and you can find one that will suit your budget and needs. If you’re planning to bring electrical devices, you must calculate their energy needs so that you won’t use up all the solar energy. Try to limit the number of electrical devices you bring; besides, you’re going camping to explore nature so you can do away with the convenience of these devices.

Even if you’re camping without RVs, you can still make use of the solar power system. You can already find lightweight and portable units that generate solar power. There are flexible panels that can be carried to campsites and you will just spread them on the ground where there is direct sunlight. The generated power is enough to light a small bulb and a heater. Special backpacks collect sun’s energy and convert them into electricity which can be used to recharge your iPod, camera, and cellular phone.

Solar power is no longer limited to homes, offices, and other bog establishments. Now, it is already possible to carry solar power systems anywhere you go. Camping will be more fun if you bring a solar power system with you. Forget about conventional generators that consume fuel. You can get free electricity from the systems that are sold in the market. In the US, solar power is already recognized and many households are now using them.

Next time you plan to go camping, make sure that you bring a dependable solar power system. Plan your outing carefully and make sure that you pick the right date and day as well. If it’s sunny, you can produce more energy. Bring limited electric devices and bring only the essentials. Solar power is clean and renewable so you can stay out camping for as long as you like without worrying about energy consumption.