Facts about Solar Energy

Solar energy consists of the light and heat emitted by the sun, in the form of electromagnetic radiation.

With today’s technology, we are able to capture this radiation and turn it into usable forms of solar energy – such as heating or electricity.

Although one could go into technical dissertations on the subject of electromagnetic radiation, how it is converted into solar energy, and the exact qualities of its electromagnetic rays, this is not something the average person needs or wants to know.

But in order to be able to benefit from the use of solar energy, there are a few facts you should know. Knowing these facts can assist you to make sound decisions, when looking at the use of solar power as a clean energy source for your home, RV, or whatever the case may be.

– Environmental Facts about Solar Energy

All life on earth is dependent upon solar energy. In fact, without solar energy, there would be no life at all. Even the lowest life forms, such as plankton and microbes, need solar energy (in the form of sunlight) in order to survive.

Solar energy is completely environmental friendly, producing absolutely no carbon emissions or other harmful byproducts whatsoever.

Solar energy can be used successfully and cost-effectively just about anywhere on the planet. You do not need to live in a tropical or desert climate in order to benefit from the use of solar energy. Solar power has been used successfully in many cold climates and even in the polar regions.

Every area of the United States of America receives enough sunlight to benefit from and make use of solar energy and solar technology.

Currently, the cheapest and most effective way of using solar energy in your home is through the use of solar water heating systems. In fact, solar water heating systems have been commercially available in the United States for over a 100 years.

Solar energy can be used for heating homes effectively in cold climates, as well as in warm climates. In fact, solar heating has been in use many cold-climate northern European countries for several decades now.

Solar energy technology has advanced far enough that it can be a viable and cost-effective replacement for regular grid-electricity.

Solar energy is rapidly increasing in popularity – so much so that the demand for solar-powered gadgets is currently greater than the supply.

– Facts about Solar Energy Usage

Solar energy can be used to provide electricity, heating and hot water for homes.

Solar energy can also be used to heat swimming pools. In fact, many pools in Scandinavia and Europe are heated with solar energy.

Solar Energy can be used to power vehicles, such as solar powered cars, and even a solar powered airplanes. NASA has successfully designed, built, and tested an airplane which is powered wholly by solar energy.

A few examples are: solar battery chargers, solar flashlights, solar calculators, solar radios, solar-powered attic fans, solar power backpacks (to recharge batteries for small devices), hybrid solar chargers (for cell phones, satellite phones, and more), solar-powered garden lights … and much, much more.

By | 2013-05-17T08:37:13-07:00 November 5th, 2008|Alternative Energy|

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  1. Suarez Almeria October 24, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    I agree with you and I used about 10% solar at my house. But in the future I will use up to 90%,I promise!

  2. Peter April 4, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    It does not contribute to global warming, as it does not contaminate the air by releasing carbon dioxide or other pollutants. The use of solar energy for homes and businesses can help reduce transport of fuel that would otherwise be used for heating, further reducing carbon emissions.

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  4. Green Mobilia March 9, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    Solar energy becomes the answer to energy needs on earth, where oil and gas energy to be very limited for use. Nice sharing ever.

  5. coco@lunettes achat February 15, 2011 at 10:51 am

    i think solar energy is really the solution

  6. Bluish @ Bergamo Hotels January 30, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    Solar energy is as natural it can get. The energy radiating from the sun is called solar energy and there is never a shortage of it. It can be obtained abundantly from the sun, and virtually every living organism on planet earth to survive and gather energy and keep the daily processes going smoothly uses it. Solar energy is one of the oldest and traditional renewable energy resource that is used for running many modern technologies.

    Solar energy is in fact better for the Environment than other usual traditional energy forms. Solar energy can be used for many day-to-day jobs like heating, cooking, drying of clothes etc. It can be directly used to make food. It also is a useful electricity source, which can be both cheap and reliable. Thus its worldwide demand is increasing and its actually gradually becoming more than its supply.

    Another interesting fact is that, an average American family spends 70$ per month in energy cost of which more than 30% is for heating. By solar energy, the heating can be done much cost-effectively & efficiently. So, solar energy always saves you money, which is good for all! However, solar systems setting-up may require high costing initially, in the long run it saves you money in using it rather than the traditional technological energy sources. The multicolored Solar panels, which need a large area for installation, having proper battery back up can work 24*7 even on cloudy nights & imperfect weather conditions!

    Environmentally speaking, solar energy is accountable for various weather patterning & Ocean currents. The modern technology may be wonder to few but they are also very much involved in developing a large chunk of the pollution in our earth, which harms us in the end. Solar energy is efficient here as well as it is pollution free and eco-friendly. It doesn’t emit harmful green house gases and saves the earth from the menace called global warming which is currently all around the globe affecting the earth as a whole.

  7. jenny@energy efficiency london November 11, 2010 at 2:58 am

    Solar energy is a term for describing a range of methods for obtaining energy from the sun. Many people immediately think about solar panels when hearing solar energy but wind, biomass and hydro power are all forms of solar energy.

  8. Alfred@energy November 4, 2010 at 3:27 am

    Interesting article. A good thing about solar panels is that you need not purchase all the required solar panels at one go. One can initially purchase one and then later purchase more depending on the specific energy requirements for your home. So unlike the misconception among many people, the installation of solar panels need not necessarily be an instant expensive investment.

  9. Solar Power Fan October 5, 2010 at 9:03 am

    Do solar panels make it more difficult to replace a roof?

  10. Chris@Solar Power Fan October 5, 2010 at 9:02 am

    I wish the solar panels were more efficient. It still takes too long before it pays for itself.

  11. Lee Simon @ Room Rental September 13, 2010 at 8:41 am

    That’s amazing, content about solar power, i think we all have to be careful, i heard it costs 50 pound a year to leave the stand bye light on your television as well ! So we can save ourselves money.

  12. Baric September 11, 2010 at 8:04 am

    According to the US Department of Energy, an average American household used approximately 866-kilowatt hours per month in 1999 costing them $70.68.

  13. Mark September 5, 2010 at 9:44 am

    I usually store the solar power for emergencies.

  14. Frank August 15, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    I’ve been looking into going solar, but am having difficulty with the costs so far. Hopefully it does become cheaper soon.

  15. Dog Houses August 9, 2010 at 8:44 am

    Solar is definitely the way of the future. Hopefully innovations will help drop the price so that more people can afford to use it.

  16. Martynas August 7, 2010 at 5:13 am

    Recently car bateries have invested in solar energy which i think can only be good for the automobile industry and the environment

  17. erwin July 23, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    I hope the solar energy equipment will be cheap and affordable here in my country because we are having energy scarcity here.

  18. Band Heaters July 20, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    Solar Energy is becoming more and more popular. The worldwide demand for Solar Energy is currently greater than supply.

  19. Tom @ Portable Solar Generator July 19, 2010 at 6:15 am

    There is great new technology starting to come out that absorbe more of the heat from the sun and creats more energy per panel. I am sure we will start to see similar improvements in other areas such as wind and water too.

  20. Sam July 10, 2010 at 6:24 am

    Thank you Anna for sharing information on solar energy. It is a solar energy fact that the cost is coming down as technology matures. Also, the federal government and many states are giving tax rebates, credits and grants to help offset initial cost.

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