The earth receives enough energy from the sun to power
nearly every country on the planet for upwards of a year. The possibilities
for such an abundant, renewable and clean power source are virtually
limitless. And what’s even more impressive is that this energy
supply is free, requiring only the utilization of solar panels and other
types of solar energy collectors.
Passive solar energy has been a traditional means of home heating for
centuries. Architects as far back as ancient Greece and Rome realized
that designing homes with south-facing windows would help keep a residence
warm during winter months. This helped reduce the amount of wood that
was burned during the winter, which like today is a valuable natural
resource and worth preserving.
Modern photovoltaic cells have advanced enough to make a solar powered
home much more practical than it was even a few decades ago. Solar panels
can be found in a number of sizes and capacities, making them ever more
adaptable to residential applications. Solar roof kits are currently
the most common systems for harnessing the power of the sun.
The amount of electricity used by homes and businesses in the United
States can be blamed for nearly a third of the countries total energy
consumption; well over 30 quadrillion BTU’s annually. Much of
that energy is produced by burning fossil fuels, which has many adverse
environmental effects. The most obvious byproduct of fossil fuel based
energy is air pollution and climate change, but additional effects include
deforestation and other methods of biosphere destruction.
Solar roofing can dramatically reduce the amount of fossil fuel based
energy we consume every year. When properly installed, solar roof kits
can nearly eliminate the need to be connected to the community power
grid. In areas that receive a heavy amount of annual sunlight, the excess
electricity that is produced by solar roof kits can often be sold back
to the power company, resulting in extra cash or energy credits for
Installing solar roofing can also be of tremendous benefit to the business
owner. Many companies are finding that they can easily cut their energy
bills in half, if not more, by incorporating solar panels into their
roofing. The annual savings from this reduction in energy costs is often
enough incentive by itself, but when you consider the fact that energy
costs will continue to rise over the years, solar energy becomes that
much more attractive. Once installed, the energy these solar roof kits
provide is completely free of charge, as long as the system is functional.
Solar roofing has come a long way over the last 20-30 years. Today’s
solar panels are much more efficient than they have ever been in the
past. As the technology continues to improve, these solar roof kits
will become a more and more practical alternative to fossil fuel based
energy sources. Experimental ideas such as concentrated photovoltaics
and superefficient solar cells are quickly gaining ground and are hoped
to be the basis for the next generation of solar panel.