We’ve all heard of solar energy – energy from the sun that can be harnessed for all kinds of different reasons. For example during the summer when you are growing tomatoes in your greenhouse, you are harnessing solar energy to accelerate the growing process. You don’t need solar panels to use this energy, since the glass the greenhouse is made from heats up the space inside as a direct result of the sun beating down on it. But the process is much the same.
Solar energy for heating
When we think of solar energy we tend to think primarily of using it to heat our homes. One of the most common questions people ask is ‘how much are solar panels’ so they can work out how long it will take to earn back the investment made in solar panels for their homes. The panels take the heat from the sun by using photovoltaic cells and convert it into usable heat for the home.
Solar energy can also be used to heat water to use in various ways inside the home. This requires a different type of installation but it is worth doing if you want to make the most of solar energy in your home in as many ways as you can.
Using solar energy to grow food
With the cost of many types of food skyrocketing in recent times, more and more people are going beyond growing tomatoes as mentioned above. They are growing their own fruit and vegetables at home, providing better taste and cheaper crops than they would buy in the supermarkets. If managed properly, this process can make the most of solar energy to grow good crops with good yields all year round – even during the cooler winter months.
Benefiting from sunlight
Of course we don’t need solar panels or green fingers to benefit from sunlight in a much more crucial way. While we need to protect ourselves from getting too much sunlight, we do need to make sure we get some sunlight. It helps to lift mood and also generate the vitamin D our bodies need to help boost our immune system.
So you can see that solar energy is very powerful and can be used in lots of ways in day to day life. How many ways are you using it – and what else could you do to make the most of it?
Image Courtesy: freetricityenergy.blogspot.co.uk, coventrytelegraph.net
Article provided by Lenka from solarpanels.co.uk

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