Solar energy is an excellent way to both heat our homes and power them at the same time. We have all seen solar panels lining the roof of a home, but it is much more than that. With today’s technology, we are learning to harness the sun’s energy for many things, including electricity. Solar energy is also more affordable than ever.
While the cost of solar energy may seem high right now, it will become less costly over the next few years and really start to replace most if not all of our household power needs. We are already seeing this happen in places like Chile, where the government subsidizes the cost of solar energy and sends people there to get trained on how to put these systems together. The governments realize that they must protect the environment, so switching to solar energy for electricity is key.
But what exactly is solar energy, and how does it work? It is a natural, inexhaustible resource that can be captured and used to generate electricity. Panels catch the sun’s rays, which then become converted into power. This power can then be converted into almost any other energy we use, such as heat and water. By building a solar panel, or installing one on your roof, you can realize the possibility of a totally free electricity source – that you can use right now!