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Different Ways to Use Solar Energy at Home

27 Jun 13:00 by Steve Walia

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You are probably already familiar with solar PV technologies that allow you to invest in renewables at home, but did you also know that there are other solar-based renewable energy technologies available?

Solar Ovens

If you aren't ready to make the full transition to renewables within your home - perhaps for space or financing reasons - you can build a solar oven to power your kitchen. The sun can be employed to provide passive heat for your food. They trap sunlight, which is then used as a heat source. You can buy solar ovens or even build your own. They allow you to cook for free and work even when there is a power outage. Solar ovens are very popular in parts of the world that don't have reliable access to electricity.

Solar Water Heat

You can use the same solar heating principle to heat your shower. The sun's heat warms a body of water, which is then pumped to your showerhead. It can also be used to warm your radiators. The system is cheaper than using gas and electricity, and solar water heaters are also easy to install. There are various different types on offer depending on your needs.

Solar Air Conditioning

It seems counter-intuitive to cool your home with the sun's heat, but these systems allow you to do just that. Solar air conditioning uses the same principles as a solar water heater, but the hot water is directed to an air-conditioning system. If you live in a hot part of the world, then this can allow you to benefit from plenty of sun for cool air conditioning without the expense of buying electricity. Some systems can also be set up to transform solar thermal energy into heat and air conditioning.