Gain an understanding of your own energy usage. Before converting to solar energy, it's vital that you have a good estimate of the amount of power that your home or business uses. In order to pick the right size, this information is critical. Look at your energy bills and invest in an energy monitor to keep track of how much power you use.
You can dip your toes in the solar energy waters by simply installing a solar powered whole house fan. A solar powered attic fan turns on automatically when it becomes too warm. You'll reduce the cost of cooling your home by having this solar-powered attic fan remove hot air from your home. Additionally, as it is solar powered, your power bill will go down, not up.
Homemade “Steel Can” Solar Air Heater. made with STEEL CANS. produces consistent flow of hot (140F+) air. video provides full instructions on how to build it.
Get your financial figures right before deciding on a solar system. You need to weigh the cost of the system against how much energy it will save you. Take the cost of the system and multiply it by its' lifespan. Now figure out how much energy you will use in that lifespan to determine if it is right for you.