If you're trying to design your new house, think about putting in a bunch of big windows on the home's south side so that during the winter you can get a lot of sun. Make sure you have methods in place to keep excess heat out during the warmer summer months. For more help, consult a contractor who specializes in solar energy.
Before installing any form of solar panels, be familiar with local rules and regulations. There are lots of places where some permits are required. The last thing you want is to have the system put it and then you are forced to remove it later.
Saving the environment can start with cleaner water-heating devices. There are a variety of solar powered hot water heaters for you to choose from. They are easily installed in an area of optimum sun exposure or on the roof.
Always use non abrasive cleansers on your solar panels. An abrasive cleaner can scratch the surface of the panel and cause permanent damage and affect how well the solar panel works. There are commercial cleaning solutions to use or you can use a pool skimmer with a very soft cloth on it.