When you think of solar energy, you probably think of huge panels on the roof of your house. You have more options if there is some space on your property. If they are fitted with trackers that follow the sun, and special mounts, they can more efficiently capture the sun's rays throughout the day. Still, it will take a little bit of room.
Before making a choice on how many solar panels you use make a list of all the electrical appliances you use and the wattage and hours utilized by each one. This will be helpful in determining how much solar power you will need. No matter if you decide to install the equipment yourself or have someone else do it, this information will help your choices.
Solar heating systems use the power from the sun to help heat your home in the Winter. This type of system is a great option for locations that do not get especially cold. Using this type of system in conjunction with your regular heating system can save you up to 50 percent of your energy costs.
Hot Sun Industries, maker of the Powerstrip solar pool heating system explains basic system operation as well as some plumbing guidelines.