6 Types of Solar Power Systems That Save You Money by Producing Green Energy
By Lara Buck
According to a study, the prices of electricity has been going up by 2.5% every year which beats inflation which is just 1.9% annually. This is because electricity is generated from non-renewable sources which are depleting rapidly and thus their prices are rising rapidly. This in turn increases the production cost of electricity.
If electricity generated by traditional sources is continued to be utilized, the rise in electricity prices will go up at a faster pace. So, with the number of zeros increasing in your utility bill, it is time you consider finding an alternative. Solar power systems seem to be a really cost effective solution for this. There are 6 different ways you can save money using solar power systems:
#1. Solar water heater: This consists of a collector plate and a storage tank that is usually above the plate. The plate has tubes that are exposed to direct sunlight. Water is passed through these heated pipes and gets heated. Due to the law of thermosiphon, the heated water rises upwards in the tank and the cold water fills up the tubes. You can get heated water in your bathrooms without any hassle just like you would in case of a gas or an electric geyser.
#2. Solar water pump: These functions just like any conventional pump. The only difference is that the source of power is the solar panel instead of the electric grid of a fossil fuel. A lot of energy is needed for operating a pump. The energy consumption varies with the height and the rating of the pump. But in case of any type of pump, a lot of non-renewable fuel can be conserved if solar power systems are used as energy sources.
#3. Solar charger: A solar charger is a battery attached to a solar panel. The electricity generated due to the sunlight with the help of the solar panel, is stored in the battery. The battery is then attached to any appliance that runs on electricity. These solar chargers are available in various models like portable torches, carry bags with solar chargers or generic chargers in the form of residential solar power systems.
#4. Solar panels: Solar panels is just an improved version of solar chargers. There are inverters as well as batteries attached with it. The inverters convert the generated DC power to AC power and supply the home grid while the batteries store the excess power. All these components combined form an advanced solar power system that can perform multiple tasks.
#5. Rooftop solar: If you have a roofed house and that too located in an area that receives ample sunlight without shading, you can cover your roof with several large solar panels and create a huge advanced solar power system that can help you to generate your own electricity for free.
#6. Solar cooker: This is the simplest solar power system. It works on the principle of using several reflectors to focus the sunlight on the food that is to be heated. The reflectors are arranged in a parabolic or spherical shape and the food to be cooked is kept in a container at the focus of the parabola or the sphere. The container is made up of low reflectivity materials to trap heat more effectively and it is also sealed with glass to prevent heat loss.
All these solar power systems gather the energy from the sun and provide it as heat energy or convert the heat energy either into mechanical energy or electrical energy. In short, the sunlight can replace all the conventional fuels. Moreover, sunlight is free for all and easily available. So apart from the money you invest in getting the solar power systems installed, you have to spend no money and thus you are in for a lot of profit in the long run.