Solar power is the energy from the sun that reaches the Earth. It takes the form of light and heat. Stand outside on a sunny day and turn your face towards the sun. What you’re feeling is solar power in action. All it takes is a few simple steps to turn that free energy into free heat for your home. Having a certified electrician install solar power in your home can cut down on your gas and electric bills and do something good for the environment to boot.

installing solar panelsIf you are building or buying a home, you want to make sure that the home is angled to face the sun. This means that in the northern hemisphere, you want the side of the building with the most windows to face south. In the southern hemisphere, you want exactly the opposite. You want to make sure that the building with the most windows faces north. This allows your home to absorb the hottest sunlight for the longest time throughout the day.  You may also consider putting solar glass windows in the side of the house that faces the sun. These windows allow even more sunlight to be absorbed than normal windows and prevent the heat associated with that sunlight from escaping back out of the house at night.

It is also important to minimize the amount of windows on the side of the home that faces away from the sun. In the northern hemisphere, this is the north side of the home and in the southern hemisphere it is the south side of the home. Too many windows on this side of the house will allow heat so much heat to escape that it will offset the heat being drawn into the home on the sunlit side.

Of course, you will need a conventional backup heating system in your home, no matter where you live. You need this in case there is insufficient sunlight on any given day to effectively heat your home. However, even with the use of a backup system, you will still see a significant lowering of your heating bills and you will still be helping the environment.