Energy conservation is one of the important concerns worldwide. As a solution, many countries are turning to natural resources that are available in abundance. One such resource is the solar energy. India, a country which has 300 sunny days on average in a year, is also moving towards this less expensive form of energy. Though solar energy is mostly being harnessed on a large scale for commercial use, even homes are now increasingly moving towatds this form of clean energy generation.
When it comes to making eco-friendly changes these are the little ones that really add up to make a difference.
Fans are a basic necessity of every household. Run on electricity, ceiling, wall or table fans are now available in solar-operated forms as well. The solar-run fans can ventilate your home while using a renewable source of energy, thus paying no load to your electricity bills.
Solar water heaters are an alternative to electric water heaters and heating water on gas stoves. While the cost of the product doesn’t differ much from its electric counterpart, the installation cost can be a little more than the usual. However, this is a one-time investment that is made good by savings on energy consumption and monthly electricity bills.
You can use solar chargers to charge your mobile phones, iPods, cell phones and other devices that depend on electricity to operate. These chargers are portable and can be installed at base station or at the rooftop of a home. So, even if there is no electricity, you won’t face the hassle of a low battery in your phone or other device.
Solar inverters are one of the highly-adopted solar appliances by households. These inverters operate on solar energy and provide electricity back-up when there is a power cut. There are three types of solar inverters — standalone inverters, grid-tie inverters and battery back-up inverters.
Solar-run home lighting systems can be a source of reduction in your electricity bill. These operate even when there is no electricity. So, this can be a solution for far-flung areas where there is little or no electricity.