How to Start Using Solar Power

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How to Start Using Solar Power right now

With loadshedding becoming a part of our (almost) everyday life — not to mention global warming — using alternative types of energy is becoming more and more important. Solar power is one of the easiest ways to switch from relying on power generated by coal to cleaner power. Solar power can be used for your whole house or business. However, you don’t have to switch your whole home to solar power at once if you do not have the means to do so.

How does it work?

Solar power is simply electricity generated from sunlight. The solar panels that are installed on your roof absorb the sunlight and convert the energy contained in it to electricity. This electricity can then be used to power your appliances and lights instead of using power from the grid, which is mostly generated from coal. It is such a clean source of electricity precisely because it doesn’t cause any greenhouse gas emissions, but simply uses the sunlight which is already available.

What are my solar power options?

An easy way to start using SP in your home is through a solar power geyser. Your warm water will therefore be warmed through solar power, while the rest of your house will rely on electricity from the grid. You can also install gas appliances to further cut down on your electricity requirements. When you are ready, you can then install a solar power system large enough to power your whole house.

You can also make use of solar power chargers specifically designed for phones, tablets, laptops, etc. Basic ones are usually available at camping and outdoor stores, but you can also buy top of the range chargers online.

Can I DIY my own solar power system?

The short answer is no. You need to get a professional to install the solar power system and do whatever rewiring needs to be done. The work will then also be done to the proper safety standards.

You can search the internet to find out more about solar power or to find products or businesses which specializes in installing solar power.