In today’s environmentally conscious society, renewable energy is becoming less and less an option and more and more a necessity. Solar energy is one of the major players in renewable energy. Most people know that solar energy comes in the forms of heat and light, with power derived directly from the sun. But there’s much more to solar energy than these basics. When using sustainable methods for your home remodeling needs, keep these facts about solar energy in mind.
So how do we make use of all this solar goodness? When it comes to lighting, window design and placement strongly influence the quality of light and heat within the home. Here are just a few techniques.
Insulated glazing, which consists of an air space between two panes of glass, provides added insulation.
The strategic placement of skylights can also increase the home’s natural lighting, decreasing electrical use as well as the price of utility bills.
If this sounds good, there are a lot more ways to utilize solar energy in architectural and urban planning. Solar systems can be put into play for water heating, general heating, cooling, and ventilation, cooking and energy storage, and much more. Even drying your clothes can be done in a more energy-efficient way. To get started, check out CalFinder’s blog on solar energy panels, or contact our solar energy contractors.
Remodeling tweets and photos posted daily. Join Us on Twitter