Using solar energy as a source of heating is growing in popularity for many reasons. Recycling solar energy is good for the environment and saves a lot of money on winter electricity bills. Active solar energy can be captured in solar heating systems and solar water heaters.
WHAT IS PASSIVE SOLAR
Passive solar is natural energy from the sun that is absorbed naturally in the form of heat from sunlight. A greenhouse uses passive solar energy to keep an environment at a high temperature through the winter.
A person can build a residential solar carport that keeps passive solar away from entering into a car. Passive solar designs are becoming more important as the future focuses on building more energy efficient households.
HOW DOES A PASSIVE SOLAR SYSTEM WORK
The windows of a structure face the direction that receives the greatest amount of sun throughout the day. Sunlight shines through the windows. The floors and walls inside the structure, called thermal mass, absorb and store solar energy. Sunlight shines through the windows and collects within the floor and walls. Thermal mass materials are dark-colored brick, concrete, stone, and tile. The heat moves through the house through objects that are touching and from small blowers and fans.
WHAT IS ACTIVE SOLAR
Active solar accounts for systems designed to capture the heat from the sun. There are a variety of solar heating systems, one of the most popular being the solar water heater. Solar water heaters are great for small households that have moderate hot water use.
HOW DOES AN ACTIVE SOLAR SYSTEM WORK
Active solar systems are typically found on the roof of a structure and are comprised of a light refractor and a light collector. The light refractor, a mirror, collects a large array of light and focuses it onto a collector. In a solar water heater, the light collector is an insulated pipe which is designed to reach temperatures of a few hundred degrees.
GET THE MOST OUT OF SOLAR
If you’re interested in cutting down on your energy bill, now is the time. The cost of going solar continues to lower, and there a large number of incentives and programs that are made to cut down on the upfront investment. Learn how much you could save and contact CAM Solar to set up your free solar assessment today.