When looking for improvements you can get done in your home for better energy-efficiency, you may start considering switching your regular exterior lighting to outdoor solar lights. There are plenty of solar light products on the market today and your choices are simply limitless. With different designs, colors and sizes to choose from, you can definitely transform your home’s exterior from nothing out of the ordinary to something that would wow your family and your guests.
Why You Need Outdoor Lighting
It is very important to invest on outdoor lighting. First of all, it will give you the light you need when you’re outside after the sun sets. You won’t have to trip on plants or stones just because you can’t see them in the dark. Furthermore, having a well-lit home is essential for you family’s safety. Intruders would think twice about entering a property that will certainly reveal their presence, just because your home stays bright even after dark. Continue reading
Building or refurbishing your home you may want to install energy-efficient appliances such a solar water heater. A water heater is one household appliance that alone consumes about 5,500 watts of energy annually, costing about $317 per family. Solar water heaters if installed can reduce power consumption and fuel cost by almost 50%.
Energy efficient appliances are increasingly replacing the conventional household appliances amid growing concern over global warming. Many American families have installed solar-powered products to reduce energy consumption and emission of CO2. So, if you are planning to go green and build a modern home here are a few things that you should know about solar water heaters.
In the recent years, American home owners have made the switch to solar water heaters. When you learn the reasons why, you will want to make the switch yourselves.
Usually, the energy that is used to heat water is mainly sourced from fossil fuels. When fossil fuels are burned it releases carbon which is a green house gas that is a cause for global warming. The simple act of heating water in your home is a cause for long term impact on our environment. We’ve already caused enough damage and its time we minimize our carbon footprint further damage. This reason alone is a good reason to not use regular water heaters. With Solar water heaters, its energy source is the sun which is renewable and free. This means that not only do you have a water heater that is environment-friendly but also has low maintenance cost.
One reason that many solar panels do not work at peak efficiency is that they’re dirty. Many homeowners do not realize that occasional cleaning of your solar equipment is critical for proper performance. Many homeowners never do any cleaning or maintenance on their solar devices, and this is a truly big problem in terms of operating performance.
Part of the reason that this happens is because solar panels, solar water heaters, and solar pool heaters are oftentimes on the roof of your home and are not easy to access. Because of this many homeowners do not make the extra effort required to do the cleaning themselves. We have this problem with our own solar panels, so we hired a company that does professional cleaning on solar panels and other solar equipment. It has made a huge difference in how our equipment operates.