Five Ways to Go Solar

By Allyson Koerner 

Are you looking for ways to improve your green lifestyle? Try incorporating solar energy into your household. Renewable energy is a trend that continues to gain popularity and momentum among today’s homeowners and is a great way to help reduce your carbon footprint. We can all hop on the solar bandwagon and use something each one of us sees every day, the sun! 

Below is a list of the top five ways to go solar. 

1. Solar Water Heating
Do you know how much energy it takes to heat your water? According to the U.S. Department of Energy, water heating accounts for 14 to 25 percent of the energy consumed in your home. Solar water heating features water storage tanks and solar collectors that use the sun for heating. Why not try it? Solar water heaters are generally not cheap, but imagine all the energy and money you can save in the long run! 

2. Solar-Powered Central Heating and Air Conditioning
Like solar water heating, our households use heating and air conditioning all the time shooting energy costs through the roof! The best way to lower electricity consumption and benefit from solar power is by using solar-powered central heating and air conditioning. You can call a number of companies to have your personal system installed. Not only will you benefit by offsetting those high energy costs, but the environment will thank you! 

3. Outdoor Solar Lighting
One of the easiest ways to use solar energy is outdoors. The amount of lighting we use, especially at night, is a lot. And I mean A LOT. Try installing solar lighting for lampposts, driveways, garages or gardens. Replacing these small items makes a big difference in energy use! 

4. Solar Chargers
Most of us use electronics like there’s no tomorrow. From cell phones to laptops and iPods, we base our lives around portable electronics. We use these devices constantly, meaning batteries die quickly. A great way to use solar energy is investing in solar chargers. Solar chargers are easy and convenient ways to charge while on the go! 

5. Solar Starter Kits
If you’re not educated about solar power or want your kids to start learning about this trend, try out a starter kit! This is a great way to become educated about renewable energy. Some starter kits include a hands-on learning experience that teaches you about using solar energy in the home, car and at work, while others are a “Do-It-Yourself” kit where you can build your own system. This is one small step in the right direction! 

Sometimes, it’s the little things that count the most. Remember, renewable energy provides the cleanest energy around. Just think how much money and energy you can save by using the brightest star in our galaxy!

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