Today a growing number of homes are looking for ways to increase their energy efficiency. Whether trying to lower their utility bills or drop themselves from the power grid completely, homeowners are looking to renewable energy to power their life. To take advantage of this movement, a number of companies have developed new products that are geared toward sustainability. Here’s a more detailed look at some of the products that have been created:
1. Solar Ivy
Solar Ivy is made of recycled materials and was designed to meet the unique energy needs of homeowners. They are small solar panels created to look like ivy that grows down the side of buildings, and they work by generating electric energy through the conversion of solar radiation (light) via semiconductors, producing direct current electricity. Solar ivy is completely customizable and flexible. In other words, it can be installed in ways that allow it to meet your functional needs and aesthetic preferences. According to the makers of Solar Ivy, the color of Solar Ivy can be tailored to your home or building’s color and design, the spacing and amount of ivy “leaves” per strand is totally customizable to architectural and energy needs. Most importantly, the type of photovoltaic energy can be selected to meet your home energy requirements, and the panels on each ivy leaf can be easily swapped out to keep up with the advances in solar cells.
2. Solar Shingle
Most Solar Shingle that are available in the market uses photovoltaic solar panels built just like asphalt shingles which allow homeowners direct control for the generation of solar electricity. Solar shingle is installed just like a normal asphalt shingle, and offers the same protection to your roof, so a regular roofing company can install it. Further, it decreases reliance on traditional forms of energy, as well as lowers maintenance costs. The solar shingle is just one of many green products that green energy companies have developed over the years.
3. Solar Water Heating
Once a home is powered by solar, it becomes essential to think about the everyday needs of your home, and hot water is one such necessity. Solar hot water heaters are one of the most cost-effective ways to turn your individual appliances greener. Green home-builders can choose from two types of solar water heating systems: direct and indirect circulation systems. Direct circulation systems are most appropriate for a home located in a warm climate, while indirect systems work best in climates where water has the possibility to freeze. Solar water heaters work to advance energy efficiency and decrease heating bills.
To conclude, a rising number of families and homes have a desire for sustainable and environmentally conscious ways to live, and the developments in solar technology, like the ones listed above, are providing very unique and exciting ways to power people’s lives.