Solar homes may entails many different types of
residential housing based upon the use of the sun's energy to create
power or heat for the house. When one thinks of solar homes, one is
generally referring to those that use photovoltaic panels to capture
the sun's energy and create electricity for the residence.
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There are however a few other kinds of solar homes worth
mentioning. Passive solar homes are actually constructed without
photovoltaic cells in mind.
Passive solar homes use the thoughtful design of the house and
direction of the sunrays to warm the residence in winter and cool it
Newer passive solar homes use the wood, air flow, insulation and
paneling to create a geothermal envelop by which warm and cool air
in the house will invert to create a comfortable climate. This type
of structure minimizes heat loss and gain for a more controlled
Solar thermal homes use the sun's energy to heat water. This
heated water can then be used to heat the house or swimming pool,
reducing the monthly utility bill especially in the winter months.
But, when most people talk about solar homes, they are thinking
solar electric since this technology will work in winter or summer
months and all months in-between. Photovoltaic cells and panels will
create electricity to run air conditioners as well as provide
Even the Vatican has decided to go solar as Pope Benedict XVI has
announced that the Paul VI auditorium will be rebuilt using
photovoltaic (PV) cells that will provide enough electricity to
power the building.
With industry experts forecasting the cost of PV cells and panels
to drop by 40-percent over the next two years, solar homes are sure
to become increasing popular. If you live in the Golden State, you
can take advantage of the California Solar Incentive bill that
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger passed that gives tax incentives to
But, no matter where you live, the price of having a home powered
by PV panels is coming down. In the past few years their has been a
worldwide shortage of silica necessary to make the cells. This
shortage however has passed as recent cells use less silica and some
leading edge panels use no silica at all.
So, solar homes are no longer a pipe dream as the cost of the
pipe is being slashed and people are putting up new houses or
retrofitting older ones all the time to take advantage of the heat
and energy the sun has to offer. Why not get active in creating your
new solar home today?