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Save Money with Solar in Ways You Didn’t Imagine

solar energy savingsHere at Ecooutfitters.net, we are devoted to connecting eco-conscious homeowners and business owners with the best solar PV installers in their region in order to ensure top quality solar PV installations. But sometimes, it’s nice to reflect on how solar energy got to where it is today — and in what other applications you’ll find solar already in use.

Thin film silicon solar cells first hit the mass market in the early 1970s when they were used to power small toys and those ubiquitous solar calculators carried by students. As new solar technologies developed, it paved the way to solar PV installations to power homes, businesses, and even airports.

But you can still save lots of money with solar energy in other apps — and not just with a solar PV installation for your home (although that is one of the best ways to reduce your electric bill costs!).

Solar to Heat Your Pool
The ultimate in passive solar design, if you hate going from these 90 degree temps into a freezing cold pool, a solar-powered pool cover can help. Sometimes all you need is a pool cover that attracts and collects the sunlight and uses it to warm the water in the pool. But a solar water heater for your pool — used with a cover — is a good investment of under $100 or so. (Energy credits and incentives may even be available!) A solar pool heater uses inexpensive solar panels to heat the water, then your pool’s filter does the rest — circulating the heated water throughout your swimming pool. Ahhh!

Solar for Outdoor Lighting
Pathway lights and party lights are great uses of solar technology. The lights collect solar energy during the day and when you’re ready to party, welcome guests, or just add a little bit of light to your yard, the lights come on. This is, perhaps, one of the best indicators of the dropping prices of solar energy.

Solar to Charge Your Cell Phone
Panasonic, a company known for being on the leading edge of solar applications, has developed the BG-BL01, a solar-powered LED light that also generates enough energy to charge your smartphone, iPad or other device through a USB hub. As a light, the three LED lamps can run for 10 hours on high, or for as long as 60 hours when set to a dim glow.

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A full-time freelance writer, Dawn frequently covers energy efficiency, green living, and topics like LED lighting and whole home control systems for a number of blogs and technology trade magazines. Dawn is proud to live in New York as the state vies to beat out New Jersey as the East coast top dog of solar energy and is waiting for the Solar Renewable Energy Certificate legislation to pass before installing solar panels on her Long Island home.

2 Comments

  1. [...] credits and incentives may even be available.) A Solar Pool Heater uses inexpensive solar panels to heat the water, then your pool’s filter does the rest [...]

  2. Arthur Cross says:

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