Reasons You Should Use Solar Lights Around Your Home

As more people become environmentally-conscious, they are also learning about the importance of solar energy. But, did you know that it is multi-faceted. From helping you save water to lowering your utility bills, using solar energy can help in several ways.

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Outdoor Solar Lighting

Solar lighting has become a popular issue within our nation. According to energy.gov, you can easily install solar lights, and you don’t have to do much to maintain them, either. They can be used in several ways including lighting up your pathway, security lights, and as a lamp.

These lights use solar cells, which convert sunlight into electricity. That electricity is, then, stored in batteries for overnight use. Therefore, it is important to take note of geographical locations, and the time of year during which you use them. In order to be productive, the cells must get a certain amount of sunlight each day - otherwise, the battery will drain leaving you without any stored energy.

Why Is Solar Power Important?

You may say to yourself, “If the cells only hold light for a limited amount of time, why use them?” The answer, according to solarpoweristhefuture.com, is simple. Climate change has occurred more-and-more in recent years due to toxic gases, and harmful byproducts in the atmosphere.

However, using solar panels allows you to produce electricity by converting energy into heat. That heat is moved through a generator. Consequently, just a little energy can cover a large area.

In fact, covering 1 percent of desert space with solar panels could create one-fifth of the world’s electricity. If you combine panels with greenhouses, and seawater evaporators, you can create enough humidity to grow plants, and vegetables.

In addition, you can also use the power to heat your home, and water. The expense of installing solar panels may hurt at first. However, the money you save in the long run will be worth it. Just think of all the money, and water, you can save by using a solar panel to power your washing machine, and dishwasher.

Sun Tubes

You may be wondering how to go about converting your home to allow for solar energy. Well, Popular Mechanics has you covered. They suggest several methods including a sun tube. Also known as tube lighting, they are similar to skylights. However, they have improved insulation, and you can use them indoors, as well. If the natural sunlight is especially dim through your window, these additions make a brighter difference to your home. It does so by capturing natural light, and transferring it back through a tube.

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Deck Lighting

If you want to have an outdoor get-together during warmer months, then deck lights are the perfect solution. Several varieties automatically turn on during sunset, so you won’t have to worry about being outside in the dark. If their cells are strong, they will stay lit for several hours.

Stair Lighting

Of course, if your house has steps leading up to it, you’ll want to light them up, as well. You can do so quite easily, and installation is simple. However, they still need to placed in locations that receive direct sunlight in order for the battery cells to fill up.  But, doing so will ensure that your outdoor parties, and gatherings won’t be left in the dark.

Conclusion

In today’s environmentally-conscious world, there are several reasons to use solar lights. Not only does it save on heating, and water, energy. It helps to eliminate toxic gases that can harm the planet. In addition, you’ll be able to set up these lights with hardly any maintenance at all. So, what are you waiting for? Get your solar lights installed today.

Jessica Reimer
 

Jessica is a self-proclaimed DIY master, and is in love with everything in her home. Mother to two growing boys, and a new found lover of blogging, Jessica wants to find anything that will make her life easier!

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