Year on year more and more people are deciding to reduce their household’s carbon footprint (and save on their energy bills) by installing solar panels in their home. With that in mind, today we’re going to talk about two ways that solar energy can be used to power your property that you may not have thought of (or thought possible) before…
Let’s get started.
Air Conditioning Units
While advances in AC efficiency are being made year on year, during the summer months there’s no getting around the fact that your AC unit is probably going to be one of the top energy consumers in your home. It’s for this reason that some people think that traditional domestic solar installations are unable to generate enough energy to run air conditioners…
But they’re wrong.
There’s absolutely no reason why you cannot power your AC unit with a solar installation, in fact, many people install solar for this very reason. Even without the cost savings, there’s something very enticing about the prospect of cooling your home from the heat of the sun by using the power generated from its rays.
However, don’t get too excited, there’s a slight catch…
You’re going to need a reasonably large installation (but by no means excessive) to generate enough power to run your AC constantly. This is especially true if you’ve got an older AC unit that’s not as efficient as the newer, more advanced models on the market (which is why many people like to upgrade their AC around the same time they get solar installed).
Over the long run, it almost always makes good financial sense to install the biggest solar system you possibly can in your home – however, this is obviously not always an option due to budget constraints.
You’ll be happy to learn that you can at least partially power almost any domestic AC unit with a solar installation of even a reasonably small size. If you’re not generating enough power to totally offset the amount of electricity that your AC requires, you’ll still be reducing the amount of energy you need to draw from the grid.
Fun Fact: Warmer parts of the country (that require more cooling) will often have a greater amount of sunlight than cooler places – which means your panels generate more energy!
Domestic Security Cameras
Under normal usage, the amount of energy required to run modern day domestic security cameras is very low. Even basic models that you install yourself can run for months at a time on modern-day lithium-ion batteries (providing you don’t use live feed features too often).
It should come as no surprise to you to learn that security cameras work best when they have the greatest field of vision, this obviously allows you to monitor a greater area with a single camera. However, this also often means that the cameras are placed in high places that are difficult to reach.
While it’s not a job that’s going to take all weekend, charging the batteries on your hard to reach wireless cameras can become quite a chore, and it’s a task that can sometimes be delayed to the point that the charge is totally depleted and your home is no longer secured.
While the number of effective solar powered domestic security cameras on the market is reasonably low at the moment, there are already several high-quality products available in a variety of price brackets.
And in the hands of a professional, these cameras can be installed almost anywhere…
This enables you to place cameras in all of those perfect, yet hard to reach high up locations that would be difficult to keep operational with battery based systems (or would have required a significantly more expensive hardwired installation).
They’re reasonably cheap, they’re refreshingly reliable, and they’re good for the environment too…
What’s not to like?