When the technical industry first released news about being able to capture sunlight and convert it into electricity, mankind started having hope for cheaper electricity and no reason to pay an electric bill. Now, it is possible to generate your own electricity and do away with conventional means of getting electric power. Here are a couple of possibilities to consider in the world of renewable energy for the home.
One of the first products to run off of solar power was the solar powered calculator. Only a few tiny solar cells and any source of light was all it took to power these hand-held devices. They helped start a fire storm of controversy, and industrial pursuit, that resulted in solar power being an affordable means of powering the average home.
Solar panels convert light into power by means of the photovoltaic process, and was first put into practical use during the early days of space travel. Satellites and space capsules needed electricity to run on board tests and from those beginning days solar power has become a reality in the homes of many people across the world.
New technology has made it possible to have a complete solar power system that not only can supply all of the household needs of a home, but can produce enough excess power to sell back to the power company. Because of this, there are more people converting to solar as an alternative power source, and even getting financial benefits from certain government agencies.
Restaurants, laundromats and even major department store chains have converted to solar power as a means of increasing their profits by lowering their electric bills by using solar power systems. And, with continued developments and improvements in the types of materials used to produce the photovoltaic process, there are panels which can use any reflected amount of light to create and store electrical power.
For people who live in the midwest and northeast of North America, there is also the possibility of using wind mills for replacing the electricity they would have to pay for power from an electric company. Due to the nature of usable wind, these systems can require a windmill tower of up to 120 feet tall. Although this is not a problem in most rural areas, it does make wind power unlikely in suburban areas.
The hope of renewable energy for the home is already a reality for many people across the world, and there is every reason to believe that this industry will continue its pursuit of affordable alternative power sources. Depending on where you live, it is possible to have your own home power plant and even have help in financing the installation through participating government agencies.