Some solar power projects require a minimum of investment and commitment while others require much more of both.
Smaller and less expensive projects include installing solar powered landscape lighting and installing a photovoltaic attic fan. Smaller projects are also safer than larger ones because the amount of electricity involved is small as well.
Landscaping considerations can improve solar exposure of your home so that you can reap some of the benefits of solar power, even without the panels. For example, you can plant shrubs in strategic locations on your property to reduce the impact of cold wind blowing against your home in the winter and specific, deciduous trees can be planted in your yard that shed their leaves in the winter time and allow more sun to strike your home when it’s needed most.
Some larger projects include adding a solar heated system to your swimming pool. This will save you money and extend the swimming season. You can also build a solar stove outdoors that can cook your dinner. Big undertakings also include the installation of full-blown photovoltaic energy generators to power your entire home and using greenhouses or sunrooms to heat your home.
Because of their complexity, larger projects are best left to the pros. On the other hand, small and medium sized projects are usually sold in ‘do-it-yourself’ kits that assume you will be the one installing it.
By working on such simpler projects you can get your feet wet and get exposure to the pros and cons of solar energy before taking the plunge into a larger and more expensive investments. These projects can help you discover when solar energy works the best and how to find good solar exposure areas around your home. This knowledge will better prepare you to make the best decisions when a lot of money is on the line.