12 Jul '12, 6pm

A Guide to Cutting your Utility Bills with Solar Power

A Guide to Cutting your Utility Bills with Solar Power

A solar panel generates energy when light falls onto it. A stronger light source generates more energy than a weaker one. Consequently, there are many areas in the country where running your home on solar power is not a viable option. The optimum range for solar energy production is between 15 and 35 degrees latitude. For readers in the USA, this roughly matches the line running across the northern borders of Alabama, Mississippi, and Georgia and extends southward. This region of the world receives the most solar radiation out of any other location, making it ideal to investigate solar power as a viable option for home energy use. The rest of the US does receive a fair amount of solar energy, but it’s unevenly distributed with the seasons. In winter, there’s more of a reliance on batteries necessary, and you’d need to make your home extremely energy efficient.

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