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Using Solar In Your Home

The four main applications of solar energy in homes are daylighting, passive solar heating, solar hot water systems, and photovoltaic systems. Daylighting and passive solar heating are the most cost-effective uses of solar energy in homes. See section Daylighting on and section Passive Solar Heating. Although it is best to incorporate these features into new home designs, they should also be considered when remodeling or adding to your home.

Solar hot water and photovoltaic systems may have high initial costs, but many homeowners choose to install them because they are reliable, have low environmental impact, and can provide independence from utilities and other energy providers. Some utilities are also offering rebates or subsidies to homeowners who install these systems on their roofs.

Solar Home Photo

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