The future of solar powered home is as bright as the sun, as new government policies and commercial applications make it easier for homeowners to integrate clean energy into their homes.
The solar electric market, including photovoltaic panels, is expected to grow over the next five years. Moreover, the acceptance of a solar manufacturing tax credit will increase investment in the solar market across the United States. The U.S. government continues to invest in this solar market, creating a surplus of jobs. Additional state government tax incentives for homeowners who choose to implement solar energy in their homes also create renewal in the solar market.
Homeowner products make green products easier to install and more affordable in energy cost savings. For instance, solar shingles, solar cells that are designed to appear as traditional shingles, become roofing and also absorb solar energy. These thin panels capture sunlight and transform it into energy, while serving as roofing modules.
Though the initial startup cost may be expensive for those homeowners who want to implement solar panels, the long-term benefits are countless. The reduction or elimination of an electric bill, and the increase in home value (making it more marketable) encourage the application of energy efficient products. In the meantime, there are other solar applications available for your home. Solar water heaters connect your water to heat energy from the sun, heating the water fast and quickly.
If we zoom out of specific solar equipment, and examine your home as a whole, there is yet another means by which to go about energy efficiency: solar passive design. Solar passive design is the architectural guidelines for green design — by positioning windows or doors to allow for ventilation and daylight, a homeowner can take advantage of the sun, daylight, and ventilation, and reduce utility bills even further.
Farah Naz Ahmad was born in New York City and holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the City College of New York. Her career goal is to become a licensed architect. Her past roles as President of American Institute of Architecture Students and as a team leader for the US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon have increased her passion for design and sustainability. Farah promotes such concepts as clean energy to educate the future generation. Farah is a LEED Green Associate.