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Have you ever heard of a solar house? This is a structure which runs completely on the energy obtained from the sun. One such house was the Revolt House. Built in the Netherlands, this entire structure rotated with the sun, so as to capture the solar energy needed for all of its operations.

While most homeowners may not yet be in the market for a home like the Revolt House, more and more of them are looking into the many benefits of getting their energy from the sun. Solar energy products can and do use several different methods to harness the sun's energy.

Thermal Solar Energy

Energy from the sun can be used for heating by converting solar energy. Like active solar energy, thermal solar energy can be used to heat the space or water in a home, as well as heat water for swimming pools and cooling, where thermal solar energy is used to drive the cooling process.

The capturing of solar energy for thermal purposes involves the use of energy collectors, which are responsible for both the capture and conversion of energy. The greenhouse effect, whereby solar energy passes through glass and creates heat which is unable to escape is how thermal energy is harnessed.

Active Solar Energy

In order to actively obtain solar energy, mechanical devices are required. Examples of active solar energy may include appliances which help distribute that energy throughout a home, such as pumps for circulating water that's been heated by the sun.

Actively heating with solar energy is possible for inside a home, as well as to heat water as mentioned above, and also provide heat for the water in swimming pools. There are several ways to heat both the space in your home and heat water with active solar energy systems.

Passive Solar Energy

Any solar device that is able to obtain the sun's energy without the need for a mechanical device is referred to as passive solar energy. Examples of passive solar energy can be as simple as having south-facing windows on your home for the purpose of obtaining light and heat.

There are many products that fall under the passive solar energy category. In cooling, passive solar energy can be obtained when a home is oriented in direction of the incoming breeze. A homeowner may also design their home to be more ventilation-friendly by ensuring there are no barriers to air flow within the home.

Photovoltaic Solar Power and Concentrating Solar Power

Solar cells are used to capture and convert solar energy for photovoltaic solar power. The captured energy can then be used to provide electricity, cooling and lighting for a home. Concentrating solar power, or CSP is the harnessing, conversion and use of solar energy for the production of energy on a large scale. Some homeowners have installed a series of solar panels or other solar energy harnessing systems on their property for the purpose of helping their utility provide solar power to a city or town in return for financial incentives.

Get More Information About How To Power Your Home With Solar

Everything you need to discover all the benefits of solar heating can be found here at Revolt House. Simply access the links above for more information about how capturing and using solar energy can keep your energy costs and carbon footprint low.