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3 uses for solar power in your home

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Any efficiency-minded homeowner should think carefully about how energy is produced, which is where solar power can really come into its own.

The technology has improved massively over recent years, meaning solar energy is now more reliable and accessible than ever before.

We've put together some suggestions that could see you enjoying reduced electricity bills - and not to mention make sure you're doing your bit for the environment, too!

Solar panels

A growing number of homeowners throughout Australia are choosing to install solar panels on their roofs as an alternative method of energy production. Sunlight is directly converted into electricity through photovoltaic cells, providing you with a reliable electricity supply.

A 2013 report from the Clean Energy Council revealed as many as 3.1 million Australians now live or work underneath solar panels, which were responsible for 1.62 per cent of electricity generation over the course of the year.

With a growing number of companies on hand to install solar panels, Australian consumers have plenty of choice when it comes to deciding on their system.

Heating your pool

Many Australian homeowners have an outdoor pool to enjoy during the warmer months of the year, but keeping it heated isn't always easy. This is another application solar power can be used for.

You have two main options - either installing a solar hot water system or a blanket that's capable of heating the walls of the pool.

Either of these products can help reduce the amount of energy you use to bring the water to a decent temperature, which can prove costly over the course of a year. Ensure your system is regularly maintained so it continues to work in the most effective way possible.

Providing lighting

Solar lighting has become popular in gardens up and down the country - and with good reason. It's an easy way to provide illumination without wires trailing everywhere and the need to hook the lamps up to the mains.

Solar power lighting looks after itself. It will charge up during the day and switch on automatically once night falls, making your garden look great while improving security at the same time.

There are various different types of solar lighting available, from string lights to posts that can be stuck into the ground, so choose the one best suited to your taste and needs.

Posted by Jeremy Elliott