How are solar homes constructed?

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Question by Sarah: How are solar homes constructed?
How are solar homes constructed? & why is the facing of the solar home important & how does it provide energy to the house?

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3 Responses to How are solar homes constructed?

  1. they put panels on ur roof that absorb suns energy that will give u electricity but u have to use the normal electric current at night

    June 8, 2014 at 7:29 pm

  2. Solar homes are generally oriented so they have a lot of window with a high U value and a large area facing south, Sarah. They typically have fewer, smaller windows on the east and west sides, and still fewer on the north side. This orientation ensures the house will pick up as much heat as possible in the winter months – think of a greenhouse trapping the heat of the sun. The summer sun is much higher in the sky, and the house’s design prevents excessive heat gain in the summer by using awnings or by using the overhang of the roof to shade the windows. Alternately, living shade could be provided by deciduous trees near the house, since those trees would drop their leaves in the winter to allow the sun’s heat to enter the house..

    The house may also include ‘active’ solar components, such as solar panels, which gather additional heat for hot water or heating the house, or which convert sunlight to electrical power.

    In addition, solar homes are typified by energy efficient construction, from the insulation in their walls and attic, to appliances which wring energy from every dollar spent at the utility company. These would include the furnace, air conditioner, hot water tank, washer, dryer, etc.

    June 8, 2014 at 7:45 pm

  3. It is really interesting making your own energy. Using solar energy must be one of the smartest way saving energy. You are collecting materials, have you seen the website I am linking to below. They have a lot of info, hope it can give you some answers.

    Karley Taylor
    June 8, 2014 at 8:10 pm

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