Solar energy is becoming more attractive as oil and other types of conventional energy get ever more expensive. What is impressive is how many more devices are popping up that are powered by the sun. Solar powered cars are still not ready for prime time, but they will be one day, no doubt. But when it comes to providing energy for your home, almost anyone can save money by converting to solar. There are attractive and cost-saving alternatives, and that is why we have put these facts together.

There have been programs here and there to offer tax credits for using solar energy. The amounts will vary, but what we are talking about are often times a rebate for part of the expense. This is the usual way the government provides incentives to proceed along a certain desired line. The people who could tell you what is available are government programs offices as well as businesses who specialize in this industry.

Heating water by the sun is a favorite among many and even those who own hot tubs or swimming pools. You have the choice of having a pool or hot tub that works with a gas or electrical unit or one that runs completely on solar energy. You can also convert your existing unit into a solar powered one with a solar power kit. We all tend to spend a lot more during hot weather for air conditioning, and if you have this in place for your pool - your bills will go down.

While gas prices go up and down, the overall trend seems to be constantly upward, so the idea of a solar powered car that has no gas tank to fill seems like a great idea. While the technology can be expensive for solar cars, China has figured out a way to produce them without being too expensive. The only thing that would turn people off is the long charging time, roughly 30 hours, and the ability to only go less than 100 miles. What is being explored are combination cars, or hybrid cars, as well as more research to make solar cars more efficient and practical. There is serious research going on with Toyota, and they expect to have a contender on the market in a couple of years. We all have heard so much about using solar energy, but most people seem to ignore the huge advantages it can provide for energy savings. It seems that the costs for energy are not getting any cheaper, so that alone may force people to take another look at it. In the past solar energy was more focused on being green, but now it seems to be driven by the need to save money.

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