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Solar House Plans

Solar house plans date back to the times of the Anasazi Indians who lived in southern Colorado and needed to find a design for maximum warmth. Their homes were built on the slopes of a south facing canyon wall, to capture the heat of the sun during Colorado's cold winters.

 

 

Solar House Plans
 

Due to overpopulation as well as the need to be in a city for the daily work routines, we all cannot build a home at the southern base of a mountain or canyon. To make up for it we can build a solar house or adapt our own homes for solar energy use. There are many solar house plans available, but most will not work in all conditions and areas.

A solar house plan that may work well in southern Colorado most likely will not work in Queensland, Australia. It is important to remember that to have a solar house, is to take advantage of all the "green" opportunities available in your particular area.

The most popular solar house plans use passive collectors or photovoltaic panels to either create electricity to power the home or to heat water to provide warmth for the home. These types of solar house plans typically place solar panels on the rooftops, but can also place them in other locations such as the tops of carports, decks or as standalone units in the yard.

In a colder climate, one can start planning their solar house with a convection style approach, which will allow the best circulation of the heat in the home during the cold winter months. The solar house plan should not only incorporate good insulation, but an open plan as well.

You'll want to be able to keep the temperature inside at whatever level is needed with as little loss as possible. To do this, having a well-insulated design for a solar house plan will allow you house to stay warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer months.

A good solar house plan that will incorporate an open floor plan is another popular choice, as you need for the air in your home to be able to circulate freely. This will assist in the maintaining of the solar home's temperature.

The fundamentals of all solar house plans keep the same ideas and concept. The reason for the changes in the exterior look as well as the layout can be broken down into two parts. This first is personal preference. If you're looking for a workable solar house plan, you must know what your personal preferences are in any home.

The second fundamental of solar house plans is region. As all corners of the world are different, so is the climate. The climate of an area can change from season to season as well as from one mile to another. These changes in the climatic breakdown of the Earth's surface means that no two solar homes in different regions will look the same.

Most solar house plans will need to be adapted to the surrounding climate and region. For instance, in the U. S., a solar house plan for Wisconsin, a region that inherently has much less intense sunlight and less days of sunny skies may use a solar house plan designed to provide heat. This is opposed to a solar house plan in Arizona or Nevada that is designed to generate electricity that will both heat and cool the home and even be able to sell the excess of electricity back to the grid for a profit in some regions.

Solar house plans in some regions may combined home-building elements for maximum effect. For instance, and underground or earth-berm home may also include solar panels for added heat or electricity. There are a few solar homes starting to be built that combine solar panels with hydrogen storage.

These homes use solar energy during the day to create electricity and electrolyze water into hydrogen. The hydrogen is then stored in tanks for night and winter use at which time it is run through a fuel cell the create electricity for the home. The solar house plans are still leading edge as not many have been built yet, but you'll be hearing more about them in the months and years to come.

The solar-hydrogen house plans will be especially attractive in years to come for those in outlying areas who may not have access to the electrical grid. No matter what solar house plans you choose to work with though, make sure the company that you're contracting with is reputable, can give references and has success stories to share about homes they've built with their solar energy systems.

Another good combination is the use of solar panels on underground homes. With underground or earth sheltered homes, there is already natural insulation of the ground and thus fewer solar panels are needed to maintain warmth in the winter and coolness in the summer.

 
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