Solar Heat and Solar Heated Water?

Electricity AND heat?  When you see information on solar conversion, do you think only of lights and electricity or, do you think about heating your home, and water on solar energy too?  Renewable Solar Resources has been converting homeowners throughout Plymouth, Vicksburg and surrounding areas to solar energy for years.

If your home’s electricity is already converted to solar energy, then you already know about the savings on not receiving electric bills for the next 25 to 30 years.  But did you know that a solar heating system can provide forty percent to eighty percent of your home’s heating needs as well?  A well designed and insulated home that incorporates a passive solar heating system can reduce the costs of your home’s supplementary heating system, by reducing your home’s heating needs to a smaller, less costly ancillary heating system sufficient for your home’s needs.

While it seems to make sense to have all of your home’s heat on solar, at this point, most building codes and mortgage lenders require you to have a back-up heating system in place.  A passive solar heating system, which costs far less than an active solar heating system, can still significantly reduce your overall heating bills.  Your backup heating system, anything from a wood stove to a central heating system, can supply heat when and if the solar system does not meet your heating requirements. 

Know your Codes and Regulations.  It is critical that you and your solar energy system installer know local building codes, zoning ordinances, as well as subdivision covenants, HOA restrictions and other special regulations pertaining to your building site. Renewable Solar Resources has been installing Solar Panel for home electricity in the Plymouth, Vicksburg and surrounding areas for years.  Contact your solar professional at or call (888) 432-9024 for the rest of the solar story on how installation and permits proceed.  Experienced professionals at Renewable Solar Resources have been able to work with local and state building code and zoning compliance for solar system installations throughout the area. 

Installation and Maintenance.  Renewable Solar Resources uses quality components, and before any installation, makes a site visit to take multiple readings in order to determine effective siting for your solar energy system, best system design and installation.  Your professional installer will walk you through maintenance of your system if any is needed, and the best way to conduct that maintenance.  For instance, some solar panel makers recommend cleaning the panels twice a year – usually spring and fall – for most efficient power production.

So how does it work?  Solar Photovoltaic panels convert sunlight directly into electricity.  Solar heat and hot water systems capture heat from the sun’s rays to heat up water that is pumped to a tank for use and storage; to provide hot water for cooking, bathing or laundry or for heating campus building.  Solar heat can also be used to heat or cool air in buildings using efficient and cost-effective solar air heat collectors.  Passive solar heat can heat or cool buildings through building lay out, material choices and window placement.  Today universities are researching new cost effective methods of solar thermal storage.