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You've probably heard the phrase "solar homes" before. How much do you know about what a solar home is? What makes a solar home different from a typical home? Why would someone want to live in a solar home, anyway? Here are some quick answers that will help consumers understand more about solar homes.

What is a solar home?
Simply put, a solar home is a house that is using solar energy as a way to heat the home, to heat water, and to power the appliances and electronics that are inside the home. It uses the solar radiation that comes from the sun's rays as an energy source. The sun has been producing energy for billions of years, and will continue to do so for billions more.

What makes a solar home different?
Your home uses electricity. Power is distributed through wires that are inside your walls. You plug in your TV, computer, refrigerator, lights, and everything else into an outlet. Your stove is either powered by electricity, gas, or both. Some homes use electricity as a source of heat, and to heat water, while others will use gas to do the same thing. Solar homes use a combination of electricity and solar radiation for the same purposes.

Solar homes will need to convert the energy that comes from the sun's radiation into electricity so that it can be used to run the appliances and electronics that are inside the home. This is done through the use of solar panels. A solar panel is a large, flat, rectangular panel that is made up of several photovoltaic devices (which are also called solar cells).

Are solar homes dangerous?
No, solar homes are not any more dangerous than typical homes are. People hear the phrase "solar radiation" and sometimes become fearful because they are aware that the sun can damage their skin. People who live in a solar home are not exposed to any more of the sun's radiation than are people who live in a home that does not use solar power. Only the solar panels themselves will be exposed to the sun's radiation. This is necessary so the solar cells can convert it into a resource consumers can use to power their homes.

Why do people live in solar homes?
The reasons for this choice can vary, depending on the person. Some people like the idea of using the sun's energy as a power source because it is renewable, and "green". Others are more interested in lowering their bills by using (at least some) solar energy as a replacement for the electricity they would normally be using each month. No one is going to send anyone a bill for the solar energy they use! There are also people who are interested in living "off the grid" as much as possible, and solar homes provide a way for a consumer to be somewhat less reliant on electricity.