What is Passive Solar Design?

Over the years, the general public has become more aware of the benefits of solar energy; it not only helps the environment, but it also saves money. It can be used in a variety of ways – providing heat, mechanical power, and electricity to a building. Passive solar power uses individual components of a building, such as its walls, roof, windows, and other materials to produce energy in an efficient way. This method also utilizes the building surroundings, its work site, and the location’s climate to keep energy consumption to a minimum.

Passive solar design takes into account the building’s surroundings and materials to create the most energy efficient foundation possible. The design works to collect heat through the south-facing windows of a home. It retains this heat in specially designed thermal materials. A number of details must be addressed in order for a passive solar-designed home to work properly.

If you’re ready to reduce your electricity bills and maximize your home’s efficiency, passive design may be the right decision for you. Specific measures will have to be considered to ensure the existing home is capable of housing such a design.  Don’t hesitate to contact a contractor with experience in passive solar energy design; they will understand the best ways to optimize your home’s efficiency.

 

Thanks to Yuval Y for the image.