Countries all over the world except a few backward ones, backed by their governments are concerned with fossil fuel energy usage and are promoting renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, geothermal, bio mass generated thermal energy etc. Ireland and other members of EU are in the forefront in this exercise. The simplest and best money saver in the long run is harnessing solar energy for water heating.
Harnessing Solar Energy
Harnessing solar energy is done with three different basic methods. viz.
- Passive Method
Using various techniques that harness the sun’s energy just the way it comes for day lighting, visual aesthetic effects, heating, and also insulating and air sealing, shading and landscaping, orientation of building features etc. by the architects (whether new construction or retrofitting).