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Fact vs Myth: Can Solar Energy Really Power an Entire House?

July 15, 2020

One of the most frequently asked questions by homeowners in regard to solar power is, “can it really power my entire house?” The answer to that is actually quite simple – yes, solar can indeed power your entire home. But explaining exactly how solar energy can power the entirety of your home is a little more complicated. 

In this blog, we’ll dive into the ins and outs of how solar power works, how solar panels convert sunlight into energy, and how the renewable energy source can power your whole house.  

Let’s take a closer look at solar energy. 

How Does Solar Energy Work?

Let’s start with the definition given by LiveScience, “Simply put, a solar panel works by allowing photons, or particles of light, to knock electrons free from atoms, generating a flow of electricity.” 

Now this statement may sound complicated to varying degrees based on how much science you remember from back in high school, but the main takeaway is that sunlight is converted to energy through a seemingly complex, but actually surprisingly simple process which involves capturing the sun’s energy, and turning into electricity. Once the energy is generated, it’s used to power devices, products, and homes.

If you want to learn more about the science of solar energy, take a look at our blog on frequently asked questions in regard to solar energy.

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How Can Solar Energy Power Your Whole House?

Every home is different, and every home will require a unique amount of solar panels in order to effectively convert the sun’s energy into the energy you can use to power your home. At SunPower by BlueSel, we understand how to install your panels at the perfect angle, in the perfect spot, to maximize sun intake. Installing your solar panels in the perfect spot can make a big difference in regard to energy. 

HowStuffWorks.com explains how solar panels can power an entire house, “As solar panels protrude from the precipice at various angles, they capture whatever sunlight is available, and convert it to DC power. An inverter converts the DC power to AC power (which is what we use to power electronic devices). And for people who want to completely power an entire home with the sun’s rays, there are systems available to convert and store extra power in the form of battery energy.”

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As the article mentioned, there are systems available to convert and store extra power. This means that even on cloudy days and during blackouts your system will continue to run. Solar battery storage is one such solution. Our solar battery storage solutions at BlueSel work seamlessly with our solar energy systems. It was designed with our components in mind. This means you get the best of both worlds: our best-in-class solar energy system and the battery component. Our energy systems and storage systems work in perfect harmony and are both covered under the SunPower by BlueSel warranty.  

Enjoy all the benefits of a solar energy system while reducing your carbon footprint on the planet. Solar energy can power your entire home, as long as the right company is working with you to install your panels.