Solar House Project PDF Print E-mail

The Solar House Project is an initiative of the Energy Division of the Ministry of Finance, Investment, Telecommunications and Energy, which is to be used to create greater awareness of renewable energy and the benefits of using various energy conservation technologies for enhanced energy efficiency.

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The house has different kinds of insulation in the roof to act as a thermal barrier. Insulation is also strategically placed in the walls that will be heavily exposed to sunlight for the same purpose. The windows have a reflective tint to deflect sunlight allow for cooling, this is enhanced by overhangs at each window. In addition to the foregoing, Ceiling fans are also included in four of the rooms to enable any warm air that gathers to circulate. To reinforce the idea of efficiency, the toilet chosen is a low flow one, and the faucets have been fitted with aerators to reduce water wastage.

The house is powered by five (5) sets of four (4) photovoltaic (pv) panel arrays leading to 2 kilowatts (KW). These are used to maintain the charge in 12 deep cycle batteries which will actually power the house. The batteries generate a direct current (dc) and must be converted to and alternating current (ac) in order for it to be utilized by normal appliances, this is done using an inverter.

Within the house a number of other renewable energy devices are on display such as solar powered chimes, solar powered toys, solar powered fans, and a sunpipe skylight.

 

Energy Tip!

Many appliances continue to draw a small amount of power when they are switched off. These "phantom" loads occur in most appliances that use electricity, such as VCRs, televisions, stereos, computers, and kitchen appliances. In the average home, 75% of the electricity used to power home electronics is consumed while the products are turned off. This can be avoided by unplugging the appliance or using a power strip and using the switch on the power strip to cut all power to the appliance.