Solar heating your swimming pools is one of the best ways to extend your swimming season without breaking the bank. It redirects your pools water through collectors usualy found mounted on a roof and transfers the heat right back into your pool. No moving parts makes it a simple but effective way to enjoy your pool throughout the year.
Solar Hot Water is the most underrated solar today. After the airconditioner, your electric hot water heater is the biggest user of electricity in most houses. It runs all day and night trying to maintain the tempurature of the water in the tank so it's hot when you need it. With solar water heating, the sun does all the work for you, not your wallet. They are also elligable for a Federal Tax Credit as well as local utility rebates is some areas. Check with your power company to see if they have incentives. If not, ask them why and encourage them to offer one. The planet will thank you.
Photovoltaics is the most recognizable of all the solar technologies. Europe has seen the benefits of using solar electricity to offset the high costs of electricity. In the U.S. we are becoming more aware of it's potential to help us reduce our dependancy on foreign oil. With the Federal tax credits, local and state rebates, and rising utility costs, photovoltaics is more affordable for the average homeowner and a better investment than traditional savings and the riskier stock market.