My name is Ben Meadows and I am the founder of Meadows Solar Agency.
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In 700 B.C., curved mirrors shaped from shiny metal were used to concentrate the rays of the sun for making fire by magnifying the sun’s rays. These became known as yang-suis – translating to solar ignitors (burning mirrors).
Even today, solar energy is used regularly.
Greenhouses are used to convert light into heat to promote year-round cultivation of crops. Horticulture and agriculture regularly seek to make the most of their solar energy capabilities, which include techniques to time plant cycles and mix plant varieties.
In certain areas, 60-70% of water used domestically for temperatures as high as 60 degrees Celsius can be made available through solar heating. These solar powered hot water systems utilize solar energy to heat water.
Solar energy can also be used for making potable, brackish or saline water. Without using electricity or chemicals, waste water can be treated. Creating salt from sea water is also one of the oldest uses of solar energy.
Clothes can be dried in the sun using clotheslines. Food can be cooked, dried or pasteurized using solar energy.
By means of photosynthesis, solar energy is converted by green plants into chemical energy.
The sun is the main source of non-renewable fossil fuels (coal, gas and petroleum), which began life as plants and animals millions of years ago.
Recently, a common domestic use of solar energy is from solar panels, which absorb the sun’s energy to use for cooking and heating water.
You already use solar energy all the time in your daily life. Why pay the electric company more when you can produce your own power from the sun?