What does the sun do for you? I'm sure it provides you light to get around safely by. It also gives you heat. Did you know that everything you're made of came from a star? Now, let's put solar energy to use, too! Read on to find out how to do it.

Switching to solar energy can save a ton on your electric bill. Solar power is absorbed through panels that are properly positioned on your roof. It is especially convenient if you live in an area that gets a long of sun. This will provide usable energy to your home in a much cheaper fashion than conventional electricity.

If you don't want to or can't go for full solar power, at least consider a solar water heating system. Many regional and community governments offer financial incentives, rebates and tax credits for even doing this, just like they do for full solar installations. Check with your local government before doing anything to know the perks.

If you are comparing prices on a solar energy unit, make sure you are comparing apples to apples. Some companies might offer bargain priced systems, but these systems might not hold up, be backed by a credible warranty or function in a way that really saves you money. Keep in mind that sometimes it is better to spend a little more now so that you save a lot more in the long run.

Keep shade issues in mind when installing solar panels. A panel that loses a quarter of its light can lose half its power production. The main thing to keep in mind is tree foliage. Are any trees going to grow in between the panels and sunlight? Consider trimming them back a little.

While we're all made of stars, literally, we also can use the sun's power to run our devices. From solar phone chargers to solar arrays, this power can be harnessed to allow us to have the things we need without wasting the Earth's resources. What a wonderful technology solar energy is!