Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Two of the Sun's Incredibly Awesome Properties

Believe it or not, there is an association between Southern California residents wearing sunglasses and shorts at the same time throughout the summer, but what may surprise you is the reason: two of the sun's awesome properties.

Many individuals -- during the summer months in Southern California -- begin wearing shorts and sunglasses around the same time of the year. Inevitably, it's sensible to say it's because of the sun that we have weather conditions which make it appropriate to dress this way. No shocking associations there. When the sun comes out, it becomes bright and this has us reaching for our shades but the temperature also rises when the sun comes out and this has us wanting to break out the shorts. What's truly fascinating is the reason we do each of these individual actions is due to different properties which
the sun provides. Both incredibly important, but different in nature.
Let me explain...
First, the sun provides thermal energy, or heat. Anyone who has mowed the lawn on a scorching summer day can attest to this. It's hot out and this is thermal energy provided from our awesome sun. Some days are record breaking days and some are mild scorchers, but this is an example of the sun's incredible heating power.

Secondly, the sun provides photo energy, or light. When you walk out of a dark room on a bright summer day, you're liable to squint your eyes while they automatically readjust to the new bright conditions of your environment. Also no 
surprise but the sun provides a significant amount of light.

Both heat and light play important elements when referring to solar energy. (After all, solar and sun are synomymous for our purposes here.) For decades -- or thousands of years, some may argue, if we're talking about thermal energy -- humans have utilized the sun's beneficial properties for heating water and producing energy to power homes, businesses and a myriad of other applications.

At Cosmic Solar, we specialize in not only photovoltaic installations (light), but also solar hot water and solar pool heating (thermal) as well. The sun's unique beneficial properties help us to "zero out" your electric bill and/or warm your water, saving 75-80% of the cost of your water heating.



So, the next time you find yourself not only sporting shorts but sunglasses too during the summer months, take a minute to remind yourself that the reason we feel heat and see sunlight is because of two of the awesome properties of our sun. If you'd like a free Cosmic Solar quote to learn more about how you could be utilizing the sun, give us a call!

What do you have to lose other than a few utility bills?


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