If you are about to develop a new home, you should consider the advantages of installing a power system to power that home. There are long term cost advantages that are likely only to increase in the coming decades as fossil fuels be expensive. There is also the reliability of solar power, and the truth that it is nearly free. It's just the collection and distribution system that costs money. Add to this the pleasure of contributing to saving the earth from world wide warming by perhaps not burning fossil fuels, and solar can be an attractive choice. When developing a new home you'll have your architect build in passive solar items to significantly decrease home heating costs. What this means is adding large windows over a south-facing wall. These win-dows are particularly built to catch the sun's heat in winter. Double o-r multiple paned windows with gas inside are really efficient at keeping heat in. In summer, they are made to keep light out, keeping your home cooler. 'How could they do this'? You could ask. Advanced level design of the aim of the window accomplishes this. Also, as your new home is built, insulation can be maximized, thus also lowering your heating and cooling costs. These actions are easier and more cheap when creating a new home than when upgrading an older home. Passive solar power savings will not be adequate to supply your entire energy needs. You'll need Photovoltaic solar panels to produce energy to power your home, and a hot water method using panels that heat the water piped through them on top. Your roof can be designed by your architect to maximize the potency of solar panels. Depending on how much heated water you use, you may need to increase the solar heat with some electrical power. The future savings on monthly energy bills is very good, although initial cost of installing solar energy systems is high. It is broadly speaking estimated that these savings can pay back the original cost in 10-to 15 years. Since your system should really be warrantied for 25 to 30 years, it is like finding energy free for the final half of your system's lifetime. You can even reap the benefits of state and federal tax credits given for installing solar energy systems. The current federal tax credit is for 30 percent of one's installation charge, and is good up until 2016. Always check to see when there is an FIT program available in your area. FIT stands for 'feed in tariff.' It indicates that you can sell excess electricity for the local power company when your solar panels are producing more power than you need. More details would be found on this site. The ecological benefits of solar power beginner are well known. But consider also the advantage in your home. While there is no combustion involved with producing solar power, your home is free of toxic emissions, including carbon monoxide. Solar power is quiet. There's no noise of machinery running, much like a conventional furnace.