For many people, getting heat is just a matter of pressing a button or turning a dial, which is rather nice but sometimes inconvenient. Solar energy is a very cost effective way to heat businesses, schools and residences, and it is not tough to do. The onset of winter does not mean no solar power - many ways exist to capture the energy of the sun even then. A solar source such as a sun room is needed, which not only attracts the sun but also traps the heat within it.
Often a sun room is built against the home and is made of panels of floor to ceiling glass. To get the total effect of the heat, these rooms are normally located so they are facing the morning sun. The sun shines in through the glass and heats up the interior of the area. The heat is kept in the room, and is not allowed to escape back out through the glass. This is an incredibly efficient, natural form of heat , if the room's construction is properly performed.
A few of the other forms of solar power heat include such things as thermal mass, which keeps the heat after it absorbs it. It works by absorbing and holding the heat until the sun sets and then sets out to disperse it. Then there is the trombe wall, a natural solar heating as well as ventilation system which operates by the use of air channels which hold the heat. There are a glass object and a thermal mass facing the sun between which the heat is caught. The wall radiates the heat, which is distributed through vents after being kept within this wall. One more system utilizing a wall facing the sun to absorb the sun's heat, and then warming air with this energy as it enters a ventilation system, is the transpired collector.
A building can be ventilated with a solar cooling process. It uses a steam engine that operates on solar power, with a cooling device affixed to it, which collects the heat and transforms the steam into ice. Another solar powered ventilation system is the solar chimney, which is constructed from a hollowed out thermal mass. The air inside the chimney is warmed up, and it is dispersed properly as the warm air rises. As you can see there are several ways that businesses and homes can be heated. There are many ways, but these few serve to demonstrate how the sun's heat can be utilized by using natural materials. Not one of them were utilizing non-renewable resources in order to create artificial heating.
If you would like to stop making use of non-renewable resources to heat your house, the examples provided earlier should provide food for thought. The sole source of energy they utilize is the sun. In order to get maximum use out of these systems, you may need to live in a place where the sun shines often for sustained periods. We all need to have a heat source to warm our houses with.