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Archive for April, 2011

How Solar Power Can Cut Your Energy Bill

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Many of us are constantly looking for ways to save money: using fuel-efficient cars, clipping coupons, buying energy-efficient appliances, eating at home, and other changes. What many of us overlook, however, is the vast amount of money we could save by using solar energy in our homes. There are three main ways to use solar energy at home. First is solar electricity, in which a solar panel system provides the electricity to run the entire household. Second is passive solar power, which directly uses the heat from the sun. Last is the use of independent solar appliances that include their own solar panels.

04/21/2011 Update on Free Charge Controller

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

A hacker of the free charge controller asked me about the difference between version 2 and 3. I answer her question in this post.

Upgrading a Solar Pond Pump Kit

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

A reader of my solar pond pump kit page ask a detailed question in the comments as to how to modify her solar pond pump so that it would work better. I think there are a lot of people like her in the situation of being underwhelmed by the performance of their solar pond pump kit, so I thought I would elaborate on how to go about upgrading such a system. Here is a paraphrased summary of the information she gave:

Split Air Conditioners and Other Energy Efficient Appliances

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

So many people are eager to learn about the simple actions they could take in their existence to exist in a more environmentally renewable manner. As buyers we wield a considerable amount of power. By acting in a responsible and environmental conscious way, we can have a great constructive impact on the environment. By very carefully choosing the goods we buy, we send out a message for the manufacturers that we want them to make those items. Essentially, this comes down to a vote, and voting with your money is just as significant as voting with a poll.

Save on Your Gas and Electric Bills the Green Way

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

The human civilization is driven by its insatiable need (and greed) for energy. Traditional sources of energy are largely dependent upon fossil fuels, nuclear power and hydropower. While the first two are harmful to the earth’s environment, the third is clean. But all of them are becoming increasingly expensive to produce every year. The other sources of energy are geothermal, wind power, tidal, wave and solar energy. Of these, solar power is the best alternative because sunlight, which is used to generate electricity, is almost universally available and inexhaustible. Once installed, solar power systems produce electricity at no extra cost, and thus help save money on electricity.

How To Build a Simple Solar System

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

There are three primary components to even the most basic of solar systems: the solar panel, the charge controller, and the battery. This article will take you step-by-step and show you how to construct a simple solar system – such as the type for use on a boat.