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Archive for October, 2011

Investment in Solar Energy Keeps on Giving

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

If you have seriously considered outfitting your house with a solar power system, you’ll be glad to know that the payback time frame is getting shorter.  SBI Energy, a global energy research firm, released a report in October of 2011 showing that newly installed solar energy systems pay for themselves in as little as three years.

How to Quickly and Easily Calculate Average Household Electricity Consumption

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

One of the first steps in justifying the cost of a new solar system is to perform an electricity audit to determine your average household electricity consumption. This article shows you a couple easy ways to go about performing your own home energy survey.

Once you’ve completed an electricity audit, you’ll be able to put the numbers into an electricity consumption calculator and see just how much money each appliance costs you per month. This can be a real eye opener.

Testing the Solar Charge Controller Schematic

Friday, October 21st, 2011

I was finally able to find some time to test my step down converter prototype. The results showed an efficiency of 71%. That’s not bad for a first prototype! Below, I’ll show all the test data, schematics, pictures, and some of the ideas I’ve come up with for improving the design.

Energy Conserving Lighting Solutions that are Efficient at Home

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Not many people are aware of how much energy is wasted on their lighting every year. We are talking about large amounts of both energy and high costs. In this article, I’m going to show you a few simple ways to reduce both of these things. By using sunlight instead of electricity (where possible) you can conserve a lot of energy. There are a few ways to do this – the most common is the placement of windows.

Using The Gel Car Battery and Marine Gel Batteries In Solar Applications

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

Gel cell batteries are suburb batteries for solar, marine, and automotive applications. The gel car battery as well as marine gel batteries are excellent choices for use in a solar system. This article covers maintenance and installation of the gel cell battery in order to get the longest lifetime out of them.

Replace Your Energy Wasting Light

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Lighting is one of the largest energy consumers in households worldwide. With just a few simple measures, you can cut large amounts of your energy/electricity bill, ending up saving both you and the environment. These methods are potent. If you find them helpful, please help share the value and point other people to this article

10 Reasons To Choose a Green Burial

Friday, October 14th, 2011

A green burial is a new concept of disposing of your body in the most ecologically friendly way. Green burials ensure the burial site remains in the most natural state possible. The internment of bodies is done in a biodegradable casket, shroud or even a blanket. No embalming fluid or concrete vaults are used.

Things to Consider when Choosing a Solar Charger for Backpacking

Friday, October 14th, 2011

More and more people are showing an interest in solar power and portable solar chargers for backpacking are becoming a popular choice. However, they are not for everyone. Here we discuss some of the things you should consider before making the purchase.

Dealing With Waste from Nuclear Power Plants

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Everybody knows how much of a disaster the nuclear bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki were. This was just a few years after the Americans figured out how much of an energy potential that came with nuclear fission. After the war, a lot of resources were put into the development of nuclear reactors to generate electricity for peaceful purposes.

Wind Turbines Prices for Proven Wind Turbines

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Wind turbines only pay for themselves if they last long enough to recoup the investment. It’s important to buy wind turbines proven to withstand the test of time. This post reviews personal windmills, provides windmill information and prices, and tries to answer the question of how much energy does a wind turbine produce.