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The Most Energy Efficient Way to Use Your Heating

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

Using our heating in an energy efficient manner is incredibly important and a very effective way to alter our overall carbon footprint and our overall energy bill. When it comes to using heating efficiently though, most people are not fully informed and don’t understand all of the various factors at play. Here then we will look at some tips to help you use your heating in an even more environmentally friendly manner.

The Present State of Solar Automobile Technology

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

Unfortunately, vehicles that are completely powered by on-board solar panels are a long way from being practical. Such vehicles, in their current form, are typically used to demonstrate the future potential of solar power and as experimental engineering projects. One of the problems preventing vehicles powered by on-board solar panels from becoming practical is the limitations that come with the photovoltaic cells used to convert solar energy to electricity. They require much more space than is provided by standard car designs. Examples of present solar vehicles include the Tokai Challenger from Japan’s Tokai University. The Tokai Challenger is the single-passenger solar car that that won the World Solar Challenge in 2009 and 2011. The roughly six square meters of solar panel and the blade-like design for minimal drag make it unsuitable as a vehicle for the average motorist.

Shopping For An Affordable Solar Lamp Post

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

If you are interested in adding a solar lamp post to your backyard, it can be helpful to know that you have many shopping options to choose from to fit your needs. It is important to dedicate time into researching so that you can find and purchase merchandise that is going to stay in your backyard for an extremely long time. If you decide that you want to take your chances and head to a store to shop in person, you may find that you are stuck with a poor selection, outrageous prices and end up completely frustrating after the lamp post your buy stops working after several months.

Benefits of Energy Storage Systems: Future Renewable Energy Systems

Monday, June 25th, 2012

Energy storage systems are systems which make it possible to store power that has been produced for use at some future point. The energy does not have to be consumed as soon as it is produced. If renewable energy sources are going to play a bigger role in the world, energy storage systems will have to play a part. Here are some of the benefits of energy storage systems, and what they bring to the table.

The Need For Solar Powered Attic Fans

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

The need for a cool attic cannot be overemphasized. In case high temperatures build up in the attic, the performance of your air conditioning unit will also be affected. At the same time, your energy bills will shoot up. When heat and moisture in the attic is kept to their respective minimums, the energy efficiency of the house improves considerably.

Solar Efficiency Records Rise as Prices Promise to Fall

Saturday, March 3rd, 2012

Solar panels grow more efficient with each passing year. Spurred by private and government sponsored research, efficiency records in thin film solar modules fell at least three times in the past year. Competing technologies spark this race to converting sunlight into electricity, which currently hovers at about 17.4% efficiency.

Portable Solar Power

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Small portable solar panels should just be considered for purposes where you have absolutely no connection to the grid!

The Three Main Systems For Using Solar Power For Homes

Saturday, February 25th, 2012

There are three main systems for using this type of energy in a home and each of them in their own way can have a very positive influence in the supply of energy to the home. All these systems operate on the same principle of using solar panels to collect energy from sunlight which is freely available.

Can A Windmill Power Your House?

Monday, February 20th, 2012

Wind energy is one of the most economical types of alternative energy available. It is a 100% clean power source and basic wind turbines can be built at home. It uses no traditional fuel, produces no emissions, and is reliable for providing power all throughout the year.

The Fight For Solar Power

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

Thanks to rising energy costs, grid parity may be reached sooner.  While solar panel manufacturers are fighting to lower the price of their panels, energy officials are struggling to lower their own energy prices.  We may soon see a point where the rising energy costs and cheaper solar panels unexpectedly intersect, ushering in a new age of power.