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Understanding Active Thermal Air Conditioning

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The basic purpose of active thermal air conditioning is to transfer thermal energy. Traditional compressor-based cooling systems work by releasing thermal energy from the interiors of the home to the exterior. These conventional systems do not utilize the thermal energy (heat) to run the cooling process. Other types of systems like absorption chiller utilize manufactured thermal energy to activate an endothermic air conditioning process.

Working of Active Thermal System

Active Thermal System

Basically there are two main types of thermal cooling systems, these include active and passive. Active cooling systems utilize mechanical tools to perform their functions. On the other hand, passive thermal cooling systems do not utilize any type of mechanical tools. Mechanical tools help in pumping the fluids and blowing air through the cooling unit and also to in and out the home.

Types of Active Thermal Cooling Systems

Most active thermal cooling systems are operated by one of three energy sources. The commonest that is being utilized is gas-fired systems. The gas is a natural gas or propane. The current sources of renewable, energy efficient cooling and heating systems are solar thermal and geothermal systems. Read the full story

Two-Stage Evaporative Coolers-Best for Humid Climates

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Different cooling techniques have been use. Evaporative cooling is among the cheapest and effective cooling techniques. Common evaporative coolers are also known as swamp coolers, these coolers have commonly two designs and indirect and direct coolers.

Direct and indirect coolers

Direct and indirect coolers

Direct coolers during their working directly pass the hot air through the moist pads; this warm air causes evaporation, which results in cooling of air. The cool air is blown is blown in the house, commonly blowers are used for blowing. Indirect coolers have a closed- circuit system; during the working of this system cooled air cooled through evaporation is passed through exchanger where the coolness is transferred to the hot indoor air.

Swamp coolers – energy efficient coolers

Both types of evaporative coolers have a problem in their working in different climate conditions. These coolers are unsuitable for the areas where the humidity level is high. However, these coolers systems are energy efficient; in the comparison to other conventional air conditioners, these swamp coolers use very little electrical power.  Read the full story

Solar Modules

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Researchers and experts have poured research into developing new and better ways to produce energy. The production of energy is a very significant issue and must be addressed promptly. Energy is the spine of all industrial and domestic processes worldwide. Supplication of power is quite a stressful task for many.

Alternative Energy Resources – The Solar Power

Alternative Energy Resources – The Solar Power

Production of energy is quite a tough and hectic job. It requires expertise in terms of technical assistance as well as raw material. Most of the energy produced is through the combustion of Fossil Fuels. However Alternative means of energy have been discovered. Solar energy is one of the latest and most useful ways of energy development. Solar energy can be easily harnessed from the Sun. This mode of power is economic and feasible to implement.

Harnessing Solar Power – A Life Time Plan

Solar power is extracted from the Sun. Sunlight reaches the Earth after a lag of about 7 minutes. During this time period, all radiation and most harmful rays are lost to the space and environment. However potential energy reaches the surface of the Earth. This energy can be used in a very effective manner by planning and managing.

How Solar Energy is Produced

Solar energy can be produced all over the world in almost any part. Many developing countries have made use of solar power by implanting Solar Cells. The Solar Cells are used to capture the energy from Sun and convert it to electrical energy. The electrical energy can be used to power domestic household appliances or industries.

Solar Power Panel – The Contents

A Solar power panel kit can be easily available from the market. These power kits are fairly economical and provide withy perfect safety measures. Some notable brands which manufacture solar power panels include Sharp and Siemens. Solar cells are the most significant part of the entire panel kit and they require outmost care.

Types of Solar Cells

Solar power cells are available in two separate categories. The monocrystalline and polycrystalline technologies are the most used in the world. The Polycrystalline Solar Cells are manufactured on multiple plains. They can harness much more energy. However they are expensive and hard to maintain at all times.

Monocrystalline & Polycrstalline Technology

The monocrystalline technology is much widely available. These Cells direct energy towards one certain direction. Although highly efficient, these Solar Cells are quite cheap and easily available from anywhere in the world. Solar power can easily be put into use by harnessing it through effective ways.

The Integral Components

A typical solar power panel kit contains several components. These components are required to complete the system of the Solar Panel. Batteries, Inverters, Solar Panels and Cells are often found in the kit. Mounting material is often provided to cover the Solar Modules and not expose them to inadequate weather conditions.

What Are Solar Cells Made Up Of ?

Solar Cells are mostly manufactured from Silicon. Silicon is an element and is considered to be the most perfect for material purposes especially for Solar Cells. Read the full story

Wind Energy Turbines

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The progress of industry and other criterions require ample amount of energy. Production of energy is quite expensive and requires investment which is bearable. In times of recession, finding the correct amount of investment is not at all easy. Many individuals face constant problems with traditional energy resources.

Wind Energy – A Feasible Option

Wind Energy – A Feasible Option

Energy is mostly produced by the combustion of Fossil Fuels. Fossil Fuels reserves worldwide are limited. These reserves may very well be depleted soon if alternative energy generation methods are not introduced. One of the alternative energy producing ways includes Wind Energy. Have a look at how Wind Energy works and how it can greatly help individuals not to depend upon oil. Wind Energy is safe, reliable and very nature friendly.

How Wind Energy Is Used

The Wind Energy is basically the energy that is extracted from the Wind. Wind Turbines are majorly responsible for producing the Wind Energy. These Wind Turbines consist or large rotating blades which convert the kinetic energy into thermal and later electrical energy. The requirements for energy can be easily fulfilled by Wind Power.

Installing Wind Turbines

Most of the Wind Energy Power Panels are installed in windy areas. Wind is the only component requires powering the Wind Turbines. Speaking in terms of production, the more the wind is the better energy generation occurs. Many individuals criticize the role of Wind Turbines by commenting that they kill birds. However that is not true.

Safe & Convenient – How Wind Turbines Contribute

Wind Turbines are perhaps the most safest and convenient means of power generations. Read the full story

Know Your Bill – Shift To Solar Energy

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Pacific Gas & Electric Company is one of the largest of suppliers of a combination of natural gas and electricity in California, United States. This firm is originally based in San Francisco. This company provides electricity to more than 15 million residents over an area of 80000 square Kilometers in Northern & Central California.

Pacific Gas & Electric Company facilitates roughly 9.6 million Electric and Natural Gas consuming customers and is responsible for their needs.

Shift To Solar Energy

However due to increased consumption of energy, a dire need is felt to shift to other modern and sophisticated sources of obtaining energy. Perhaps Solar Power is the answer.

Step towards A Green Future

In the modern world, development requires resources. One of the most significant aspects of the term resources is “Power”. Power can be in the form of labor or monetary assistance. To many this term may simply mean “Power to use”. By that I mean power resources which help us live our lives. Over time many people have become increasingly tired of receiving long and hefty power bills. These bills are extremely hard to pay back and cause many less earning families face problems. To avoid this hustle, simply what you have to do is shift to Solar Power.

What is Solar Power?

Solar Power is the energy obtained by Sun Light. Sunlight can be converted to electrical energy by the use of Photovoltaic Cells. For many people, these terms are extremely confusing and frustrating and some individuals just might cheat you under the pretext of providing you with better and cheaper shift to energy. I will define some of these terms to you beforehand.

Some Terms

Photovoltaic Cells: Also known as Solar Cells is a solid state device which directly converts the Sun Light into Electric Power through the Photovoltaic Cell.

Watt: Watt is an International Unit for measuring the consumption of Power in a certain time.

Kilo Watt: A Thousand Watts

Mega Watt: A Hundred Thousand Watts

Peak Hours: The time when Power consumption is the most.

Net Energy Metering: What remains after the deduction?

-Meet the Mother Of Complications

It is Complicated

These are some of the terms you very often come across while viewing your Electric Bill. After closely monitoring the Electricity bills of 2 of my close friends, I have come to the conclusion that Energy bills are really complicated for those with improper knowledge of these terminologies and they are very hard to pay back at certain times. Many people all over the world are living without the privilege of Electricity.

How Can Solar Power Help?

These people are deprived of perhaps the most basic commodity of life. In such times we are blessed to have access to Electricity plants which provide us Power to use. But would it not be better to shift to a much convenient and environment friendly power resource? Yes it would definitely be. By comparative analyses it is proven that people using PV Cells for generating power are much better than those depending upon local institutions as such PG & E Company.

First of all I will tell to you that if you plan to shift to Solar Power system, you will have to come into agreement with your Local Energy Provider. Like PG & E Company. They gave my friend a rate plan of E1 & E7.  If you choose E1 rate plan, the Company will provide them Power at the same rate and will credit them for every unit extra they produce and give the Company. You will be credited this way.

It Can Save You Money

It Can Save You Money

If you choose the E& package, the `Time You Use` (T.O.U) your energy will determine the bill you receive. That means the Company will charge you more during Peak time and less during Non-peak time. So logically, E7 Package, upon your choosing will require you to install a special meter which will cost you approximately $250 or more and will measure your Peak and Off-Peak hours separately.

The Peak Hours are from “12:00 A.M to 6:00 P.M”. This is the time when you will be earning the most of your money if you have the correct PV Unit installed! So my friends, before they got their Solar Panel Unit installed, received PG & E Company’s Energy Statement or more informally known as a Blue Bill. Read the full story

Efficient Furnace Fan Motor Rebates

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There is a global awareness of the need to save energy. Replacing your furnace fan motor with an energy efficient one is also a step. Particularly in places with mostly chilly weather. Of course, you are not only doing the environment a favor, but also yourself. There is money saving also involved when you reduce the amount of electricity you are taking from the grid.

Energy Efficient Furnace Motor:

Efficient Furnace Fan Motor

You can replace your standard furnace motor by an electronically commutated motor. Its specialty is that it can adjust its speed according to conditions inside the furnace. So it will operate with a lesser speed when required thus saving energy. It operates with only 80 kilowatts of energy, which is ten times less than the standard requirement.

Money Saving Due To Efficient Furnace Motor:

Lesser operating cost: Savings of $40 to $300 annually, based on usage. Saving of $200 due in electricity bills and rebates.

Additional Benefits:

It also does not make much noise. There is little temperature fluctuation in your house. Read the full story

Re Cycle – Save The Earth!

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The constant threat we face of Global Warming is created by our own hands. We humans do not realize the damage we are inflicting to the environment by our irresponsible actions. Most of our unplanned development has resulted in the breakdown of natural habitats and now we have to do something to control this grave issue. The problems planet Earth face today must be addressed promptly or else we will face dire consequences in the near future. Most of the people ignore how badly we need to make “Recycling” a part of our lives.

Recycling Can Change Alot

Recycling Can Change Alot

Recycling can play a very major role in reducing our Carbon Footprints and in reducing pollution.  Many of the things we use daily can be recycled and reused which can reduce energy consumption as well and cost of production. Recycling plants can easily be established in many developing states which can play a major role in turning about the pivot of restoration of nature. Here are some ways we, as individuals can contribute in bringing a change.

Some Tips for Re Cycling

  • Turn off extra lights at your home.
  • Never leave water taps open
  • People can make up communities to clean disposed of waste
  • Recycle Plastic water bottles and plastic bags
  • Do not throw of Plastic bags
  • Take shorter Showers. It saves a lot of water
  • Buy energy saving light bulbs
  • Print on both sides of the paper
  • Use a microwave. It is not only energy effective but saves times as well
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Getting Residential Solar System in Michigan

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one of the Michigan solar specialists will call you. He will advise you about solar evaluation with no charges and also provide you with the newest details about the price cuts and tax rebates in Michigan.

Survey

Make an option of the solar power Solution(s) for your home. Tick on all those options that are relevant to you:

  • Solar Pool Heater
  • Solar Water Heater
  • Solar Heater

Solar residential system

 

Try to Furnish More Precise Information

If you furnish the more precise information, you will have the more correct evaluation. This is especially right for the sum of your electricity bill on monthly basis. If the information is combined with the company that supplies you power, its prices can be verified through some other mean, and you will be able to know about more precise usage of your exiting requirement of electricity on monthly basis..

These details will help you to decide about the number of solar panels needed to provide you the percentage of solar power you would like to achieve.

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Benefits of Solar Panels for Your Home

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Solar energy is considered as the ultimate renewable energy since produces a tremendous amount of energy every second. Around more than 4 million metric tons of Hydrogen is converted into Helium. Solar energy is the future for meeting all the global energy demand which is expected to rise in coming years because of growing population and changing lifestyles.

Why Use Solar Energy?

Solar energy is beneficial in many ways as not only you can have positive impact on your environment but you can gain energy independence, reliability and security.

Residential Solar Electricity

Solar energy is a cost effective method to meet your energy requirements. Hence, it would be affordable for everyone to meet their present day and future energy requirements in an efficient effective manner.

Residential Solar Energy

With the changing lifestyles, people are adopting new trends to conserve more energy, becoming more environment friendly. There are so many things that you need to know before you plan for a solar energy system for your home. This mainly depends on how much energy you will use for your home in simple words it all depends on your energy consumption and requirement.

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Numerous Ways to Save Energy

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There are numerous ways that can decrease the energy expenditures and use it more proficiently. There are some techniques and suggestions to control the energy bills.

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  • Heating
  • Lighting
  • Hot Waters
  • Refrigerators and Freezers
  • Home Electronics
  • Cooling
  • Consumer Electronics
  • Dishwashers
  • Cooking
  • Laundry

Guidelines for Heating

All the guidelines mentioned below are supposed to for consumers who are using electric energy as their basic energy mix. All the heating devices use electric power to operate, be it a hot-air force system or a hot-water circulating system. An efficient boiler separately would not contribute towards reduction of your consumption bill rather we need to keep in focus the complete heating system as a one unit. By keeping a blend of proper wadding, thermostat adjustment and climate stripping we can control the use of energy by our heating system and minimum exhausts to atmosphere.

  • Scheduled regular visits by certified experts for routine maintenance and checkup of your heating system are beneficial.
  • Suitably padded walls, floors, ceilings, hot air vessels, hot water channels substantially eliminates transfer of heat to atmosphere.
  • The filters of hot-air force system should be periodically checked and properly cleaned or replaced.
  • When the temperature is equal the air with low humidity, makes you feel wintry than the air with more humidity. Therefore the installation of humidifier or manually keeping the home humid will lessen the energy cost.
  • If you are going to install a new boiler keep in mind to select such a boiler the speed of which can be controlled either through some analogue or digital system. You can adjust the speed of the motors according to your needs and it will save your energy. It will also result better quality air, control changes in temperature and produce low sound.
  • While purchasing a new boiler, bear in mind the automatic thermostat which could be programmed in advance for all the possible outcomes and adjusts itself accordingly. You can conserve at least 18% of your energy costs form heating and cooling systems by using such a thermostat. You can also replace your existing thermostat. Keep the temperature of the thermostat according to your comfort.
  • Use storm windows and doors as these contribute as much as 15% towards saving your energy bills. Stick or paste such material on your windows and doors which controls loss of heat. Clear plastic sheet across the windows or windows with double glass (double glaze) controls loss of heat to atmosphere.
  • Proper fabrication of walls, floor, roofs windows and doors with weather shield and specially the areas which contain cracks, conserves energy costs.
  • The moveable electric heaters use extraordinary energy, please avoid these.
  • Allow the sunlight, the natural source of heat to come in. Slide the blinds, curtains, canopies away from window glasses.

Guidelines for Cooling

The cooling system is the largest energy consumer than any other energy consuming system at your home. Like in the case of other systems you can conserve energy and save dollars by appropriate look after and constantly improving your cooling machines.

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Energy Conservation Tips

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Did you know, by conserving energy you can actually save money..?! Well yes that is right. You save money as well as protect the environment from the poisonous greenhouse gas emissions. Conserving energy means to save energy.

Tips To Conserve Energy

There are many ways to conserve energy. Just follow the simple and easy energy saving tips and save energy and money both at one time.

1) Install CLF Bulbs:

  • Compact Fluorescent Lamps can really help you in saving money and energy.
  • It is considered as one of the best tips for conserving energy.
  • According to the U.S Department of Energy, CFL’s can help to reduce 75% of lighting energy. Surely the best way to reduce your electricity bill as well.
  • CLF bulbs are not considered good for people with migraine. So, don’t forget to consult your doctor.
  • Though these lights are a bit expensive but they are durable for the long run.
  • DO NOT forget to switch off the lights when you leave a room.

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2) Turn Up The Thermostat: