17Nov

Can Solar Power Work For You

Tuesday | Filed in: Solar Install Technology

With the recent furor surrounding the impending price rises in energy bills, it’s no wonder that people far and wide are looking into alternative methods of heating their homes. While many people will look into the possibility of changing suppliers in order to find a better deal, there will be just as many who expect a similar cost and service from similar suppliers and who, therefore, feel that there is something to gain from going green.

Can Solar Power Work For You?

As with everything, there are always arguments for and against the case. Many people feel that solar energy is not a viable way of creating enough energy in the way that we normally source our energy, but realistically, this is just not true. It’s a fact that solar panels can harness a huge amount of energy. The silicon in just one ton of sand, when used in conjunction with a solar panel setup, can physically generate energy levels to match a thousand tons of coal. We have to remember that all energy directly or indirectly comes from the sun – even the energy stored in coal and oil – so using a solar panel is just a way of going directly to the source!

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  • Kurt - 2008-11-05 19:38:11

    Great information

  • Kurt - 2008-11-05 19:38:11

    Get information. Thanks

8Jul

Stored Solar Energy for Cooking

Wednesday | Filed in: Off-Grid Solar

Off-Grid Cooking

If you have taken the admirable leap of living completely off-grid, you are probably now wondering how to best preserve your stored solar energy. One option is to reconsider your cooking habits. Although there are plenty of energy-efficient electric ovens available, you can save your home’s solar power altogether by using alternative methods of cooking.

The first and most obvious power saving cooking option is an outdoor grill. If you are fortunate enough to live in a warm climate, with the opportunity to spend long hours outdoors, an outdoor grill might be enough to fulfill all your cooking needs. With enough practice, you can cook not only meat but vegetables, eggs, pizza, bread, and even cake on a grill. Some camping stores make it easier with products specifically designed for outdoor cooking. In the spirit of cutting costs, you don’t even have to own a grill. A fire pit can yield the same results as can a large, durable fireplace. If you do plan to use a grill or fire as your primary cooking source, consider investing on a Dutch oven, which is great for baking and slow cooking.

The next best cooking choice is a wood burning cook stove. These stove/oven combinations are used indoors to cook and bake, using wood as their primary sources of fuel. The only disadvantage of a wood burning cook stove is that it also heats your house. This is great if it is ten degrees outside, but it can make your life miserable in the summer.

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15May

Solar energy is becoming increasingly popular

Friday | Filed in: Solar Install Technology

Solar energy is becoming increasingly popular:
It has started to attract the interest of major utility companies. Although this option is expensive relative to more conventional energy sources like natural gas and coal, prices are dropping, making it a great option for home and business owners to consider. Some of the most important benefits of this type of energy are outlined below.

 

Financial Incentives:
Installing solar panels can result in a variety of subsidies and financial incentives for private individuals who are looking for a new way to power their homes. In addition to subsidies offered by the federal government, many state agencies will also offer financial benefits. These incentives will allow people who take advantage of solar energy with the option of claiming tax credits that are proportional to the generation capacity amount that they install. These incentives can offset the costs that home or business owners need to start using solar power, and the financial savings can increase the system’s overall profitability.

 

Job Creation :
The use of solar energy has resulted in thousands of new jobs over the last ten years alone. The production of solar panels is one source of these employment opportunities, but there are a variety of other positions that require experienced personnel in order to make the installation of solar panels into a reality, including salespeople, install technicians, designers, and others.

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1May

Emergency Essentials

Friday | Filed in: Solar Power Products Kits

Emergency Essentials
There are two basic emergency situations. Essentials for those trapped in their homes are somewhat different from what is necessary for evacuation. The first basic requirement is water. Humans can live without food for a number of days, but water is a basic need. Shelter comes second. Keep in mind that danger from exposure to excessive heat, or cold, is greatly increased by wet clothing.

 

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15Apr

Go for the Wind

Wednesday | Filed in: Wind Turbines

Going for Wind

For about £1,000 the British householder can buy his own power-generating wind turbine.  By pumping power generated by the mini turbine into substantial batteries, a constant power source can be obtained.  Alternatively you can put it straight into the national grid and get paid for it.

There are two different options for a home turbine – mount a mini-turbine on your roof or alternatively on a freestanding pole.   Greater returns are generally gained from pole-mounted turbines, as wind for building-mounted machines usually has more obstacles to get around, which weakens the flow.  Performance is directly related to the strength of the local winds, and measurement of this before installation is key to purchasing the right level of turbine.  The free-standing pole turbine in the right location will have unobstructed wind access and therefore greater generation capacity.  It is strongly recommended that an anemometer be used to measure the wind speeds in different locations to establish where the best site for a pole turbine will be.

Someone in the UK planning to adopt wind power for electricity generation should consult The Energy Savings Trust, who can provide detailed advice on grants available, the right equipment to purchase and what to do in installation.

One factor to be aware of when purchasing is the ‘cut in’ speed.  This is the speed of wind at which the power generation begins.  While the layman might expect any turning blades to generate power, in fact, it has to reach a minimum level.  Different micro-turbines have different cut-in speeds.

 

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