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Easy and inexpensive tips on ways to conserve energy saving you money and helping the environment as well as information on alternative energy resources that can further reduce long term the amount of ...

Easy and inexpensive tips on ways to conserve energy saving you money and helping the environment as well as information on alternative energy resources that can further reduce long term the amount of money you spend on energy.



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  • 1. === === === === ===For Additional Energy Saving Tips Please Go To: Green Energy Information Please Go To: === === === ===Ways To Conserve EnergyThe buzz today is all about alternative energy resources and renewable energy resources like solar,wind and water and we can use these energy resources to get off the limited polluting energy resourceswe use today. Whats missing from this picture though is conserving energy; energy conservation canhave a huge impact on the amount of energy you use and will save you lots of money as well.If you consider that just a few years ago a barrel of crude was well under hundred dollars and energycost were relatively inexpensive. Today the price of not only crude, but coal and gas have sky rocketedputting a major dent into the wallets of consumers at all levels.For homeowners this is most significant because heating fuel, especially during the winter months canbe quite costly as demand goes up across the board; and since crude is used in so many products today,the painful expense of high fuel cost can be quite significant.But there are steps you can take that will help you reduce your energy bill, allowing to use the cash yousave for other important things.Tip#1You need to consider is upgrading your lighting and how you use your light appliances.Replace those incandescent lamps or bulbs with energy efficient ones like florescent or low voltage ledlighting fixtures. Though the up front cost is higher they last longer and provide the equivalent amountof lumens while dissipating much less energy. This is especially true with led lighting fixtures; notonly that they will last between 10 to 20 years before they need to be replaced. While a typicalincandescent light bulb only last about 750 hours.Tip#2Install lighting sensors in you lamps and wall lighting fixtures. These sensors will keep the lights offand monitor when someone walks into a living space turning on the lights automatically and thenturning them off when you leave the area. These are great for your outdoor lights so that theyre not oncontinuously, only when you need themTip#3Use a light dimmer or three way bulbs and sockets, so that youre using the least amount of energypossible. You can adjust the brightness of the bulbs to fit your needs eliminating that high energy drainthat a high wattage bulb consumes.
  • 2. Tip#4Use as much natural light as you can to conserve energy. Raise those shades and blinds, open thecurtains and let the light in. In winter this will also add some additional heat to your homeTip#5Since your refrigerator must be on 24/7 make sure that the coils behind the refrigerator are free of dustand that there are no obstacles which impede airflow. Make sure your freezer is free of any ice buildup. Make sure you select a coldness setting that will keep you food from spoiling, but that its not sohigh as to waste energy. Make sure you follow the manufactures suggested best practices andmaintenance suggestions .Tip#6In winter reduce your thermostat to a temperature that is comfortable this can save you lots of energy.A general rule of thumb is that if you reduce your temperature setting by 1 degree you can save about3% in energy cost. Also make sure you seal those cracks around doors and windows to reduce energyloss.Tip#7Upgrade to a zoned thermostat to put the heat where you need when you need. If its programmable allthe better so you can set it to fit your style of living. Say you and your family generally go to bed about11pm and no one is really using the bedrooms until that time. That means you can program thethermostat to start heating the bedroom areas say at 10:30pm. When everyone is gone for the day thethermostat reduce the temperature in the home to lets say 55 degrees. This can greatly reduce theamount of energy you use and the upgrade will pay for itself year after year.Tip#8Its now summer and youre ready to use your air conditioner, make sure its ready for summer use.Ensure the filters are clean and that youve done the manufactures recommended maintenance. Yourunits is old upgrade to a high efficiency unit that uses less BTUs (British Thermal Unit); better yet geta ceiling fan its cheaper and uses far less energy than an air conditioner. Get curtains, blinds or shadesfor your windows. There are some many types available today; like those that block infrared energybut allow light in. If your upgrading the windows in your home get the highest energy rated windowsyou can afford. Another option is to get infrared window films that you can apply to your windows tofurther block the amount of heat energy entering your home; causing you to operate your airconditioner at a higher setting (Also See Air Conditioner Buying Tips Below).Tip#9Turn off your tech gear at night like your computer, DVD player, stereo, cellphone charger. Thoughmany of these devices operate in standby mode they still consume energy that adds up. Put these on adistribution block so that when your ready to use them with one flip of the switch you turn everythingon. This is especially important for computers where you have a monitor, your desktop system, printer,speaker system, tablet, scanner, external disk drives, modems, routers and the like. Also forentertainment system where you have a host of devices plugged in the same thing applies (See PowerSaving Power Strip Conserves Energy Below).
  • 3. Tip#10If you have a drier, use it only when you need to as these device consume a great deal of energy to dryyour clothes. Go retro and do it the old fashion way, hanging your clothes on a clothes line. If you justcant live without a clothes dryer purchase an energy efficient one. What youre looking for is a unitthat contains a moisture sensor to turn off the unit when the clothes are dry.Tip#11If you upgrading your dishwasher look for one that incorporates soil sensors. These sensors detect thedirt in the water and can save you energy and water by shortening the wash cycleTip#12Upgrade your washing machine to one that uses less energy and less water youll reduce your energyconsumption on both ends as described in Tip#13. Do your best to always wash a full load insteadseveral smaller loads this will save water and energy. Whenever possible wash your clothes with coldwater or warm water instead of hot water, the savings will add up over the course of a year.Tip#13Reduce the amount of water you use to save energy, especially in the bathroom as experts say this iswhere most of the water we use is consumed. In most communities water must be pumped into homesthis requires massive amounts of energy; by using less water you reduce the amount of energy requiredto transport this vital commodity saving you money and energy.Tip#14Insulate your water heater. This is good advice in the winter to keep the heat where you need it and isgood advice in the summer to prevent the water heater from increasing your homes temperature,causing you to increase the work load of your air conditioner thus increasing the amount of energy youuse. If you can upgrade your water heater to the newest high efficiency smart devices that are availabletoday.Tip#15Make sure that if you have duct work that delivers warm air throughout your home from the waterheater that there are no leaks, if there are seal them. Also if the duct work is not insulated, insulate it toincrease the energy delivery efficiency of the system.=== === === === ===For Additional Energy Saving Tips Please Go To: Green Energy Information Please Go To: === === === ===
  • 4. === === === === ===For Additional Energy Saving Tips Please Go To: Green Energy Information Please Go To: === === === ===Air Conditioner Buying Tips 1) Determine what size air conditioner you need for example the Frigidaire FRA052XT7 is a small air conditioner rated at 5,000 BTU which will cool an area of 150 square feet. While the Frigidaire FRA106BU1 is rated at 10,000 BTU and will cool an area of 500 square feet. This however is just a starting point for your air conditioner selection , as you must also take into consideration what room will the air conditioner be in, are there appliances that consume large amounts of power which give off heat, are there many windows in the room, what size are the windows in the room, does the room face north or south, is there shading around that part of the house, how well insulated is the room, how often is the room used... So just because the room may be 150 square feet, if you have appliances and electronics in that room that are on most of the time a 5,000 BTU air conditioner may not provide the necessary cooling. 2) Look for an air conditioner that has a high Energy Efficiency Ratio or EER. The EER is a measure as to the efficiency of an air conditioning unit which relates energy usage to the amount of cooling the air conditioner provides. As a guideline high efficient small air conditioners will generally have an EER of about 10 or 11, while large high efficiency air conditioners will have an EER of 12 and up. 3) Consider the features that come with the air conditioner. Does it have energy efficient features, does it have more than one cooling speed, does it come with an adjustable thermostat, can you adjust the units vents, is the air filter easily accessible, is the filter a washable one... or does the unit have a built in air ionizer to kill that helps remove bacteria and allergens from the air – which is a good feature to have for allergy sufferers. Does the air conditioner have manual or electronic controls, or does it come with a remote control unit? 4) Is the air conditioner you are buying costly yo operate. This you can determine by looking at your electric bill and seeing how much you are pay for electricity per kilowatt-hour. On each air conditioner is an average nation wide cost per kilowatt-hour, but the reality is that in your area that number can be significantly higher. So figure out how many hours per day you will be using the unit to get a rough estimate as to what it will cost you per month in electricity cost. Also dont forget to factor in the projected increase for the cost of energy. So even it the unit fits the bill now a year or two down the road my be a completely different case. 5) Determine if the air conditioner can be installed by you or if it will have to be installed by a professional. Does the unit come with all the parts needed for a complete installation or will you have to buy an additional installation kit. Does the unit draw a low enough amperage that it will run off of a 15Amp outlet or does it require a 20Amp outlet
  • 5. === === === === ===For Additional Energy Saving Tips Please Go To: Green Energy Information Please Go To: === === === ===Saving Energy With An Energy Consumption Home Energy MonitorThough there are many ways to save energy in your home (Ive listed a few in this blog), one of the bestways to track down those device that consume the most amount of energy is with a Home EnergyMonitor. These devices can monitor the power usage of all your electrical devices and give you anenergy usage report in dollars and kilowatts.The price range for these device can run from under $20 to a few hundred dollars depending on thefeatures, connectivity and analytical software used. Most of us dont need much of the features thatmanufactures provide, except for the basics like like how much energy your devices are using andmuch thats costing on a monthly or yearly basis.Once you have this info you can then purchase a smart power strip which turns off power to devicesthat have been powered down to stop wasting energy unnecessarily.The big question is what type of home energy monitor should you use or purchase; if youre not atechie look for one thats simple to use and that provides you with the information you need. If yourenot a youngster anymore choose one that provides easy access. Many energy monitors plug right intothe outlet, such that if its a lower mounted wall outlet youll have to squat, bend down or get on yourknees to read the information.Check to make sure that the screen is readable and that its measurement accuracy is good. Somedevices have accuracy measurement deviations as high as 10 percent which quite high; 3% to 5%variations is at most what you should tolerate. Now to be clear here much of this variation is based onhow the energy monitor obtains its data.You have clamp on sensors that clamp on to the wiring measuring current flow only and not electricalfluctuations and then an estimate is made. Other devices plug directly into the socket or wall outletwhich gives a direct reading based on current and voltage for much better results.One home energy monitor that I like due to its low cost and easy of use, is the Belkin Conserve InsightF7C005q Energy-Use Monitor. This unit cost under $30 as of this posting; its unique in that for anoutlet plug-in device the monitoring unit is attached to a five foot cable. Which makes it easy to placethe display where you choose, eliminating the need to have to bend down to read the display.This unit will give the amount of energy a device is using, its cost over a 30 day or a 365 day periodand the amount of the CO2 footprint for the device thats plugged into it. The unit come preloaded withaverage US electricity rates, but you can input the electricity rates for your utility so that you can get an
  • 6. exact cost analysis. You are also able to enter the CO2 emission rates for your specific region.Note the Belkin Conserve Insight F7C005q Energy-Use Monitor is designed to be plugged into astandard United States 3 pronged wall outlet.The information provide by this device is:WattsCost Per Month or Cost Per YearPounds Per CO2 Per Month or YearIf you want cost per day, cost per hour or kilowatt (Kwh) youll need to do the mathematical calculationyourself; for most people this wont be an issue since they take this data and compare it to their monthlyelectric bill.Overall when compared to other home energy monitors the Belkin Conserve Insight F7C005q Energy-Use Monitor is a very good device for the price giving you the information you to make an intelligentassessment on how to reduce your energy consumption.=== === === === ===For Additional Energy Saving Tips Please Go To: Green Energy Information Please Go To: === === === ===
  • 7. === === === === ===For Additional Energy Saving Tips Please Go To: Green Energy Information Please Go To: === === === ===Power Saving Power Strip Conserves EnergyOnce youve determined what electrical devices are using the most amount of power in your home youcan take several steps to conserving the amount of energy youre using so that you can save money andlower you carbon footprint. This includes following suggested manufactures practice to keep yourdevice operating in top form or upgrading those device that use to much energy. Tax credits and rebatescan help here and generally the more efficient a device is the bigger the credit.Another option that you have and that is low cost is to purchase a power saving power strip. Thesetypes of power strips use smart technology to monitor the devices that are plugged into, and when thesedevices are turned off the power strip disconnects all power from the device.This is great because many devices today use standby power modes which consume power that overthe course of the year can really add up. On top of that if you have a lot of device that are always onstandby these devices consume energy all day long costing you a bundle on monthly electric charges.To power saving power strips you may choose to consider are the Smart Strip LCG3 Energy SavingPower Strip and the Belkin Conserve Switch F7C01110q AV.The Smart Strip LCG3 is a 10 outlet smart strip power strip that automatically turns off power to anyof its 6 automatically switched outlets when a device has been turned off. It provides 52dB ofEMI/RFI (Electro Magnetic Interference/Radio Frequency Interference) Filtering, 2225 Joule energysurge – and 84KA protection, while using less than one watt of power when all outlets are in full use.The outlets are protected by 15A circuit breaker and two RC filter networks to eliminate false switchingand the outlets use passive current sensor technology for safe clean on off switching of connecteddevices.The Smart Strip LCG3 offers:1 – Control OutletThis outlet is the one that when you turn a device off all the other device get turned off. So lets say youplug your computer into your control outlet and you monitor, printer, speakers, scanner, into theautomatically switched outlets. When you turn off the computer the other devices will be turned off bythe energy saving power strip.3 – Constant On OutletsFor devices like clock radios, broadband devices, cable/dvd recorders...
  • 8. 6 – Automatically Switched OutletsThat are used as explained aboveThere is a tweaking control so that you can adjust the turn off setting to match the devices you haveplugged into the smart strip power strip, since different electrical devices have different energyrequirements.The other power saving power strip is the Belkin Conserve Switch F7C01110q AV. This unit also has10 outlets, 8 of which are switchable and 2 that are always on. What sets this smart power strip apartfrom its competitors though is the wireless remote which lets you shut off power to any device pluggedinto anyone of the 8 switchable outlets. The wireless remote has a stated range of 60 feet and theoutlets have energy surge protection up to 1,000 joules, plus you get pass through coaxial protection foryour home entertainment system.Overall Belkin Conserve Switch F7C01110q AV is a good energy saving power strip that like the SmartStrip LCG3 Energy Saving Power Strip will save you energy, money and extend the life of yourelectrical devices. These units can be used in your home or business and should be considered overplain vanilla power strips.=== === === === ===For Additional Energy Saving Tips Please Go To: Green Energy Information Please Go To: === === === ===
  • 9. === === === === ===For Additional Energy Saving Tips Please Go To: Green Energy Information Please Go To: === === === ===Solar Panels How Many Do I Need - Basic Solar Panel Information:If youre planing on making the move to renewable energy using solar panels, the prevalent question onyour mind is “How Many Solar Panels Do I Need?” This question can be answered based on howmuch electricity you use on average and in peak usage, where in the world youre living and the season.For instance if your in the custom of having you computer on all the time have you home entertainmentsystem on frequently, use indoor lighting a lot, have many electric appliances that are always in use;then your energy requirements will be quite high.Now lets say you live in a part of the world where the sun shines some 10 to 12 hours a day – like asouthern region, you may require less solar panels because they are producing more electricity for mostof the day. On the other hand if your in a northern region of the world and the sun shines some 8 hoursin the day and you often have lots of overcast, then youre going to need more solar panels to increasethe amount of energy you can collect and store.This means you must make some basic energy usage calculations – this is where your current energybill comes in handy, so that you can see your peak and monthly average usage. Youll need todetermine the amount of sunshine you receive on a a daily basis and then you need to look at the solarpanel specs to see how much energy they produce at peak sunlight exposure and when the sunlight isnot at its greatest intensity.This will allow you to get an initial ball park figure as to the number of solar panel units you will needand what type of electrical storage system you will need to provide you with the power you need whensunlight is unavailable or when it is an overcast day.Also remember that the angle of the sun changes with season so this will also have an effect on theamount of energy a given solar panel will produce. This is much more important in the high northernand low southern regions of the globe. The closer to the equator that you are the less of a a concernthis becomes.So lets say on average you consume 1500 watts per hour and a solar panel is rated at 500 watts in fullsunlight this would mean you would need 3 solar panels to produce the needed 1500 watts. But we alsoneed to consider how much energy the solar panel will produce on an overcast day, so for the sake ofargument lets say that its around 250 watts. This means to meet that 1500 watt requirement youregoing to need 6 solar panel units. On a full sunlight day therefore your panels will be producing 3000watts of energy and you should have an energy storage subsystem that is capable of storing this amountof energy as well.
  • 10. The picture though is a bit more complicated, because we all know that there are times where yourpeak energy usage exceeds your average energy usage, and you must have enough solar panels to meetthe peak demands that may last an hour maybe more if you want to make yourself grid independent.There are several guides and informational sources provided by governmental sources that can give youthe information you need to start making the determination on what type of solar panel system you willneed depending on where you live.If your actually considering moving over to solar energy “Green DIY Energy” is an invaluableresource for not only building solar panels, but for determining the type of system youll need to meetyour energy requirements. Off grid living is the wave of the future and its coming much sooner thanmost people think; its better to put these systems in place today than to wait when the demand for themwill drive prices sky high. The Proactive approach is the best move you can make so learn all you canabout solar energy and how to implement a solar energy solution.=== === === === ===For Additional Energy Saving Tips Please Go To: Green Energy Information Please Go To: === === === ===