Sep 29

Solar power grows in attraction as the monetary and environmental costs of traditional fossil fuels and natural gas rise. This will help keep Electric Company Rates down. The right equipment and a decent amount of sunshine can significantly reduce the energy costs and the environmental impact of a home or business. Solar panels collect photons from the sun’s rays and use these photons to displace electrons. The displaced electrons then interact with an electric field which then projects the electrons onto conductors. Electricity is created through this process. Afterwards, the electricity flows from the conductors through wiring and is either stored in batteries, fed into the grid, or consumed by household appliances. Eventually the electrons return to the solar cell to finish the circuit.

The above brief of how electricity is created from sunlight indirectly highlights an important facet of why solar panels are a good choice. At no point in the process is fuel burned to create heat or turbines turned by nuclear fission or steam generation. The only necessary fuel is sunlight. The only environmental costs of solar panels comes from production and transportation.

A grid-connected solar system offers the benefits of renewable energy with the backup resource of the power grid. If the energy created by the solar panels is not enough then the household can rely on rely on the power company for electrical needs. In some regions, grid-connected systems can send unneeded energy to the power company to build a surplus. When the residence needs to draw from the electrical grid then power company will then return the same amount of energy back to the system without charge. This process can reduce or remove the monthly electrical bill!

Off-the-grid systems store excess energy in batteries. These systems signify independence from power suppliers and a commitment to environmentally friendly practices. They may also be cheaper than grid-connected systems as power lines and special equipment are not required to connect the solar power system to the electrical grid. Many governments offer tax incentive programs that reduce the initial costs of setting up a solar panel system. In some regions these benefits can reduce the cost by half. In combination with these tax incentives the savings from lowered or non-existent power bills can return the capital invested into the project within a few years.

Improvements in solar technologies have created systems that can make the most of available sunlight. Improved photovoltaic cells can trap more photons than previous models which results in improved conversions rates and more power. Arrays, which are groups or solar panels, can be programmed to track and move with the sun. The panels can always be facing direct sunlight.

The improvements to equipment, government tax programs, and the ability to lower electrical bills make solar power much more attractive than it has been in the past. With modern, efficient cells and continued technological advancements, the environmental benefits of powering houses and businesses with renewable sunlight a good choice for meeting energy needs.

Jun 12

Commercial fertilize is expensive. Unfortunately, it is also often manufactured from petroleum products. A safer and cheaper alternative is to fertilize your garden with compost. Not only does compost improve the soil and add a host of nutrients, it also helps reduce your carbon footprint.

Making an inexpensive compost bin is easy. All you need is a large plastic garbage can and a drill or hammer and nail. Using the drill or nail, punch holes all over the sides and bottom of the can. The holes allow Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 11

A compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulb does offer a dramatic energy savings when installed and used correctly. An average CFL bulb will last for 10,000 hours and generates only 30 percent of the heat of an incandescent bulb. Incandescent bulbs generally last only 1,000 hours even with modern filaments. A good CFL bulb will consume 66 percent less power than an incandescent bulb. This will reduce annual electricity bills by a noticeable amount considering that lighting accounts for almost 20 percent of the electricity usage in an average home. Individuals living in a Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 8

When it comes to owning a vehicle, one of the responsibilities that comes along with this is that of ensuring that your car’s tires are properly inflated at all times. This way, not only can you ensure better traction and safer driving conditions for your car, but you can do your part to help the planet as well. Many people do not realize this, but having correct tire pressure in your car’s tires can actually make a significant environmental impact. How is Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 4

Living a low-cost, green life does not have to be a difficult or time consuming activity. It is important to remember that helping to maintain sustainability is the responsibility of everyone, not just a select few. Learn more about how appliances can cost homeowners money right here.

When a microwave, computer, coffee pot, or any other appliance is not in use, it should be unplugged. Because these machines require electricity to stay “awake”, they are using electricity even when they are not engaged in their intended activity.

It can be physically strenuous and time Read the rest of this entry »

May 31

With food prices rising and budgets getting tighter, it’s time to save some money by growing your own food. If you don’t have a large area for growing food, create a container garden perfect for small spaces.

Benefits

Besides saving you a lot of money, a container garden has numerous other benefits. Growing your own food in containers will drastically reduce your carbon footprint. Also, you’ll feel a sense of pride knowing you’ve grown healthy food that’s not laced with harmful pesticides for your family. Involving your kids in the creation of your container garden is a wonderful way to Read the rest of this entry »