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avoid air turbulence, get the most out of your wind turbine

Are you considering a small scale wind turbine system for your home or business? Well if you are, finding a proper place to install your wind turbine is critical for you to maximize on your energy harvest from your investment. Small scale wind turbines such as the Skystream 3.7 in general require at least a 20 foot of clearance from surrounding trees or structures in the area. If the height of your tower is lower than your surroundings then you will experience decreased performance out of your wind power system since the trees and buildings in the immediate area can block the flow of air that hits your wind turbine. Many times, inexperienced customers want to install wind turbines but they’re not aware of the effect trees or other obstacles in the vicinity can have on the return on investment on their wind power system. Typically, a taller tower will generate more energy, although the higher the tower height, the more it’s going to cost to install and it maybe difficult to acquire a building permit from your city. What do you think is the most optimal tower height for a wind...

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Sharp Solar Outdoor LED Lighting

Sharp has recently announced they will offer ten solar led outdoor lighting, a new product line which work by storing the solar power generated during the day into a battery which runs a high efficiency LED bulb when the sun goes down. These security lights by Sharp Solar, keeps needed outdoor lights off the grid which will result on tons of carbon emissions being consumed in the future if more people invest into solar LED lighting. The company claims the LED bulbs inside their product line has a 30% higher luminous efficiency and a special bulb design which spreads the light into a broader footprint. Sharp will offer the solar powered security lights in both top of pole mount and side of pole mounted solutions. I have noticed more products are coming out on the market that are pairing up LEDs with solar panels, the Sharp security lights are a great example of how using solar panels on a small scale can help save money and reduce carbon emissions consecutively. Commercial lighting , especially security lighting is often a large cost on an electric bill since most of them have inefficient old lighting technology. What do you think about outdoor lighting that combines solar panels with high efficiency lighting? Would you be interested in using solar panels to power your outdoor...

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lumens per watt

When we talk about purchasing apples at grocery store we buy them per pound (lb). In essence, even though solar power is a more complicated purchase than buying apples, purchasing solar panels all boils down to the cost per AC (alternating current) watt installed. The same rule applies when you buy light bulbs, to figure out if your getting a good deal on a light bulb you must calculate the lumens per watt. Efficiency is an important consideration, but it isn’t the aspect you should look into. So what are Lumens? It’s a measurement of light output from a lamp. When a light bulb produces more lumens per watt of energy input, its more efficient. If you’re looking into purchasing a solar power system by switching to high efficiency lighting, such as LED light bulbs the annual cost savings help to decrease the upfront cost of the solar photovoltaic system. What do you think about high efficiency lighting such as LED technology? Would you buy a light bulb that produced more lumens per watt of electricity used? What is your selection criteria when your shopping for light...

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What do you think about the cool-n-save?

It’s always more cost effective to “reduce consumption and then produce clean energy”. Considering your air conditioner (A/C) is one of the largest energy hogs, there is got to be a way to make your A/C run more efficiently. Cool-N-Save, is an interesting energy efficiency product that does just that, by piggybacking onto your A/C and spraying a light water mist it helps your A/C suck cooler air which makes it run up to 30% more efficiently. Large corporations with high A/C bills have been using pre-cooling A/C systems for years. The Cool-N-Save misting system is much like the misters you may have experienced in restaurant patios and amusement parks. The Cool-N-Save can be installed within 5 minutes without any tools. Cool-N-Save is only activated when you turn on your A/C, air from the condenser unit’s fan raises the flap allowing water to flow to the misters that surround the A/C thus allowing maximum efficiency. According to the company, the Cool-N-Save will only use 6 cents worth of water per day. What do you think about the...

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EvoLux and ZetaLux LED bulbs UL listed

Earthled is the leading direct replacement LED bulb manufacturer, recently the company announced their evolux and zetalux product line has received UL listing. This marks a significant milestone for earthled direct replacement LEDs because the UL mark on the bulbs create an opportunity for even more homes and businesses to switch to LED bulbs. The great aspect of LED bulbs are the consume a fraction of the electricity used by incandescent and CFL bulbs and have a lifetime of over 11 years, thus eliminating light bulb replacement costs. LED are very resilient since they’re shatter proof meaning the lens won’t break when a bulb falls to the ground unlike incandescent and CFL bulbs which will shatter when accidentally dropped. I like earthled bulbs because they are direct replacement meaning you don’t need a new ballast or fixtures to take advantage of earthled technology. What do you think about direct replacement LED...

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Minnesota looking towards LEDs to reduce costs

With the economy in a downturn, everyone’s tightening their belts, especially local governments. Minnesota’s government is focusing on reducing their energy usage to lower their monthly energy bills. The city of Minneapolis is currently testing LED Bulbs in streetlights, since they make up 40% of Minneapolis’s electric bill. The LED Bulbs that are being tested last 10 times longer than CFLs, contain no mercury (a toxic element found inside CFL bulbs), and only consume from 2 to 10 watts of electricity depending on the size. If the test of the LED Bulbs is successful the city will move forward and replace all their bulbs to LEDs. This test is good example of what you can do at your home or business, LED bulbs reduce replacement costs due to their long lifetime and only requires a fraction of the electricity to operate. What do you think about LED Bulbs? Have you used them? Do you think the city of Minneapolis will see postivie results from their LED...

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