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Top 10 Vampire Loads to Kill

It’s too bad you can’t kill vampires that feed off your electric bill with a wooden stake through the heart. Vampires also known as phantom loads are electrical devices that consume power even when they are turned off. Vampires are small loads that consume power 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The constant consumption adds up to significant amounts on your monthly electric bill. Solar Power best practices recommends you should become more energy efficient before installing solar panels, to get the maximum benefit out of your solar electric system. You can use a smart power strip to kill the following top 10 vampire loads: 10. Video Game Console9. Radio8. Cordless Phone7. Answering Machine6. Microwave5. TV4. VCR3. Dishwasher2. Cable TV Box1. Home Security System Vampire Loads are costing U.S. consumers 3 billion dollars per year! Unbelievable, isn’t it? How much is it costing you? Have you came up with any interesting ways to kill your vampire loads? If US consumers set a goal to reduce their vampire loads this year, it would be one massive economic stimulus, wouldn’t you...

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There’s no free lunch, or is there?

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in conjunction with the Pima County Public Library in Marana, Arizona, a city near Tucson is offering a FREE workshop called “Solar Power 101” a community education series on Solar Energy. The workshop will discuss the potential for solar energy in the state of Arizona….Congresswoman Giffords, a member of the House Science and Technology Committee will kick off the workshop by speaking about extended and increased federal solar tax credits moving forward in 2009 and Arizona’s potential as a national leader in solar energy. The solar workshop will help people learn how they can work with their utilities to obtain rebates for installing a solar electric systems. Plans will be presented about new Green Building programs and they’ll cover topics such as financing and installing residential solar electric systems. If you’re in the area and are interested in learning about the basics of solar power, click on this link for more info and RSVP for the solar workshop. I think more cities and local governments should put together free educational workshops for its residents, because through my experience a lot of customers want to go solar, but there are so many questions and hurdles the process can be overwhelming, don’t you agree? Solar Energy workshops will increase adoption rate solar power technology but why aren’t more local governments around the nation offering free solar...

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Batteries designed for Renewable Energy
Dec04

Batteries designed for Renewable Energy

Trojan Battery Company, a popular battery manufacturer has recently introduced their RE series batteries specially designed for renewable energy systems. Traditionally people who deploy battery based solar power or wind turbine systems use standard deep cycle batteries. Trojan built upon their standard deep cycle battery and designed it for renewable energy, the RE series based batteries offers the following features: Duragrid – 10 year lifespan, high charge efficiency. Maxguard XL – durable, extended life, low maintenance, Alpha Plus – optimal performance, optimal performance. Polyon – rugged case design stands up to harsh environments. The RE series is offered in 2 volt and 6 volt sizes and is backed by a 7 year international warranty. It’s great to see batteries that are specifically designed for renewable energy because many times people hook up standard lead acid batteries that require high maintenance and have short...

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Villaraigosa makes a push towards solar for L.A.

Its about time! San Francisco has been beating us here in L.A. in terms of solar capacity installed, its a pity since we live in a sunnier climate. Today Mayor Villaraigosa gave the go ahead to execute the project called Solar LA, which is aimed to secure 1/10th of L.A.’s energy by solar by 2020. The city wants to roll out 1,280 megawatts of solar capacity! The Solar LA project will create new jobs and stimulate the economy, although there has been some controversy around the ballot measure that funds the plan because it could give the contracts for the deployments of the solar power systems to department of water and power versus private companies who could be locked out. LA residents will also see an increase in their electric rates as a funding vehicle to finance the project…do you think that is fair to the rate payers in L.A.? I think this is a good step towards solar, even though electric rates will go up because, when do electric rates ever go down? Historically they haven’t so at least this time the rates go up we know its going towards clean energy. L.A. should of been the king of solar power already but we’re still lagging behind other cities with less sun resources who are using the power of the sun more effectively than Los...

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Trina Solar announces new Solar Panel development

Trina Solar, a vertically integrated manufacturer of mono & multi crystalline solar photovoltaic panels made an announcement that they are developing a new solar panel using Upgraded Metallurgical Grade (UMG) silicon material. UMG is a mixture of various solar grade silicon although is capable of efficiencies similar to higher grade silicon. What this means to consumers is that you will see a lower price per watt for solar panels because manufactures are figuring out how get more juice out of silicon that was typically considered “lower grade”. Trina Solar will be selling these panels under a different brand name and the panels will come with a 20 year warranty. Trina Solar claims that even though they are using lower grade silicon for these solar panels they are claiming these solar panels will achieve a 14% conversion...

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