SolarMan Profile and Articles
1). Negatives of Using Geothermal For Your Home
Using the inherent heat in the ground, geothermal, is being pushed by many experts as a great energy source. While this is generally true, there are some negatives as well.
There is no disputing that we need to wean ourselves off of fossil fuels. While alternative energy sources are clearly the answer, there is a problem. Advocates of alternative energy tend to become emotionally attached to one source and discount others.
2). Using Water As a Power Source
Water is used as a significant power source in many parts of the world. In fact, Norway uses it to produce 99 percent of its electricity. So, how does it work?
Water constantly moves through a vast global cycle. First, it evaporates from water sources such as lakes and oceans, forming clouds. The water is returned to the Earth in the form of precipitation such as rain or snow.
3). Audi A4 and A6 Torque Converter Problems- ZF5HP19FL and FLA Transmissions
The check engine light on Audi A4 and A6 models may be related to the most common problem with the ZF5HP19FL and FLA transmission- the torque converter.
4). Pros of Using Geothermal For Your Home
After recovering from the shock of receiving your utility bill, you might be interested in alternative energy sources. Let’s consider the pros of using geothermal in your home.
Geothermal energy is a renewable energy source because it comes from the core of the Earth on a continual basis. At its most basic level, it is really nuclear energy. This is because it is produced as a byproduct of the processes going on at the core of the Earth.
5). BMW "No Reverse" Transmission Problem
This technical article deals with the reasons behind an unexpected loss of reverse in certain BMW automatic transmission equipped vehicles, specifically the 3 series and 5 series vehicles that use the ZF5HP19
6). Financial Incentives for Your Business to Use Solar Power
When it comes to running a business, much of the necessary focus is on the bottom line. Many businesses, however, fail to realize they can seriously cut energy costs by going solar.
Federal and State governments know the best way to initiate change is to provide an economic benefit. When it comes to energy, governments try to make the use of solar energy as economically attractive as possible to businesses.
7). How to Select an Installer for Your Solar Panels
With the new rollout of massive federal tax credits, state subsidiary programs and net metering, going solar makes sense. So, how do you pick an installer for your system?
Install My System
As with any major part of your home, installation of a solar platform should be done by a professional. Many of the tax credit and rebate programs require professional installation and failure to do so can lead to the loss of the benefits.
8). Home Energy Audit – Fireplaces, Attics and More
Conducting a home energy audit is a smart way to cut your utility bills. Many people forget, however, to look at fireplaces, attics and other less obvious spots.
Home Energy Audit – Fireplaces, Attics and More
The purpose of a home energy audit is to make your home more energy efficient. An energy efficient home is going to result in reduced utility bills now and for years to come.
9). Using The Sun To Cut Pool Heating Costs
One of the biggest energy expenses for homes is heating the pool. Using the power of the sun can keep you swimming in the middle of winter.
If you have a pool, you know heating it can run your utility bill through the roof. Fortunately, there are a number of practical steps that can be taken to cut costs.
Many people who complain about the cost of heating their pools fail to take common sense steps to cut the bill.
10). Harnessing the Sun for Your Home – Key Components
Using the power of the sun is becoming increasingly attractive from an economic and environmental aspect. If you’re going solar, you need to know the components.
While generally considered electric platforms, solar systems definitely have unique components. Here’s some of the jargon you are going to need to be familiar with before buying.
11). Using the Sun for Power – How It Works
With massive rebate programs and tax credits being issued by state and federal governments, using the sun to generate electricity is very popular. So, how does it work?
Generating electricity from the sun is all about converting sunlight into power. Importantly, the process has nothing to do with converting the heat produced by sunlight into energy.
12). Deterring Birds From Your Home
Bird watching is a growing phenomenon. It’s great unless you have birds “raining” down on your home. Fortunately, there are a wide variety of bird deterrents available now. .
If you’re reading this article, you have concerns for the environment and try to take steps not to destroy it. This is extremely commendable, but even the heartiest environmentalist hates the things birds can do.
13). Going Solar – Who is Who?
You’ve made the decision to go with solar energy for your energy needs. In going solar, you need to know who is who. Let’s take a closer look.
Who is Who?
Companies in the solar energy industry come in two main forms. One set provides the systems you need to produce solar energy on your own. A much smaller subset will sell you a form of clean energy.
14). Selling Solar to Your Utility – Interconnection Agreements
In many states, homeowners and businesses can now sell solar panel energy to utilities. Doing so requires an interconnection agreement with your local utility.
Lowering Your Utility Bill
In a majority of states, homeowners using solar can take advantage of a concept known as net metering. Net metering essentially refers to the act of selling excess power produced by your solar panels to the local utility.
15). Solar Lights for Walkways - Cut Costs
Over the last fifteen years, solar energy has become a highly flexible power source. One of the best ways to use it and cut costs is go with solar lighting for your walkways.
A common misconception among many people is that solar energy requires large, bulky panels to work. While this is true if you want to produce large amounts of electricity for a structure, it leaves out a large segment of cheaper solar users.
16). Cut Utilities Bills By Auditing Your Home
Most people are shocked these days when they open their utility bill. By auditing your home, you can turn a monstrous utility bill into a minor annoyance.
Home Energy Audit
It happens every month. You pick up the mail and see an envelope from the utility company. Oh, the agony! Should I open it now and ruin the day or just wait. An energy audit can make the pain of getting your utility bill go away or at least become a dull ache.
17). Tax Credit for Going Solar
As we sit in the middle of winter, most people can’t believe how high their utility bills are. Going with solar energy can lower your bills and you get a hefty tax credit
Solar Tax Credit
Solar energy is a clean, renewable energy source. The production of solar energy on residential and commercial structures creates no pollutants and is starting to make serious financial sense.
18). Financial Incentives for Using Solar Power in Your Home
It is undeniable that energy prices are going through the roof. Just take a look at your utility bill. The good news is using solar power can save your bank account, particularly with new incentives.
Personal Tax Credit and Deductions
If anything is more aggravating than exploding energy costs, it’s your tax bill. New and established government programs let you attack both by going solar.
19). Home Improvement – New Solar Technology
Solar panel systems have always been criticized as bulky and unattractive. New solar technology is beginning to make such criticisms a thing of the past.
While everyone agrees solar energy is a clean, cost-effective energy source, there has always been one problem. The solar panel systems tended to be large and rather bulky. Frankly, they don’t add to the beauty of a home.
20). The Basics of Solar Power For Your Home
Solar power is an alternative energy source with tremendous economic and environmental benefits. If you’re considering it for your home, here are the basics.
Sunning Your Home
Put simply, solar power works by converting free sunlight into usable energy. This process involves using photovoltaic tiles or platforms to capture the energy inherent in sunlight.
21). Cut Your Utility Bill
Well, we’re all reeling from our utility bills. So, what can be done to cut energy costs?
Obviously, the best way to cut your utility bill is to go with a non-utility company source of energy. Solar power can be used to warm your house, while geothermal can be used to cool and heat the home. While these are great choices, there are a few simple steps you can take to cut that monstrous utility bill.
22). Dealing with Bright Sun In Your Windows
You purchase a home with beautiful, large windows only to find the sunlight is blinding during the day and turns the home into an oven. Here’s how you can deal with the issue.
If you’ve ever doubted the power of the sun, the glare and heat generated in a home with large windows will change your mind. Boiled down to its basic elements, the sun is a nuclear reactor that sends more energy in the form of sunlight to the earth in one day than the entire world uses in one year.
23). Using The Ground to Cut Your Utility Bill
As fossil fuels get more expensive, society in general is starting to get serious about finding new power sources. Geothermal heating is a simple answer for homes.
Geothermal heating is a fairly old concept that has gained a new life through advances in modern technology and materials. The concept is best explained using a basic example.
In many parts of the world, homes come with basements.
24). Do You Realize You Live In A Solar Home? Yes, you.
Mention the word solar in relation to a home and most people get ideas of panel systems on roofs. In truth, any home with windows is using solar energy.
Easy, Free Energy
You may not realize it, but you live in a solar home. In fact, every home you’ve lived in was powered with solar in one form or another. This concept is known as passive solar and can be used to save you serious money on utilities.
25). Million Solar Roof Initiative – U.S. Department of Energy
The U.S. Department of Energy has been given a mission of reducing fossil fuel dependence and pollution in the country. Its answer is the Million Solar Roof Initiative.
Million Solar Roof Initiative – U.S. Department of Energy
For the past 20 years, the Department of Energy has been trying to motivate private industry to go solar. This motivation, however, has primarily been in the form of providing free education on solar platforms and how to install them on homes, buildings and power plants.
26). Governor Schwarzenegger Turns California to Solar Roof Systems
While California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is known for his action films, few knew of his affinity for the sun. Turns out he is hell bent on converting California to solar.
3.2 Billion Dollar Plan
This past week, the State of California became the undisputed biggest proponent of solar power in the United States. Faced with a growing population, limited energy sources and the occasional rolling blackout each summer season, the state really had no choice.