Getting the Most Out of Solar Energy Systems

Each day, individuals throughout Australia recognise that they should switch to solar energy and maximize the efficiency of their home. There are plenty of reasons for this change, including the fact that homes have the potential to be powered for free and home electrical bills can drop significantly.

If you’re considering adding solar power to your home, or if you’ve added a residential solar power system and are still getting used to it, there are some tips you’ll need to keep in mind if you want to make the most out of the solar panels.

Make the Sunshine Count

Home solar panels on Mornington Peninsula homes will collect and produce energy when the sun is shining, which is only for a portion of the day. This fact means that you can essentially use as much energy as you need without paying for it, though you will only have until the sun goes down. Energy needs will be different for every household, but some of the things you can do to maximise

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Energy Myths

Duct Tape – Myth: Duct tape is good for sealing heating ducts. In reality, sealing ducts with mastic or metal tape is the answer because the heat from the ducts dries out the duct tape and it eventually stops adhering to the ducts.

Lights, Computers, Appliances – Myth: Leave them on and you will use less energy than if you repeatedly turn them on and off. The small power surge created when turning on lights, computers, and appliances takes less energy less than when you run the device when it is not needed. Of course, use power management software for your computer and turn lights off when you leave the room.

Florescent Lights – Myth: Florescent Lighting is unhealthy – Claims that fluorescent lights “sapping people’s energy” has no merit. Today’s lights have improved color quality and flickering and hum have been eliminated.

Refrigerator Coils – Myth: Cleaning Refrigerator Coils Saves Energy- in most cases th

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ENERGY STAR Builders

To become a qualified ENERGY STAR builder, a builder must construct a home that meets energy efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. These houses must be at least 15% more energy efficient than homes built to the 2004 International Residential Code (IRC), and contain additional efficient saving features that typically make new homes 20-30% more efficient than standard homes.

The ENERGY STAR label identifies a house having passed all efficiency guidelines. Builders realize that homebuyers are increasingly interested in the value of green homes and efficiency is the place to start. This is because the energy used to run the house is often from the burning of fossil fuels from power plants. The burning of fossil fuels contributes to smog, acid rain, and risks of global warming. That is why it is so important to use less energy which equals less air pollution. With these benefits, many homes builders are choosing to partner with ENERGY STAR. The bes

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Simple Energy-Saving Solutions

After the obvious expenses of home ownership, which includes, saving for the down – payment, monthly mortgage carrying costs, etc, the cost of energy, is often, one of the most significant. Those living in colder climates, must consider, both their cost of electricity, as well as heating fuel (either oil, gas, electric, or other), while those in milder areas, face higher average electric usage. While there are many, somewhat, expensive possibilities, most people, do not want to commit, to these extra, often – extraordinary costs. Therefore, this article will attempt to briefly, examine, identify, and discuss, 6 simple, basic, relatively inexpensive, energy – savings solutions.

1. Thermostat – Lower temperatures, and setback: Every degree, one sets his thermostat back, saves a considerable amount of money, so doesn’t it make sense, to attempt, to get used to living in slightly cooler environments? In addition, using a setback ther

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Tankless Water Heaters – Their Efficiency and Convenience

The comfort and convenience of a seemingly endless supply of hot water are for many people with conventional systems, a sought after dream. However, arguably, tankless water heaters or “Demand-type” water heaters have been available in our lives for a significant number of decades. Various reports indicate that this water heating process, for users of 186 litres or less is capable of producing energy efficiency, 24% to 34% greater than the usual water tank heaters. This factor is just one reason contributing to more consumers installing tankless water heaters in their homes!

How the tankless system works

Simply put, a tankless heater provides a flow of hot water in comparison to traditional systems that store and heat water as and when needed. It’s achieved with gas or an electric source that heats the water before it flows into the hot water utility. In comparison to a tanked heated water system, the tankless application does not require the use of a

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5 Things to Consider When Choosing a Commercial HVAC System

Selecting a commercial HVAC system for a building is no easy task. However, if you know what to look for, you have nothing to worry about. To make things easier for you, here are 5 things to consider when choosing a commercial system.

You can save on energy costs by selecting an HVAC system that has good energy-efficiency ratings. Here are some energy ratings you should keep in mind when making your decision.

Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio is an efficiency indicator for air conditioners. Higher SEER ratings will result in better energy efficiency. The minimum SEER rating in the US is 13. Anything above is considered to be highly efficient.

Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF) is used to measure the efficiency of the heat pump. An HVAC system with an HSPF rating of 8.2 or more is considered highly efficient. HVAC systems don’t have an HSPF value below 7.7.

Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) is used to measure the efficiency of heating

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Energy Efficient Buildings With Glazed Aluminium Windows and Doors

Energy efficient buildings have been seen as a luxury rather than a necessity in some countries. With many countries worldwide introducing new legislation to improve on the total building energy-efficiency footprint, it has prompted for an essential holistic look at building processes. Leading aluminium extrusion manufacturers have taken this environmental requirement to heart and have introduced thermally efficient window systems which, along with their other products, comply with national standards.

Conservation of energy is of serious concern in building design as a large amount of energy is expended in the heating or cooling of interior spaces. One of the priorities is to cut down on the internal illumination by increasing glazing to allow for increases in ambient light. This however increases the heat loss or gain to these spaces as windows and doors can notoriously be bad insulators.

Energy-efficiency in building and in particular glazing systems has been reserve

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What Are the Benefits of LEED Certification?

The acronym LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. This program assesses a building design, from conception to completion, in terms of energy efficiency, air quality, water usage, and the choice of building materials. It also addresses the environmental factors, including access to public transportation and responsible use of land.

The program itself is sponsored by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). Projects that participate in the program are awarded certification based on different certification criteria. With each of the criteria, different points are awarded -Certified (40-49 points), Silver (50-59 points), Gold (60-79 points), and Platinum (80+ points).

Why LEED Certifications Are Beneficial

Obtaining LEED certification demonstrates environmental responsibility and responsible building practices. Not only can this boost the building owner and contractor’s reputation, but it also provides the fra

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Going Green Makes a Lot of CENTS

You’ve likely heard the term “going green” and why it’s good for the environment. But what about the dollars and cents aspect? There are any number of reasons why building and business owners should invest in energy-efficient upgrades in their multi-family properties.

First, bear in mind how much LESS efficient older structures and related appliances and systems are compared to newer ones. Let’s take the example of a Heating, Venting and Air Conditioning System (HVAC) system on but one of your properties. Older buildings often have older HVAC systems with Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) ratings of only 6-11. Conversely, a new building, or one with an upgraded HVAC system, has a SEER rating of 15-20 – or more. And energy savings = cost savings.

* As an advertising tool. Being seen as a developer interested in “going green” will reap dividends as you’ll be seen as being environmentall

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5 Home Energy Areas To Consider

When most home buyers look for a house, of their own, they consider many factors and considerations, including whether it meets their needs, in many ways, and is affordable, for them. When considering these economic factors/ considerations, very often, little attention, is paid, to the continuing costs of utilities, especially for heating, air conditioning, and electric. As a Real Estate Licensed Salesperson, in New York State, for over a decade, as well as a homeowner, and an investor in a few rental properties, I have come to recognize and realize, it’s very important, essential, and relevant, to pay keen attention to energy costs and considerations. This article will, therefore, attempt to briefly review, examine, consider and discuss, 5 specific areas of a home, which may have a significant impact.

1. Windows and Doors: Energy studies often indicate, perhaps, the largest loser of energy, in most homes, is via, the windows and doors. We often refer t

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