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Must Know Tips to Save on Your Electric Bill

In these tough economic times we’re always looking for ways to save money. One place that people can save a lot of money is with their electric bill. Electricity is calculated in watt-hours, or how many watts you use over a given time. The electric company bills you a fixed rate for the use of the electricity. There are couple big ways to save a lot of money each month on electricity. We’ll look at cost saving ideas and a very recent energy development, home solar panels. Through reading this article, I hope to enlighten you and help you save some money.
Most people will tell you they prefer their house to be a mean (average) temperature of around 72°-75° F year round. Some seasons make this job easier. For instance, fall and spring in Michigan average around 75° each season. When the seasons get to their extremes, that is summer and winter, and then it’s the job of the home heating or air conditioning to take off or add to the difference. But, did you know that the average home heating bill is between $100 and $300! The average cooling bill is a little more than that ($125 – gt; $325). Turning your thermostat up or down to make your house warmer in the summer and cooler in the winter will save you around $50 a season. There are of course a couple factors; for instance, homes with a lot of windows will have heating and cooling bills which are astronomically higher than homes with only a few windows. You can also save money with new windows and doors. As I just pointed out, homes with a lot of windows tend to heat up (due to the Greenhouse effect) and cool off quicker than those without, the reason for this is because glass doesn’t facilitate a very good heat barrier to hold heat in. Even simple treatments like window tint can lower your cooling bills.

For those who are able to make an initial investment to save in the long run, you’ll be able to farm your own energy. The price in solar panels has more or less plummeted in recent years due to the economy and more competition. Installing solar panels does require a large amount of batteries for redundancy when the sun is behind clouds or when its night time, but the benefits are awesome! If your solar panel array can produce a surplus of energy, the electric company will pay you for it (in watt-hours), so you can make money and save money at the same time. It’s a double bonus!

Well, I hope you have enjoyed this rather interesting article on home energy. Replacing old windows and making adjustments to home temperature can lead to big cost savings. Coupling those with solar panels can lead to net profit over the long term. I urge everyone to look into alternative energy solutions for your home and wallet!

Article Resource: Benjamin Cance

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Eliminate Your Electric Bill by Living Off the Grid

With many of us aware of the existence of global warming combined with the endless consumption of non-renewable resources, some people prone to speculation about the future or the future of their children may grow anxious not knowing of a solution to the problem, or knowing that that there are solutions but greedy corporations and politics prevent them from being implemented. Well, there, is a solution for each and every one of us: it’s the option of detaching ourselves from our dependence on the grid, or the global elite corporate energy system that has enslaved us by making us dependent on being provided with electricity through energy companies and the government and forcing us to fund their bureaucracies and buy the products powered by the grid.
What if we could live off the grid? Empowering ourselves with self sufficiency, true independence and feeling good about not contributing to the pollution of the earth for our personal convenience. At the same time, we can save a great deal of money and maybe completely eliminate bills.

For my new cabin that I’m building in the Olympic peninsula, I am going to try and power it through a combination of wind and solar energy. I was inspired to do those by listening to an interview with former Governor Jesse Ventura who was boasting of his libertarian paradise in Mexico where he was able to power all his electricity, including his swimming pool with wind and solar power and how he hung out with surfers. It didn’t bother him that he felt the Mexican government was corrupt – he was off the grid in his own world, independent and not tethered to Big Brother.

Even if you don’t fancy being a libertarian or rugged individualist, or you think that global warming is a hoax, consider the following advantages of divorcing yourself from the grid:

No more dealing with public utility bureaucrats. How many times have you being frustrated by public utilities during a power outage and you’re at the mercy of linesman who have to prioritize which neighborhoods need servicing first. Why not empower yourself with powering your home. Have it in your hands so you can be on Associated Content while the rest of the neighborhood is blacked out.

Imagine not having to pay for the power you use. Rather than give your money to a company like Enron or a dysfunctional public utilities branch, wouldn’t it be wonderful to use as much electricity as you want and utilize the power of nature. The sun and the wind are always there, and you can stop worrying about your electricity meter.

Add up the money you spend on your electricity bills. Imagine placing that in your pocket, or in an investment fund.

Don’t forget being able to sleep better at night. You cannot control what the masses do, but you can control what you do. Do your part by helping to ensure a better future for future generations be helping to ensure a healthier world. Your lack of using non-renewable resources and supporting the grid which is sucking all the earth’s resources means you are doing your part.

If you think you don’t have the technical know how to become self sufficient, you may want to do some research and retest that theory. I found a manual by doing some research online it’s going to show me how to build a windmill and solar power system to power my home.

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Log Homes Illustrated 2007 Issues CD

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Build Your Own Solar Power System

Have you ever considered building your own solar power system? I’ve toyed with the idea in the back of my mind for years, ever since my son came home from school and announced that he was going to build a solar power system for his Science Fair project. “You’re going to build WHAT?” I screeched in shock and horror. And he proceeded to go to work, doing it all by himself, using scrap and junk he found around the farm.
By the end of the allotted time period, he had built a tiny but working solar power system that could heat water in a small canister. Now, my son is a very bright guy but he’s no genius, so if a kid can do it, a reasonably intelligent adult can, also.

Building your own solar power system can be as simple as laying a coil of black plastic pipe on the ground, in a sunny spot near your swimming pool. You hook one end to the discharge outlet of your pump and the other end to the matching port on your pool. The pump pushes cold pool water into the coil of black plastic pipe on the ground, it circulates through the pipe and is heated by the sun. Warmer water is pumped into the pool, raising the pool temperature by a few degrees. It’s not a beautiful sight, but it is actually a functional solar power system.

Purchasing a commercial solar power system is expensive. Building your own solar power system is not. We’re not talking about converting your entire home to solar power here… we’re looking at heating an outdoor pool or providing hot water to the house. Even if you only pre-heat the water going to your water heater, your solar power system can save you money in the long run. And we all know that a heated swimming pool is just so much nicer than swimming in cold water. Why not make use of an eternally renewable energy source, the sun, and build your own solar power system to heat that pool.

The popular back-to-the-land magazine, Mother Earth News, has published numerous articles on building your own solar power system and solar heat collectors. Some of the projects they offer are quite simple and inexpensive ways to heat a room in your house or heat water.

Remember that building your own solar power system doesn’t have to mean converting your entire house to solar power. Every little bit of the sun’s free energy that you harness will help you save money on your electric bill. And in these days of skyrocketing prices, every penny saved is truly a penny earned. If you can build your own solar power system and save a few bucks on your electric bill, you’re ahead of the game. The fact that you are also easing the strain on our environment is a definite bonus.