Cheap solar energy may be obtained in several ways; however, the most popular method of obtaining green energy solar power is through photovoltaic or “PV” panels. These specially-designed panels convert the rays emitted from the sun into electricity. This is made possible by exciting the electrons that are contained within silicon cells by using the special photons of the light from the sun. Once the electricity is created, it may be used to provide an ample supply of renewable energy to your home. This cheap solar energy is considered to be the cleanest and the most reliable type of renewable energy. If you would like to harness the power of green energy solar power in your home, continue reading this beginner’s guide for valuable information. The Components of a Cheap Solar Energy System for the Home
Recent breakthroughs in technology mean that solar heating is now more efficient and cost-effective than ever before. Whereas traditional solar panel based heating systems relied on a traditional boiler, new style systems use a combination boiler as a back-up, rendering the whole thing more energy efficient. It almost goes without saying that if the system is more energy efficient, the user will save money, and may even increase their feed in rate. All that aside, there is a question of how popular solar heating is. While the basic technology has been in place for years, the cost of the product meant that few people were able to take it up – the costs simply didn’t match the savings – and it wasn’t until the UK government introduced incentives (such as Feed In Tariffs) that solar panels became something of a ‘must have’ item.
Save up to 15% on your energy bill with the Denver Energy Challenge!
Though those of us in the so-called frugal realm of the world attempt to live on less, cut back and “just do without” whenever we can, often when it comes to our homes and winter heating, we fall under the illusion that the increased cost of home heating during winter months is just inevitable. We find ourselves begrudgingly turning up the thermostat in an effort to keep our families comfortable and unwillingly signing away life and limb on the check to the electrical company each month. Yet, the idea that we can’t be “cheap” or save when it comes to home heating is completely false. Not only that, fortunately, one of the biggest ways to keep heating bills down is also one of the easiest and requires nothing of us in terms of sacrificing your own comfort. It simply involves keeping in the heat that you’re already paying dearly to […]
The following is a guest post by Stan Horst.
The following is a guest post by Melissa Cameron. It is very expensive to keep a car running these days. And if you are about to have a teenage driver in your home, as I am, then you know that costs can mount up quickly. With impending costs such as car insurance, fuel and maintenance, I decided to check out car insurance tips online and other cost cutting measures with my teen daughter, Rose. Rose is the one who is about to become a new driver. Below I’ve divided savings tips into four different categories. If you pay attention to each area, you’ll definitely save money. Honestly, although I first started my research because of my daughter, I discovered some things that I can do to cut back on expenses.
While not all of us have the funds to be able to covert our newly purchased home to an eco-friendly environment, there are some small adjustments you can make that can help you be green and save you hundreds of dollars come move-in day.
Happy Earth Day! It’s a great day to think about making one lasting change to make your life greener and cleaner — and maybe cheaper, to boot.
In the age of high-use electricity premiums, how do you keep your bill low?
Cash for clunkers is back — this time for appliances.
Clean your dryer vent and ducting to save energy.
We’ve come to the last week of our weekend winterizing challenge! For this week’s post, I dug deep into my home’s winterizing challenges to stop the chill breezes from blowing in our house. The leaky mail slot
Jennie looks at making draft dodgers, and we talk about energy audits.
Last year, I wrote about how an electricity meter caused me to rethink my coffee strategy — and slash our electricity bill. In case you don’t own such a meter, I’ve learned that the Denver Public Library has teamed up with Xcel Energy to add portable Watts Up? power meters to its circulating collection. That means cardholders can reserve and check out a meter to measure their own electricity use, letting them know where to make changes to save energy. Not in Denver? Your public library might offer a similar service. Go here to search, and add your library system name to find out if watt meters are available near you.
LED holiday lights – so worth it.
This afternoon and evening, I’ve gained my 15 minutes of fame with Denver’s Channel 9 television. My daughter and I participated in a local reporter’s story about shopping healthy — and on a budget — in these tough economic times. You can find the story and video at KUSA-TV’s Web site here. If you’ve found my blog from that story, welcome! You might be interested in a few previous posts that I mentioned in my full interview with Channel 9.
Especially if you have a programmable thermostat, you might find the nights are getting a bit chilly these days. At our house, which is a 1950s brick home with a lot of concrete — “built like a bunker,” according to some contractors, and about as warm as one — we get deeply chilled at night. When we moved into our current home, we began heating our bedrooms with space heaters on cold winter nights. That meant that we could turn the furnace down at night (we use a programmable thermostat that does the job for us). However, the space heaters also made our electricity use jump from 450 kilowatt hours during a summer month to 789 kilowatt hours during October 2005.
Want to join the Weekend Winterizing Challenge? Read all about it here. We’ve owned two homes in the past nine years, and lived in plenty of rentals. Thus, I’ve experienced a whole slew of window options. In turn, I’ve seen a lot of ways to add insulating power to those windows:
This week, I’ve been out walking my dog a few times in the morning and have seen several people commuting to work by bike. It looks so pleasant — especially in the early, pre-rush-hour hours, that it almost makes me wish I had a workplace away from home to bike to. If you’ve been considering the transition to a bicycle commute, Lighter Footstep has published a great list of Twelve Reasons to Start Using a Bicycle for Transportation.
Tomorrow night – March 28, 2009 – from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. your local time is Earth Hour. This is a global effort to turn off all unnecessary energy use to create a universal difference for one hour. You can see a video about the action here: