Energy Efficient Air Conditioning Tips

Air Conditioner Repair

It can be tough trying to reduce your monthly energy bill. Have you looked at the appliances in your home and considered what their energy efficiency ratings are? Your major home appliances can add a substantial amount to your electricity bill. If they all are inefficient, there is not much you can do to lower your bill, but replace those appliances. Most of us do not want to go this route, as it can be expensive and take a long time to recoup costs. If the appliance is still working, we generally don’t think about replacing it. The truth is old appliances, while still working, may be even more inefficient than when they were new. This especially rings true with air conditioning repair and replacements. A run down air conditioning unit will use much more electricity than you would expect, often enough to cause alarm when you see your electricity bill!

As a general rule of thumb, if your air conditioner is over 15 years old, it needs to be replaced. This is partly due to the system just having too many worn parts to make a repair feasible, but the biggest reason is that newer air conditioning units have advanced technologies that make them much more efficient. For example, the highest efficiency air conditioning units today have advanced cooling fins which wrap the refrigerant pipe in a 360 degree wrap to ensure maximum cooling capacity. These advanced fins make the air conditioning unit much more energy efficient. New fan blade designs for the external unit pull more air through these fins while using less energy to turn the fan. It is little details like these that can really make the biggest difference.

Solar Energy Systems Used in Agriculture

Farming and Solar Energy

Renewable energy sources such as the wind, solar, and biomass are commonly used by the farmers. Simple home improvement projects such as properly insulating homes and farm buildings help to reduce costs and make for a more environmentally friendly farm. Visit for more information.

Farmers and ranchers make use of the solar energy in almost all of their farming activities. Both organic and conventional farming methods rely on solar energy as the main source of power for their farming operations. Solar power is used in the farms to warm the livestock buildings, homes, greenhouses, and dry the crops. Furthermore, it is also being used for lighting purposes, charging batteries, water pumping, operating small motors, and heating water for pen cleaning and various operations.

How You Can Reduce E-Waste


Did you know that discarded electronics and their components account for 2 percent of this country’s landfills? This may seem like a fairly small percentage, however e-waste accounts for a whopping 70 percent of overall toxic waste. The chemical composition of electronics creates incredibly toxic byproducts that invariably enter the soil, groundwater, the ocean, drinking water supplies, and pose serious risks to the health of plants, animals and humans. In some parts of the world, adults and children harvest discarded electronics for metals they can sell, exposing themselves to dangerous chemicals in order to feed themselves and their families.

In order to combat this problem, it’s important for you to not simply discard your broken electronics. The first step is to reduce the amount of electronics you purchase, and to purchase only high-quality electronics that will not break shortly after purchase. The second step is to reuse and fix your electronics. Services exist everywhere that repair computers, phones, tablets, televisions, mice, keyboards, and even garage door opener repairanything that requires a battery or electricity to function can be considered e-waste if it is simply discarded.

If your electronics cannot be repaired, please locate your local electronic recycling service. Only 12.5 percent of e-waste is currently recycled, with global electronic disposal being as high as 50 million metric tons annually. Do your part and reduce, reuse or repair, and recycle your electronic waste.

Wind Energy Facts


Here are some interesting facts about the wind energy. Learn how long it has been used, how people use wind power to generate electricity, how much electricity is generated, and much more.

  • Wind power is the result when the energy from the wind is converted into other forms of energy.
  • Wind power can be harnessed in various ways: windmills generate mechanical energy and wind turbines produce electricity.
  • Windmills were used in Persia (previous name of Iran) back in 200 B.C.
  • Wind energy is renewable….

What You Need to Know About Photovoltaic Solar Panels

solar-cells-191691_1280When people talk about solar panels they are actually denoting solar photovoltaic panels that generate electricity. Not all panels produce electricity —some panels produce just hot water and these are called Solar Thermal Panels. But that’s not the topic that we will be discussing today so let’s go back to the main topic — PV Solar Panels.

Present-day photovoltaic cells are built with a Thin-Film Solar Cell (TFSC), also known as Thin-Film PhotoVoltaic cell (TFPV), technology. These solar cells are made by placing one or more thin layers of photovoltaic material onto a substrate. TFPV cells are generally characterized according to the photovoltaic material that is used. Some of the resources used in photovoltaic manufacturing are Amorphous silicon (a-Si), thin-film silicon (TF-Si), Cadmium Telluride (CdTe), Copper indium gallium selenide (CIS or CIGS), Dye-sensitized solar cell (DSC), and other organic solar cells….

Solar Energy

Solar panel installation


Solar energy is heat and radiant light from the Sun that can be harnessed using photovoltaic cells, which are the primary components of solar panels in Get Powered By Sun and in all solar power plants. Relying on solar energy not only helps the environment, but it’s also a sustainable and efficient energy source that saves money as well….

Concrete and Solar Energy

Concrete and solar energy

Concrete is a good reflector of solar energy (lighter colored material having higher solar reflective properties), and does not heat the air to any significant extent. All typical concrete mixes have been shown to reduce heat islands (local heat gain in urban areas from convective air warming) and are useful building materials for the future in combating inner city temperature rises. …

How to Reduce Air Pollution Generated From Your Home

Energy efficient appliances reduce air pollution

It is observed and concluded that an average home contributes towards air pollution more than an average car. It is mainly because the major part of the energy used in homes comes from power plants which burn fossil fuels; causing acid rain, global warming and smog. One other fact is that our reliance on appliances is so much that they account for more than 30% usage of home energy. So, to choose an energy-efficient home appliance becomes essential in order to save your environment and your money. National Standards are also developed and being improved day by day, to help you in upgrading your household appliances and save energy.

So, how do you decide how to upgrade or replace your residential appliance, given that all the appliances give pretty much same look on the outside? Don’t be fooled, as they vary in terms of appliance repair cost, operating cost and energy efficiency. When you go to buy a home appliance, below is a simple guide in the form of steps that can help you to a larger extent.