How Going Green can make your Home Enviromentally Friendly and Energy Efficient.
Going green can make your home sustainability green, energy efficient and environmentally friendly.
The quickest and easiest place to start is with ceiling fans in the main rooms of your house. They are easy to install and do not cost very much for the benefit of sustainable cooling and comfort they provide. We have ceiling fans in every bedroom of our home and one in the family room. We leave them on constantly during the spring, summer and fall months. They don't pull much power so the cost to run them is very inexpensive. We live in southern California and it is over 90 degrees Fahrenheit as I am composing this and it is the middle of November.
Double pain windows is another good way for going green and to make your home more energy efficient and to lower your heating and cooling cost. They do cost quite a lot to buy and have them installed. We upgrade all of our upstairs windows two years ago and it does make it more comfortable in the summer and winter months.
How to Design and Build Your Own Wind Energy Power Generator
I reviewed Wind Plans eBook on how to design and build a wind energy power system.
It describe what is required to build a wind powered system and how to build one that meets your needs. These are great ways for going green. They tell you how to calculate the size of system you need by adding up all of the energy sources you use or by checking your electric bill over a couple of months.
They tell you where to look to find free or low cost batteries, DC motors and blade material for your wind generator system.
If you want to design and build your own power system for going green, they show you how to build blades and hubs for your home built wind power generator. How to attach and balance the blades to the hub. How to attach the body assembly and tail to the generator.
Wind Plans has very good illustrations that helps explain how to connect a wind energy power system together and I give them a 9.7 out of 10 rank.
Sun Solar Panels Review
I purchased and reviewed Home Made Energy eBook on solar panels. It is well written and has good information on Solar Power and Solar Power Systems. It describes how to make solar cells work, how to build homemade solar panel systems and how to build solar panels yourself.
It has tips on how to find and get solar panel modules for free or if you can't get them for free, it has links to web sites where you can buy solar panel systems. It shows how you can find cheap solar panel photovoltaic cells and buy them from eBay so you can also build solar panels yourself. You can figure from this how much does solar power cost. These are great ideas for going green.
It has good diagrams and illustrations on how to create solar panels and what components you need to make your solar panels kits. The illustrations show how to connect the solar cells together and how to solder and fasten them to a backboard.
Home Made Energy in "Step #3" shows how to connect 32 solar cells in series. This illustration can be misunderstood. They are also attempting to show how the how solar cells work and are connected in series.
We have an illustration on our home improvement website that will show you how to correctly wire solar cells in a series and a parallel configuration to build solar panels yourself. The top side of the solar cell which is typically blue-green in color is the cathode. The electrons are energized by the photons from the sun and this side has a negative charge. The back side of the solar cell which is typically a gray color is the anode and has a positive charge with respect to the blue-green side. Examine this illustration and you will see how to attach the solar cells together correctly.
Home Made Energy has a lot of good advice and that will help you build a quality solar panel, I give them an 8.5 out of 10 rank.
A whole house water trearment system
We upgraded our old soft water system with an
whole house water treatment system. The main reasons we decided on this system was
1st The quality of the water and the system.
2nd The price to generate a gallon of drinkable water.
3rd It use a three stage filter system to give you soft and drinkable water that tastes good and makes your cleaning easier to do.
4th It doesn't use any salt to clean the water so it doesn't cause any water pollution.
We did have a passive hot water system on our roof when our children were in high school and the Marines. Our oldest son would bring his buddies home for the week end and they could go through a lot of hot water in a very short time. Well the passive hot water system and our water heater were able to keep up with them and we never ran out of hot water. The solar hot water panels worked great and heated the water very efficiently, this is a good way for going green, unfortunately the water storage tanks that were installed above the panels started to leak as they rusted out. I finally had to take them down because of the tanks. I have kept the solar panels and I plan on using them again at a new place when we retire.
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