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Photovoltaic Solar Panels

Sep 23, 2011

Photovoltaic cells or more commonly known as PV solar panels are panels that convert solar radiation or sunlight into direct current electricity by using semiconductors. There are some great advantages to using photovoltaic power, as it is renewable and the total amount of energy that reaches the earth from the sun is plentiful. Research on the photovoltaic panel has been increasing in recent years, and in fact there have been many changes to the way they are made. There are many reasons for photovoltaic power to be used exclusively in the future.

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Phantom Energy Circuits

Sep 06, 2011

What is Phantom Energy? As stated on the Go Green Saskatchewan website, “about 40 per cent of all electricity used to power home electronics is consumed while the products are turned off. This is known as phantom or stand-by power. Some stand-by power is necessary. For example, it's why your television is ready to detect signals from your remote control when you turn it on. But, keep in mind this means your TV can draw power even when it's not on.”

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Window Shopping: An Explanation of Energy Efficient Windows

Aug 18, 2011

When it comes to saving money on your home’s heating and cooling, windows play and important role. An average house can lose up to 10% of heat through windows (check out our blog on energy efficient retrofits for details). When doing upgrades, it’s common for homeowners to replace the windows.

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Passive Solar Thermal Mass

Jul 22, 2011

Since ancient times, humans have been harnessing energy from the sun. Through evolving technologies, we have learned how to use that energy in more efficient ways, either through solar panels or with the use of passive solar techniques.

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Induction Cooktops

Jul 22, 2011

In recent years, induction cooktops have gained popularity in both commercial businesses and homes. In addition to the energy savings, induction cooktops reach higher temperatures much faster (water will boil in 90 seconds), are easier to clean (no baked on spills), reduce cooking time, and they cool off instantly.

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