How does a solar water heater work?

Solar water heaters perform three basic operations before the hot water comes out of your tap:
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Energy Quick Facts

by Dave Allan

* Electric ovens consume the most amount of electricity, followed by microwaves and central air conditioning.

* Accounting for only 5 percent of the world’s population, Americans consume 26 percent of the world’s energy.

*A 1-kilowatt home solar system will prevent approximately 170 lbs. of coal from being burned, 300 lbs of CO2 from being released into the atmosphere and 105 gallons of water from being consumed each month

* A 1 kilowatt home solar system will generate approximately 1,600 kilowatt hours per year in a sunny climate (receiving 5.5 hours of sunshine per day) and approximately 750 kilowatt hours per year in a cloudy climate (receiving 2.5 hours of sunshine per day).

* Electric ovens consume the most amount of electricity, followed by microwaves and central air conditioning.

* Shell Oil predicts that 50% of the world’s energy will come from renewable sources by 2040.

When was the last time you checked your Tire Pressure?

by Dave Allan

Properly inflated tires improve gas mileage. For the small amount of time it takes, checking the tire inflation once a month is one of the best investments you can make to get the maximum life out of your tires. Proper inflation improves fuel mileage by more than 3%, when maintained regularly. You should check your tires more often during the winter months. Tires can lose about 1 psi of pressure for every 10 degrees Fahrenheit of temperature drop. Keep an accurate tire pressure gauge in your vehicle and check your tire pressure when they are cold. Never trust the appearance of a tire as a gauge for inflation. A tire could be 10 psi low on pressure and not appear to be low on air. Use the recommended inflation pressure listed on the inflation sticker found on the driver’s door jam. And don’t forget to check the spare. There’s nothing worse than a flat spare when you have a flat tire.

Household Water Use – Be an Energy Star

by Dave Allan
15% of all domestic water is used in the Kitchen. Reduce water consumption with Energy Star dishwashers and faucet aerators.

20% is used in the Laundry Room. Reduce water consumption with Energy Star washing machines.

65% is used in the Bathroom. 30% of household water is used for toilets. Reduce water consumption with low-flow toilets. 35% of household water is used for showering. Reduce water consumption with low-flow faucets and shower heads.

Commuting with an E-Cycle

by Dave Allan
Travel up to 40 kilometers for $0.10 with zero emissions, the e-cycle may be the solution for those looking for an environmentally friendly alternative to the automobile. With an average cost of 0.1 to 0.3 of a cent per kilometer and an average range of 40 kilometers, the e-cycle has virtually no maintenance. While insurance can vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, they generally are much cheaper to insure than a typical automobile. For more information check it out here