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Fundamentals of Energy Conversion and Lower Power Bills

February 26, 2015

Conserving Energy at Home: Energy Conversion

Energy conversion for heat

One
of the fundamentals of conserving energy that we need to keep in mind
as we strive to use less energy and become more energy efficient is the
simple fact that energy is neither created or lost. Rather, to suit our
needs to power our homes, we simply change energy from one form to
another.

Whether we live in a single family home in the burbs or a
multi-family unit near downtown, residential energy is constantly being
changed from one form to another. Electricity is changed to produce
light and natural gas to make hot water. The power plant that is burning
coal changes coal energy to electricity to power your entertainment and
firewood is converted to heat by combustion to heat our homes.

In
all this energy conversion, what we really need to do is work towards
seeing how little energy we need to convert. Households and the
environment are simply better off if we work to leave energy in it’s
original form. Leave the wood in the forest and the coal in the ground.
By leaving energy in it’s original form, we are conserving energy, kind
of like down at the shoe store where you buy one pair and get a second
pair of shoes at half price.

I think energy efficiency goes beyond
just a percentage. If we have a gas furnace that is 70% efficient and
we replace the furnace with a 95% efficient furnace, one could argue
that your home is now more energy efficient. I would like to add that,
beyond the fact that we are more energy efficient, we should not be
satisfied until we are conserving energy by not turning on the 95% furnace so often.

Combustion Heating and Conserving Energy

Maintenance Conserves Energy

Most
homes in the United States are heated by combustion heating systems.
When the carbon and hydrogen atoms in the fuel mix with oxygen and a hot
flame, the chemical reaction we call burning begins. The trouble is, we
also call this chemical reaction by some other choice names. Names like
pollution, global warming, carbon release, dirty energy, etc.

The
transfer of chemical energy into heat at the flame is usually nearly
99% efficient. However, the farther the heat travels away from the
flame, through the furnace and through the distribution system, the more
heat is lost. These progressive heat losses make most central heating
systems less than 70% efficient at converting the fuel’s chemical energy
to useful heat for the home.

Electric Heating and Conserving Energy

Electric
resistance heating changes electricity, usually generated by heat, back
into heat. When an electric furnace turns on and the coils or plates
turn red with heat energy, the resistance elements are converting
electricity at a rate of one watt in and one watt out. Therefore, it is
said that electric heat is 100% efficient. However, considering one
dollar in and one dollar out, the electric furnace is not as efficient
as a gas furnace or heat pump.

Best Ways to Stop Converting Energy

Consumer education:

Household
education can be one of the most beneficial and cost effective energy
conservation measures. Notice I said “household education”! Energy
efficiency is not supported by a home that has the teenager leaving the
TV on in their room all night, the wife that keeps lowering the
thermostat to get more cooling, and the man-of-the-house taking a 30
minute shower after work.

Behavioral differences, living habits,
comfort perceptions, and household operation and maintenance can account
for a lot of unnecessary energy conversion.

Home audit conserves energy

Maintenance and tender loving care:

We
are better at changing the oil in the car than the filter in the
furnace. We are quick to replace the ineffective windshield wiper blades
but the door seal on the refrigerator remains damaged for years. The
sun roof leaks a little water and gets fixed right away. The heating
ducts can waste a ton of conditioned air and cost hundreds every year,
but goes unnoticed. The dryer needs to run twice as long as it used to
to dry a load of clothes, but the dryer vent never gets cleaned.

Basically,
we all seem to have the mind set that the home is suppose to take care
of us instead of us taking care of the home. To keep from turning the
heating and cooling system on so soon, we need to spend a little more
time making sure the system is in good working condition.

Home Energy Audits

When
the car is making a funny noise or there is an idiot light shinning on
the dashboard, we usually take the car to a pro, somebody that has the
training and the equipment to diagnose the problem and make educated
guesses on how to fix things. The same is true of your home.

There
are energy audit programs on the web and it is possible to perform your
own home energy audit. If you have a little construction or energy
experience, the do-it-yourself method maybe the way to go. If your
better at programming a computer than checking the insulation level in
your attic, than I would suggest letting a pro audit your home for
energy efficiency. The best place to start to locate a good energy
auditor is through your power company. Give them a call, they know more
about Conserving energy than you would believe.

Conserving energy
is going to be more important as time goes bye. More people and more
energy demands means we had better begin to get the most out of ever
molecule of energy we convert for our use.

Energy Saving Tips for Households

January 2, 2015


Saving electricity is one of the most important activities for
households to not only save the environment, but also save on their
electricity bills. Although many people are already familiar with the
ways one can save on energy consumption, often they are still hit with a
bill shock when winter comes.


This article introduces some simple electricity saving methods that do
not require extensive effort, but still contribute to savings in
electricity bills.

Change light globes to more electricity efficient globes

Although fluorescent lighting is cheaper to buy, they will be more expensive in the long run, as they consume more energy.


It is recommended to change to LED lighting, which is the most
energy-efficient lighting option in stores at the moment. LED lighting
is more expensive to buy, but will save more energy, thus reducing a
household’s energy bill.

Change to more energy efficient appliances when it is time to replace old appliances

Old household appliances have a tendency to use more electricity and, therefore, to increase the energy bill.


When an appliance’s life cycle has reached its end, the best option
would be to change to a modern, energy-saving appliance. Again,
energy-saving appliances may be priced higher than appliances that save
less energy, but the savings in energy consumption will make up for the
higher price.

Use timers

Timers are a
great help when trying to save electricity; they make saving much easier
for households, thanks to their ease of use.

After the initial
set up, the timers will handle the heaters, Christmas lights and so on,
which means that they will not accidentally be left on to inflate the
energy bill.

Wash your clothes in lower temperatures

Washing clothes in lower temperatures is as friendly for the environment, as it is for the electricity bill.


When washing clothes in cold temperatures, there will be less energy
consumed when heating the water, which subsequently results in lower
energy bills.

Have shorter showers


Unless a person particularly enjoys cold showers, usually taking a
shower consumes energy when the water is heated to a pleasant
temperature.

As many do not take pleasure in ice cold showers, it is beneficial to keep showers as short as possible to save on energy.

Double-glaze your windows


Many households lose a lot of heat through their windows, which means
that these households need to keep their heaters running for longer and
at higher temperatures than households with better insulation.


Although getting your windows double-glazed may feel like a large
investment, it is a one-time expense and will save a lot of money on
electricity bills in the long run.

Turn off the lights when you are not in the room


Although energy saving light globes have contributed to some
significant savings in energy usage, it is still recommended to turn off
lights in rooms that are not being used, for extra savings.

When washing dishes or clothes, wash a full load

People often wash half loads in their washing machines, which is not recommended when wanting to save electricity.


If at all possible, it is recommended to wait until you have enough
clothes or dishes to fill up the whole machine. This way there is less
water and electricity usage.

Do not leave your computer or TV in standby mode


Computers, stereos and TVs use up electricity even though they have
been turned off. Often appliances like the ones above default to standby
modes when turned off, which means they are still using up electricity.

The best way to get around this is to turn off the power in the
power board, so the electricity will be cut off completely when the
appliance is not in use.

Home Decorating Tips From Directv

December 23, 2014

The folks at DirecTV have a great decorating tip to help you improve your home at very little cost to you. They suggest that you decorate the roof of your home with a free Hughes satellite dish that comes with the rest of the free satellite system that they give you, when you join their family of TV viewers.

The top of the line Hughes receiver that they give you will also look great sitting on top of your TV set also. Its so easy to decorate both the inside and the outside of your home this way because the DirecTV installation experts do all the work for free in up to four rooms in your home. Then when they have completed the job and your system is in place, you can take a picture of your home improvements, with the free digital camera that DirecTV gives you when you join their viewing family.

Go take a look at you roof and see how plain it looks and just imagine the new look it will have with a bright shiny new Hughes satellite dish installed on it. There are great home improvement channels on DirecTV, but all the stuff that they suggest costs you money. Decorating your home with top of the line Hughes electronics equipment from DirecTV costs you absolutely nothing, because you only pay for the programming you receive and there are no hidden charges or fees.

DirecTV is the leader in customer satisfaction in TV programming and J.D. Power and associates have recognized them for this for the last five years in a row. They even have a twenty-four hour a day, seven day a week, toll free customer service number you can call any time, day or night, if you have any questions about their service or programming.

If home decorating isnt quite you cup of tea, then you will be relieved to know that DirecTV is the unchallenged leader in sports programming, with a full twenty-five channels of sports programming for you to choose from. No need for worry about missing any of the big games that only come around once or twice a year, because DirecTV has exclusive broadcasting rights to some sports channels that you cant get from anyone else.

No other programming service provider comes close to DirecTV in sports programming. DirecTV is also recognized in the industry for their stellar programming packages that are a great mix of programming topics that are sure to interest everyone in your house. DirecTV can provide you with two-hundred and fifty channels of programming and they also have a great introductory package that is short on price and long on programming.

If you want to have more TVs connected to satellite service, DirecTV will provide you with enough top of the line Hughes receivers for up to four TVs and it is all at no extra cost to you. When you add up all that the folks at DirecTV have to offer you, there is just no better deal in TV programming anywhere.