Thursday, March 19, 2009

How to Get Free Alternative Energy?

By Atul B Tanna

The major decision regarding this entire deal of things that we are going to describe is going to center on the question- do I want my home to run on solar power or not. If you have answered the question in the affirmative then we can proceed with our remaining set of recommendations. Choose from the array of solar strategies and decide how you want your home to be 'solarised'? Your choice can be guided by the quantities of solar power you would require to the money it will cost you to the nature of the solar plan you adopt keeping in mind the cost ruction and architecture of the house. A sun space is an additional requirement which is a patch of space you need to find inside your house to receive sunlight. Not only does this space help reduce power bills it also adds to the decor of the house.

A sun space has to be constructed in a way in which it receives the heat and makes productive use of it. They are amenable to the design suited to any and every architecture. The sun space serves to satisfy from 10 to 50% percent of the heating requirements of the house. The sun space is ruled by three chief considerations- the size, the glazing and the location of the sun space inside the house.

Specific solar units like sun spaces are now designed on special software with which you can customize your sun space. Once you have decided on the location you need to think of assize which is perfect for this space. You could have one which is very big but it might be so deeply located inside your house that the back wall doesn't get any sun heat. The depth at which you want your sun space to be located inside the house depends on the height of the south facing windows and outlets and the nature of roof glazing you have. The angle of the sun rays and the shades can also be factors in deciding the location of the sun space inside the house.
The glazing is particularly important, as we have told you. Given the best of cases the glazing will extract heat and every square feet of glazing can take at least enough heat to heat two square feet on the sun space. As a result the glazing on the south facing walls will be comprehensive and it need not be so for the east and west walls. An angular specification of 60 degrees is required to let the glazing function properly. Fixed glass is usually used for glazing. Burt other constituent material is often cheaper. Windows if fixed certainly curtails the amount of heat lost especially if they have wooden frames. With a metal frame you have to keep in mind to find the kind of metal frame which allows for thermal absorbers between the inner and the outer sides. The best option would be windows with double insulation.

The distribution of the heat absorbed by glazing can be helped by the usage of fans. The vents could have small fans which let the heat distribute. This makes use of convection currents. The usage of things like pre cast concrete sub-floors with a core which is used to absorb the heat makes the process more energy efficient. Fans extract the heat from the concrete and let the remaining heat stay for later use. The underground rock bed system can be used for similar purposes.

Alternative energy sources if creatively established can do a world of good to your power bills and the environment and at the same time can make your home an independent energy source. So go ahead and try them with a little knowledge about solar energy for best results.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Heating Oil Prices

Refining petroleum or crude oil produces heating oil. Residential use for heating accounts for most heating oil consumption; close to 8 percent of American homes use heating oil.
Like gasoline and diesel prices, heating oil prices depend to a large extent on the supply and price of crude oil. If there is too much crude oil available in the marketplace, oil prices, including heating oil prices, fall. A crude oil supply shortage, alone or combined with increased demand for crude oil products, drives heating oil prices up. Local market factors also affect the price of heating oil. If a heating oil supplier sets its prices too high, consumers may switch to another supplier. Heating oil prices tend to go up seasonally, with prices being highest during the winter. This is because consumption of heating oil rises as it becomes colder. Many oil suppliers offer fixed price schemes to help consumers control the costs of using heating oil. Some consumers try and avoid seasonal increases in heating oil prices by filling their tanks during the summer months, when prices are lower.
This downside is comprised by the various heating oil prices that need to be paid. While many times these heating oil prices are very hard to bear there are compensations to be found.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Solar Hot Water

Solar Hot Water Systems

Solar hot water heating systems are a great way to effectively conserve energy and reduce your energy bill.

Contrary to popular belief, solar water heating is not a new technology. Solar water heating systems have been used commercially for over a century now, with the first commercial water heater (the Climax Solar-Water Heater) going on sale in 1891 in the United States. Due to its effectiveness and low cost, the solar water heating gained popularity until, by 1941, more than half the population of Florida was getting its hot water through solar water heaters!

The United States is not the only country with a solar water heating history. Important Facts about Solar Hot Water Heating Systems

* Solar water heating can be used in any climate. * The fuel used to run a solar water heater is sunshine. * A solar hot water heater can reduce your water heating bill by fifty to eighty percent. * Aside from reducing your energy bill right now, a solar water heating system will protect you from future energy price increases. * Solar heaters can be installed in combination with backup systems. In fact, you could install a solar water heater next to your existing system and make it possible switch to conventional water heating whenever necessary. -Types of Solar Hot Water Heating Systems

There are two types of solar water heating systems, active solar water heating systems and passive solar water heating systems. - Active Solar Hot Water Heating

There are two main designs of active water heating systems. - Passive Solar Hot Water Heating

Passive solar water heating systems are usually cheaper than "active solar water heating systems," as they do not need controls or pumps to circulate the water.

If you live in a warm climate, a passive water heating system might be all you need. Passive water heating systems are also known for being very reliable.

Essentially, solar water heating systems consist of a water storage tank and its solar collectors. The solar collectors are used to collect solar energy which heats water, and the tanks store the heated water.

Solar Hot Water Heater - A Great Way To Save Energy

Typically in a solar hot water heater the heat will transfer the water into pipes or other types of storage systems then it is exposed it to sunlight, heating the water contained in the pipes. In a solar hot water heater the storage tank needs to be very well insulated to keep the water's heat level elevated.. Many passive systems depend on the water temperature to move water to the storage tank as cold water sinks to the bottom and hot water ends up rising to the top.

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