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How Does Bitcoin Use So Much Electricity?

You may have read it in the news…Bitcoin uses more electricity than some developed countries such as Switzerland. But how can digital currency require so much energy? And do we have to worry about the carbon footprint of this non-tangible type of money? What is Bitcoin? Bitcoin is a form of digital currency. Think of

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Posted On Jul 09, 2019

Measuring Home Energy Use

Renewable energy has been a huge topic in the tech world since climate change and scarcity of resources became increasingly understood. It is a problem of today and not a problem of tomorrow. Those who already use renewable energy as a primary or secondary source of power understand how important measuring home energy use is.

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Posted On May 29, 2019

The Renewable Energy of the Ocean

The Earth’s massive oceans have power that man cannot control. Thankfully, can be harnessed to make renewable energy in more ways than one. Osmotic Power: Osmosis is the process of equalization between one dilute solution and another less dilute solution through a semi-permeable membrane to create balance. Imagine you have one container of apple juice

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Posted On May 13, 2019

What is LEED Certification?

If you are looking for a home that does everything right for humanity or want to build a home that fits into that category, an LEED-certified home is where it’s at. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, and their name is definitely appropriate. They are all about improving the design of homes

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Posted On Apr 27, 2019

Energy-efficient Ways to Cool Down this Summer

When the summer temps soar into the 80s, 90s, or above 100, it becomes a challenge to cool the home efficiently. Central air tends to be effective, but it can be inefficient. Even if you don’t have the luxury of central air, there are a number of energy-efficient ways to cool down this summer. Energy-efficient

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Posted On Apr 12, 2019

The Microgrid

The Grid It is our electricity network. Fuel sources, power stations, substations, and power lines get electricity from its point of generation to the home. We take it for granted how easy it is to use electricity because of the grid. Americans are rarely concerned about electricity shortages. The microgrid could keep it that way.

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Posted On Jan 28, 2019

Lower your Electric Bills with a Programmable Thermostat

Although people often turn to unplugging devices to lower their electric bill, one of the biggest consumers of electricity in a home is heating and cooling. Unfortunately, for many people, turning off the heat or the air conditioning is not an option. However, there is an option for maintaining a comfortable house and a lower

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Posted On Mar 30, 2017

How to Troubleshoot an Unusually High Electric Bill

Although everyone expects electric bill costs to rise as the temperature falls, sometimes homeowners are surprised by a large electric bill. In some cases, the rise in cost is a result of an increasing price per kWh (kilowatt-hour). Energy prices do rise pretty regularly. However, homeowners should note if the number of kWh in the

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Posted On Mar 28, 2017

Want to go Off-Grid? Three Reasons Not to Cut the Cord

With the advent of tiny homes and portable solar arrays, more people are opting to go “off-grid.” In many cases, these people have no ties to the grid. The entire energy source for their home is the solar array mounted on the roof. For some people, an off the grid system meets a personal desire

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Posted On Mar 24, 2017

How Fixed Charges Impact your Electric Bill

When you look at your electric bill, you expect to see lower costs associated with lower electricity usage. Unfortunately, this expectation is not always true. The bills should show two costs: the fixed cost associated delivering electricity and a cost per kilowatt. As homeowners and business owners upgrade to high efficiency light bulbs and better

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Posted On Mar 13, 2017