A Cool Way to Cool a Home

December 22, 2011 by Alexis Wright  
Filed under Environment

I have always wanted to live totally off the grid but this would mean I would have to sacrifice my savings an investment accounts to afford the $30,000 needed investment to go totally off the grid solar. I cannot afford such an expensive system to simply have the feeling that comes with living totally green. Today I found something remarkably different that promises to allow me to go green for a cheap price tag that has nothing to do with government subsidies.

Air conditioning as well as heating are the primary money sucking parts of a solar system. The deep cycle batteries and the large amount of solar panels needed to run an air conditioner create a payback you will not see for 30 years. Most people will not consider such a system when they see the upfront cost to get one of these things operating in their home.

A typical break even for a solar system is 40 years but this does not consider inflation or interest. If you put that same investment in decent interest gaining investment accounts you could double that money every 5 years. Solar is a losing investment for the consumer almost always. A much better choice is to go with a new type of affordable system that uses radiant energy to immediately cool and heat your house.

There are many different setups when it comes to solar because the technology is very flexible. An even more flexible option is with solar and the use of radiant energy from the sun. Rather than just converting sun energy to electricity where it sits in a deep cycle battery you can use that energy to heat and cool. The one to one energy trade with radiant energy drastically reduces the cost of a solar system.

Finally a radiant energy using system is the best way to go with solar. A home that can be cooled or heated with radiant heat on demand will offer a solution you cannot find anywhere else. The Climate Well technology makes this all work through a process that heats water and heats salt and sends this energy as needed while storing excess. More and more countries are adopting this which promises an off the grid future living for people of earth.

We write about solar technology and other technology that promises to make the world a better place. Our concern is that people see the new technologies that exist and use them to help gain popularity. If people do not get the word out about green energy at affordable prices how will the environment ever improve?


What Makes a Good PA Electric Company

November 14, 2011 by Alexis Wright  
Filed under Business

PECO electric utility is unbiased and some would say agnostic about electric choice in Pennsylvania. The government of PA has broken up this large monopoly electric utility that primarily served the Philadelphia area. Now energy consumers can pick from multiple competitive electric providers in the state that offer cheaper electric rate plans compared to PECO.

Most of us in Philadelphia have decided to stay with PECO electric utility rather than shop electric companies like Spark Energy and Champion Energy. The residents of Philadelphia simply see the prospect of switching electric companies away from PECO as a hassle and the idea as foreign. PA residents simply do not have their questions adequately addressed as to what will change to make life more difficult for them if they choose to switch away from PECO electric company.

There has been a few notices that went out in the mail informing PECO electric utility customers that they can now choose an alternate electric company. Some competitive electricity suppliers competing against PECO have used this to persuade PECO energy customers to switch away. There have even been cases where the sales person has convinced the potential customer that they are PECO or were sent by PECO electric utility. This scam has helped some alternate energy suppliers to easily sign up new customers in the PECO footprint.

The main problem causing a headache for energy consumers in Pennsylvania are the misrepresentations made by some of the door to door sales guys hitting the streets. Many of these neighborhood canvas people will tell all kinds of half truths to get people to switch away from PECO Energy. When the customer gets their first months electric bill they feel as if they have been had. It is important that PA retail electric providers have some type of self policing and quality control to prevent the deregulation process from being tarnished.

In conclusion I would encourage Philadelphia energy consumers to not sign an energy contract with a door to door sales guy. It is worth listening to what they have to say but when they are finished talking go check out what they have told you on the internet. Read some government notices that have been published about PA electric deregulation and make an informed decision. Once you have a good grasp of electric deregulation and choice in PA go out to a comparison site and see what options are available in Pennsylvania on comparison websites.

PECO electric is the largest Pennsylvania electricity utility in the state. When comparing energy suppliers against PECO Electric it helps to review information on other electric providers and what has been said about them. You can learn more about electricity deregulation by reading these articles: Energy Articles