We all love our washers and dryers but we also want them to be efficient in their operations. If your in the market for a new washer and dryer, here’s some tips for how to buy energy efficient models.
What to Look For In a High Efficiency Washer
A washing machine is considered high efficiency if it is both energy efficient and water efficient. Energy Star rated washers use 25% less energy and 40% less water than a standard washing machine. An average Energy Star washer uses 280 kwh of electricity, which will save you about $40 a year in energy costs. It will also use only 13 gallons of water per load, compared to 23 gallons for a standard washer. This amounts to about 3000 gallons of water a year. If your washer was built before 2003 it is probably not a high efficiency washer. The most efficient washers available today are front loading washers, although the technology for top loading washers is starting to catch up and high efficiency top loaders are available. You should find out how much water the spin cycle removes from the clothes. The more water that is removed, the less time laundry will need in the dryer. Less drying time means less energy used.
What to Look For In a High Efficiency Dryer
Dryers are usually run by gas or electricity. Both types can achieve Energy Star ratings and you should be sure that any dryer you consider has this certification. You should be looking for a high Combined Energy Factor number. Another option you should consider is a heat pump dryer. This system collects ambient air, heats it, and then recirculates the air within the dryer to keep the temperature up. There is no need to vent to the outside. Water is collected in a tank inside the dryer which is then emptied. This type of dryer can save you 20-60% over a conventional dryer. You also want the load size of the dryer to match your washer, because overstuffing or under-filling a dryer will cause it to use more energy than is necessary to dry your clothes. When buying a matched washer/dryer pair this should not be a problem because manufacturers design them to work together with the same size loads.
Basics of Solar Panel Kits
Before we get into the discussion about solar panel kits, we will endeavor to offer some solar energy facts about what these panels are made from and how they work. Photovoltaic panels otherwise known as solar panels are made from silicon. Silicon is a material that is a semi-metallic element that is both positively and negatively charged. Silicon is available in three systems varying in degrees of complexity and cost. In order for the energy to be produced by the silicon, they have to come in direct contact with the photons emitted by the sun. (Of course, the largest critical issue when harnessing solar energy is the amount of bright sunlight available.) For the person who is just beginning to learn about solar energy, solar energy equipment, and considering the installation of solar panels, complete panel kits are an excellent place to start. Not only do they include the panels but also the many connectors, brackets, and other parts necessary for the installation of the panels. Solar panel kits are a great energy source for an RV, a cabin or for living off the grid.
Solar Energy Calculator
The first item on the agenda when considering the installation of a new solar system one needs to calculate power usage. The solar energy calculator uses the KWH electricity usage from your last bill by dividing the KWH by the number of days in the month and then by 12 hours (the number of hours of sunlight). And then multiply by 1000 to get average watts per hour during the day. Many solar panels are 100 watts. Once the calculation is made to attain the usage per day, you will be able to calculate how many solar panels you will need. For example, if you have determined that you use 2 kWh of electricity per day, divided by 10 hours of sunlight (=.2) KW from the solar panel). With a 100 watt panel, you would need 2 panels in your solar energy kit or you will need to add an additional panel to the kit.
.2 KW divided by 100/1000(KW)
= 2 panels
Once the number of panels necessary has been determined, the next step is to determine where the solar panels will be placed. If they will be placed on a roof, one must keep in mind the weight of the panels that the roof must bear. As solar renewable energy has become ever increasing popular, there are many important considerations to determine if the solar panel kits are right for you. If you decide not to go with a kit, you may want to check out solarenergyplans.net; they can connect you with a company that will put the solar panels on your roof for you, and potentially help you save money on your utility bills.
Gone are the days when going green took all of your time and attracted weird looks from your neighbors. Renewable energy and green living are headed into a golden age where conserving energy is hip and saving the environment is easier than ever before. Yet most cars still run on gasoline and diesel. Both of them clog the air we breathe and are horrible for the environment, but hybrids and electric cars remain cost-prohibitive for buyers. Now, there’s a cheap and easy way to reduce your carbon footprint and your gas bill without the new and expensive car loan to show for it.
Greasecar is one of several companies working to turn diesel engines into mean, green, vegetable-oil recycling machines. Once, this approach to green driving was the realm of crunchy-granola car hacks with way too much time on their hands, but Greasecar made it simple and easy to cut your gas bill and carbon emissions to nearly zero. More than a decade of engineering has nearly perfected the technology. Where worries of vegetable oil fuel ruining your car used to scare away potential green drivers, Greasecar’s genius engineering has made that worry (and many others) null and void. Greasecar works by adding a second tank and fuel injection to your diesel car, rather than replacing your existing system. This protects your car by starting it with normal diesel fuel before running off used vegetable oil – which can be recycled for free from any restaurant. It’s easy to install yourself, even if you have no experience working with cars, making it much cheaper than any other eco-friendly alternatives.
The average family spends almost $3,000 in gas every year. With that money, you could be taking an awesome vacation every year. If you have a diesel car or truck, the kit to convert your car and the oil filtration system could pay itself off within eight months of installation, giving you freedom from gasoline bills. The whole thing will set you back less than $2,000 and save you money for years to come. Until now, the auto world has lagged behind in the eco revolution that has swept the world. Could this be the solution for environment-conscious drivers? You decide. As for me, I’m picking up a Greasecar kit ASAP.