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Be part of the GREEN REVOLUTION! Reduce your ENERGY FOOTPRINT! GreenResolve Home Energy Monitor will change YOUR PARADIGM!

By admin on December 28th, 2015

A new Kickstartrer campaign will be launched  within the next few days to create a product that can really help conservation-minded people reduce the amount of energy they consume in their homes every day.  The GreenResolve Home Energy Monitoring system is the perfect way to know how much energy everyday products in your home are consuming.  This system can help you REDUCE YOUR ENERGY FOOTPRINT already on the first day of use!

The system is EASY TO INSTALL in your home electrical panel.  You can install it yourself or have an electrician install it for you.  All that is required to start monitoring is a panel box with sufficient space, a home WiFi network, and an Android or Apple smartphone or tablet!

The included smartphone/tablet app is SIMPLE TO USE.  It gives audible and visual notifications when individual areas in your home (circuits) are consuming more than the limit you set, allowing you to take action and turn energy consuming products off!  It is especially useful when people forget to turn off TVs, lights, computers, electric heaters, and other products in your home that consume precious energy!  The app shows all circuits and how much energy each one is using.  It’s exciting to watch as you turn devices in your home off and see the energy usage go down in real time!

This project needs your support!  In order to bring the benefits of the GreenResolve Home Energy Monitoring system to everyday people, we need as much backing on Kickstarter as we can get.  If you would like to have one of these systems in your own home, consider visiting the project on Kickstarter by clicking on this link.  There you can read all about the project.  If, after reading about the project, you are willing to back it and receive a GreenResolve system in return, it is easy to open up a Kickstarter account and lend your support!  Even if you are unable to contribute financially, you can still help by spreading the word on facebook, twitter, or email.  Please note, however, that the initial product will only be available in the United States.

How to Cut Power Costs Around Your Home

By admin on December 23rd, 2015

The old saying goes: “the only things certain in life are death and taxes”. Well, perhaps this should be extended in today’s society to include higher power bills. The cost of producing electricity is going to continually rise, so if you want to safeguard yourself, keep reading for ways to cut power usage around your home.

Take a look at your hot water system

By far the biggest energy consumer in any household, is your hot water system. Hot water systems are incredibly inefficient and are guilty of consuming around one third of the total energy bill for households that use them. The cheapest solution is to use less hot water (eg. shorter showers) and to check with your energy provider what tariff you’re on. You might be able to change over to a less expensive, off-peak tariff.

If you can afford it, replace your electric storage hot water system altogether. Gas is far more efficient and gives you hot water instantly. This will also reduce your water costs as you won’t be waiting for the water to get hot while taking your shower. For ultimate energy efficiency, ground-sourced heat pumps or solar hot water systems are the way to go. Obviously, these big ticket items require a large outlay of money initially, so be sure you’re planning on living in the same place long enough in order to reap the longer-term financial rewards.

Aim for energy efficient appliances

Next on your energy consumption hit list are your appliances. The top culprits are the clothes dryer, fridge/freezer and washing machine. If your ‘white goods’ have seen better days and it’s time for an upgrade, choose energy efficient appliances from leading manufacturers like ASKO. While it might cost a little more to purchase a quality machine, bear in mind they will have lower running costs as they are more efficient and are less likely to break down. They will also typically last for longer. Overall, they will save you money in terms of your power bills, repair costs and eventual machine replacement.

Shutdown the standby

Following your large appliance energy audit, take a look into smaller electronics like computers, TVs, stereos, etc. Most of these stay on stand-by if you don’t turn them off properly, and this actually consumes energy and increases your power bill. You can rectify this by switching appliances off at the wall, or buying a purpose built power-board to plug all of your entertainment appliances into that can then all be switched off in one go.

Get serious, get solar

If you want to get really serious about reducing your household energy consumption and therefore power bills, solar is the way to go. Obviously, this is a major expense and something you need to seriously research and consider before committing. Some energy providers will allow you to pay off the installation of a solar energy system through your energy bills. It’s also worthwhile thinking about how long you intend to live in your home, as it will probably take you four to five years to pay off your system. Having said that, if you do decide to sell, most real estate agents will tell you that having solar power, can add up to $10,000 to the value of your property.

These methods indicate how you can easily use energy more efficiently to future-proof yourself against rising power costs. There are plenty of ways to reduce your power usage, just start small and work your way up to bigger ticket items.

How do you use power efficiently around the home? Tell us your recommendations in the comments below!

Solar power to convert salt water to fresh water through desalination?

By admin on April 28th, 2015

Imagine a world where water is abundant and can be sourced from the oceans and seas as and when required. Wouldn’t that be a boon to mankind?

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Every life form on earth needs water in one or the other manner. Survival is one part of the water requirement and living is another. If there is water available, is it in abundance? This is the question that needs answering. Cities, states and countries, right from California to Japan are looking at creative ways to save and conserve water.

Recently as a part of an USAID project, a prize winning entry (Desal prize, USD 140,000) displayed the ingenuity of addressing the water need. The group from MIT and Jain Irrigation Systems developed a solar power generator using solar panels and batteries that in turn powered a desalination system using the electrodialysis method. This method involves removing salt particles from water using a small electrical charge. In addition to salt removal, the team also integrated a UV light device to ensure that the water is completely disinfected. The water thus coming out is fit to be used on crops.

Using solar power for desalination is a new and a dynamic idea that can bring water to many areas where the crisis rules the roost. This system was tested in New Mexico (Brackish Groundwater National Desalination Research Facility) for over 24 hours and desalinated about 2,100 gallons of sea water.

This system can be developed with scalability to address the needs of the water starved across the world.

FR360-An Eco-Friendly and Versatile Travel Gadget

By Anny on May 27th, 2013

We have seen solar powered outdoor gadgets which can serve multiple purposes such as cooking, charging your accessories and also for listening music. However, the FR360 is one gadget that can work both on solar power and can also be powered by a hand crank. In case you choose to, it can also be powered by 3 AAA batteries and also by an external adaptor. This unique gadget contains a built-in radio, access to the NOAA weather band, a powerful torch, a LED flasher and also an USB phone charger. This ensures that you always stay connected and with a handy flashlight and access to your local radio while you’re traveling. The feature to charge by a had crank is especially useful when your caught in a bad weather or in case of power outages.

FR360-An Eco-Friendly and Versatile Travel Gadget

The Radio is supports AM (520-1710 KHz)  and FM(87-108 MHz).It can play all the local weather band channels along with weather alerts. The torch is powered by 4 LED’s and also included is a flashing red LED light. A telescopic antenna helps you stay connected in all areas. You can charge your phones and other electronic accessories which arepowered by an USB source by using the USB power output given by the device. Also included is an alarm clock and headphone jack. The FR360 is your perfect travel accessory with a whole range of features that usually require multiple gadgets.

The device is recommended to be fully charged while you are on the move, and in case it doesn’t recharge due to lack of solar light-you can use the crank to generate the power. Its weighs 453 gms and has a dimension of 6.25“-6.5“-2.75“.

The gadget is a special edition Red Cross product and $0.49 to $1.00 from each sale would be contributed to the American Red Cross society. You can buy the FR360 from the below link, or can also purchase it from Amazon and Best Buy.

Link: http://etoncorp.com/product_card/?p_ProductDbId=920493

Voltaic Solar Backpack

By Anny on May 15th, 2013

Solar chargers are generally designed  to be placed in a fixed location, or need to be attached to a mount. This might not be suitable in cases where you are in the move, as in while trekking or camping. You might also not find it feasible to carry a solar gadget along with your regular gear. Here’s a solution for such situations-in the form of a solar paneled bag which can be used to store your gear and also to generate power from exposure to the sun.

Voltaic Solar Backpack

The solar panel is affixed to a rugged backpack which can be slung over your back. The bag is quite spacious and has a dimension of 1500 cubic inches. It can be used to carry and charge iPad’s, mobile phones, PDA’s, gaming devices, cameras and many more. The internal battery is made of Lithium Polymer and gives an output of 5.5 V&900Ma. It gets fully charged in 7 hours and can also be charged from an USB source or an AC power supply.

The panel is made of two 2 watt monocrystalline solar panels for an output of 4 W with 6-12 V.

The handy backpack weighs around 2000 gms (4.5 lbs) and has the dimensions of 18″ height,  16″width and  8″ in depth. The wire channels are placed all over the inside of the bag giving you a greater flexibility in charging your devices. A phone pouch attached to the shoulder strap can hold your phone while it’s being charged. The device also has an LED indicator indicating the solar charge. It’s made of recycled PET and is waterproof and UV resistant. You can choose from silver, charcoal and orange colors for the solar panel.

The Voltaic solar backpack comes with a warranty of 2 years. It’s priced at $289 and can be purchased from the below link. The gadget comes with a universal battery pack, 9 different USB tips including the micro and mini tips.

http://www.earthtechproducts.com/voltaic-systems-off-grid-solar-back-pack.html

Southwest Windpower Air 30 Residential Wind Turbine

By Anny on May 13th, 2013

The Southwest Windpower Air 30 Residential Wind Turbine is an awesome gadget that converts the wind energy into an electric current. It can be used in your home as well as in outdoor cabins, farms etc. Unlike regular wind turbines, the rugged gadget doesn’t make much noise and uses a microprocessor regulation technology that monitors the fan speed and optimizes the power output. The gadget can supply a maximum power of 400 watts at standard winds having a speed of 28mph and requires just a small breeze of 8mph for it to start. It’sdesigned to withstand powerful winds till a speed of 110mph.  The gadget comes in 3variants each supplying an output of 12, 24, and 48 Volts (DC).

Southwest Windpower Air 30 Residential Wind Turbine

 

The Air 30 turbine comes with a built-in charge regulator that periodically checks the battery voltage and if it’s full, the power generation is switched off. This saves the internal battery from being over charged and the power generation is again activated once the voltage falls below a threshold level.

The internal microprocessor also controls the speed of the blades and automatically slows them down in case of a charging wind. This prevents the circuit from getting damaged die to high speed winds and also reduces thenoise from the gadget.

A special marine paint and powder coated surface helps the gadget endure the toughest of weather conditions including storms and heavy rain.

The rotor with carbon fiber blades has a diameter of 46 inches and the mount is 1.5” schedule 40 pipe. The body is made from aircraft quality aluminum casts.

The Southwest Wind powerAir 30 Residential Wind Turbine comes with a 5 year warranty and is priced at $899.99. It’s quite useful to have an alternate source of energy for your home or cabin.

http://www.earthtechproducts.com/p4000.html

K3 Solar and Wind Charger

By Anny on May 11th, 2013

Here is a unique charger that can be powered both by solar power as well as by wind energy.  The gadget has a built-in solar panel which coverts solar energy into an electric charge which can be used to charge your mobile phone, iPod, camera  etc. A mini turbine mounted on the top rotates when placed against the wind and turns an internal dynamo which again generates electricity. The rechargeable internal battery of the gadget  can also be charged by a normal ac charger.

K3 Solar and Wind Charger

The gadget is quite useful when you are travelling, trekking or camping. It’s one of a very few portable gadgets which charge by wind energy and is a perfect alternative to conventional charges, especially when you have no access to electricity. The gadget can be arranged on your motorcycle or jeep so that it directly faces the wind while you are driving.  Under standard conditions, an hour of sunlight and a sufficientlystrong wind should charge your  phone for about 30 minutes of talking.

The device has an USB port which can be used to connect it to an external power source such as from a computer or a vehicle power outlet. It also comes with a mini and micro USB tip making it useful for a vast variety of phones. A built-in LED power indicator shows the current power status

The K3 Solar and Wind charger is priced at $99.95 and can be purchased from the below link.

http://www.earthtechproducts.com/k3-solar-and-wind-charger.html

Dimensions: 3 Inches in Length, 3.1 inches wide and a height of 9.3 inches

Color: Green and black with a white mini turbine

Weight: 10.6 Ounces

Battery specifications: Rechargeable Lithium ion cell (4000mAh) DC output- 5V 1amp 5W

The package includes a the K3 Solar and Wind Charger gadget, multiple device tips, USB cable AC Wall Adapter, a handy drawstring bag and a user guide.

Peat- Alternative Energy Source

By Anny on April 11th, 2013

In our quest to educate our readers on alternate forms of energy which one day can solve most of our energy crisis, we bring across a lesser known form of natural fuel-Peat. Peat is a collective term for natural vegetation which has been incompletely decomposed into the soil and remains as a layer above the soil. It usually forms in wetlands where the insufficient oxygen does not allow a complete disintegration of the natural vegetation. Peat is used a fuel in some parts of the world where it’s densely available. It consists of partially decayed shrubs, lichens and other form of weeds which form a solid mass after accumulating water. It’s considered as a fossil fuel as peat deposits are not renewable in the same ratio as they are being consumed.

Peat- Alternative Energy Source

An estimated 3% of the land area in the world is said to be covered with different forms of peat, which can yield about 8 Billion Tera joules of energy. Large peat deposits are found in Europe, North America, New Zealand and Russia. Under some conditions, peat slowly turns into lignite coal over a period of time. However, it takes about a year for a single millimeter of peat deposit to accumulate above the soil.

In some countries such as Ireland and England, Peat is converted into a fuel after drying. This fuel is used for cooking and for domestic heating. Peat briquettes are also sold in some parts of Ireland and are also used in power generation. Refined peat is also added to the soil to improve its moisture retention abilities. Energy from using peat as a fuel accounts for about 6.2% of Finland’s annual energy production

However, Peat generates more carbon dioxide than coal and its use is also limited to areas where it’s freely available when compared to other sources of fuel.

Russia has been traditionally using peat as an energy source and now accounts for about 17% of the world’s peat production out of which 20% is used to generate power. The Shatura power station is one of the largest peat powered power station where 11% of the fuel used comes from peat.

Peat deposits rarely tend to catch fire causing widespread damage to the local environment. A massive peat deposit caught fire in Russia in 2010 due to a heat wave causing widespread destruction of habitation apart from releasing a thick smoke blanket of gases over Moscow.

Sun Ray Pro Power Panel Charger (P102)

By Anny on April 1st, 2013

Here’s a feasible solution to all your charging needs. Be it a phone or any gadget which charges from an USB source, you can use the below portable device to charge them while on the move. The power panel uses solar energy to charge your devices and provides up to 2 watts of power which can be transmitted through a USB port. It’s quite useful when you are on the move, or outdoors as in while camping or trekking. The device does away with the necessity of a power source and can be used by just leaving it outdoors to face the sun.

Sun Ray Pro Power Panel Charger (P102)

The device gives about 30% more energy when compared to other similar panels and is economicallypriced at $39.  The USB port is compatible with many devices and the package also includes adapters for Sony, Nokia and Samsung phones (Do check out the supporting phone models on the product page). It however cannot be used for charging an iPhone, iPad or an iPod.

The panel gives you a charge of up to 600mAh phone in 1.5 hours (Standard conditions) and consists of a durable ABS frame with dimensions of 6.9 in long, 3.9 in wide, 0.4 in thickness. It weighs just 84 grams and can be conveniently carried in your backpack. The device is recommended to be placed in direct sunlight and not behind a shade or a window.

The Sun Ray Pro Power Panel (P102) is a perfect accessory especially while you are traveling as it gives an easy and optimum charge within no time. You can purchase the Sun Ray Power Panel (P102) by accessing the below link.You can also check their range of solar lights, rechargeable batteries and other chargers.

Sun Ray Pro Power Panel Charger (P102)

PowerTrekk- A Revolutionary Water Based Phone Charger

By Anny on March 30th, 2013

Imagine a handy charger which you can take along while you are travelling-one which can also charge your smartphones and other devices with ease. Your guess would be a solar powered charger or a backup battery arrangement. But you would quite be surprised to hear that there is a charger which ispowered by pure water and can charge your smartphones while on the move. Such technology has been in news a little while ago with a clock being made to work on pure water. The PowerTrekk charger is an extension of such technology ad uses pure water to run an internal circuit which in turn charges your phone.

PowerTrekk- A Revolutionary Water Based Phone Charger

The charger uses a fuel cell technology that converts hydrogen into electricity. Its driven by a replaceableFuelCellSticker which is made from foils and adhesives in the form of a fuel pack. This fuel packs need to be inserted into the device and when water is added from the inlet, a chemical reaction releases hydrogen which is then converted into electricity. The electricity is stored in the storage buffer which allows the device to function both as a battery as well as a charger.

The myFCPowerTrekk is priced at € 199. The fuel pack which needs to be replaced after some time is priced at € 4/puck (The Fuel cell is called -The Puck).

 

The output is USB compliant and corresponds to an output voltage of 5 volts and a power of 5 watts. The only bye-product is a bit of water vapor which is released into the atmosphere. The device is quite handy when you are traveling, and would not have access to regular power sources and sunlight.

 

PowerTrekk- A Revolutionary Water Based Phone Charger

The product is currently being sold in selectretail stores in Bulgaria and is expected to be available in different countries by early 2013. The device is safe, eco-friendly and is a perfect alternative to conventional solar chargers.

For more details on this technology, please access the below link.

http://www.powertrekk.com