How to Live Off the Grid on a Budget

People everywhere are talking about how to live off the grid. This lifestyle not only reduces your carbon footprint, but it also enables you to be more independent. You don’t have to worry about huge utility bills anymore. And no more reliance on fossil fuels. Some homeowners have found good ways to live partially off the grid, but most do have to rely in part on water, gas or electricity from the city where they live. However, these days, it’s entirely possible to live completely off the grid by digging a well on your property for water, installing a septic

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Facts About Electrical Prefab and Profitability

Electrical contractors are increasingly turning to prefabrication as a way of cutting costs and increasing productivity and profitability. The use of electrical prefab provides an opportunity to reduce project duration, installation labor needs, and costs, as well as enhancing safety. The prefabs are usually designed and built in the workshop and then delivered to the work site as ready-to-install modules. Thus, they only require quick and easy assembly. Carrying out these tasks in the workshop, which provides a controlled environment, is both convenient and cost effective. The workers are more productive as opposed to the job site where they may

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Do the Benefits of Prefab Electrical Systems Outweigh the Costs?

Electrical contractors often utilize prefabrication techniques when installing big systems. This method can cut costs and shave time off the project, thus increasing profits. Prefab electrical systems offer a number of great benefits. By fabricating electrical assemblies in advance at the workshop, the electrical contractor and building owner benefit in a variety of ways.  A few of these are discussed below: How prefab benefits the building owner Electrical prefabs minimize those repetitive tasks performed at the job site. In addition, they reduce the need to find extra space for storage of materials. Prefabrication means putting together the electrical assemblies well

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How to Save Energy with Advanced Lighting Control Systems

Advanced lighting control systems (ALCS) utilize electronic circuits with a programmable logic controller to automatically adjust lighting levels.  Program a number of variables and light requirements to get the lighting just perfect. This helps in providing the right amount of light where and when it is needed, hence improving energy efficiency and savings. Advanced lighting control systems provide benefits like automatic scheduling and dimming. Turn lights off based on room occupancy and level of daylight. In so doing, the ALCS adjusts the light levels to match the requirements at any particular time. For example, when a room is empty, lights

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Understanding the Electricity Bill

The electricity bill consists of the cost of generating, transmitting and distributing electricity. Administrative and other costs that the electrical companies incur are also included. Understanding the electricity bill can help consumers use energy more efficiently and reduce costs. Components of an electricity bill A typical electricity bill begins with a fixed cost. To that, variable charges based on the amount of electricity used, are added. Costs are determined by factors like time of day energy is used and home insulation. Additional charges may be added due to delayed payments or early termination of contracts. Fixed charges This covers a

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Save Electricity by Switching to Energy Efficient Light Bulbs

For many working class families, essential items on the family budget include housing costs (mortgage payments or rent), utilities, food, and child care. After paying for these items, you also have the car payment and insurance. It can be difficult to save any money at all. Especially when you consider all the other expenses such as clothing, dining out and vacations. But, saving on small things like energy efficient light bulbs can add up. In this article, we estimate how much savings an average family could realize merely by switching to energy efficient light bulbs. We consider the following: (a)

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The Attractive Benefits of LED Lighting

Ever since the first electric lamp (the carbon-arc lamp) was introduced in the 1800s, many novel lighting technologies have emerged. These include fluorescent, mercury-vapor, halogen, and others. Currently, the lighting marketplace is dominated by fluorescent lighting (at about 42%), high intensity discharge lighting (at 26%), and incandescent lighting (at 22%). LED (Light Emitting Diodes) lighting has emerged as a potentially disruptive lighting technology, and its growth is accelerating. Because LED lighting has only captured about 1% of the market thus far, it is reasonable to wonder about its future. (a) How does LED differ from standard lighting? (b) What advantages

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Installing an Energy Efficient Warehouse Lighting System

The ideal warehouse lighting system will efficiently provide the necessary level of illumination while adhering to the principles of good lighting design. These standards safeguard user safety and health. Adequate light enables the warehouse staff to easily and safely navigate through the aisles. This can help to minimize the risk of accidents and damaged items. Good lighting will also reduce staff fatigue, stress, headaches, eyestrain, and other issues related to poor lighting. In addition, it increases productivity and efficiency since the staff takes less time to identify and pick the required items. What is “good” warehouse lighting design? An efficient

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How Electrical Supply Houses can Help Customers in Saving Energy

Electrical supply houses have the ability to educate users on energy saving opportunities. Their direct interactions with the contractors and customers provide the distributors with an opportunity to promote and sell energy efficient equipment for new installations. In addition, the electrical supply houses can help their customers upgrade existing older installations to newer energy efficient systems. Benefits of efficient energy use Energy efficiency is a major concern to environmentalists, governments and energy producers. There are numerous commercial and environmental benefits associated with efficient energy use. These include: Smaller demand means fewer emissions from the power generating plants Lower transmission losses

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