Solar Energy Systems – Electricity, Hot Water, Cooking

Solar Energy Systems – Electricity, Hot Water, Cooking

I originally wrote this back in 2012. I came across it recently, and liked it. So I’m republishing it for general information.   Solar Energy Conversion It all starts by converting a single energy unit from the sun. A photon (a particle that carries electromagnetic force). A photon particle released from the sun takes about…

Solar Panels per Household in a Perfect World

Solar Panels per Household in a Perfect World

How Much Energy Consumption per Household – Residential customers in the United States (132.58 million) directly consumed 1,378.6 TWh (Terawatt hours) of electricity in 2017. Source: electricity consumption data is based upon data mined from US DOE Energy Information Administration. An average residential customer in the United States used 866.55 kWh/month (Kilowatt hours) during 2017….

Alternative Energy for Preparedness or Off Grid Living

Alternative Energy for Preparedness or Off Grid Living

Alternative Energy. Alternative to what? For this post the context will be alternative energy for ‘getting things done’ that ordinarily rely upon the electrical power grid.   Solar Energy Solar energy for electricity Harnessing the sun’s energy with Solar ‘photo voltaic’ (PV) panels. I have been doing this for years. Love it! Most quality panels…

The Four Essentials Of Off Grid Solar

The Four Essentials Of Off Grid Solar

An off-grid solar (photo-voltaic) electric power system is an ideal prep that can partially or totally relinquish you from dependence upon other systems (the electrical power grid), which themselves are vulnerable to disruption or breakdown. Off-grid systems also enable the ability to live away from the mainstream, which opens the door to properties that are…

How Do Solar Ovens Work

How Do Solar Ovens Work

The answer may sound pretty basic, because it is! And because of the relative simplicity, you could even make one yourself. How about some lifestyle and preparedness for the outdoor kitchen? A solar oven is a great way to harness free energy to get the job done. So, how do solar ovens work ? Solar…

Lithium Iron Battery For Solar Off-Grid Alternative Energy Systems

Lithium Iron Battery For Solar Off-Grid Alternative Energy Systems

The Lithium Iron battery from Iron Edison has significant advantages for solar panel alternative energy storage. Consider these benefits over Lead Acid: 1. SAFE. Unlike lithium-ion ‘cobalt’ batteries that you may have heard about (catching fire in laptops, mobile phones), the Lithium Iron phosphate battery from Iron Edison (made in Denver Colorado) will not explode…

Solar Power and Energy Requirements – How To Calculate Your Needs

Solar Power and Energy Requirements – How To Calculate Your Needs

(time to sweep the solar panels)   When doing any sort of design or even “back of the envelope” calculations for alternative energy systems (e.g. solar), among the important factors to consider are these: Solar Power and Energy requirements. – Power equals watts. – Energy equals power x time. I’m going to try and keep…

Improve Fireplace Heat Efficiency With a Fireback

Improve Fireplace Heat Efficiency With a Fireback

A Fireback improve fireplace efficiency. Fireplaces are not very heat efficient compared to other sources of home heating. Who can resist though a nice fire in the fireplace! Unfortunately lots of heat is wasted as it goes right up the chimney. One way to improve the heat emanating from a fireplace is is to add…