Thursday, September 21, 2017
Davis Canning says his power bills have dropped by $100 or $150 a month since he decided to switch to solar power for his house.
The Havelock North man signed up for Solarcity's solarZero plan about two years ago.
Instead of buying a solar power system outright, solarZero provides a system in return for a monthly fee paid over 20 years. Solarcity owns and manage the components.
Canning says their bill has always been less than it would have been without the system, and in some months of summer, he and his wife had not had a power bill at all.
Solar power systems have dropped in price significantly over recent years. But homeowners are being warned that it is still not always a one-way bet.
Here are some things to consider before you invest in a system.
Check your expectations
Solar power does not usually mean no more power bills.
Solarcity chief executive Andrew Booth said people could expect on average to cover the capital costs of an installation, if paid for outright, in nine or 10 years.
From that point forward you'd have free daytime power and roughly 30 per cent of your power bill should disappear."
Those who took the "solar as a service" option that his firm offered should see savings immediately, he said. The average customer in Auckland saved about 20 per cent, he said.
Get the right size, and type of system for your house
Booth said it was common for people to believe that bigger was better but it was important that a system was the right size for a house.
"People believe the economics work better the larger the system you install but there's a danger you end up installing a lot of silicone on the roof and you don't save the money you believe it will."
He said the system should be sized to meet the households' energy requirements during the day.
Most New Zealand houses use grid-tied systems, where any power that is generated by the solar panels on the roof, and not used immediately, is sold back into the grid. Batteries to store that power are a more expensive option, although their price is dropping.
If you live in a house with a lot of shade, you may not get enough sunshine to make it worthwhile.
Trade Me has begun offering Solarcity's Sunny artificial intelligence chatbot which helps homeowners decide if their house is suitable, including data from Google Earth, GIS data from across city councils and NIWA data on local weather patterns.
Consider your power use
Simon Coates, of Concept Consulting, said solar power systems (for example: GOAL ZERO NOMAD 100 ) did not always generate the power savings that people expected because of how they used power.
People with grid-tied systems used to be able to sell back their power at almost the same rate that power companies charge consumers.
But now most companies only pay what they would pay other wholesale power generators. This means that you get less money for the power you generate than you pay for the power you use. You'll only really save money if you can use the power as it is being generated.
"The big savings are when consumers can reduce their power consumption for which they are paying 22c a kWh hour," Coates said. "If they're exporting the power, they get paid what it is worth to a retailer, which is about 9c or 10c a kWh."
Look at how your household uses power and whether you could adjust that to make the most of your own supply.
Canning said solar power worked well for his household because he and his wife are both retired, so someone was usually home during the day. They set their dishwasher to go while solar power is being generated and try to shower when the sun is up. They set their washing machine and dryer to go one at a time during the day. "That's possible when someone is at home," Canning said.
Coates said it was possible that the power tariff system could change in future, to better reflect the cost of delivery and keep up with the changing market.
That would mean power would become most expensive at the times when there was most demand, such as the evening peaks. Those are the same times that solar systems would not deliver.
Buy quality components
There is a growing number of cheap solar power parts available, but it is important to get a quality system.
Because it will take many years just to cover the cost of the installation, the parts need to last at least that long. Look for long warranty periods and qualified installers.
Coates said people should consider their motivations for installing solar. He said, if it was purely to lower their carbon footprint, an electric vehicle would have a bigger impact. There was a risk that increasing solar use would just displace wind power options that would otherwise be built, he said.
"If you want to do your bit for the environment, buy an electric vehicle. Two-thirds of household emissions are from driving your vehicle, on average, not from consuming electricity."
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
I have found several great sources for a Solar Phone Chargers and give it our highest recommendations!
1: EasyAcc 8000mAh Solar Power Bank Outdoor Portable Charger
The EasyAcc Solar Power Bank is a combination of a solar-powered light and a solar cell phone charger. The internal battery fully charged after 8 hours of sunlight. This battery can be used to deliver about 40 hours of light, more if the light is kept on low intensity or the battery can fully charge a cell phone in about 2 hours and still have enough juice left over to give 10 hours of light.
2: Brunton Explorer 2
If you are going for a day hike with only a small pack, the Brunton Explorer would be your best choices.
The Explorer 2 is a true go-anywhere solar charger. It weight under a pound and folds down to a compact 4.5 by 9.5 inches. It charges directly but only has one USB output- great for most handheld devices, if for larger items you may need a separate power system.
3: Wenger Solar Charger Standard
The Wenger Solar Charger Standard is not only lightweight but also versatile, with only 17 ounces.
The unit comes with a set of straps, so if you are hiking, you can lash it to your pack and charge while on te move. At 10 by 6.7 inches, the charger will fit just about anywhere.
4: EasyAcc Solar Charger 2-Port USB with 15W High-Efficiency SunPower Solar Panel
It has 2 lighting panels which effectively collect and make the best use f sunlight. Besides it’s compatible with almost any smart device with an input of DC 5V including Smartphones, PSP, Bluetooth speaker & headphones Google Glass, and MP3 / MP4 players. Folded (size: 7.5 inch) and lightweight (weight: 12 oz.) design make it ultra-easy to use outdoor.
5: Gomadic SunVolt
Size matters. The SunVolt is large, which is both good and bad. At 13 by 12 inches, the panel is powerful but heavy (4.3 pounds). Given its size, you’d expect the SunVolt to charge rapidly, and it does. It took a half-charged iPhone 4S to a full charge in an hour. It’s so powerful that you can charge two devices at once. The bad news is that it’s too large to be considered for backpacking excursions. It comes in a carry case, which makes it easy to transport, and it conveniently folds so you can angle it toward the sun. There is no internal battery for nighttime charging, but you can buy one separately ($40).
How To DIY A Solar Phone Charger?
Many people may found that the Solar Phone Charger are unaffordable，considering it`s increasing prices. However you could still make one by yourself. Now I will give you some tips regarding DIY your own Solar Phone Charger
Firstly the materials needed are as follows:
1: 6V Mini Solar Panel
2: Torn Apart 12v USB Charger Circuit (2 amps – iPod Compatible)
3: Your Phone’s Charger Cable (interchangeable)
4: Your Smartphone (for testing)
5: Flexible and Foldable Plastic Card (for stand)
1: 30W Soldering Iron
2: Hot Glue Gun
3: Leatherman Multi-tool
Secondly, set up the USB charger circuit.
It’s an important process to make a qualified Solar Phone Charger, so be careful in every detail steps.
1: Dissemble a 12V High Power USB Charger.
2: Cut the wires, shorten enough to he mounted on the solar panel.
3: Solder the charger circuit to the solar panel.
4: Use a hot glue gun to mount the charger to the solar panel.
5: Be sure that the USB port is not protruding and the circuit should not touch any other leads on the panel.
Finally, just enjoy your DIY “Solar Phone Charger Time”
Now you are free. Actually, before DIY it, you can find some interchangeable USB charger cable for Apple 30 pin, Micro USB, Mini USB, Samsung, Motorola, and Nokia. You can find them in any store.
You can carry your own DIY Solar phone charger to Camping, hiking and backpacking or anywhere. It’s would be a perfect survival kit since sunlight never runs out. Anyway, just have a good time!
Thinking about Solar energy and portable electronics, Solar Phone Charger (for example: GOAL ZERO NOMAD 20 ) is really an amazing invention and a wonderful combination. The idea of portable solar gear that use free solar energy off-grid or produced during an outage, is pretty amazing. And it’s now possible to harness everything you need to live and play off the grid in comfort including solar refrigerators, solar lighters and fire starters, solar rechargers, lights and more. Not only for convenient but also recyclable
When you’re traveling and hiking or doing just about anything outdoors, it’s nice to have a reliable Solar Phone Charger to keep your devices battery live.
At last we sincerely thanks for your patience to read such a long pages, if you have any great ideas or suggestions, please feel free to tell us. We’d like to hear your opinions or product recommendations. Just comment below!
Thursday, April 13, 2017
NYC enjoys a wonderful temperate climate, but our homes are still regularly subjected to the forces of nature, testing the very limits of even the sturdiest constructions.
One of the most important structural components of any home is the roof and guttering, which together, ensure your home stays dry and secure in even the most extreme weather. But time and damage can eventually result in this waterproof barrier being breached, leading to serious structural damage.
Spring; a great time to inspect for signs of damage
A good practice for every homeowner is regularly inspect the roof and guttering for signs of weather damage or age related deterioration, and the perfect time to do it is spring. The skies are clear, and the ravages of winter storms are gone for another year.
Roofing company NYC and guttering NYC generally last many years, but when weather related damage or deterioration begins, the external signs that indicate something is wrong can often be quite subtle despite significant, but hidden structural damage already developing.
Structural damage from a leaking roof or failing guttering system can result in permanent damage to foundations, roof and wall timbers; irreversible ceiling, internal wall and carpet damage; water penetration into electrical wiring and light fittings; and even a complete or partial ceiling collapse.
In most cases, a self inspection can be done from ground level, but for a proper assessment, you may need to get a closer look from a ladder. Inspecting attached carports, verandahs and room extensions can also be done from ground level, but it is much more accurate from the roof.
If you don't feel comfortable about climbing ladders, or you would like a professional opinion about the condition of your roof or guttering, we would be more than happy to send one of our trained Roof Technicians to conduct an obligation free inspection.
Dirty marks may be seen forming on the timber and scotia beneath the gutter. You may also see rusted nails in the Scotia, a tell-tale sign that moisture is trapped behind the timber.
To the untrained eye, these symptoms may seem like a problem originating in the timber, but they are almost always caused by a leaking corner or join in the gutter. These subtle marks can take up to 20 years before they begin to appear, and may seem relatively harmless, but beneath the surface there is a potential catastrophe unfolding.
The continuous seepage of water from the gutter becomes trapped behind the scotia and fascia. Because of the absorbent nature of timber, the trapped moisture is drawn into the fibres of the timber causing wood rot. This fungal disease completely destroys the structural integrity of the timber, eventually causing it to collapse, often without warning.
Point to remember: If you see dirty-marks or water-marks on your fascia or scotia, and it's near a join or a corner of your gutters, you can be almost certain that water is leaking from your gutters.
Advanced symptoms of rusted guttering and water damage can become very obvious after only just a few years of constant leaking.
Once guttering has reached a stage where it has rusted through and falling off the fascia, it not only becomes completely ineffective at channeling water away from your home, there is also the very real risk of it collapsing and causing physical injury.
The longer guttering is left in this state, the more extensive the damage to your property. Water running into the foundations of your home can create serious structural problems. Timber fascia's and scotia can become so damaged by wood rot that they will all need replacing. There is even the risk that wood rot can spread into major timber structures such as the ends of roof trusses.
Guttering is like any maintenance problem in your home. The longer you leave it the more damage it is going to cause, and the more complex the problem becomes.
If you can see rusty guttering, water dripping under carports and verandahs, or there is any evidence of water damage to timberwork, you know that urgent attention is required to prevent serious structural damage. It really is time to call in the experts
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Sometimes it takes a sudden snowstorm or roof leaks, for both homeowners and commercial building owners to realize that their roofing system is not at par. But this neglect can run a high bill for roof repair work that is needed. With regular maintenance on residential and commercial roof repair can be minimized ensuring that the home or office is protected at all times.
But how can you achieve it? It is easy to ensure that roof repair is completed on time but before that you need to schedule regular roof inspections, repairing small leaks before they become larger issues and implementing preventive roof maintenance. This will ensure that lifespan of the roofing is enhanced while you are able to save money on the constant repairs needed due to neglect. It also ensures the safety of the workers, cuts heating or cooling bills, improves the safety of the workers or family.
When you talk about commercial roof repair, the popularity of installing metal roofs has grown in the past few years due to the numerous advantages. These are long lasting, versatile and able to withstand extreme temperatures. Most of the metal roofs last for about 50 years and the warranties on roof repair are for 10 years. This is an indication about how long lasting and maintenance-free these roofs are.
However, there can be leaks, vents from where the water seeps in, or major faults such as breakages in the flashing close to the chimney which may require professional assistance to repair. However, it is tricky business and you can never know how much a roof repair job is going to cost you and that is the very reason that you need to estimate the roof repair job before hiring a professional roofing company.
There are numerous considerations while estimating the roof repair job and here are some of the important considerations that you need to understand before you talk to the professional roof repair contractor. If you intend hiring a roofing company that has a team of expert roofers Bronx the cost is about USD 100-375 per 10x10 square feet area. Most of the roofing companies calculate the estimate based on the pitch of the roof, roofing material that is going to be used, ease of access to the roof, height of the building, roofing state permits, square foot area of roof repair, city licenses and the cost of labor.
Repair on asphalt shingles is cheaper and they charge anywhere in the range of USD 100- 130 while repair of wooden shingle is expensive. It costs around USD 200-1000 depending upon the number of shingle that need to be removed and new ones installed, removing the debris, cementing the area after the repair is done. Different companies have different charges so you need to ask them for an estimate before hiring them. Shortlist the companies based on the estimates that they have given you but don't select the cheapest one as either they will use inferior quality products or will have hidden costs which they will divulge after the work has been completed.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Employee engagement has an impact on everything from productivity to employee retention to morale. A variety of studies have found that highly engaged workplaces have 20% or higher productivity and profits per employee than those that don’t. Let’s look at three ways companies can improve their employee engagement.
1. Get Honest Feedback and Then Act on ItCompanies must first determine the level of employee engagement instead of acting based on impressions and anecdotes. Data driven management decisions are not impossible in Human Resources, but they may not be possible if the people collecting the data are biased in how they collect the data or interpret it.
The solution is to outsource employee engagement surveys to third parties such as Insightlink (for more information about Insightlink and their services, click here) so that management doesn’t receive overly rosy reports or biased action plans. This can happen because employees are afraid to tell HR about problems out of fear it will get back to their managers, data collection may ignore high non-response rates in favor of the skewed positive image or use feedback as justification for its pre-existing desired actions instead of what employees want. When a third party runs anonymous surveys, you’ll get more honest information than if HR could come back to “talk” to submitters and more detailed, actionable advice.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Tag Heuer has its beginnings rooted in a company started in 1860 by Edouard Heuer in a place called St-Imier in Switzerland. This is the company that later joined up with a company called TAG in 1985 (Techniques dAvant Garde) and that is how the modern TAG Heuer was born. TAG originally manufactured precision engineering and high tech technology such as ceramic turbochargers for Formula One cars.
In 1999, TAG Heuer accepted an offer from one the biggest French luxury design houses Louis Vuitton for buying up a majority stake in the company for about $452 million. This resulted in Louis Vuitton owning 50.1% of all pre-owned TAG Heuer watches shares thus owning majority of the company.
Pre-owned TAG Heuer watches have behind them the historical achievement of being the first to introduce the automatic chronograph to the world. Heuer was part of a three company joint effort to produce the worlds first automatic chronograph and it was achieved in the first quarter of the year 1969 with the announcement being made in Geneva.
Heuer has also had the opportunity to produce watches that were sold under yet another large international lifestyle brand and design house Abercrombie and Fitch. These watches were produced and sold in the years 1953 and 1954. The designs had tachymeter features that were geared towards rally car drivers who could use their watch to determine the speed of their car over a measured mile and thus calculate whether it was performing optimally or not.
Heuer was also the first to get the patent for a dashboard chronograph that was meant to be used in automobiles and airplanes. The first model had two large hands to show the time of the day and had a smaller dial at the 12o clock position for showing the duration of the journey, which was at that time up to 12 hours.
In 1962, Heuer became the first Swiss watchmaker in space. It was onboard the Mercury Atlas 6 spacecraft, which was Americas first manned spaceflight to orbit the earth. The watch was worn by astronaut John Glenn who was part of the mission.
Heuer was also part of the first wave of digital watches that experimented with LCD and LED displays. These were really new at the time and garnered a lot of attention. The first such watch from the company was the Chronoplit model. This happened during the mid-1970s.
Thus Tag Heuer watches have been part of a legacy that stretches beyond the borders and boundaries in and outside this world. It is a multi-century heritage that safeguards the high precision engineering art of making perfect timepieces that are trusted by professionals everywhere.