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  • Energy GuyEnergy Guy
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    Hello Anamika. It sounds like you are looking for an inexpensive alternative to installing solar panels or an energy monitoring system. I have a solution. I always recommend gaining insight into how you are using energy before spending money on energy systems. You can do it yourself. There is no need to purchase systems like OHM. Please read Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 of my article series “How to save energy at home.” You’ll find the 3 articles under the “Learn” menus item on energyforums.net. Using the methods described in the articles and a $35 Kill a Watt meter that you can buy from Amazon will give you the insight into what appliances and devices in your home are using energy without spending big dollars on an energy monitoring system. Let me know if you have any more questions. You can do it!

    Energy GuyEnergy Guy
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    Yes – the new brushless motor fans have raised the bar for ceiling fans. There are many on the market today that are very efficient like the Gorilla fan. And with dimmable LED lights they meet the requirements for most all applications. You can also take a look at the many fans available on LampsPlus.com One ceiling fan that I’ve used and like very much is the 60″ Turano LED Ceiling Fan. You can check it out here

    Energy GuyEnergy Guy
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    As follow-up to this post about Apple, federal energy regulators approved Apple’s application on 8/4/2016 to start selling electricity at wholesale market rates.

    The cool part about this is that they can now play, or hedge, the markets. For example, if wholesale electricity prices are 14 cents per kilowatt-hour, and they can buy retail at 10 cents per kilowatt-hour, they can choose to sell at the higher price and buy at the lower retail price, and pocket the difference. And this pricing situation often happens, especially during heat spells, extreme cold snaps, or when a power plant unexpectedly goes offline. When there is a high demand for electricity and limited production, power providers are often willing to pay more than they sell for. Of course, they hope this only lasts for a short time!

    Good for Apple! They are setting an example, using all renewable energy, that I’m sure will be followed by more large companies.

    Energy GuyEnergy Guy
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    Yes! It is quite feasible to make your own solar panels if you are comfortable building a frame, mounting and wiring the photovoltaic cells and installing the system. You can find inexpensive cells at Alibaba.com or eBay. Using higher quality parts will result in a longer life panel. Cost will increase if you embed the cells in a protective silicon compound and use tempered glass for strength, but done right, you should get over 20 years life from a panel. Check out YouTube for some creative and great ideas to get started.

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