Where are you loosing money In your Home ?

Raise your hand if you enjoy loosing money? Anyone? I did not see a hand raised. The question is where are you loosing money? Well the first place to start looking is around the house. Many homeowners possibly even your house are experiencing unwanted energy loss from their home.

Gas appliances- are they leaking your hard earned money?
You may do well to hire a professional to analyze your house as there are many special tools they can use to get a clear view of how well your home is doing in using its energy. Some things you can expect a professional to do would be:

Scan your homes gas appliances, such as gas heater and gas furnace. Checking out your basement to your attic and everything in between. You will be given an assessment kind of like a grade on how your home is doing and help you identify some weak areas where you are loosing money monthly. Once you have fixed the problem the professional will come back and do an audit on your home and make sure the items are fixed making your home more energy efficient. Getting a Home Energy Assessment will save you money.

Blower door test will check the air-tightness in your home.

Infrared camera scan will check for moisture problems, leaks and insufficient insulation.

These are important aspects of your home functioning as energy efficient as possible.

True not everyone has the resources to tackle a host of problems your home may be having making it less energy efficient not to worry take it one step at a time.

Make a list of known issues for your home, prioritize and start one by one fixing the known issues and watch your saving add up. Nothing is worse then wasting your hard earned cash, in this economy can you afford for your home not to be running energy efficient.…

Can energy be made from the wind??

All across the world, what people call windmills are popping up. They are huge and have a very beautiful and gracious look about them.

Although they are nice to look at, what benefit do they have for us, and what can they do for you?
These may seen like the same question but we will look at the individually.
First of all, what are these giant windmills that are seemingly everywhere these days?
What is commonly known to us as windmills are actually Wind Turbines- as pictured above. Wind turbines generate energy from the wind. Wind Turbines are also referred to as wind generator, wind turbine generator, wind power unit, wind energy converter. All these terms point to the same thing, energy efficiency.

According to answers.com, This depends on the size of the turbine and the wind resource. A single 1MW turbine operating at a 45% production rate will generate about 3.9 milion kW of electricity in a year. This would be enough to meet the needs of about 500 households per year. The world’s largest turbines at 5 MW have been constructed at the DEWI-OCC test field in Cuxhaven, Germany.
Another interesting point with wind systems is that fossil fuel plants normally run on standby to support the wind fluctuations that occur. So, not only do we see only 8 to 10% of a rated power output, but this is offset by the fossil fuel consumed an not delivered to the grid. The net result is that most wind packages deliver less then zero power, when you consider the wasted fuel at the fossil fuel plant.

You will see these wind turbine in groups and these groups are referred to as, wind farms. Turbines used in wind farms are three bladed and pointed into the wind with computer controlled motors. These are commercial turbines used in the production of energy.

Some fun facts about wind turbines:

The blades tip speed can reach up to 200 miles per hour.

Wind Turbines can reach up to 130 ft.

Wind turbines blades are usually and off grey color and this is to blend in with the clouds.

Wind Turbines are also made to shut down in high wind to avoid damage.
Transportation of wind turbines account for 20% of equipment cost.
Bottom line, these massive Wind Turbines are beneficial for the environment, cutting down the cost of energy for users like you and me and look beautiful in the mean time.