Mr. Electric - Energy http://www.33pulse.com/taxonomy/term/551 en Turn over a New, Green Leaf This Year http://www.33pulse.com/blog/turn-over-a-new-green-leaf-this-year <div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><h2>Turn over a New, Green Leaf This Year</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img class="img-responsive" data-echo="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/600x300/public/content/blog/images/mre-solarpowerblog.jpg?itok=ni_cW3tk" data-icon="/profiles/dwyer/modules/contrib/lazyloader/loader/loader-7.gif" src="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/profiles/dwyer/modules/contrib/lazyloader/image_placeholder.gif" width="830" height="415" alt="" /><noscript><img class="img-responsive" src="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/600x300/public/content/blog/images/mre-solarpowerblog.jpg?itok=ni_cW3tk" width="830" height="415" alt="" /></noscript></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Super User</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 9:23am</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden body"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>By: Jason Lee</p> <p>It’s that time of year again. Everyone is making resolutions, turning over a new leaf, and looking to make this year better than the last. Make this year great by making sure the leaf you’re turning over is green and consider?solar power and the benefits it could bring to your home and/or business.?</p> <h2>Solar Power and Its Uses</h2> <p>Solar power is a popular form of renewable energy that helps keep the planet clean. Oil, gas, and coal will produce energy, but require manpower to refine it into a usable form. With solar power, as long the sun is around, you have power. Solar power can be used for many things around the home or office, including generating heat and electricity and it’s great for indoor and outdoor lighting. In fact, the installation of solar powered outdoor pathway lights is one of the easiest ways to use solar energy in your home or business.?One of the best uses of solar power is heating water. Homes that have hot tubs or swimming pools should consider looking into heating them with the help of solar power. Due to low operating costs of the solar power, it is very cost effective.</p> <h2>Benefits of Solar Power</h2> <p>Benefits to solar power include the slowing of global warming, saving homeowners money, energy reliability, and energy security. According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, home values rise an average of $20 for every one dollar of reduction in the annual utility bill.?Another great thing about going green this year is that it will continue for years to come. By switching to solar power, homeowners may be eligible for tax credits, rebates or other incentives, and you will be reducing the amount of environmental impact you have on the planet.</p> <p>So start the new-year off right by looking to make this year and the years to come a brighter and cleaner place not just by turning over a new leaf, but by making sure that leaf you turn over is green.</p> <p>Source: <a href="http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/tips-renewable-energy">http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/tips-renewable-energy</a></p> <p>Source: <a href="http://www.lennox.com/solar-solutions/why-solar.asp">http://www.lennox.com/solar-solutions/why-solar.asp</a></p> <p>Source: <a href="http://cleantechnica.com/2013/10/08/advantages-disadvantages-solar-power/">http://cleantechnica.com/2013/10/08/advantages-disadvantages-solar-power/</a></p> <p>?</p> <p>?</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-node-link field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/blog/turn-over-a-new-green-leaf-this-year" class="">Read more</a></div></div></div> Tue, 20 Jan 2015 15:23:34 +0000 Super User 5473 at http://www.33pulse.com How a Surge Protector Works http://www.33pulse.com/blog/how-a-surge-protector-works <div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><h2>How a Surge Protector Works</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img class="img-responsive" data-echo="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/600x300/public/content/blog/images/mre-blog-how_a_surge_protector_works_0.jpg?itok=ahR0PgwR" data-icon="/profiles/dwyer/modules/contrib/lazyloader/loader/loader-7.gif" src="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/profiles/dwyer/modules/contrib/lazyloader/image_placeholder.gif" width="1529" height="748" alt="" /><noscript><img class="img-responsive" src="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/600x300/public/content/blog/images/mre-blog-how_a_surge_protector_works_0.jpg?itok=ahR0PgwR" width="1529" height="748" alt="" /></noscript></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Super User</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 4:03pm</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden body"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p style="line-height: 20.7999992370605px;">Recommended by the National Fire Protection Association and the Institute for Business and Home Safety, surge protectors safeguard electrical devices in your home in the event of power spikes and surges. But how does a surge protector keep your electrical devices safe when all that?amped-up?energy attacks? The science behind the technology isn’t as hard to understand as you might think.</p> <h2>How Surge Protectors Work</h2> <p style="line-height: 20.7999992370605px;">“When a sudden increase in voltage occurs, such as from a lightning strike or damage to a power line, a surge protector detects the excess current and safely diverts it through the house’s grounding path.” A simple statement and it sounds great, but what does it mean? How does a surge protector know how to do this? To understand that, we just need to simplify a little terminology...</p> <h2>The Vagueness of Electrical Vocabulary</h2> <p style="line-height: 20.7999992370605px;">Understanding voltage and amperage can help you better grasp how surge protectors work:</p> <ul style="line-height: 20.7999992370605px;"><li><strong>Voltage:</strong><br /> Using the analogy of water in a hose, voltage is the equivalent of electrical pressure.</li> <li><strong>Amperage</strong><br /> Using the same analogy, amperage is the flow rate, or amount of fluid running through the hose.</li> </ul><h2>Surge Protectors: Excising the Excess</h2> <p style="line-height: 20.7999992370605px;">Using our trusty hose analogy, applying too much pressure in a hose can eventually cause it to burst. In the situation of electrical excesses, however, rather than bursting, electrical lines and appliances burn up, or at the very least wear down over time. By diverting excess pressure in the hose (your home’s wires) surge protectors safeguard wiring and appliances. To accomplish this, they need the help of special components.</p> <h2>Managing the Pressure</h2> <p style="line-height: 20.7999992370605px;">How is all that pressure, or excess electrical energy, diverted? When voltage reaches a certain point, surge protectors simply re-route that extra energy with the help of what is essentially a pressure-sensitive valve. With the correct voltage, current flows through as normal, but with a spike or surge, the device kicks-in immediately and redirects the excess. Commonly used devices for managing this pressure in surge protectors include metal oxide varistors (MOV) and gas discharge arrestors, which allow electrical devices to continue operation while diverting excess energy to grounding wires.</p> <h2>Multi-Layered Protection a Must</h2> <p style="line-height: 20.7999992370605px;">Due to the nature of surge protection devices, all three of the following surge protection types - or at least Type 2 and Type 3 devices - are needed for adequate protection:</p> <ul style="line-height: 20.7999992370605px;"><li><strong>Type 1: Whole House Protection</strong><br /> Installed between the power lines in the street and your meter.</li> <li><strong>Type 2: Whole House Protection</strong><br /> Installed between your meter and breaker box.</li> <li><strong>Type 3: Point-of-Use</strong><br /> Smaller protectors at wall outlets where you plug-in appliances.</li> </ul><h2>Isn’t that overkill??</h2> <p style="line-height: 20.7999992370605px;">No. A whole house surge protector can’t handle 100 percent of surges.? A small amount of excess voltage can leak up to 15 percent. They also can’t handle surges within your home. They suppress surges from outside sources, such as utility company and transformer issues, but cannot protect against the myriad of surges happening inside your home from your appliances – when your A/C or fridge kick on and off, for instance.</p> <h2>Only as Good as Your Grounding</h2> <p style="line-height: 20.7999992370605px;">Older homes with ungrounded outlets or homes with improper wiring and grounding will not be helped by a surge protector without the necessary upgrades. Even the best surge protector will fail if there is no proper escape route via grounding for excess electricity to go. If your home has grounding issues, have them addressed quickly, as wiring repair or upgrade costs will pale in comparison to replacing fried appliances.</p> <p style="line-height: 20.7999992370605px;">Amped up about surge protection in your home? Contact Mr. Electric<span style="font-size: 10px; line-height: 0; position: relative; vertical-align: baseline; top: -0.5em;">?</span>?for your free, in-home surge protection quote today.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-node-link field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/blog/how-a-surge-protector-works" class="">Read more</a></div></div></div> Wed, 14 Jan 2015 22:03:48 +0000 Super User 5460 at http://www.33pulse.com

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