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Nice Solar Hot Water Video by PG&E

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The Johnny on Energy site contains articles and videos explaingin how solar hot water systems work but when I came across this one, created by Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) I thought it was worth sharing. They do a nice job of explaining how solar hot water works and they do it in less than 5 minutes:

For more on solar hot water: Hot Water Solar Heater – details or how they work including videos showing evaculated tubes and ...

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What’s a Blower Door Test?

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What’s a Blower Door Test?

What’s a blower door test?

“What, were you raised in a barn? I’m not paying to heat the outdoors!” This is what I heard from my mom, when I was a kid and I left a door or window open.  Well mom, I’m here to tell you that the heat is still escaping, even after the door has been closed. The leaks aren’t as obvious as an open door or window but rather many small leaks that can actually add up ...

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Solar Panel App – Help in Finding the Right Location on Your Home

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Solar Panel App – Help in Finding the Right Location on Your Home

Solar Panel App – Solar Panels Suitability Checker Solar panels are most effective when properly oriented towards the sun and set at the proper angle for your location. A site analysis takes into consideration many factors about the home including trees or other buildings that might shade the panels and whether there is a mounting surface to support them. While this app is pretty basic, it does give you a nice color coded look at the orientation of ...

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Wireless Spark Socket to Control Your Lights

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Wireless Spark Socket to Control Your Lights

You can wirelessly control your TV, thermostat, computer, and alarm system from your smart phone no matter where in the world you might be, but how about using it to control your lights? There’s always been wired solutions to light control but what we’re talking about here is your phone accessing your lights, over your wireless network.  That possibility has arrived!

A lighting company called Spark has an electronic socket that is able to connect to a wireless network, enabling the ...

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