Have you ever considered solar to help offset your energy usage?
Heating and cooling costs account for up to 56% of the average homeowners’ energy costs and today’s heating and air conditioning systems are far more energy efficient than those on the market just a few years ago. Some manufacturers also offer heating and A/C systems with integrated solar technology, and these units can reduce your monthly energy bills by as much as 50%.
Solar heating and air conditioning systems offer a number of benefits. In addition to reducing your monthly energy costs, solar energy reduces your dependence on the electric grid which can be a huge benefit during local electrical outages caused by excessive demand and severe weather.
Solar systems also reduce your carbon footprint which is good for the environment.
Finally, going solar also allows you to take advantage of various federal, state and local incentives, including tax credits. Check with your local electric utility to see if they offer additional incentives.
The Lennox Solar SunSource Home Energy System is an ideal choice. In addition to providing electric power for your heating and A/C unit, the SunSource system also generates power for your lights and small appliances.
To learn more about the advantages of solar heating and cooling, contact your local heating and air conditioning contractor. They’ll be able to offer advice on the types of solar HVAC systems available and give you an idea of much money you can save by converting from your current system.
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If you want a low-cost and simple emergency power backup, use your car. The 12V battery in the car will supply the power to an inverter such as this 1100 W unit http://www.dcacpowerinverters.com/. Next, feed the inverter output into a backfeed breaker such as the ones shown here http://www.interlockkit.com/.
The backfeed breaker setup will allow you to supply power to your whole house in an emergency but always keep in mind to never turn on more devices at one time than what your battery/inverter combination will support(in watt capacity). A 1100w backup would power a refrigerator, laptop, and a few lights at the same time. If more power is needed, look into a 1500w inverter. The key is to manage your power use by very selectively turning on/off critical devices.
If you’re not skilled in home electrical, consult an electrician for backfeed breaker installation. Your backup power will last as long as your car has gas to idle. Force the car to idle at 1000-1200 RPM by placing some type of weight on the gas pedal and spin the alternator. A typical car alternator will output 400-500w spinning at 1200rpm, and reach around 1000w turning 2100+ rpm. If you find your battery voltage dropping during emergency use, speed the car idle up to increase the alternator output, not exceeding 2100rpm. Learn more.
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If you want to supply alternative power to your house with batteries or solar panels you’ll need a power inverter to convert from the battery (most likely 12 or 24 Volt) system to the 110 AC found in a home. Here is agreat article on inverter design and what criteria to use in selecting an inverter that suits your needs. http://electronics.howstuffworks.com/gadgets/automotive/dc-ac-power-inverter.htm/printable