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The Energy Times: November 2014

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Water Heating

By: Niyathi Shah  

Today water is being wasted in many different ways. It’s being wasted in the showers, leaking faucets, running half full dishwashers and also by not simply turning off your faucet while brushing your teeth or washing dishes in the sink. That’s just wasting water in general but what about heating your water? Your water gets wasted just by taking time to heat in the shower or while washing your hands in the sink. Heating water also takes up energy, in fact it takes up more energy. The two solutions that I’m proposing today not only help you save the amount of water you use but also saving the time to heat your water.

The first solution is a solar water heater. Right now water heaters use electricity or gas for heating water. Have you ever thought about using a renewable source of energy for heating water? That’s why I’m proposing you the solution of a solar water heater.  Solar water heaters heat water using the sun’s thermal energy.

The second image06is a tankless water heater. Tankless water heaters water heaters are more energy efficient than traditional storage tank water heaters, as they do not store hot water and continually heat it to maintain water heat. Tankless water heaters use a series of coils in a unit to heat the water, as it passes through. A second way you can save the time to heat your water is by getting a tankless water heater.

In conclusion, heating your water doesn’t need to take too much time and if you want to ever wash your hands or even take a shower faster, heating your water with a solar water heater and a tankless water heater will be the key to faster and warmer water.

SmartHomes

By: Pratika Katiyar

The world will depend on SmartHomes in the future. SmartHomes have all the devices installed in your home already. They help conserve energy like with the thermostats and ac system. The future of energy lies in SmartHomes.

In SmartHomes you can connect all appliances and security systems to your phone. If you leave the light on, most people would be to lazy to go up and turn it off and with the motion detectors, the light will turn off if no one is in the room. Also, with everything that your phone can control, you can just turn off say the security by just opening the app on your phone and pressing a button.

To learn more go to: http://smarthome.com

Current Solutions to our

Energy Problems

By: Pratika Katiyar

Smart homes would be the future of all ways to conserve energy. Research is about the new fangled things that help conserve light, water, heating and gas issues. For water you could use a solar water heater or a tankless water heater. For lighting you could use LED bulbs since they last ten timfll1es the amount florescent light bulbs do and they don’t heat up. For heating and cooling use programmable thermostats since they easily adjust. And for your natural gas just seal all leaks and get a monitor since those can help avoid gas leaks and notify you if they happen.

10 Ways to Conserve Energy

By: Pratika Katiyar

1. image00Find better ways to heat and cool your house.  

2. Install a tankless water heater                                     .

3. Replace incandescent lights.

4. Seal and insulate your home.

5. Install efficient showerheads and toilets.

6. Use appliances and electronics responsibly.

7. Install daylighting as an alternative to electrical lighting.

8. Insulate windows and doors.

9.Use Solar energy during the day

10. Use Programmable thermostats

Lighting and Appliances

By: Ishan Gopalani

Lighting and Appliances play an important role in energy usage. They take up about 35% of the total energy usage in the average home.

Electricity/Light Bulbs

Saving electricity doesn’t just save money, it saves the environment. You should know that when you waste electricity, your electricity bills go up. But wasting electricity can create pollution, too. Energy plants that generate electricity create a lot of pollution. People generate electricity by burning coal, and those fumes from the coal cause air pollution. The average home pollutes more than the average car! So saving electricity doesn’t just put money in your pocket, it helps keep the air and water clean, too. Oil is being used up fast, people have already used up more than 50% of the oil on the planet. Here are some tips for saving electricity:

  • A good idea that will save energy is to get energy from the sun by putting solar panels on your roof. Using solar energy saves the environment better, and it is affordable.
  • Some of the little things matter, too;If you spend a little time on turning off lights you are not using, you can save a lot of energy.
  • Change yofll7ur traditional incandescent light bulbs to LED or CFL lights. These lights save the most energy while using the least electricity. Changing these light bulbs can save a whopping 70-90% of your electricity!
  • Control Your Usage: To manage your lighting use and safety, we recommend that you use automatic devices such as:
    • Pre-set timers – Automatically turn your lights on and off.
    • Light-sensitive photocells – Switch lights on at night and off during the day.
    • Motion detectors – Sense the motion of someone walking up or driving within range of a sensor, which switches the light to come on. This security measure does not waste energy.

Heating and Cooling/HVAC

(Heating, Ventilation, and Air

Conditioning)

By: Aravind Kalipatnapu

Don’t you think we are wasting energy sometimes on heating and cooling? Heating and cooling takes up about 45 percent of your energy bills, and it’s a waste of money. To learn how to conserve energy, you must learn how your heating and cooling works. During the summer, when you turn on the Air Conditioning (AC), turbines suck warm air in, turn the air into cool air, and sends the air into the distribution system which distributes the air around the house. During the winter the fan in the furnace sucks the cold air from inside the house and sends it through ducts to the furnace. The furnace uses fire to heat the air up and then using sends it to the distribution system. The ducts of the distribution system take the hot air hot air to all vents around the house. So that’s how it works, now you want to know how to conserve energy well now I will tell you.

  • Change your air filters every 3 months
  • Use programmable thermostats for controlling the temperature in your house
  • Use renewable energy sources with geothermal heat pumps, solar panels or wind mills
  • Use insulation to prevent heat and cold air leaks from the house.

Refrigeration

By Anoushka Aswin

The average household uses 935.84 kWh per year on refrigeration. That is a lot of energy. Refrigeration is a simple form of energy used daily, but there are ways you  can conserve more  and money. First, it would be really important to not keep your refrigerator door open for too long, because you will be letting out the coolness, making the refrigerator use more energy to keep it cool. Also, you should avoid putting hot food or items in your refrigerator, making it harder to keep the refrigerator cool. It would really help to also turn on your refrigerator’s energy saving switch. For more details and tips on conserving energy go to this site~ http://shrinkthatfootprint.com/average-household-electricity-consumption.


Kids Korner!!!

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The Adventures of Energy Earl

Energy Earl and his sidekick LED lightbulb are always looking out to conserve energy anywhere they can.

One bright and Sunny day…

“Hey Earl!LED cried out, “Look outside!”

“Why? What is it?” asked Earl

“It is early in the morning, and the sun is shining bright, but there are so many lights on!”

“Oh no! We have to conserve energy. Keeping the lights on when you don’t need them is not good.” said Energy Earl.

“That’s right!” agreed LED, “Lets go”.

Energy Earl puts on his light conservation suit, and he is ready to go!

“Um, Earl?”

“Yes, LED?”

“I just saw who is turning on all the lights! It is Electricitywaster man!” said LED.

“Oh no! And he is coming straight towards us!!!”

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Energy Earl’s Energy Search

H S J K Y N P P R M E K C K Z
P E U U Q N R N E U Q U O D U
A M A N U O B A T K E I O A D
E E G T P L P D A W L E L L J
D T E A I M D X W K L Q I H E
X S N N H N O E L B W T N P Z
V E H A B A G Y A A P C G T L
V A M R E N E W A B L E G U E
B N D G T S E Y A H Z G M N O
Z G C I H N M H G C O A L N S
U W K K E U Y E H R S S Q D T
O R N R S T H G I L E D L L O
J K N D V V Q Y K O N N M R N
J O S D S G R O B I R L E N Q
N U T Y L H S O W F L B H W D

Find Words: 
 COAL
 COOLING
 ENERGY
 GAS
 HEATING
 LIGHTS
 NONRENEWABLE
 PROPANE
 RENEWABLE
 SUN
 WATER
 WIND

Word Scramble:

Unscramble the words!
  1. glbhiutslb =
  1. yrgeen =
  1. gteihan =
  1. olca =
  1. lroas =
  1. liogoicn =
Energy Earl’s Answers:
Answers: 1. Lightbulbs    2. Energy    3. Heating     4. Coal     5. Solar    6. Cooling

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 Energy Conservation is Amazin’!

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Turn off lights when not in use!

Light Bulbs  cost money, they don’t grow!

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