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Lead Acid or Lithium Batteries for off-grid storage?

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I bought my first solar panel in 1989, a 50-watt Solarex photovoltaic module. Along with an old motorcycle battery, some DC car lights, and a small radio, I created an off-grid room in the house I was renting. When the power was out, and even when it wasn’t, I had lights and music operating on stored…

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Added by Paul Scheckel on September 5, 2019 at 11:30am — No Comments

Renewable Rant: Traditional Energy!

Why, when I open up a newsletter or market evaluation report about “traditional energy” markets, do I read about fossil fuels?

Allow me to propagate a radical idea that I hope will change the way you think and talk about energy. First there was solar energy. It remains as steady, predictable, and powerful today as it has for the past five billion years (give or take a few creationist theories). No life form on earth relies on any other form of energy other than what…

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Added by Paul Scheckel on August 29, 2016 at 6:20pm — No Comments

Gas vs Induction Cooking Energy Comparison

Comparison Between LP Gas Range and Induction Burner

Admittedly, this is a simple and very limited analysis, but it does offer some useful information. I wrote about induction cooking 2 years ago, the cost has since come down enough that I recently bought a single coil, counter-top unit, and after a week of use, the numbers are in.

As a…

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Added by Paul Scheckel on June 14, 2016 at 9:10am — 22 Comments

Energy Ambassadors: Cuba and Vermont

Last winter i had the pleasure of hosting a Cuban colleague for a week in Vermont. We toured the state's most interesting energy related sites and shared cultural perspectives. A few years earlier, Mario co-hosted an energy professionals group I toured with in Cuba. I like to think of us as Energy Ambassadors. It's a great story, but only the first chapter has been written!…

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Added by Paul Scheckel on October 6, 2015 at 8:11am — No Comments

Less oil, more courage: Energy and Art

Hard to admit, but I'm not all fun-facts all the time. Sometimes I even pay attention to things that aren't energy related. So, rather engineering geek-speak that dominates the energy efficiency professional’s lexicon, today’s post is about “energy art” as a counterbalance to the usual “art of energy” commentary. This is a subject I've been following for many years and it's inspiring to see what artists can do with solar panels, radiators, and flame.
 
Today, I'm…
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Added by Paul Scheckel on May 22, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Homeowner's Energy Handbook

Friends and Colleagues 

I'm happy to announce the release of my new book, "The Homeowner's Energy Handbook".

The book is written for a varied audience and is split between energy efficiency and renewable energy topics. I hope it might be something that you or your customers might find…

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Added by Paul Scheckel on March 14, 2013 at 10:00am — 4 Comments

Energy Planning, Energy Action

Vermont has a new comprehensive energy plan that is full of thoughtful - though non-binding and unfunded - ideas. The plan calls for meeting 90% of the state's energy needs through renewables by 2050.

Energy professionals know that it makes sense to dramatically reduce the energy requirements of homes and meet a large portion of remaining needs with renewables. We know how to do the work, what we don’t know is how to pay for it – solar panels and insulation are just…

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Added by Paul Scheckel on January 19, 2012 at 9:42am — 1 Comment

What's Next? Getting off the fossil mainline - and proving it!

This is a long one, for intrepid geeks and those who appreciate energy intrigue - I couldn't help myself, I'm sure you understand... There is so much fun to be had in the energy world these days, the limits to your imagination are bounded only by your budget.

Allow me to introduce myself first, then on to the meat of hot water, off-grid, and energy monitoring. Lots of links and name dropping here for those who want some nitty gritty how to.

 

I've been a hands-on energy…

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Added by Paul Scheckel on September 27, 2011 at 6:24pm — 1 Comment

When you absolutely, positively NEED to get efficient overnight!

Every once in a while, we have an experience that completely crumbles some long-standing preconceived notion, and this week I’m pleased to share my revelation with you. I’ve just returned from a week-long trip to Cuba with a group of twenty other energy professionals sponsored by Solar Energy International andGlobal Exchange. The purpose of the trip was to explore…
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Added by Paul Scheckel on April 28, 2011 at 3:28pm — 6 Comments

Staging and Phasing Efficiency

A few weeks ago I was interviewed on the“Green, Better, Best” radio show. I was asked in advance to provide a "top ten” list of energy saving tips for the home. I've been asked this many times before, and I always feel like I’m being asked to discover the “easy” button. When it comes to energy generation and efficiency, there are no silver bullets that will take down the beast, but with good planning…

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Added by Paul Scheckel on February 11, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

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