People with pickup trucks generally have them because they are hauling equipment around in their truck beds. That comes with a lot of wear and tear. Whether it’s on your own personal time, or something you do for work, your truck bed is going to suffer some bangs and scratches over the years.Continue reading “Why Truck Owners Should Have Bedliners”
The Modern Office – Welcome To The 21st Century
How we define “the office” has changed quite a bit since the 1990s. In the past, an office was simply a space where people gathered to complete their work tasks. Today, with the advent of the internet, the cloud, and teleconferencing, the modern office has evolved into something far more advanced and dynamic. It’s also become something a bit more abstract. Offices can be purely physical, entirely virtual, or some combination of the two. The scope of an individual’s work no longer appears limited to the office itself either. From our modern offices, we are more connected with the entire value chain.Continue reading “The Modern Office – Welcome To The 21st Century”
Common Traffic Control Equipment, And Why We Need It
Everyone hates being stuck in traffic. The thought of “traffic control” probably brings up thoughts of being inconvenienced. However, we need to keep in mind that traffic control equipment such as traffic signs ultimately, in the long-run, streamline traffic.Continue reading “Common Traffic Control Equipment, And Why We Need It”
Innovative Products And Services In Modern Dentistry That We Often Take For Granted
While the field of dentistry has continued to evolve, many old products and procedures that were once considered perfectly safe and healthy have been discarded as dangerous. Today we find many products that occupy something of a “middle-ground” in this regard (mercury-based fillings, for example).
Despite the fact that dental care still hasn’t been entirely perfected, we should be grateful for the fact that we aren’t limited to the comparatively barbaric forms of dentistry practiced in the distant past with tools as crude as sharpened rocks or the “dental key” (named as such because it resembled a large wooden key that would be fastened to the tooth for extraction by means of twisting the tooth until it shattered).
Here are some often overlooked innovations in modern dentistry that shouldn’t be taken for granted.Continue reading “Innovative Products And Services In Modern Dentistry That We Often Take For Granted”
Solar Energy: How It Works, and Why It Matters
Over the years, there’s been increasing interest in solar energy. Many speak of it as a viable alternative to fossil fuels, others claim the technology just “isn’t there yet”. However, when it comes right down to it, most people simply don’t understand the science behind solar energy, or their understanding is based on outdated models of 5 to 10 years in the past.
In this post, we’ll explain how solar power works, dispel some common myths, and help you decide if solar panel installation is right for you.
How It Works
Atomic Structure – A Quick Rundown
Atoms are comprised of three basic particles:
The protons and neutrons make up the atomic nucleus, and are held together through electromagnetism. Since protons have a positive charge and neutrons have a neutral charge, the overall charge of the nucleus is positive. Electrons (with their negative charge) are thus drawn to the nucleus. When atoms have an equal amount of protons and electrons, they attain an overall neutral charge.
Understanding the power of solar energy means knowing why and how solar panels work on this atomic structure.
How Solar Panels Affect Atoms
Solar panels are comprised of a network of photovoltaic cells, meaning they are semi-conductive. Since these cells are given either a positive or negative charge, they create an electric field.
These cells also work to allow sunlight to force electrons free from otherwise neutral atoms, creating a flow of electricity which is then converted to AC (alternating current), a form of electricity that can power homes. Essentially anything you plug into your wall to power a device uses alternative current. With the electricity derived from the solar panels, you can power your whole home.
Energy Benefits of Solar Power
The average cost per kilowatt hour is increasing, and as fossil fuels become more rare, they are going to continue to go up in price. Solar energy, on the other hand, is projected to only go down in price, costing less than coal or natural gas. This is especially true in areas that see plenty of sunlight year- round such as Arizona or Navada. Many people in these areas who have converted over to solar energy have seen a drastic reduction in their utility bills. With an average of 100 degrees or more during the summer in places like Mesa, switching over to solar energy may just be one of the most cost-effective decisions a resident could make.
Furthermore, it’s also possible to sell energy back to your power company if your home is generating more electricity than you are using. That means you could not only be saving money that would otherwise be spent on your electric bill, you could also be making more money by selling it to your power company. For many people, this is a fantastic investment.
It’s also possible for many residents to claim tax credits and exemptions for their solar energy, helping make the entire cost of installation and use of their solar panels more affordable. Consider the Federal Solar Tax Credit, which allows for a 30% deduction of the installation cost.
Many solar companies are also willing to help their customers by offering $0 down, and then allowing for the cost to be paid off over a certain amount of time. Often times, this cost is even lower than the previous electric bills.
Environmental Benefits of Solar Energy
Much of the world’s energy crisis is due to the increased demand for ever decreasing fossil fuels. Over time, this model simply can’t be sustained. Not only that, but fossil fuels are not good for the environment. The whole process of extraction, processing, and use of materials like natural gas and coal comes with a heavy price on the environment.
Alternatives like solar power are increasing in popularity due to the fact that they aren’t contributing to this energy crisis. They are rather a renewable or “green” alternative.
Furthermore, the ever growing popularity of solar power is leading to advancements in its technology. The lifespan of solar panels is continuing to increase due to the use of more reliable materials and structures. They don’t have to be replaced often.
What Kind of Maintenance Do Solar Panels Need?
Simply put, solar panels don’t require much maintenance at all. You can expect high quality solar panels to last for decades without requiring much attention beyond keeping them safe from large amounts of dirt, debris, and snow. In many southern areas where people would get the most benefit from solar energy, these kinds of conditions are fairly rare.
Generally speaking, the most amount of upkeep your solar panels will need is to have their inverters replaced, but even then, this is only required a few times throughout the lifespan of your system. Inverters can usually be warrantied.
Dispelling Some Myths About Solar Energy
Myth 1 – Given How Expensive Batteries Are, Solar Power Just Isn’t Viable
This is an example of people working with an outdated understanding of solar power technology. Most solar power systems don’t require batteries. You generally only need batteries for your solar panels if you want backup power. Otherwise, they simply aren’t required.
Myth 2 – Solar Panels Can’t Pay for Themselves
This is yet another example of people using an outdated understanding of solar panels. The fact is that, as the technology behind solar energy continues to advance, and the materials and overall cost of installation continues to drop, solar panels can pay for themselves over time. This can happen sooner or later depending on where you are located.
Myth 3 – Solar Power Technology Is Simply Inefficient
Years ago, people who believed this may have been right. These days, the technology behind solar power has advanced to the point that solar panels can:
- Fulfil 100% of your energy demands
- Pay for themselves over time
- Produce cleaner energy than fossil fuels
People often claim that “the efficiency of solar energy is only 15 to 20 percent”. However, it’s important to remember that what’s truly relevant is what the end user (the home or business owner) wants. The level of efficiency is not a deterring factor due to the fact that there is an infinite supply of sunlight (at least as far as we’re concerned, as the sun is not going to be burning out for at least five billion years).
Stating the percentage of efficiency is misleading, as it doesn’t change the fact that solar panels can generate all of the energy you need, have an unlimited supply of sunlight to produce their effects, and can pay for themselves over time.
Comparing Ancient and Modern Dentistry
As time goes on, technology continues to advance. Sometimes this occurs at a slow and steady pace. Other times, there are great leaps forward.
When it comes to the field of dentistry, technology has (thankfully) come a long way. Prior to relatively recent times, this was difficult work and grim work for both the dentist and the patient, something seen as an ugly necessity at best.
In this post, we’ll be discussing some of the old methods of dentistry and how they compare to the advanced dental care from which we benefit in the modern day, but first: Continue reading “Comparing Ancient and Modern Dentistry”
The History of Video Surveillance
Technology continues to advance at an impressive rate. The desire to improve and reach new limits has always been an admirable trait of mankind. We are constantly surrounded by technology it doesn’t even cross our mind anymore. One piece of technology that continues to change and improve is video surveillance. The wow-factor may have diminished with time but that doesn’t stop us from pushing forward. From the early years to current times, video surveillance has come leaps and bounds.Continue reading “The History of Video Surveillance”
What Are The Advantages of Adopting Green Energy?
Environmentally friendly energy sources and technologies are being sought out more and more everyday-and for good reason. Green energy technologies contain a wide range of benefits that go a lot farther than just saving the planet. From better energy reliability to the creation of jobs and more, we’ll show you just how “worth it” transferring to a more “green energy” focused infrastructure can be. But first, let’s take a look at what exactly green or eco-friendly energy is and its various forms or applications. Continue reading “What Are The Advantages of Adopting Green Energy?”
Cogeneration Systems – An Efficient Energy Option
Energy. We use it every day. You hear about it on the news every day. At this point where everything uses some sort of technology or power source, it is constantly on our mind. It will be a popular conversation topic that we will have as long as we continue to use some form of it every day. It seems the more energy we consume, the more and more that renewable or “green” energy is also a hot subject matter for discussion. But there is a type of energy generation that actually works off of our energy consumption, and allows our use to be more efficient.
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Efficient & Eco-Friendly Heating and Power
It is important to understand what energy is and how it is used today. Primary Energy (PE) is the energy found in nature that has not been engineered by any man made processes. It is typically contained within raw fuels such as fossil fuels and other forms of energy that are received as the input into a system. This energy can either be Renewable or Non-Renewable. Continue reading “Efficient & Eco-Friendly Heating and Power”