This is our October design newsletter! Today I would like to talk
about alternative energy sources. Our energy cost is increasing
every day. Is there anything we can do without changing our everyday
will be surprised that solutions can come from unexpected sources.
out our Green Corner for the latest updates on
Green Power! Remember, it's never too late to become
friendly with the environment and to save on your electric bill
at the same time!
Truly yours, EKATERINA
KOHLWES principal / designer
YOUR ELECTRIC BILL BY UP TO $300 A YEAR!
month there is a new reason for energy companies to increase
their prices, but how much longer can we sustain these increases?
How can we beat this increase in a simple way without spending too
much right now? You can look around your house and take simple steps.
Here are some ideas:
• Completely turn off your consumer electronic equipment (like
TVs, DVD players, etc.) and computers at night, not just letting them
go into standby mode.
• Do you use flood lights on the outside of your home? Install
motion sensors around the house instead.
• Unplug seldom-used appliances like an extra refrigerator
in the basement or a garage.
• Unplug your chargers when you are not charging. Every house
is full of little plastic power supplies to charge cell phones, digital
cameras and cordless tools. Keep them unplugged until you need them.
• Set your temperature to 68 degrees in winter during day time
and 55 before you go to sleep. In summer keep it at 78 degrees or
• Use sunlight wisely. Leave shades and blinds open in winter
but close them at night to reduce the amount of heat lost through
windows. Close shades or blinds during summer when an air conditioner
is in use.
What Else Can We Do?
are other ways to reduce your reoccurring expenses without buying
expensive solar panels for your roof or substantial changes of your
everyday habits. For example, use affordable
mini solar power devices wherever you can to eliminate the power you
use from the utility companies. Here are some facts:
Pathway lights placed on sides of your walkway can save you up to
$140 a year.
Did you know that those little
garden lights, usually placed alongside a pathway, can cost
you up to $140+ a year in electricity? Why not let the sun power
them instead of the utility company?
• Or that replacing your outdoor fountain pump with a solar
powered pump could save about $100 a year?
• Other examples of where solar powered lights can help you
save your money: garage
sensor lights, illuminated
addresses or small
spot lights in your garden. All these can sum up to a pretty
substantial amount of money by the end of a year.
cascading Solar Powered Water Fountain can save you around $100
on electricity (a year) if you replaced your old electric fountain.
It is completley self powered by a small solar panel. Try to choose
the sunniest location for your fixtures to get the most benefit
from the sun.
Calculator to figure our how much money one of your light bulbs
will take out of your pocket.
How Does Solar Power Work?
Did you know that the first photoelectric effect was discovered
in 1839 in France and in 1905 Albert Einstein described the nature
of light and photoelectric effect and won a Nobel Prize for it?
Our space industry has been using photovoltaics since the 1960's.
And finally now us as consumers, we are starting to see the benefits
of solar power.
If you’d like to learn more, watch this fun
video on the process that occurs inside of the panels themselves.
more about Solar Power with this fun video.
Powered Lights' Styles
lights come in different sizes and styles. Everyone can find something
appealing for the front of their house or for their garden and start
saving right now. You can hang solar lights next to your
entrance, above your stairs
or on your
fence. You can eliminate your mailbox or your home address.
though the solar cell on the fixture is strong enough to obtain
the charge on a cloudy day, try to choose the sunniest location
for your fixtures to get the most benefit from the sun. The charge
will last over 8 hours. Most models will also turn on and off automatically
so you don’t have to think about it every night. There is
no wiring for installing solar fixtures!
solid aluminum fixture absorbs energy from the sun to power two
high output white LED’s during the night. The plate projects
1” from the wall, the LED’s will illuminate the background
to reveal the number.
Do you have a problem with rodents but don't want to kill
any animals in your garden? This is an environmentally
friendly pest control device which emits a powerful ultrasonic wave
through your lawn to eliminate ground hogs and other varmints. Effective
coverage about 7,000 SF (or 650 square meters), and emits sounds
underground every 30-50 seconds. There are no batteries to replace
or wires to plug in. Its solar powered panel makes it ideal for
do-it-yourself homeowners. For best results, place the 2 units approximately
60 ft. apart in the highest hazard area. Read
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