Drought Diligence for Pool & Spa Professionals

Blog, June 2015, Solar Pool Heating - Tags: san luis obispo solar, swimming pool water, swimming pools, water conservstion - solaruser Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Article by Terry Arko, Pool & Spa News, May 22, 2015

Pool Techs Must Practice Drought Diligence

Pool professionals need to consider not only what they're putting in the water, but also what they're leaving behind. In drought times, the mantra needs to be "Remove more, add less." This refers to how the water should be treated. In short, we should aim to remove more organics while adding less solid byproducts, reducing the need to drain and refill.

When the practice of draining and refilling pools is under increased scrutiny by water districts, particularly in California, pool professionals should carefully consider what chemicals they're using and ask themselves: What is this leaving behind in the water that may increase the need to drain and refill?

Five Energy Saving Tips for Homeowners

Blog, May 2015 - solaruser Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Five Easy Energy Saving Tips for Homeowners

Part 1

May 27, 2015

Recently, the Environmental Protection Agency announced its new green homes web site. The site provides an interactive experience that helps people make their homes greener with tips on reducing energy consumption, carbon footprints, waste generation and water usage, as well as improving indoor air quality.

While you may have already made some improvements to your home energy efficiency, there's always more we can do. After exploring the new Web site, here are some energy consuming areas to consider improving. These are mostly easy to execute tactics and activities that will save energy and money.

1. PORCH LIGHTING - The outdoor porch light is one of the highest used light fixtures in a home and is a perfect place to install ENERGY STAR® lighting products. There are many LED bulbs that will now easily fit into existing porch lights. COST: < $10

 2. BATHROOM: - The bathroom vanity is the second highest-use fixtures in the average home. ENERGY STAR-qualified LED provides bright, warm light, use less energy, and generate less heat than standard lighting. COST: < $10

ENERGY STAR-qualified bathroom ventilation fans are much quieter than standard models. Models that include lighting use 70% less energy on average than standard models, saving more than $60 in electricity over the life of the fan. Running your fan for 15 minutes after showering controls moisture in the air and mold and mildew growth. COST: $50

3. VENTILATION - Natural air flow will naturally ventilate and cool your home by entering or leaving windows, depending on their orientation to the wind. When wind blows against your home, air is forced into your windows on the side facing into the wind, while a natural vacuum effect tends to draw air out of windows on the leeward (downwind) side. In coastal climates, many seaside buildings are designed with large ocean-facing windows to take advantage of cooling sea breezes. For drier climates, natural ventilation involves avoiding heat buildup during the day and ventilating at night. Natural ventilation can be relatively effective here on California’s Central Coast. COST: FREE

4. KITCHEN - Use the right-sized pot on stove burners. A 6" pot on an 8" burner wastes over 40% of the burner's heat. Also, cover pots and pans to keep heat in. Using the right-sized pot on stove burners can save about $36 annually for an electric range, or $18 for gas. COST: FREE

5. Kitchen - Use your microwave or toaster oven to reheat or cook small portions. You can reduce cooking energy by as much as 80% when using your microwave for small portions. COST: FREE


Getting Our Groove On Since 1975.

Residential Solar, Blog, January 2015, Solar Electric - Tags: 1975, original solar company, solar in 75, solar san luis obispo, solarponics - solaruser Friday, 30 January 2015

Getting Our Groove On Since 1975.

Top 10 Songs of 1975.


#1. Love Will Keep Us Together, Captain & Tenielle

Solarponics Makes Top Contractor List

Residential Solar, Blog, October 2014, Solar Electric - Tags: atascadero solar, san luis obispo solar, Solar Electric, solar energy, solar energy system, solar financing, Solar rebates, solar system, SPI 2014, Top 400 Contractors - solaruser Friday, 31 October 2014

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Nov 04, 2014

Local Solar Energy Contractor Shines Bright

Atascadero, Ca. - Each year, Solar Power World, solar industry publication that reaches over 13,000 solar energy professionals worldwide, compiles a list of the top solar energy contractors in the United States. Of the more than 12,000 solar energy companies, Solar Power World recognizes and celebrates the best of the best... The Top 400.


Vampire Drain

Residential Solar, Blog, October 2014, Solar Electric - Tags: san luis obispo solar - solaruser Friday, 10 October 2014

Energy Sucking Electronics Feed When Turned Off

Vampire Drain:

 Energy Sucking Electronics Feed Even When Turned Off.

There's a vampire on the loose. Whether you're at work, at home or out on the town, this vampire is taking a bite out of your wallet and harming the environment.

The villain in question is vampire power, also known as standby power and phantom load. You can also find it referred to as vampire energy, leaking energy, wall warts, standby loss, idle current, phantom power, ghost load and vampire load. 

The term refers to the electricity many gadgets and appliances waste just by being plugged in (even if they're switched off). After all, what do you think your cell-phone charger does all day while it's plugged into the wall? If it's warm when you get home from work, then 

it's been using electricity -- even if it had nothing to charge.

1. The T.V. Plasma TVs can suck up over 1,400 kilowatt hours annually, which can cost over $150 bucks. Not only do energy vampires waste electricity, but they end up wasting your money too. The simplest way to save energy with your TV is to unplug it when you leave the house. You may only watch 3 or 4 hours of TV a day, but it keeps sucking away like a hungry animal for the other 20 hours. LCD screens still waste energy too, though substantially less.

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