Ready To Replace The Water Heater?

Yes, at 5000 VA every time I draw hot water from the tank it is time to consider the alternatives. So, what is out there now and what will I choose because it is time to replace the old water heater and I don’t like paying the electric bill.

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Ready to replace the electric stove

Another BIG power hog in our house is the electric stove. It is several years old now. The oven timer quit. The finish is scratched and marred. How about a new electric cook-top? Well, I looked at some of the choices and thought that you may want to hear about them.

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The Quest For Off-Grid Living

I have come across a major roadblock in my quest for off-grid living. I cannot afford to build a power system that will handle the older electric appliances in my home and neither am I ready to update them. So what is a guy to do?

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Power Measurement Terminology – VA, PF and Watts

Watt is the difference? Why should I care? Where have I seen this before? Am I being misled by marketing enthusiasts who don’t know what a Watt is?

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Is Solar Power Worth The Cost?

I participate in the energy business these days, and I’ve taken a good look at the alternatives. Solar, wind, hydro, biomass generators, fuel cells and several others. But solar has caught the eye of Google and I just have to ask “Why?” Hey Google. Is it really worth it? Pour that cup of coffee and let’s talk about this.

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Self sufficient does not always mean less

I recently had the privilege of visiting the Amish community near Nappanee Indiana where I attended the Self Sustaining Expo 2011. For those of you who struggle with the idea of having less because you see that getting off the grid will mean compromise, read on.

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