Save money on electricity bills

People have become smarter; they want to save money on electricity bills and save energy at the same time.  Shop Dallas Electricity is the company that helps its customer to save money on electricity bill.  It provides cheap and reasonable electricity rates for both home owners and business men.  There are numerous reputable and genuine providers listed with the company, who are ready to provide cheap electricity rates to the customers.  The best part is the customers can compare and choose from various providers, pick the correct electricity provider for their use.Save money on electricity bills

 

Enjoy cheap and best electricity rates and genuine power.  There is no need to pay huge electricity bills or worry about spending the entire savings on power bills.  Shop Dallas Electricity saves its customer from paying high bills and wastage of electricity.  Apart from opting for a provider who sells cheap electricity, one should also use simple methods to save energy at home and offices.

 

Using LED, energy saving equipment and gadgets, proper monitoring of electricity usage at offices, using lights, machines and other equipments which has timer facility will definitely reduce the electricity usage,  and in turn generate low electricity bills.

 

These steps and using the services of Shop Dallas Electricity will definitely do wonders for your home and business.

 

 

Renewable energy hydropower

Hydro-power or water power is renewable cheap energy source.  This is derived from running  water.  It is used in different sectors.  Now-a-days this is used to generate electricity.   This power is extremely reliable.   The best source for this type of power has been exploited and more are been explored.   Shop Dallas Electricity knows the importance of hydro power and wants its consumer to know more about it.  This is one of the sources of cheap electricity.  By visiting Shop Dallas electricity the consumers can choose providers who source hydro power for electricity.  This will help the consumer to get the best price for electricity.
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Shop Dallas Electricity is here for the customers.  Visit us and get the best rates from several valuable providers.  Compare and choose the electricity provider for both your home and business and benefit by using the services of Shop Dallas electricity.  There are different rates and variety of plans from monthly, contractual, yearly and fixed rates plan that the customers can choose from.  Get the most affordable electricity for both commercial and residential purpose.

Water power is a renewable source and is becoming popular.  Derive the best usage from natural source.  It not only benefits home and business but also the environment.

Energy Efficient Grocery Store by Recycling food

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Have you ever gone through the produce section and wondered to yourself “What do they do with the produce that doesn’t get sold or goes bad?” Probably more often than not, it is simply thrown out. While it does seem like a waste of food, at least it’s all biodegradable, right? Fortunately, most supermarkets reduce food waste as much as possible with “Sell By,” “Best By,” and “Expiration” dates.

Food that doesn’t get sold before the “Sell By” date may get sent to another department in the store where it can be turned into part of a ready made meal, as long as it is before the “Best By” date. If food begins to rot, it’s reached “Expiration” and is tossed. One Sainsbury’s supermarket in the United Kingdom took things one step further when it comes to expired food. The store has partnered with Biffa, a waste management company to turn food waste into power. Sainsbury’s takes its food waste from all of their stores in the UK and brings them to Biffa in Staffordshire to be converted into biogas, which is burned to power the Sainsbury’s store in Cannock.

Paul Crewe, Sainsbury’s head of sustainability explained that “Sainsbury’s sends absolutely no waste to landfill . . . ,” and the company is really committed to living up to that in every way. Because of this partnership with Biffa, the Cannock store can fully disconnect from the national electricity grid and power itself fully on the chain’s waste. To take it another step further still, because of their commitment not to send waste to landfills, food that is unsold but still suitable for consumption is donated to charitable organizations. If it’s unsuitable for human consumption, some foods are turned into animal feed for safari parks. Anything beyond that, like rotted food, is sent to Biffa to be processed into biogas through anaerobic digestion.

Anaerobic digestion is a process by which bacteria consume organic matter in a tank devoid of oxygen. The bacteria expels the biogas, primarily methane, which is a greenhouse gas worse than carbon dioxide. However, when methane is burned, the carbon dioxide released is carbon neutral because it is part of the natural carbon cycle. The natural carbon cycle consists of leaves converting CO2 to oxygen, which is inhaled by humans and animals, and exhaled as CO2, or when any living thing dies, plant and animal alike, it decays as carbon emissions to be recycled into oxygen by plants. Thus, Sainsbury’s store is able to provide itself with cheap electricity while not only eliminating waste products, but waste emissions as well.

Educate your Children on Energy Efficiency

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Kids often have trouble grasping concepts that are outside of their visible realm. It can be difficult to explain to them how far away Japan is from the US without equating it to something they know, like how long it takes to drive to Grandma’s house. The same is true when it comes to energy and water efficiency, even for adults. If it’s out of sight, it’s out of mind . . . until the bill comes.

According to the American Water Works Association, the average person uses about 11.6 gallons of water showering and the average home uses almost 70 gallons of water per day. That includes showering, cleaning dishes, washing clothes, using water for cooking, and flushing toilets. It may be difficult, especially for a child, to grasp just how much 70 gallons is, or even 11.6. By taking them to a supermarket, you can help illustrate this point. In the dairy section where the milk is kept, count the number of gallon jugs inside one of the cabinets.

Let’s say the display case has four one-gallon jugs across per shelf, four shelves, and each shelf is four jugs deep. Looking at the case, just the jugs in the front on the top three shelves is 12 gallons, just a bit more than the water that is consumed for the average shower. The entire case is 64 gallons. Add another 6 gallon jugs to that case and you’ll have the amount of water consumed by a household per day. Now, just imagine you had to pay the same price per gallon of water as you do for milk or gasoline.

Explaining the consumption of electricity may be a little more difficult since it can be harder to visualize. One way to do it would be to use a child’s electrically operated toy as an example. Many children these days are familiar with tablets, so we’ll use that as an example. If a tablet charges with a 12 watt input over the course of 5 hours, it consumes 60 watt hours. That is the same as running a 60 watt light bulb for one hour. To get them to understand not to waste electricity, you can explain to them that if they leave a light bulb on for an hour without being in the room to benefit from it, they cannot use the tablet for 5 hours.

Teaching electrical and water efficiency early on will benefit the child later in life. The sooner they understand that it is bad wo waste energy and water, the more respectful of the environment and energy they will be. It can be a difficult task making sure they shut off lights when they leave the room, but reward them in such a way that reinforces the conservation mentality.

Summer Energy Saving Tips

Cheap-ElectricityIt’s important to keep your AC in peak condition and use all methods available to make its use energy efficient. Climate control accounts for about half of your home’s energy use, and carefully managing it can reduce your energy bills. All of the hot summer days and frequent energy use can make your energy bill skyrocket, even if you already have cheap electricity. We’ll share some tips to help you improve your AC’s efficiency.

 

Thermostat

Installing a programmable thermostat in your home can make climate control much more streamlined and energy efficient. No one wants to come home from work to a hot house, but leaving the AC on all day will jack up the cost of cooling. The solution is to install a programmable thermostat. These devices allow you to set the times of day you want your air conditioning or heat to run. They can tell the system to remain off while you are at work, but start cooling your home just before you get back home. They can also shut the system off at night, allowing you to take advantage of cooler night air outside. For the times you want the system to be off, set it just a few degrees above your preferred temperature. It may kick on while you’re away, but it is actually more cost effective than shutting it down entirely.

 

Tune Ups

Like cars, ACs need a tune up. Tune ups should be conducted by professionally trained technicians in the spring, before things really heat up. Tune ups include cleaning the filters and condenser coils and recharging the refrigerant. Even after the tune up, you should clean the filters every month to ensure smooth operation. Check the condensers outside your home to make sure pollen from trees are not dirtying them up.

 

Sunlight

Closing blinds or curtains in your home to reflect back sunlight will keep the temperature lower in your home. Alternatively, you can have a special film applied to your windows to get all the natural light without the solar gain. Planting trees along the east, north, and west sides of your home will also shade your home from sunlight, reducing solar heat gain drastically.

 

Circulation

Running your fans in conjunction with your AC can allow you to raise the thermostat a few degrees while keeping cool. Fans blowing on you cause the wind chill effect, which makes you feel cooler.

 

            Upgrades and Maintenance

            Upgrading the insulation in your home to R-49 will reduce the amount of heat build up in your attic, while adding better ventilation to your attic will cool it more effectively. Used together, you can really reduce the amount of heat entering your home via the attic. Seal up any air leaks in your AC’s ventilation ducts and around any doors or windows. Even small gaps can cost you big money because your climate controlled air is escaping while uncomfortable air comes in. This causes your equipment to work longer than necessary to cool your home.

Moving into a New Home made Simple

Cheap-ElectricityThe prospect of moving can be both exciting and scary, depending on the reasons for moving. The actual act of moving, however, can be downright frustrating, though. Going through all of the things you’ve collected over the years, deciding whether to pack it or pitch it, and if you decide to pack it, where to put it. As you sort through your items, you may relive memories associated with your former home or a particular item. This can make the actual move more difficult and could very well end up taking up more valuable space than you will have available at your new home.

Technology has come a long way over the years, and we can now store thousands of books in a single tablet reader. Consider this as an alternative to moving boxes of books to your new home. If you find you have books you’ve not read in a while, donate them to a library, school, or book fair to reduce the number of boxes travelling with you. It’s all the better if the books you were going to pack are available on an e-reader. E-readers and tablets are also excellent ways to store personal records as well, and MP3 players can take the place of hundreds of CDs worth of music.

Hosting a sale will not only reduce the amount of items you need to bring with you, it will also net you some extra cash for the move. You can also use websites like eBay, Craigslist, and even Facebook to help sell off larger items like bureaus, beds, and tables. Getting rid of items with a sentimental value is never easy, but if including them in a yard sale is not your preferred solution, see if a friend is in need of whatever the item is. Look at the items you are packing and go through a mental checklist of when it was last used, how often it is used, how valuable it is physically and sentimentally, and if you really think you’ll need it in your new home. If you want to part with it but not fully, see if a family member can take it for you or donate it to a church. Another option is to photograph the item, so you always have a memento of it, without the consumed space.

After you have completed your move and begin unpacking, repeat the process for the items you unpack. Run through the mental checklist of how often you use the item and whether it holds value in your new surroundings. If not, perhaps it is time to let go. Condensing your possessions down can actually reinvigorate you, in an “out with the old, in with the new” kind of way. Maybe with all the money you make from a yard sale, you can treat yourself to a new item that can be the foundation of many new memories in your new home.

Solar Energy Facts

Cheap-ElectricitySolar energy is actually the most abundant form of energy on our planet. Not only can we get energy from absorbing sunlight, but we can also get energy from harnessing the wind, which is powered by the sun. If we could harness all of the solar energy hitting our planet, we would have 10,000 times the amount of energy we would need to supply all of the Earth’s power needs. That’s equal to 173,000 terawatts (that’s 173 BILLION megawatts) hitting the planet every minute.

We as a species have been harnessing solar power indirectly for centuries using windmills. But it wasn’t until 1954 that we were able to directly harness the sun’s rays and use them to generate electricity. Bell Laboratories constructed the first silicon solar cell in 1954 and the New York Times heralded it as “the beginning of a new era . . . the harnessing of the almost limitless energy of the sun for the uses of civilization.” In the 1960s, as the space age was dawning, the space industry began integrating solar technology into its designs seeing that it would be the most effective way to generate electricity while out in space. In fact, the Vanguard 1 is the first and oldest man-made, solar powered satellite still in orbit of Earth.

The United States is on track to become the fourth largest solar market in the world. In the first quarter of 2012, solar energy development increased by 85% over the previous year, and continued developments are likely to put the nation well ahead in the solar energy game. Part of the reason for the increase is the continually falling prices for solar energy. Beyond local grid energy production, solar energy has become more affordable for homes and businesses as well. Unfortunately, in addition to the cost of solarizing a home, there are costs for permits to construct the panels and integrate them with systems. However, the Department of Energy uses the SunShot Initiative to lower these extra costs in an attempt to make solar power more attractive.

California is currently constructing what will become the world’s largest solar energy project. Using thermal energy technology, the massive array of 350,000 mirrors will concentrate the sun’s light on to a boiler at the top of a tower in the center of the array. In this boiler, water will quickly turn to steam and that steam will spin turbines,providing 140,000 homes with cheap electricity. The best part about this project is that the energy will be clean and renewable. After the steam has completed its task of spinning the turbine, it will condense back into water and repeat the process.

Don’t Let the Summer Heat Keep you Inside

Most of us like to stay inside during the summer and soak up all the AC that we can. Sometimes that means if we go out, we go to a restaurant or a theater just to stay out of the heat. Other times, we may go out only to soak in a pool. But if you want to get outside and enjoy the summer, follow these simple tips to keep yourself healthy.

 

Liquids

Drink lots and lots of water. This is really a good tip year round, but it’s especially important for the summer. Dehydration is a serious problem and it is the number 1 cause of heat related illnesses. It can have several different symptoms, such as headaches, increased thirst, and confusion, but these can be avoided simply by bringing some water along with you while you’re out in the heat of the day. Avoid consuming alcohol or caffeine because they both cause increased frequency of urination. This means that they can actually cause you to become dehydrated. If you’re not a fan of drinking straight water, try adding some fruit to flavor it or try an alternative like decaffeinated tea or a sports drink.

 

Temperatures

Don’t stay outside during the hottest hours of the day, usually around midday to early afternoon, especially if you have children. Being outside at these times will increase the likelihood of becoming dehydrated, so stay inside and soak up some AC. Plan outdoor activities for the morning or late afternoon to avoid the sweltering temperatures.

 

Dress Code

Wear light, reflective clothing while outside. The brighter the color, the more sunlight you will reflect, so a white t-shirt and beige shorts will be much cooler than wearing all black, no matter how punk rock you think you look in it. Make sure the clothing is lightweight, too. As you sweat, your clothes will absorb that sweat and become even heavier. Apply sunscreen to any areas of exposed skin, including your face and head (for those of us with very little hair). Wear a hat to help shade your face, if you like.

 

Limitations

If you are feeling like you’re overheating, mist yourself with some water to help cool yourself down. If you’re still overheating, take a break. Mowing the lawn or tending to the garden can wait until you’ve sufficiently cooled down by soaking up some more AC. Remember to keep drinking water and be sure to have extra around while you’re out, but don’t feel like just because you’re misting yourself down and drinking plenty of water that you’re totally safe in the heat. Know your limits and adhere to them. It will keep you healthy in the long run.

 

Spending all that time outside can have an added benefit beyond staying active. While you’re out, you can adjust the temperatures inside your home to be higher than you would normally set it were you inside all day. This way, you can save some electricity while you are outside, and when you come back inside, your home will still feel much cooler than it feels outside. Combine this savings with the savings you could have by switching to a provider that offers cheap electricity, and you have the power to choose a summer that is filled with fun activities, cool homes, and electricity freedom.

Wind Energy Benefits and Disadvantages

Cheap-ElectricityOne of the fastest growing sectors of renewable energy is wind power. Wind energy has been harnessed for many centuries. It has been used to mash grain to make flour, pump water, and more recently, generate electricity. When wind spins the blades of a wind turbine, a large magnet inside the top part of the tower spins inside of a cylinder of copper coils. The magnet passing by these coils generates an electric charge which is transmitted over power lines to the local energy grid. The primary benefit of wind energy is low cost renewable energy, but there is a little more to it than just that.

Wind energy is a true green energy source. Wind is powered by the sun, and generating electricity from wind emits no harmful pollutants into the environment. There is no consumable fuel source like coal or gas to use up, making wind power a renewable source of energy. Renewable energy means that the electricity generation can be sustained for very long period of time. While current estimates say that our oil and gas reserves will last about a hundred years or so, wind energy will be around long after that. Generating electricity from wind is really quite cheap, about four to six cents per kilowatt hour (kWh). They are primarily built in remote areas where winds tend to me the most consistent. You can see wind farms lining ridgelines, dotting the landscapes of plains or farms, or in some other countries, offshore.

That said, planning where to place wind turbines can be a challenge sometimes. Since most wind farm sites are in remote areas, extra infrastructure needs to be added to get the generated electricity to the grid that needs it. This means running long power transmission lines. Sites also need to be fairly consistent with the available wind. An area that gets very little wind will not be cost effective. Similarly, if winds are often too strong, the site will not be viable due to the risk of damaging the machinery. If a potential site for wind turbines has potential for other uses, the landowners will be taking other bids into consideration, thus determining what actual gets implemented.

While wind electricity generation emits no pollutants, it can still have an effect on the environment. There have been reports of increased bird deaths in locations where wind farms exist. However, the number of bird deaths per year is almost inconsequential compared to the number killed from catastrophic pollution disasters, such as the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010. Noise pollution could be considered a problem for wind sites close to residential areas. The rotation of the rotor blades causes a constant whoosh-whoosh-whoosh sound that some residents may find bothersome. Others may not care for the sight of wind farms, claiming it taints their view.

All in all, wind energy has major benefits when it comes to generating cheap electricity, bolstering the economy, and cleaning up the environment. The challenges facing developers are reduced as technology improves. Newer turbines are quieter, for example. The Department of Energy wants to have 20% of the country’s energy produced by wind by the year 2030. This will expand manufacturing jobs, generate local revenue, conserve water, and even lower natural gas prices. If you want to be part of the wind movement, contact Shop Dallas Electricity today and find a Dallas energy provider that offers renewable energy you have the power to choose your own provider and energy plan, so you can seek out the cheapest electricity rates with the best benefits.

Energy Efficiency on a Bike

New York City has taken energy efficiency to the streets to encourage more people to leave their car at home for the day. Cities in general have high pollution levels due to their high traffic content and tall buildings consuming vast amounts of energy. To help curb the traffic related pollution, Citi Bike was created to allow people to bike to work, the gym, the park, or dinner while eliminating a vehicle from the road. With all the traffic in New York City, carbon emissions pour into the atmosphere at staggering rates, especially when much of that traffic gets stuck in long lines at lights downtown. Citi Bike recently celebrated its first anniversary and hosts over 100,000 members.

The first bike share program, called Bycyklen, started in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1995. The bike share program worked similar to some grocery store carriage returns. You place a coin into the lock, use your bike until you are finished with it, and when you return the bike and lock it, you get your coin back. The bikes were uncomfortable to ride and primarily became a tourist attraction. Bike share programs have been picking up around the United States recently, however. Seattle, WA is the most recent US city to announce a bike share program, and it will begin in September of 2014. The program will begin with 50 bike docks and 500 bikes.

More than 30 US cities have a bike share program, and Portland, OR, Tampa, FL, and a San Diego, CA will be adding to that list in the coming years. Despite the initial stigma surrounding the first bike share program in Denmark, the current generation programs are really picking up all over the world. Perhaps it’s because more people are concerned with the state of the environment and don’t see these bikes as gimmicks anymore. Regardless of the reason for their increasing popularity, they will provide benefits such as reducing the amount of vehicles on the roads and improving public health.

When it comes to tackling the office buildings in these big cities, one of the best ways to reduce to pollution caused by their constant use of electricity is to enroll in renewable energy plans. Many Dallas electricity companies offer cheap electricity for businesses that feature green plans. If you are a business owner in Dallas, you have the power to choose what kind of electricity you want for your business, and Shop Dallas Electricity can help you find the energy provider that will work best for you.