Activating Home Solar System

After nearly 30 months, I was finally able to switch on my solar system. It wouldn’t have happened without the tenacity of Solar City. Very happy with the project.

Dangerous Cuts for Low-Income Families to Pay Heating Bills

On July 5, 2017 a public hearing was held at the Parkway Central Library in Philadelphia to discuss the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The hearing was to discuss proposed changes to the existing plan, including unsafe cutbacks, from the PA Department of Human Services (DHS). LIHEAP benefits PA recipients by providing federal grant…

Combine Three Home Appliances in One

Many homes use hot water boilers as an efficient source of heat during the winter with a separate water heater tank. Others have a combination boiler that run all year to make both. Either option is good and reliable in its own way. If you’re replacing one of these systems, you may want to think…

Energy Storage Systems Shedding Light

As some put it, energy storage may be the holy grail of clean energy technology. It is the glue that can bind sustainability to everyday life. It is the sought after hope that if we lose power, proven battery technology could quite literally shed light to get us through the dark. Forms of Energy Stored…

Expanding Interest for MicroCHP Technology

Micro Combined Heat and Power (MCHP), for the most part, is an overlooked technology that can have significant impact on lowering costs and increasing efficiencies. Not to be confused with a Microturbine, MCHP is an extension of the cogeneration family. Applying the same principles of cogeneration, the smaller technology is best utilized in small commercial…

Design and delivery: The success factors of construction projects

The success of a construction project is based on two factors: design and delivery. Whether it be a 3-bid method of project delivery or a Fast Track design-build model, each factor exposes the strengths and weaknesses of the construction industry. The cost and scale of building design will directly impact the choice of delivery for…

Microturbine Installation Standards

The microturbine is a reliable technology for providing localized sources of combined heat and power. Introduced to the consumer market a little more than a decade ago, the technology has steadily picked up steam through increasing efficiencies and the broadening product diversity. The microturbine equipment we know today represents the evolution of research and development…

Building Department Rules and Regulations for Cogeneration

It’s easy to want to save energy, but actually looking into what it takes to do so can be overwhelming. When looking for alternative means of electricity for your business, cogeneration is a very feasible solution to high fuel costs. The payback in gas and electric savings when providing both heat and power to your…