Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Great Ideas For Home Lighting Design


The lighting design of your house should be one of your priorities when interior decorating. It is often taken for granted and people just add it at the last minute, which results in bad choices. It is highly recommended that you include it even at the beginning stages of floor planning and space decorating. Lighting can enhance the ambiance, feel, and general mood of your home. Not many are aware that poor lighting can hide even your most perfectly decorated room. Since it can tremendously affect the aesthetic aspect of your environment, you need to plan your interior lighting well.

Here are some things to consider for your interior lighting:

Contrast. To give your space more personality, try to allow shadows and contrasts through lighting design. If you have an overly even lighting, it might appear bland and boring. Use it also to highlight the architectural details of your home. If you have a textured wall, for example, you might want a light that is not too bright so as not to whitewash your wall.

Fixtures. To save time and energy in choosing different fixtures for every light source, you might like to use fixtures from the same theme or collection. There are collections available in the same finish for chandeliers, wall fixtures, pendants, and even wall lamps.

Intensity. Nothing can transform a room as fast as a light dimmer. You can go from a functional work area to a romantic and dramatic room the next moment. Installing a dimmer can add flexibility in your lighting. It is also easy to install.

Efficiency. A brighter, more durable, and more energy efficient bulb will not only save the earth but also give you lots of savings. Electricity used from light comprises around 25% of your energy bill so replace all your bulbs with CFLs (compact fluorescent light bulbs). It is said that a CFL bulb will pay for itself in 6 months.

Existing Space. As with any other interior design aspect, you should always consider existing factors in the room when dealing with lighting. Think of your existing wall, its texture, color, and accessories, such as frames or artwork, when positioning and choosing your light fittings. Consider the function of the room as well. Is it going to be a work area, such as a home office, or will it serve many purposes? There are different types and approaches for different functions and styles. You should also plan your lighting design to match furniture placement. You can't have your reading light far from your bed or reading chair.

As long as you plan it well and you consider all these, you can light up your home and see the big difference.



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Good light shouldn't be only be in art galleries and in the movies. Your home should have it, too! From the cutting edge of LED to Induction Lighting, Vacaville Electric can brighten your day and help you set the mood.
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Saturday, May 28, 2011

NFPA's New Electrical Safety PSA



The National Fire Protection Association is encouraging you to get grounded in the basics of electrical safety.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Understanding The Carbon Footprint And How It Affects The Environment By Martin Barwise


First of all, the term carbon footprint refers to a measurement of greenhouse gases released by human activities based on the amount of carbon dioxide units that is produced. This helps scientists and government decision makers gauge how severe a particular human activity affects the environment by contributing to the so-called Greenhouse Effect.

You can compute your own primary carbon footprint, by taking into account your fuel consumption in your household and your travel activities per year.

In the first category which is fuel consumption per household, you should factor in the following:

o electricity consumption per year for your household

o natural gas consumption per year for your household

o LPG (liquified petroleum gas) consumption per year by your household

o household oil consumption per year by your household

o coal consumption per year by your household

o and the number of people who live in your household.

For the second category, which involves travel activities per year, you should factor in these:

o total mileage of your vehicle per year (for those who own their own private vehicle)

o total mileage of your second vehicle per year (for those who have an additional vehicle)

o miles traveled on the train per year

o miles traveled on both local buses and underground transportation systems per year

o miles traveled on long distance bus and coach per year

o yearly travel by air, in terms of short-haul return flights, medium-haul return flights, and long-haul return flights.

You can use an online carbon footprint calculator (like that found on http://www.carbonfootprint.com/calculator.html) and enter in all these factors. The online calculator will do the computing for you so you can see just how extensively your activities affect the environment by contributing to carbon dioxide emissions.

Once you know how your activities affect Mother Earth, you can start taking steps to minimize your contribution to carbon dioxide emissions. This is very important, particularly since African and Asian countries are revving up their economies which means a proportional increase in fuel consumption.

Some things you can do are:

o look for a green energy supplier who will supply power to your household. (A green energy supplier relies on renewable energy sources such as hydroelectric and wind power, which wreaks less havoc on the environment);

o turn off electricity-dependent machines if you really do not need to use them, or at least minimize usage of these items;

o minimize your central heating by up to 2 degrees;

o minimize water heating by up to 2 degrees;

o use a timer for your central heating at home so that it turns off when you leave home;

o only turn on the washing machine and clothes dryer if you have a full load of laundry to put in;

o try reducing water to heat in the kettle if you do not need that much hot water in the first place;

o do not overcharge your cellphone;

o defrost freezers and refrigerators periodically, even before ice builds up;

o try shopping only once a week, making bulk purchases so you can cut down on car fuel consumption;

o and minimize use of the tumble dry function - rather try using a clothesline and the sun to dry laundry.

There are many other things you can do to minimize your carbon footprint. Leave less of a carbon footprint and you will leave behind a more stable environment in the wake of your activities.



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Monday, May 16, 2011

Lighting And Design For Your Home

Good light shouldn't be only be in art galleries and in the movies. Your home should have it, too! From the cutting edge of LED to Induction Lighting, Vacaville Electric can brighten your day and help you set the mood.

Lighting is important in so many ways and should be taken seriously in every project. At the end of the day, Vacaville Electric brings quality and education to every project.

Lighting consumes about 1/3 of most PG&E bills. Much is wasted in general space and not put where it is needed. Illuminating a product, creating a mood, emphasizing security, or entertaining, you have the ability to control all the lumens in the area! Remember, not all light is good light. Vacaville Electric can help you design or recreate something that will impress others forever. Your home, your clients, your friends and family will all enjoy and appreciate it.

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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Solar Panel Electricity - An Affordable Energy Source


Smart consumers today are looking no further than solar panel electricity as a natural and efficient energy source. The solar panel is a component used in a photovoltaic system to generate renewable energy from the sun that is used as electrical power in residential homes and commercial buildings.

The panels actually collect solar radiation found within the sun's rays and then convert those rays into energy which produces the electricity. The first solar panel was used to power a satellite made by Hoffman Electronics in 1958 and was used as the primary satellite energy source until the 1970's.

Solar panel electricity is a clean, natural and environmentally safe source of energy. Solar cells have been used to power calculators, outdoor light fixtures, street lights, satellites, water heating systems, air conditioners and heaters. Solar panels have become a great energy source for marine vehicles and recreational vehicles since they are a portable form of energy.

There is no need to plug in to an electric source while on the road or when boating. Solar generators are even available so you can take them camping in the great outdoors. They can heat water for a shower or keep your tent warm in the winter or cool in the summer. Solar panels will produce all the electricity you need for a great outdoor experience. They produce no harmful pollution compared to fossil burning fuels that produce toxic gases. The toxins are released into the atmosphere and are a danger to animals, plants and humans.

Since these panels renew the sun's energy at no cost to the consumer, once the initial hardware is purchased and installed there will be no future charges to renew the sun's energy. The sun is actually able to produce enough energy in the space of an hour to meet the needs of all mankind for the rest of their lives. The sun is a very powerful energy source and people are beginning to sit up and take notice of it. It is affordable and healthier for the planet as a wonderful way to discontinue or reduce the use of fossil fuels.

The federal and state governments continually offer rebates and tax incentives for consumers to purchase solar panel electricity in an effort to help offset the initial costs of setting up a solar energy system. These types of panels can be purchased from home improvement stores, building, heating and air conditioning contractors, and online merchandisers.

These sources can provide you with the most accurate information regarding prices, rebates and tax incentives on purchasing do-it-yourself kits or professional installation. Contact a solar specialist as soon as possible if you want to save money and help make your environment healthier.




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Monday, May 9, 2011

How Things Work : How Is Electricity Generated?



Electricity is generated by introducing conducting wire, usually copper or aluminum, to a magnetic field. Learn more about how electricity is generated from a math and science teacher in this free video on electricity.

Expert: Steve Jones
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Bio: Steve Jones is an experienced mathematics and science teacher.
Filmmaker: Paul Volniansky

Monday, May 2, 2011

Advantages of Solar Power - Top Ten Benefits of Solar Energy

 Solar energy benefits us on a personal, financial and global level. Listed here are the 10 most notable advantages of solar power.

Although the cost of solar energy could hardly be listed as an advantage, prices have been on a downward trend since the first solar panel was built and indications are that the trend will continue until prices reach parity with those of power plants and very possibly continue it's descent from there.

Without further ado, here they are from 10 to number 1, Solar Power at Home's Top Ten Advantages of Solar Power

* 10 -- Payback Factor It takes a significant amount of time for a solar power system to pay for itself at current prices but while we're making our fervent calculations to determine when we'll be getting free power we should remember that, currently, there are no power companies that are offering the possibility of free power at anytime in the future.

* 9 -- Low Maintenance Our number 9 benefit of solar power is that the system requires very little maintenance. In an off grid system, battery maintenance is the biggest regular task. If your system is tied to the grid batteries aren't necessary and your maintenance chores will consist of monitoring your system and occasionally removing debris or obstructions from the panels.

* 8 -- Long Life Relatively new in the energy arena, it was estimated, in the 60's and 70's, that a photovoltaic system would have an active life of around 20 years and that power production would be minimal or non existent soon after that. As the early systems have passed their 20th and 30th birthdays and still functioning well the estimated productive lifetime of a solar power home system has been adjusted upward to around 40 years. Most solar panels come with a 20 year (or better) warranty.

* 7 -- Remote Capabilities The more remote your location the less expensive it is to enjoy the advantages of solar energy in comparison to grid power. Additionally, because maintenance requirements are very low solar panels are exceptionally well suited for remote or difficult to access locations.

* 6 -- Home Equity Increase Not only will a photovoltaic system increase the value of your home but attention to environmental details make a home much more sellable in the future (although you can take it with you when you move).

* 5 -- Free Fuel The system costs money but the fuel to power it is free. Also there are no fuel taxes. Hopefully they never find a way to tax sunshine.

* 4 -- Independence Using solar energy can free us from dependence on not-so-friendly nations who would withhold resources for ransom given the slightest provocation. Besides, it's liberating making your own power wherever you want. (I write this as we are anchored in our sailboat off Mexico's west coast. My laptop is being powered exclusively with solar energy)

* 3 -- Renewable Fuel Solar energy is the most abundant source of fuel on the planet. So rapidly renewable that in 40 minutes the sun spills enough solar energy upon the planet to energize every power outlet on the globe for a year. The possibilities for this resource are difficult to conceive.

* 2 -- Zero Carbon Emissions One of the biggest advantages of solar power is it is simply soaked up. Clean solar power, produced at your home, circumvents the need for your energy to be dug up from deep within the earth, transported over land and sea (at great environmental expense when spills occur) and burned, producing clouds of gasses and toxins. A worthy opponent to crude oil we think.

* 1 -- Long Term Solution The Number one, numero uno, big Kahuna, advantage of solar energy... is that it is a solution that will be there for the long haul. Unlike fossil fuels which have been on the road to depletion since the first day we used them, solar energy is capable of powering the planet into the foreseeable future.




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