Monthly Archives: October 2012
Hurricane Sandy has already left over 8 million families without power, and estimates predict it will not return for up to 10 days. She caused devastation up and down the East Coast of the United States, in places tropical storms rarely ever touch. Stamford, Connecticut saw a storm surge 12 feet high. A dam burst in New Jersey, leaving several towns under 6 feet of water. Flooding such as that, as well as the high winds toppled cranes, trees, and parts of houses. Fallen power lines pose fire danger, and over 50 houses have caught fire for this reason.
One third of the nation was hit by Sandy, and this was only one storm. Every year, dozens of hurricanes, winter blizzards, and earthquakes cause power outages around the world. Whether they qualify as “Superstorm” or not, all of us are at one time or another impacted by the power of Mother Nature. It is important to prepare. To help with this, Good Morning America today did a segment called “Cooking Without Power after Superstorm Sandy.” And for years, the American Red Cross has suggested that every family keep a disaster preparedness kit nearby with easy access. Continue reading
With summer coming to a close, many people are biting their nails over the electric bill because of all the A/C used on those sweltering days. Maybe you’ve considered solar power as an alternative before and were overwhelmed by all the components required to actually set up a system. Where does someone even get started setting up for solar?
Unveiling the Magic
The science of it may seem complicated at first: photovoltaic arrays, AC-DC inverters, photons, etc. When you think about it in terms of everyday life, though, it’s actually quite simple. Everything starts with the sun, which produces light and heat, and that is turned into electricity. Lightbulbs function with the same concept reversed. Electricity causes microscopic particles (known as photons) to escape the atoms and bounce around, which produces light and heat. A solar panel works in the other way, catching these escaped photons that come from the sun, which creates electricity. Continue reading