Make Your Home Appliances Energy Efficient

As a result of the environmental issues that exist many of the leading brands have released energy efficient models of all their products. These include all major products such as washing machines, dishwashers and tumble dryers and these will not only help you do your bit for the environment but will also, and more importantly for many people, having these types of appliances will help you save money on your utility bills each month.

Appliances are products that you will not have to buy on a regular occurrence as long as you buy a good quality appliance in the first instance. These are definitely investments for the future as a good quality home appliance should be lasting you 10 years at least.

Unfortunately there are plenty of appliances that do not meet the required standard and as such you need to be careful with what you are buying. Buying from a trusted brand such as Hotpoint, Beko or Bosch is a good way of ensuring that you have bought a high quality product.

There are many different appliances that can be brought for the home and if you have never had one break down on you then you are very lucky as those who have not been so lucky will tell you. Appliances are very important to the running of our homes and you do not realize how much you rarely on something until you can not use it.

The best place to find all home appliances is online where you can also take advantage of all the services available such as home delivery which saves you having to transport the appliance yourself. One of the best services that online stores offer is that they will dispose of your old appliance in an environmentally friendly way. This helps you as well as disposing of your old appliance can be quite difficult and very tiresome.


Macquarie Shopping Centre Electric Car Charger is tricky to find

There are two ChargePoint Type 1 J1772 chargers located at the Macquarie Shopping Centre carpark. These chargers are difficult to reach as they are ‘hidden’ behind the valet parking area. This video shows you how to get to these chargers (without having to pay for valet).


Ecotec: Energy Efficient Industrial Battery Chargers Animated Video

This 2 1/2 minute animated video features Ecotec’s industrial battery chargers. This animation highlights the flexibility of the charger, and the communication features. The configurations are demonstrated within the animation. The wireless communications with computers is a very powerful tool for your industrial needs. For more information on this great company, visit their website at If you’re looking for your very own animated marketing video, Suite Imagery is here to help! Our custom-made animated videos offer powerful marketing tools for your company’s products and other offerings.


NRMA Electric Car Charging Network (Oct 2018 Update)

The NRMA is rolling out 40 electric car charging locations across NSW and ACT as part of its Social Dividend Reinvestment Strategy. The plan is set to cost the NRMA $10 million dollars and will account for 95% of road trips taken by NSW and ACT motorists. Each charger will be spaced at most 150km apart on major roadways. The latest location to go online is Mittagong, located at the Mittagong RSL Club carpark. All NRMA chargers are supplied by Australian company Tritium Veefil who have also supplied charging networks across Europe, USA and locally in Australia. Tritium chargers are rapid DC chargers using either ChaDeMo or CCS2.

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Cut Your Energy Bills in Half by Building an Energy Efficient Home!

Energy! This 6 letter word has easily become one of the most popular words in the world as oil prices, gas prices and energy prices have sky-rocketed! As I write this, oil is over $ 140 a barrel, gas prices where I live are hovering at $ 4.00 a gallon and electricity rates are rough $ 19. kwh. Now more than ever people are looking for ways to cut or slash their energy costs!

Back in late 2004 when I was designing (14) semi custom patio homes, I felt very strongly about energy efficiency and I knew that one day real soon, everyone would be concerned about energy efficiency! During this time, way before it was popular, I was building my homes with radiant barriers, energy efficient cooling systems and managed water systems. At that time these technologies were viewed as expensive alternatives to the standard construction procedures and products generally offered by builders, but the sentiment has now changed. These once overlooked technologies are quickly becoming the standard.

With this increased attention on energy efficiency, the real question is how can you build an energy efficient home without busting your budget! Most builders and contractors are charging premiums for outfitting homes with energy efficient products and it seems that overnight a whole new cottage industry has been created offering a host of high dollar energy saving solutions! Despite the glossy brochures, impressive sales presentations and overly accommodating sales representatives I think some of these products are overkill and their claims of costs savings in many cases are exaggerated at best!

So what is an Owner Builder to do? For starters, the first step in properly planning the construction of an energy efficient home is to consider what your overall budget is for the home you are building and within that budget how much (as a percentage) are you willing to invest in reducing your energy costs. In many cases, this figure could be as high as 10% however the average is anywhere from 5-8.5% of the overall cost of the home.

The first thing you want to consider is the climate for the area you are building in and the building envelope materials. Most homes through the United States consist of brick, Hardi-plank © siding and / or concrete. Concrete is green and energy efficient however it can be costly and there are several additional factors to consider such as lead times, renting pump trucks and higher labor costs. With that said, in places like Florida due to hurricanes concrete homes are the standard in many cases so there are exceptions. Brick on the other hand is a low maintenance product that offers several energy saving benefits when installed properly. Ideally you want an exterior product that will insulate your home from the forces of nature and contribute to your overall plan of lower energy costs.

The next step in building an energy efficient home is outfitting your home with the proper sized heating & cooling system AND choosing a qualified reputable contractor to install it. To ensure you have the rightized system, I suggest you invest in a Manual J analysis on your home plans. This analysis will give detailed suggestions on the type and size of heating & cooling system for your home based on its size and location. The small investment you make in performing this analysis will produce huge dividends in energy savings and reduced maintenance expenses.

Another important thing during this stage of planning is to have an Electrical Technician design an electrical plan for your home. This electrical plan will insure that you have the proper amount of outlets through the home and it will insure they have the proper voltage to ensure that you never overload a circuit or exert unnecessary pressure on any part of your electrical system. These (2) steps by themselves will produce a home that will save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars a year on your electrical bill and produce a more enjoyable living experience for you and the other occupants of your Dream Home.

The next energy saving feature to consider is the insulation system you will use. Recently there have been several foam based products that have grown increasingly popular due to their ability to create an air tight building envelope. This is great for those climates that have extremely fiercely winters and moderate summers but for humid climates like Houston, Texas where I live, these products can create HUGE problems because of mold issues! If you live in the Midwest or Upper East coast then these foam products will work great and by themselves they will cut your heating & cooling costs in half!

However if you are like me and live in the Southwest, I suggest using a battled fiberglass solution in most cases with facing on the side that faces the sheetrock and a blown-in insulation for your attic applications. I usually suggest that you use a razor and cut lines in the facing before covering them up with sheetrock to allow the walls to breathe. This one minor step prevents mold growth as it allows air to freely move through the walls prohibiting moisture.

My next recommendation has become commonplace in the homes of the finer custom homebuilders and in many cases is offered as an upgrade by the tract homebuilders and that is radiant barriers! Quite simply, a radiant barrier is the foil like surface that is on the underside of the plywood-like material that you see in your attic that your roof is nailed to. The purpose of the radiant barrier is to prevent the heat from the sun from coming into the home via the roof.

Usually a radiant barrier blocks as much as 50% of the suns ultraviolet rays theseby reducing your attic temperature by as much as 30% or more in some applications. This feature is not very expensive and usually costs $ 30.00 – $ 35.00 per 4×8 sheet in comparison to the non radiant barrier sheets which generally cost $ 23.00 – $ 28.00 per 4×8 sheet. Again, this small investment will produce huge gains via the lower energy bills and increased comfort and quality of lifestyle it will afford you and your family.

This next energy saving feature is one of my favorite of all features and that is the tank-less water heater! Can you believe it, a water heater the size of a shoe box! These have got to be one of the coolest products on the market and besides the energy savings they provide, you will also like that they produce an endless flow of hot water! Tank-less water heaters are rapidly gaining steam (pun intended) in the custom home market despite being reasonably higher than your standard water heater, but it's a worthy investment to say the least!

Our last energy saving product is a Mana-Bloc © managed plumbing system. This plumbing system will save you money on your water bill as it will reduce the amount of water waste and it allows you to manage every single water feature in your home. So if you have a hot water leak in your half bath, you can cut off the hot water in that area without affecting the cold water or any other water feature in the home. In addition to that you do not have to worry about water leaking until you get the leak repaired which causes water damage and mold!

These managed systems really represent the future of home efficiency products with their ability to customize and manage every aspect of your water consumption and provide a better overall quality of lifestyle for the end user!

I can assure you that if you follow the steps outlined here and consistently considering the products and procedures outlined you will cut your energy costs by half (or more) in your Custom Dream Home! As energy prices continue to rise, this strategic energy planning and thinking regarding building a home will become a standard procedure for Owner Builders and home buyers alike.


7 Best Marine Battery Chargers in 2018 – For Smart, Efficient Charging

Disclaimer: These choices may be out of date. You need to go to to see the most recent updates to the list.

Our complete review, including our selection for the year’s 7 Best Marine Battery Charger is exclusively available on FishFindly.

These 7 Best Marine Battery Charger Video Buying Guide Included Products Are:

#1. NOCO Genius Gen3 30 A 3-Bank Smart Battery Charger
#2. Schumacher SE-4022 Manual Wheeled Battery Charger and Tester
#3. ProMariner ProSport 20 Plus Gen 3 20Amp Charger
#4. MinnKota MK 210D On-Board Battery Charger
#5. Weego JS12 Jump Starter 1400 Peak 400 Cranking Amp Lithium Ion Pack
#6. NOCO Genius Gen M2 Waterproof Battery Charger
#7. Marinco Charge Pro Waterproof Battery Chargers

Nowadays, the marine battery charger market has hundreds of chargers that you can easily choose from with price tags ranging from $50-$1000 and some of them even come with their own power banks.

However, it is important to look for marine battery chargers that have been tested and certified by the American Boat and Yacht Council.

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Saving Power With an Efficient UPS

With environmental issues becoming more and more critical it is important to make sure that you have the right UPS system for your needs. Systems that are not properly fitted burn more energy and are much more likely to fail, which is more important to avoid than ever.

There are many ways in which this can be avoided, modular systems are just one way in which you can reduce emissions and help you to have flexible power and space plans. These modules can be made specifically to the right size by having removable 'hot-swappable' modules. This allows power to be added or taken away. Energy consideration is increasingly important in today's businesses. These modular systems leave a much smaller footprint then the larger systems. Alongside this, they also only need a quarter of the floor space.

An UPS power solution is also a good way of saving your company money. With more single points of failure introduced into the system it means that a disruption can be eliminated with at one point and takes away the chance of big disruptions to the system. The additional cost of a DPA system will be regained by the eradication of single point errors and guarantees system uptime.

UPS works closer to the load capacity then the more traditional system. A traditional system works to just 50% loading while a modular system works at 70% or higher. This reduces energy and cooling requirements. The amount of saving you make on running costs, emissions and floor space will definitely be worth the slightly higher initial cost of the modular system. The cost of parts and replacement for the modular system is lower and the likelihood of failure is also decreed. When compared with normal parallel protection systems, decentralized modules lessen electricity expenses, heat loss and CO2 emissions, while introducing the industry's smallest footprint.

Data centers are now using a mix of old and new computers which is causing a shift towards unity. The introduction of blade servers means that the power factor may become leading. This can cause problems for UPS installations. As the load type changes from lagging to leading the UPS's quickly get to their limits. As replacing these systems can be cost it is better to use a transformer less UPS with an adaptive inverter switch. This will improve the operation of the system and will give improved efficiency.

There are many different ways to save money with a modular UPS system, but if you do not feel like this is the right option for you then there is also the option of UPS hire . This enables you to briefly use a UPS system if you need to do so for a short period of time.

UPS are a leading provider of power protection products and UPS power solutions from battery banks to power conditioning equipment.


Cordless battery charging station

In an attempt to increase efficiency I connected all my battery chargers together and strapped them to a board. Much easier and neater.


How to build a Capacitive Battery Charger (Part 1)

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Universal Battery Charger | 1AU | Tesla Chargers

This is the first truly UNIVERSAL BATTERY CHARGER ever made available to the public.

The 1AU will charge and restore all rechargeable batteries from 1.2 volts up to 24 volts. Besides this, its simple battery connection technology works with almost all battery styles, eliminating the need for special adapters.

Specifically designed for charging Ni-Cd and Ni-MH batteries, the 1AU charger will also charge small lead-acid gel cells, rechargeable alkaline, and other battery types.

Finally, you can keep all of the batteries you have running at peak performance with the 1AU. If you only buy one battery charger in your whole life, this is the one to get! Don’t throw those old batteries away until you have given them a second chance with the 1AU.