Benefits Of Using Solar Systems In Your Business

Business owners that are looking for an energy efficient way to power and warm their property should consider utilising commercial solar systems. Solar technology has advanced tremendously in recent years and now it is feasible and affordable to rely on solar power. There is a host of things to consider before pulling the plug on fossil fuels which will be discussed.

Pros Associated with Solar Power

Once the system has been installed there is very little maintenance aside from perhaps washing the dust off the panels from time to time. Quality panels can easily last anywhere from 25-30 years so a property owner will have peace of mind knowing they are going to have consistent energy for a quarter of a century, imagine how much money they would be saving especially with the cost of electricity on the rise!

A common concern that people have is “how do I get power when the sun goes down?” which is a legitimate concern. Thanks to advances in battery technology the excess electricity that is not used during the day can be stored in batteries for later use, or sold back (through the grid) to the power company so there will never be a situation where “there is no power”.

Cost Savings Linked to Solar Power

The majority of the electricity in Australia is still produced by the burning of fossil fuels. This was a cheap form of energy however the environmental costs are taking a serious toll on the health of the planet. When a solar system is installed, the property owner is no longer at the mercy of the power company that can increase rates overtime.

By having a consistent supply of solar power the property owner is doing their bit to help the environment and at the same time control their costs. The average cost per Kw/h with solar is considerably lower over the long term when compared to the cost to generate a Kw/h with fossil fuel. So long as the sun continues to shine, there will be an abundant supply of power and heat.

Finding the Right Solar System Provider

This step will take a fair amount of research on the side of the consumer. With the various commercial solar systems to choose from, the average business owner will understandably be unsure what is best for their needs and budget. An effective way to address this issue is by seeking out a local solar system firm that has a well-established track record. The last thing a person wants to do is invest time and money into a solar system only to realize the firm that installed it has gone out of business!

Along with finding a reputable firm to handle the installation, there are government programs that will help offset the initial cost of installing the commercial solar system. These rebates can be substantial for larger systems so it is something that should be investigated.

What Car Battery Should You Choose? Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM), Gel Or Wet Cell

An electrical problem that doesn’t let your car start and leaves you stuck in a parking lot or some place away from the fix that’s needed is an unwanted problem we all do our best to avoid. So what can you do to lessen the possibility of a possible unwanted situation that involves an electrical system crash in your vehicle?

First of all make sure you spend double the money on a good car battery. A lead acid battery can cost between $75 to $125 dollars. The only reason liquid lead acid batteries are the most commonplace is liquid lead acid batteries were first developed in 1859 and they are the least expensive in today’s world of automotive engine starting sources. In 1971 the sealed liquid lead acid battery was created that made it maintenance friendly.

VRLA (valve regulated lead acid) batteries include gel and absorbed glass mate which are not liquid. Gel batteries are as the name applies which is a “Gel”. AGM batteries are silicate glass fibers mixed with boron and formed into a mat that holds the electrolyte. Non liquid gel batteries were created in the late 1920’s and lead to the creation of the “Absorbed Glass Mat” batteries in 1957. The AGM (absorbed glass mat) battery was put into production in 1972 but mostly used for military applications and non vehicle applications like boats, motor homes, motorcycles and electronics. Nowadays you see more AGM batteries becoming available for use in production cars. AGM (absorbed glass mat) batteries can cost from $160 to $250 but have more advantages over liquid lead acid batteries.

AGM batteries are basically used in applications where the use of the vehicle is only used now and again as in boats and recreational vehicles. The non use discharge rate is much lower in non use applications than liquid lead acid batteries. The charge rate is much faster also. Some automotive manufacturers are installing AGM batteries as their standard new car power source because of today’s higher vehicle power consumption. BMW right now is known to be the first to install AGM batteries in their 2007 models because of computer functions and braking.

AGM batteries are much better than liquid lead acid batteries but the downside of AGM batteries is you don’t overcharge them. They will charge faster with a normal output alternator up to 14.5 volts and a high output alternator is not needed. When an AGM battery is used in a non use vehicle a solar panel is recommended with a trickle charge. AGM batteries will go bad if charged over 14.5 volts. Most problems with charging AGM’s are in sports vehicles due to the rough environment they are used in. Toss away your old plug in garage battery charger and get a new one that maintains “Voltage” instead of amps. An AGM battery charger will sense a very low voltage in the battery and will start the recharge whereas an old charger does not sense low voltage and will not charge the battery.

These batteries are used in military vehicles that sit in storage for many years and start up after years in storage with no problem. I’ve read stories online where people have left their AGM batteries sitting in their garage for many years and they have retained their full charge. I use AGM batteries in my vehicles and disconnect the negative cable in the one that I don’t use that often anymore and it starts right up when I run the engine occasionally. I’ve read complaints about the AGM failing often but that’s only because of bad practices with them or using them in systems where the charging exceeds the recommended level. You can leave these batteries sitting for long periods of time without charging them but it’s recommended that a solar panel with an extremely low trickle charge be used when not in use. Again I will say from my own experiences is to disconnect the negative cable to the battery when not in use.

The AGM vs Gel and the wet cell? The AGM has thicker plates that tend to not warp that easily during deep discharges and resist sulfur buildup’s that destroy a wet cell battery. Wet cell batteries usually go bad after 4 years if they make it that length of time. The life expectancy of the AGM battery can be up to 10 years if not overcharged. Gel cell batteries are great for sports vehicles but tend to charge slower.

The Winner Is, “Absorbed Glass Mat” if you learn how to take care of them properly.

Methods You Can Use To Extend The Battery Life of Your Mobile Device

Extending the battery life of your mobile life can save you money. Replacing the batteries of these devices can be expensive. Often it will be more cost-effective to buy a new mobile device such a smart phone or laptop.

Most mobile devices use a lithium-ion battery. These are very compact and can store a large charge when compared to their size, This why every smart phone that is sold today uses this battery technology. Using proper charging methods and storage will help increase the life span of these types of batteries and also extend the life of your smart phone.

One mistake people make is storing their smart phone or laptop in a hot zone such the automobile during a hot summer day. It is best to keep lithium-ion batteries at room temperature. Don’t leave the device in your automobile when the weather is warm. Your car heats up side because of the greenhouse effect. It might only be 75 degrees fahrenheit outside however it can reach over 100 degrees in your vehicle if the sun is shining. This is especially bad if you leave your smart phone or laptop charging in your car.

When you need to store you mobile device that is using a lithium-ion battery for an extended period of time, keep it in a cool place. Discharge the battery to about 40 percent of its charging capacity. Storing your lithium-ion battery in the refrigerator would be great, but don’t stored it in the ice-box. Also understand that storing your lithium-ion fully charged mean the battery is oxidizing at the maximum rate. This oxidation activity will decrease the life of your battery and you will eventually have to replace it. The replacement will be expensive and often inconvenient. If you own a older mobile device it could be difficult to source a replacement battery that is designed for your device.

Batteries will lose their ability to hold a charge over time, even if they are not being used. In fact in certain conditions a battery being used on a regular basis will live just as long as one that is not being used over the same amount of time.

Every time your charge the battery in your mobile device charging capacity will degrade slightly. This is to be expected. However if you properly take care of mobile device and consider the methods of extending the life you device battery you will save money in the long run.

Best Regards

Extending the life of the lithium-ion used in your smart phone or laptop will take some understanding of the technology you are using.