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Breitling Energy’s Chris Faulkner “Frackmaster” Addressing Rotterdam Erasmus Energy Forum 2015

Breitling Energy’s Chris Faulkner “Frackmaster” Addressing Rotterdam Erasmus Energy Forum 2015

Dallas, Texas – June 18, 2015 – Breitling Energy Corporation (OTCBB:BECC) CEO and Chairman, Chris Faulkner, who has been adopted in the media as “the Frackmaster” for his outspoken views on hydraulic fracturing, is addressing the 2015 Erasmus Energy Forum today at the Buers-World Trade Center in Rotterdam.

Faulkner will participate in a unique audience participation question and answer session, in which conference attendees will vote using a cell-phone app on six environmental questions about energy decentralization in Europe. Questions range from whether it is realistic to who should pay for it, and how natural gas could be a bridge fuel to the future.

Faulkner is also the featured speaker at the evening dinner session, where he will offer a brief history of US oil and gas, leading up to how fracking was adapted to shale, with insight on how it applies to the Netherlands issues today.

“This conference is on the cutting edge of the future of both renewable fuels and fossil fuels. This is where leaders of our generation are mapping out the best strategies for the next generation. What is being discussed here is critically important to what our next generation will inherit from us in the energy sector,” Faulkner said. “Fossil fuels will certainly play a part in that future and I’m here to help shed light on that aspect, based on what has happened over the last ten years in America.”

ABOUT BREITLING ENERGY CORPORATION
Breitling Energy Corporation is a growing U.S. energy company based in Dallas, Texas, engaged in the exploration and development of high-probability, lower risk onshore oil and gas properties. The Company’s dual-focused growth strategy primarily relies on leveraging management’s technical and operations expertise to grow through the drill-bit, while also growing its base of non-operating working interests and royalty interests. Breitling Energy’s oil and gas operations are focused primarily in the Permian Basin of Texas and the Mississippi oil window of southern Kansas and northern Oklahoma, with non-operating investments in Texas, North Dakota, Oklahoma and Mississippi. Breitling Energy Corporation is traded over the counter under the ticker symbol: BECC. Additional information is available at www.breitlingenergy.com.

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Breitling Energy Announces Fracking Operations of Hoppe “63” #1 Well

Breitling Energy Announces Fracking Operations of Hoppe “63” #1 Well

Dallas, TX – June 4, 2015 – Breitling Energy Corporation (OTCBB:BECC) (the “Company”) announces hydraulic fracturing of its Hoppe “63” #1 well in the Permian Basin of West Texas. The well was completed to a depth of approximately 8,600 feet, with four zones being fracked this week.

The zones that were perforated and fracked include the Strawn Lime and Cline at the deepest depths from approximately 8,200 – 8,500 feet; the Cisco sands and Credo from approximately 7,000 – 7250 feet; the Triple M Credo from approximately 6,600 – 6,900 feet and the Albaugh and Middle Wolfcamp from approximately 6,050 – 6,300 feet.

Fracking crews began setting up Tuesday; the lower two zones were fracked Wednesday, with the upper two zones being completed today. Fracking operations include multiple wellbore perforations within the zones to maximize the reservoir, then sending a mixture of water, sand and lubricant under high pressure to create small fissures in the formations.

“We are confident in the macro trend for oil and are bringing this well on-line now because the economics work at today’s prices. We continue to optimize efficiency so we can produce and sell oil and gas in the full spectrum of price environments,” says Chris Faulkner, Breitling Energy’s CEO and Chairman. “It’s not so much about price for us as it is optimization. Our lease in the Permian Basin allows us to be efficient, and we will continue developing the field without debt, which gives us the added confidence to move forward with theCompany plan we outlined in our first year,” Faulkner added.

Following fracking, further completion operations will prepare the well for production, and then initialflowbacks will proceed.

View Breitling Energy’s Corporate Presentation here.

Video of the Hoppe “63” #1 fracking operations is available here.

ABOUT BREITLING ENERGY CORPORATION
Breitling Energy Corporation is a growing U.S. energy company based in Dallas, Texas, engaged in the exploration and development of high-probability, lower risk onshore oil and gas properties. The Company’s dual-focused growth strategy primarily relies on leveraging management’s technical and operations expertise to grow through the drill-bit, while also growing its base of non-operating working interests and royalty interests. Breitling Energy’s oil and gas operations are focused primarily in the Permian Basin of Texas and the Mississippi oil window of southern Kansas and northern Oklahoma, with non-operating investments in Texas, North Dakota, Oklahoma and Mississippi. Breitling Energy Corporation is traded over the counter under the ticker symbol: BECC. Additional information is available at www.breitlingenergy.com.

CONTACT:
Thomas Miller, VP of Communications, Breitling Energy, 214-716-2600
Gil Steedley, VP of Capital Markets, Breitling Energy, 214-716-2600

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Breitling Energy Announces Cole #1 Reaches Total Depth and Begins Completion Operations

Breitling Energy Announces Cole #1 Reaches Total Depth and Begins Completion Operations

DALLAS, June 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Breitling Energy Corporation (OTCBB:BECC) (the “Company”) announces the completion phase of the Cole #1 well in northwestern Sterling County in which the Company owns a non-operated working interest. The vertical wellbore reached a total depth of approximately 8,100 feet at 3:55 A.M. on May 27. The well was logged and potential pay zones were identified in the Upper Wolfcamp, Lower Wolfcamp and the Cisco Canyon sand. Although detailed log analysis is still ongoing, over 110 feet of net pay was recognized in the Lower Wolfcamp alone, the well’s primary target zone. Production casing was run and cemented, with fracking operations to be scheduled.
Additionally, fracking operations on the Breitling Energy Hoppe #1 will commence June 3, 2015. The Hoppe is located approximately 4 miles north of the Cole #1. Fracking four target zones is expected within two days, and the well should then begin commercial production.
“The Cole #1 was an efficient drilling process. They went over a mile and a half in 16 days. The crew was excellent, with no unexpected challenges. The wellbore intersects multiple payzones and this should be a classic Permian Basin vertical well; the kind Breitling Energy specializes in and the kind that has the ability to make money at today’s oil price environment,” says Chris Faulkner, the Company’s CEO and Chairman. “We’re looking forward to fracking the Hoppe #1 next week and anticipate another successful well there also.”
ABOUT BREITLING ENERGY CORPORATION
Breitling Energy Corporation is a growing U.S. energy company based in Dallas, Texas, engaged in the exploration and development of high-probability, lower risk onshore oil and gas properties. The Company’s dual-focused growth strategy primarily relies on leveraging management’s technical and operations expertise to grow through the drill-bit, while also growing its base of non-operating working interests and royalty interests. Breitling Energy’s oil and gas operations are focused primarily in the Permian Basin of Texas and the Mississippi oil window of southern Kansas and northern Oklahoma, with non-operating investments in Texas, North Dakota, Oklahoma and Mississippi. Breitling Energy Corporation is traded over the counter under the ticker symbol: BECC. Additional information is available at www.breitlingenergy.com.
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How Smart is Your Texas Energy Meter?

How Smart is Your Texas Energy Meter?

Sitting on my couch one day, patiently trying to get the little one to sleep, I just happened to look out my window and was scared to death. I see a huge man trying to hop over my gate with a special ladder designed for hopping fences! If the limitless thriller movies have taught me anything it is not to go investigate on my own. So what do I do? I go outside to investigate, with the baby in tow. It’s funny; the thought of calling the cops or at least taking mace never entered my mind. Thankfully the man was not there to kidnap or kill me; he was doing his job for CenterPoint, installing a smart meter. Apparently he had been hopping over every fence and installing these meters all around my neighborhood. In a state where anyone can own a gun, this seems like a pretty risky profession to me. It’s funny because if I hadn’t busted the guy installing the meter, I would have never known that anything had changed and I’ll bet most people still don’t. I’m not saying there wasn’t any notice, I am sure there was, but who really reads those notices in the mail? Anyways, now that we have this new device on our house I thought it would be important to figure out what the heck it does and why CenterPoint felt the need to install these in everyone’s homes.

In the past, every business and household in Texas is required to have an electric meter on their property. The reason for this is pretty obvious; it’s to make sure there is an accurate and consistent way to measure the electricity going into your home and/or business each month. This is helpful for both us, the customers and electric companies because it allows for a more accurate bill each month. And up until now, that is all the meter was designed to do; interestingly enough it has been this same way for about 50 years. But because we live in a world where new technology is always being developed, a more interactive and “smart” meter has been created to not only help the consumer but to help the electricity companies and the electric delivery companies as well.

Something I’d like to point out before I continue is the companies that distribute electricity are called electric delivery companies. Another name for them is TDSP’s (I have no clue where they got that acronym from but nonetheless that’s what they are known as in the industry). These companies are responsible for quite a lot. They install and maintain the meters, poles and transmission lines. They also are the ones who actually provide the power to the retail companies where you get your power from. An example of this type of company is CenterPoint Energy in Houston and Oncor for Dallas. These companies are completely separate from the company you pay your bill to every month, which in the industry are called retail electricity providers, often called REP’s (this acronym makes a lot more sense). This may clear up any confusion some may have – I can’t tell you how many people have told me in conversation that they pay their electricity bill to CenterPoint. I think this is because not many people know the difference between the two companies.

Moving on. Since the meter has basically stayed the same for the last 50 years, it was definitely time for an upgrade. Today, we have access to so much information, it is almost scary. Like when I was pregnant, we saw so much in our ultrasounds – her brain, four ventricles of the heart, blood flow in and out of the umbilical cord, you name it, we saw it. It was wonderful and scary at the same time, and far advanced from 50 years ago. My point is that given our technological advances, it is amazing that something like an electric meter hasn’t changed until now. The smart meter will continue to measure your electricity usage, but it will also send information back upstream to allow CenterPoint, the REPs, and you, the consumer, make better decisions. I like to compare it to a gas pump. As you pump the gas, you can see the price going up in relation to how many gallons you’re pumping. Immediate feedback. This is basically the same idea with the smart meter (except it relates to electricity). You will be able to see your usage and resulting cost on a more real time basis instead of having only one reading at the end of the month. There is a reading every 15 minutes and it’s done from a remote location so you get a more accurate and real-time record of your energy usage. With the elimination of meter readers, it actually cuts costs for customers and companies because it reduces costs associated with sending a truck and meter reader to each customer. This device is also helpful if you are working on a budget because if you’ve budgeted let’s say $ 200 for the month on electricity and you see that half way through the month, you are already at $ 150, it serves as a warning to let you know that you need to start either cutting back on your usage or you’ll at least be prepared to go over budget. Also, another neat function is just like your grocery store savings card keeps record of everything you purchase and you’re sent coupons at the end of month for items you buy the most, this meter acts the same way by recording and analyzing your usage history so you can better manage your energy consumption. You can actually see the peaks and valleys of your energy usage and be able to make changes based on the analysis which could in turn save energy and then save money. One additional perk to this new meter is that it sends instant power outage reports to your local TDSP which leads to a much quicker response time.

One thing to clarify is the smart meter doesn’t send this analysis straight to you, nor can you go out to your box and get all of the analysis mentioned above. The TDSP receives the information from the meter and then they have their own ways of making that information available to you. For Houston and surrounding areas, CenterPoint Energy is providing home area network capabilities that will allow for customers to review this information online via the web. For Dallas/Fort Worth area Oncor is rolling out their own version called Advanced Metering System (AMS), which began in January 2009. The REPs are also sure to provide tools and services that build on this information, and allow their customers to make better energy decisions.

Since I began working on this piece, I’ve noticed that there has been more and more coming out in the papers on this smart meter topic. I’m not sure if you’ve heard, but just this week the government announced they’re awarding $ 3.4 billion in funding to utility companies (and then those companies are going to put in another $ 4.7 billion in matching funds) in support of 100 projects aimed at modernizing the nation’s power grid to make it more “smart. One of those projects is installing the smart meter in homes across the U.S., and I read somewhere that these investments could potentially reduce U.S. electricity use by 4% a year! That’s a big number when you think of the millions of households. Also, the government’s ultimate goal is to distribute 40 million smart meters over the next few years.

What are the next steps locally for the smart meter roll out? Well, CenterPoint Energy was just awarded a $ 200 million grant to speed up its work to replace all 2.2 million customer electric meters with the smart meter. These new funds will cut two years off of their 5-year goal. In the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, the TDSP, Oncor, applied for $ 315 million to speed along its smart grid projects but didn’t win any of the grants and so their projects will continue on schedule.

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How can the Energy Saving Bulb Add an Element of Romance to Your Home Decor?

How can the Energy Saving Bulb Add an Element of Romance to Your Home Decor?

What is energy saving bulb?

Energy saving bulb may create the right ambience, right atmosphere in the home while adding a touch of romance. Romance in the home is all about using the right type of lighting. No other light option is better than the energy saving candle bulbs. It will set a romantic mood and also allow you to save on the energy costs. As the name suggests, the bulb can save up to 80% electricity and thus it is far more cost effective than the conventional bulbs. Energy efficient lighting can be compact fluorescent lamp or the light emitting diode. When compared to the traditional incandescent, the energy efficient bulbs can use just 25% of electricity than the traditional bulbs and thus you enjoy saving money. It can also last 4-5 times more than the traditional bulbs.

What is a garden spike light?

Garden spike lights are the practical solutions for lighting up the gardens. This is the kind of garden lighting which fabulously defines your driveways, illumines your pathways and also makes sure that no one comes across any accident due to poor garden lighting. The extremely versatile lighting fixture is just perfect for the flower beds, lighting paths and also the steps of your outdoor setting. You may go for the outdoor spotlights that may bring your dark garden to life. Spike light is the simplest way of illumining your garden even in the nighttimes. The best part is that it makes use of the low voltage bulb connectors that are much easier and quicker to work with. Nevertheless, energy efficient spike lights are economical lighting solutions that help you to save a lot of money.

The benefits of using energy saving bulb

You can use the energy saving bulb to reap the following benefits:

* The bulb consumes 80% less electrical energy than what the conventional bulbs consumed.

* It is important to replace your old bulbs with the new energy saving lighting solutions since the new kind of bulbs last ten times more than the conventional ones.

* Such bulbs emit less of heat when compared to the conventional ones. So, if you wish a lighting solution for any confined area, you may go for such bulbs.

* Energy saving candle bulbs emits the same intensity of white light as was emitted by the conventional bulbs. What you get is bright and white light that strains your eyes far less than the yellow light.

* Since the newer bulbs of energy saving category bear the same kind of size and specification, you need not change the fixture at all. So, the romantic ambience can be attained much easily.

* There are many people who complain that the energy saving bulb costs more but they fail to understand how durable they are. Such bulbs last much more than other kinds of bulbs and so you actually save in the long run.

To get the romantic ambience in the garden, you can use garden spike lights. You can create wonderful pool area with such lights.

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Energy Consultant Advantage in Saving Your Cash and the Atmosphere

Energy Consultant Advantage in Saving Your Cash and the Atmosphere

An increasingly bigger number of households and business holders are getting bothered with the higher utility bills. Numerous companies have to decrease the number of workers or shutdown their businesses due to financial suffering bring about due to high bills. Proprietors want to cut down on expenses to meet these high charges; so, an outstanding way to decrease the bill is to take the assist of an energy consultant.

Such specialists can guide proprietors and enterprises to find dissimilar techniques that can reduce their electricity bills. The initial thing the advisers do is to analyze the past bills in details. This allows them to recognize if the service suppliers have charged more than the usual tariffs, which is frequently the case.

Though, the service suppliers may not overprice their customers the possibility of faults does happen. Often, such sums are very small and usually ignored by the customers as well as the service suppliers. Though, when such faults happen regularly, the outcome may be a significant upsurge in the entire expense for the utility.

The New York energy consultants are knowledgeable and expert about the business. Furthermore, they are well linked to all the chief and minor service suppliers within the public. So, the consultants are able to deliver the best probable solutions based on your own needs.

Another chief benefit of signing the services of these Best energy consultants New Jersey is that they can deliver several techniques to decrease the consumption of energy in your houses and workplaces. Also, they can advise alternative techniques to generate the needed electricity to gratify your demand. So, in addition to decreasing your energy bill, you will also be able to save the ecological balance and prevent environmental loss.

Owners and business holders do not have to pay the service charges of such counselors. This is for the reason that the suppliers pay off these Expert energy consultants New Jersey for every customer generated by him or her. Thus, you are able to gain the benefits of their services without suffering any expense, which makes this an outstanding choice for every business owner&home owner.

The Best Energy Consultant in New York works with whole the providers in the area. Thus, based on your needs, the specialists are able to obtain the best possible charges to meet your demand. Therefore, you are able to save an important amount of currency by decreasing your electricity bills.

One of the significant drivers for the growing of such specialists is the increasing awareness about the several renewable energy sources. The development in this section is guessed to continue increasing for the next numerous years. So, the demand for knowledgeable and skilled specialists who are able to work in this business is increasing.

In adding to the above stated advantage, an energy consultant suppliers New Jersey Save on electric homeowners and business holders help on the basic mechanisms that can considerably lower the utility bills. Some of these references can be easy such as keeping the windows closed or turning the boilers off over the vacations. In adding, they can deliver other difficult techniques that can outcome in saving as much as 30% on your complete electricity bill.

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Choosing the Energy Light Bulbs to Get the Maximum Benefits

Choosing the Energy Light Bulbs to Get the Maximum Benefits

The environment groups are stressing on the importance of using bulbs that consume less energy and produce less heat. The energy crisis is reaching the peak, and the ecofriendly products are looked for. Global warming and the climate changes too are urging people to go for products are friendly to the ecosystem. The same has been acknowledged by the users and the manufacturers too. The lighting needs can be satiated without compromising on the results, and you can also save a lot too. With too many benefits, you can find the Energy Light Bulbs are best for all applications, for using in the indoor and outdoor spaces, at home, offices, bars and any places. The LED flood light can be used in the gardens. Over the traditional incandescent bulbs they have lots of advantages. If you are planning to use the energy saving bulbs for outdoor lighting, then here are the pros you can enjoy.

They last long:

The long lasting feature is one of the greatest pros of using the low Energy Light Bulbs. The energy saving LEDs can operate in a significant manner and have a lifespan that is greater than any other bulb in the market you can name. The life span in the LEDs range from 30,000 hours to 1,00,000 hours. This means that the bulb can last for 11 years of use continuously, and 22 years of half day use. The conventional bulbs have the capacity just 1% of the LEDs. When it comes to the outdoor lighting, you would not be happy if you have to replace the lights often. When you are facing issues like the bulbs stop working at the middle of the night, and you got to replace it the next morning, then you would be frustrated. You can find the LEDs staying for hours, and you can simply forget the task of replacing for years.

Cost and saving:

Energy consumption is very much low in the LEDs. Compared with the traditional bulbs, they make use of only 1/1000th of the Energy Light Bulbs. You can save a lot in the long run when you make use of the LEDs, for your homes or offices. But a few think that the cost associated in buying the LED is very much. If you think that you need to save while you are buying the bulbs, then wait for a moment. Consider how much you would spend on replacing the bulbs and on the electricity bills. This would give you a fair idea on what you would be spending and what you can save.
You can also be happy that you do not contribute to the environmental pollution by using the bulbs that emit too much of heat and gases. However, colour change is a con that is associated with the LEDs. Choose high quality bulbs, and you will find various options. The online stores are best places to buy them.

The Author of the article has extensive knowledge about the Energy Light Bulbs and Energy Saving Candle Bulbs.

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Finally Google reveals its energy consumption

Finally Google reveals its energy consumption

Though Google has been tight-lipped about how much power its vast data farms suck up, last week the company gave outsiders a first glimpse into its energy use and emissions.

On Thursday, the internet search and services giant disclosed details of energy consumption by its data centers and offices for the year 2010. Google claims to be carbon neutral. By using renewable energy from large solar panels in Mountain View and two wind farms, along with purchasing carbon offsets, the internet giant has managed to reduce its greenhouse emissions to zero since 2007.

Gary Cook, an IT analyst at Greenpeace stated: “We’ve seen lots of leadership from Google on clean energy investment and climate advocacy, but not in terms of transparency. It’s good to see them finally put their carbon footprint data on the table.”

Google claims to be carbon neutral. By using renewable energy from large solar panels in Mountain View and two wind farms, along with purchasing carbon offsets, the internet giant has managed to reduce its greenhouse emissions to zero since 2007.

In-depth details posted:- According to the figures released on a new webpage called “The Big Picture,” the total energy consumed by the company’s facilities, its 29,000 employees, and its other operations was roughly 260 million watts last year.

The company also emitted 1.46 million metric tons of carbon dioxide in 2010, with 1.2 million metric tons coming from data centers and offices. Google’s vehicles added about 11,000 tons of emissions, while traveling, construction, and commuting contributed another 207,000 tons.

Though its power consumption appears large, Google claims it is just about 0.01 percent of the world’s electricity usage.

In a blog post, Urs Hoelzle, Google’s senior vice president of technical infrastructure stated: “We’ve worked hard to reduce the amount of energy our services use. In fact, to provide you with Google products for a month – not just search, but Google+, Gmail, YouTube and everything else we have to offer – our servers use less energy per user than a light left on for three hours.”

Efficiency measures:- Google claims to be carbon neutral. By using renewable energy from large solar panels in Mountain View and two wind farms, along with purchasing carbon offsets, the internet giant has managed to reduce its greenhouse emissions to zero since 2007.

Google’s power usage from renewable sources was 25 percent in 2010 which is expected to increase to 35 per cent by 2012. Also, by focusing on issues such as power distribution, cooling, and ensuring hot and cool air don’t intermingle at the company’s facilities, Google has decreased its energy consumption.

Hoelzle stated: “For the last decade, energy use has been an obsession. We’ve designed and built some of the most efficient servers and data centers in the world, using half the electricity of a typical data center.”

“Our newest facility in Hamina, Finland, opening this weekend, uses a unique seawater cooling system that requires very little electricity,” Hoelzle added.

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Solar Energy AZ Architecture Tradition

Solar Energy AZ Architecture Tradition

With the age of renewable resources upon us it seems like everyone is considering adding in ways to use one of them in their architecture- wind energy, hydroelectric energy, Solar Energy AZ has a long history of awareness of their unique blessing of excess sun. Arizonans have adapts throughout history in order to survive in the climatic intensity of the environment.

Solar energy Arizona residents claim that solar energy is the most natural thing in the world for them. The cliff dwelling- Montezuma Castle was designed with solar energy architecture principles in mind. The castle is oriented to the south, features deep eaves and has exceptional thermal mass. While it may seem hard to believe, the caves of Montezuma’s Castle provided shelter from the hot sun, but redirected its potential scalding qualities to benefit the inhabitants in the winter by using the heat storing abilities of the stone building materials.

Today’s Arizona features solar buildings in nearly every city and town. The concern of individuals installing solar panels 20 years ago was longevity of the panels- they still work fine two decades after installation. October has become a unique month for solar energy lovers in Arizona. There are numerous local tours all over the state where homeowners run open houses to help people understand the functionality of solar energy and answer questions they may have. These opportunities are wonderful for individuals who are considering making the switch to solar panels but are concerned or have questions about the process. It’s also a great time for those who have decided they are definitely interested to speak with homeowners who have already had panels installed about their experiences with varying suppliers.
Even the Arizona National Guard has an Eco-building featuring the benefits of using solar energy Phoenix. It houses the Eco-building which is burrowed into the land. The dense walls block out summer heat but utilizing the “Earthship” construction method. There are solar panels for electricity generation and even solar water heaters. Conscious of energy waste the equipment inside is all high efficiency to compliment the self-sufficient building.

While the rest of the country is just beginning to embrace solar panels- Arizona has perfected a culture which readily accepts the benefits of their position in the sun and has evolved their curiosity past directional facing, past solar panels and is looking beyond water heaters even. The architecture of Arizona has always bent to the will of the sun, it’s a tradition which has saved the state’s residents money and helped reduce energy waste in the world.

People really enjoy the benefits of Solar Panels Arizona in their regular activities. There are also many advantages of Solar Energy Phoenix that easily generates renewable energy.

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Do it Yourself Energy Efficiency Projects: Your Home’s Thermal Envelope (Part 4)

Do it Yourself Energy Efficiency Projects: Your Home’s Thermal Envelope (Part 4)

The most expensive part of doing laundry is using hot water. And while you might be able to switch to using warm or cold water for your laundry, having hot water for bathing or cooking or washing dishes is an important convenience. Currently, the most efficient way to heat water for a home is an on-demand water heater. While these are increasing in popularity in the US, most homes still rely on the old tank-style water heater. Basically, its a 40 or so gallon tank of water that is heated either by natural gas or electric heating elements. True, the method works well but most of the energy used by tank water heaters is just for maintaining hot water on stand-by and ready for use. That means, it’s heating water when you are asleep or at work or on vacation. So, a lot of energy is wasted. Water heater tanks are wrapped with insulation but adding more will save energy.

Put a water heater blanket around your water heater. Most water heater blankets at the home center tend to be about an inch thick so that they can be sold in one piece but not be too heavy to be held up with tape. These are made of plastic-covered fiberglass and you wrap them around your water heater. In terms of R factors of insulation (R-value indicates an insulation’s resistance to heat flow), you will adding about 3 R’s worth.

You can make water heater blanket with higher R-values. One method is to use reflective aluminum foil insulation (a.k.a. foil-clad bubble-wrap) and cut enough strips long enough to go around your water heater twice. You could then add the store-bought water heater blanket and have an R-value of more than 7.5. With this amount of insulation, you should be able to turn down your heater’s thermostat and save even more money.

For safety, do not block any of the control panels, block off the bottom, or put any of insulation across the top of your water heater. Never obstruct the pressure release valve.

Keeping your hot water hot doesn’t stop at the water heater. Insulating your hot water pipes will also save energy and cut energy costs. Consider this: each time you turn on the tap for your shower, you let the water run until it gets warm. Let’s say the pipe from you water heater to your shower is 20 feet long. Now, that might only be a quart but that can turn into a couple of hundred gallons for a family of four in the course of a year. Also, consider that after your shower, there is still hot water in the pipe. By adding insulation, that heated water will cool more slowly. If you insulate your pipes efficiently enough, heat from the water heater will be more efficiently contained in your hot water pipes. You won’t need to wait as long for that hot water, you will waste less water, and you will save more money.

Just Venting…

There are several ways you can improve the efficiency of your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system (HVAC). If you have an old thermostat that isn’t programmable, turn off your furnace circuit breaker, carefully disconnect the thermostat from your wall, and throw it out.

Programmable thermostats can be found for under $ 25, are commonly found in home centers, and are easy to install. They connect to the same four wire leads that hooked up to your old thermostat. By programming temperature settings in your house to be colder during the winter or warmer during the summer when you are asleep or away, you can save energy and money.

Another easy way of increasing efficiency is to monitor your system’s air filters regularly. Depending on your lifestyle, you should change the filters regularly. If where you live tends to be dusty from busy nearby streets or if you have pets, change the filters every month. In some homes, it can be done every three months.

While disposable filters are cheaper, their expense builds quickly over time. Consider purchasing two washable air filters. Washable air filters usually cost less than $ 20 and can be rinsed out in a bathtub with hot, soapy water (in the summer, I hit mine with a pressure washer). By buying two, you can swap in a clean, dry one right way when its time to change out the other dirty filter.

One way to significantly improve your HVAC is to check your duct work thoroughly to be sure the system is sealed. A home owner can save up to $ 300 from their annual heating and cooling costs by sealing their duct work. Start at your HVAC system and feel for moving air coming from small holes or gaps in the duct work. When you find one, put a piece of aluminum HVAC tape over the hole. Remember: The volume of air leaked adds up; the more leaks you have the less efficient your system is. Check the entire run of your duct work; feel for air leaking from ductwork seams and loose joints. Check at the corners where the metal is folded for leaks, too. Also, make sure that air intake vents are not blocked by furniture or clogged with pet fur.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy Home Energy Saver website, insulating ducts in the typical American home costs about $ 250. Duct insulation will pay for itself in energy savings in about two and a half years, and continue to save energy and money in years to come. Depending on your duct work, there are many ways of doing this. Some 6 inch and 8 inch diameter sheet-metal ductwork can be replaced with insulated flexible ducting that costs less than $ 40 for 25 feet at a home center. If you use this, be sure to attach it so that it is snug with the supply ductwork and use aluminum HVAC tape. Other rectangular metal ductwork can be insulated with reflective aluminum foil insulation (foil-clad bubble-wrap), craft-faced fiberglass insulation, and regular gray duct tape.

Remember: you do not need to insulate the HVAC system intake ductwork, just the output side.

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