Are Neon Lights Energy Efficient?
Are Neon Lights Energy Efficient?

It’s easy to presume when we see bright neon lights that they must use a lot of electricity.  The dazzling neon glow is so intense that it can be seen even in daylight and it seems logical that so much light can only be achieved by using a lot of energy.  So it is surprising to find that neon lights are actually very energy efficient.

How Neon Lights Work

I am not a scientist so this is a very simplified explanation that will probably have physicists choking on their coffee.  A traditional light bulb works …

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Cuppers – Is There a Bias to Protocol?
Cupping

Scoring certainly shows itself to be widely varied among different tasters and different groups of tasters. Obviously, exact score matching isn’t possible or even ideal, but it seems important that we are generally in agreement with a fairly narrow range of, say, two to three points as a two- to three-point variation can put a coffee into a different quality and corresponding price categorisation.

This group score just manifested itself in our office as we hosted a tasting of the My Virtual Coffee House Cup of Excellence (COE) coffees. Generally speaking, the entire group of …

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How Many Fish Can your Pond Hold – Calculators Ready!

If you want to accurately estimate the maximum number of fish and or koi varieties your pond can hold, the first task is to calculate the volume of your pond and then use a further calculation to determine the maximum weight of fish the pond could sustain. This requires you to view your fish in terms of weight rather than length and is known as a stock-density calculation.

OATA Official Calculation

OATA calculationFollowing what was a lengthy and apparently frustrating consultation process, the Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association (OATA) have suggested that aquatic retailers should not keep …

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How To Save Money By Driving More Efficiently
fuel efficient driving

We would all like to save money where we can.  For many of us, our biggest outlay is putting fuel in our cars.  According to the Odyssee-Mure project, in 2017 the average distance Europeans were travelling was 12,000 km a year, with Germany and Austria having the highest mileage of about 14,000 km a year.  It logically follows that if we could drive more efficiently then we could save money. There are, interestingly, a number of simple steps we can take to make our driving more efficient and save ourselves a few cent.

Check Your

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Home Wind Power

One way of saving up on the energy consumption in your home is to switch to alternative power sources. These power sources derive from renewable sources like the wind, as opposed to fossil/nuclear fuels used to provide the conventional energy.

As far as these power sources are concerned, there are a lot of myths floating around regarding their inefficiency and such. In fact, if you live in open and windy areas, you can generate enough energy through home wind turbines to completely remove your dependency on the power grid! If installed correctly, home wind turbines …

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Saving Money by Reducing Electricity Usage

A lot of electricity which we consume in our homes actually goes waste because of improper/un-metered usage. If we can find ways to reduce this wastage, we can end up saving a lot of money, which would have otherwise gone towards paying your electric bills.

In order to save up on your energy costs, it is very important to implement some basic changes in your lifestyle to prevent energy wastage. Remembering to turn off the lights and appliances, turning the thermostat down, using solar water heaters and things as such go a long way in …

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Number 5 In Our Weekly Series Of Tune-up/ Check-up Tips – 4173th Edition

Cleaning your dryer vents and ducts should be done once a year. This will prevent a fire hazard, reduce the time needed to dry your clothes, and save you money on your electric bill. There are two options for getting this done, the first being to call in the professionals. The average professional dryer vent cleaning costs about $150. Or you could do it yourself!

This should be a relatively simple task, requiring only a screwdriver to loosen the dryer clamp, a lint brush or tool to scrape out the lint, and your household vacuum …

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Karma Fisker: Bond’s going green – 4172th Edition

The man behind some of the most iconic sports cars of recent vintage has gone green. Henrik Fiskerbuilt his reputation designing the BMWZ8 and Aston MartinDB9 & V8 Vantage. The Z8 and the V8 Vantage both have the well earned distinction of being Bond cars: appearing as the ultra-classy 007’s tricked out rides in the James Bond films.

Fisker has since decided to venture out on his own and bring exquisite luxury design to environmentally friendly vehicles. Fisker Automotiveis a joint venture that combines Henrik’s world-class vehicle design talent with Quantum Technologies‘ plug-in hybrid electric …

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New Mexico “SuperStation” could link major power grids – 4170th Edition
superstation

A new idea for a large substation based in Clovis, New Mexico has the potential to solve one of the biggest hurdles to clean energy growth:  transmission.  The SuperStation, as its being called, would link the three largest grids – the east, west and Texas – allowing renewable energy producers to sell electricity across the country instead of just within their own grid.

superstation

The basic setup of the SuperStation would be a huge substation using superconducting cables to transmit electricity.  The cables would carry 5 GW of electricity to and from the substation where it …

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Weekly Tune-up / Check-up Series – 4th Installement – 4169th Edition

Another check on your house includes the drafty windows.

Did you know that a 1/8th of an inch crack all the way around a doorway creates the same air loss as a 6 inch square hole in the middle of your door?

drafty windows

Properly sealing up your windows and doorways using weather-stripping eliminates drafts and keeps the heated or conditioned air you pay for from escaping. There are many options available for homeowners to do this yourself.

Check out the Department of Energy for more information on the different types and materials of weather-stripping.

Here’s a …

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