Renewable Sources of Energy and its Benefits

Renewable Sources of Energy 12 Dec

Renewable Sources of Energy and its Benefits

Most of the traditional sources of energy generation in the world today depend on matter that is fast depleting – coal, natural gas, oil. It is estimated that stocks of these precious natural assets will run on “Empty” in the not too distant future. Further, burning of these fossil fuels is one of the primary causes of rising pollution levels, global warming and harmful effects to our fragile eco-system. Since fossil fuels are non-renewable energy with no possibility to addition in stocks, their cost too is constantly on the rise leading to increasing expenses in energy generation.

Renewable energy is a collection of advanced technological innovations in the energy sector that uses solar, wind, and other resources that are unlimited and infinite and will never go down with time. Hence, switching to this form of energy generation is not only a highly cost saving proposition, it is also clean and does not in any way adversely affect our environment.

The present issue now in using renewable energy is its high cost of output. However, rapid strides are being made in research and new innovative techniques that promise to bring down costs to an extent where is can be a very affordable alternative of present consumers of fossil based energy. It is very important now to look ahead and be optimistic about the future of renewable sources of energy output.

The main sources of renewable energy are –

  • Solar energy – Solar panels capture heat energy from the sun during the day and stores it in captive systems to light up and heat homes and commercial buildings.
  • Wind – Uses wind motion to generate electricity. This is being extensively used and huge windmill farms can be seen in many countries around the world.
  • Hydropower – Uses water to generate electricity. Dams are constructed on major water bodies and the trapped water is released on to giant turbines that rotate to produce electricity.
  • Biomass – This is organic matter that makes up plant life. Through a series of techniques it is converted to electricity and other fuels that can power vehicles.
  • Geothermal – It leverages heat from below the earth’s surface to produce electricity.

The key input for setting up solar and wind energy systems is land where the equipment mainly windmills and solar panels have to be installed in an open area to get the full benefits. Hence, private entrepreneurs investing in such forms of land usage should get expert opinion as there is much legality and statutory regulations involved in this comparatively new industry. For example, those setting up units in the State of Victoria, Australia will do well to contact a Melbourne property conveyancer lawyer to know the laws related to this sector in the State. Visit, for professional opinion in this regard.

There are a number of advantages of using renewable energy –

  • Renewable source – It is a dependable and infinite source for electricity generation as it will never get depleted and run out of stock. Developing countries can get over their overt reliance on fossil fuels and opt for wind and light sources which are in abundance. The initial investments are also less when compared to setting up a plant for generating energy from fossil fuels.
  • Eco-friendly – Renewable source of energy is clean unlike burning of fossil fuels that lead to drastic climate changes, global warming, poor air quality and acid rains that damage property and agriculture. Solar and wind power are eco-friendly and do not let off toxic gasses into the environment. This is one of the primary benefits of switching over to renewable energy.
  • Dependable source – This is a dependable source of energy because it is not prone to trade disputes, political instabilities and upheavals and fluctuating prices of oil and natural gas. These are some variables that can cripple a country’s economy. Wind and solar power are free to use – setting up infrastructure to tap them is the only investment required.

With so many benefits, it is small wonder that even major and developed countries are slowly but surely switching to renewable sources of energy.

Energy Conservation 30 Nov

Energy Conservation Tips for Business

Saving energy costs is extra money in your bank that can be more profitably used for business growth and development. There are two sides to it. The first is fine-tuning existing fittings and appliances to get the maximum performance out of them and the second is to make initial investments to install devices that consume less electricity and is paying in the long run. Check on the energy rating labels before buying them.

Before implementing strategies to conserve energy in your business take a detailed look at your energy costs and identify areas with maximum energy consumption. Have an energy audit carried out by professionals in the field who will make a detailed assessment of your present infrastructure and recommend ways and means to make it more energy efficient. Once the report is submitted to you, implement the suggestions made in full. Measures put in place in one section of your business only will hardly have an overall effect if not implemented in totality.

Here are a few highly effective energy savings tips for your business.

  • Lighting – Consider the desired brightness of your premises. Do all areas need to be equally illuminated? If not consider fixing dimmers and low watt lights in those places. Skylights over corridors should serve your purpose during daylight hours. Movement sensors fitted in conference rooms or server rooms where lights are not required all the time is a good option. This is especially true for companies for labour hire where candidates are interviewed in conference rooms but not on a regular basis. To check out the workings of such agencies, visit

Illuminated signage that is kept on round the clock is a major source of energy consumption. Fix timers to keep it switched off during the day and again in the wee hours of the morning when there is not much traffic on the roads to view your sign.

Use energy efficient LED lights instead of halogen and incandescent bulbs. Apart from the power consumption, LEDs are more soothing for the eyes. Clean your lights of dust and dirt regularly. You will be surprised at the increase in luminosity.

  • Business equipment – Equipment such as copiers, faxes and printers are usually left on day and night and consume a lot of electricity. Buy those that have a standby mode and switch to it when these are not in use. Install timers to make certain this as staff might not always remember to do so. For large printers and copiers, the ideal would be to switch them off completely when not being used as they are energy guzzlers even on standby.

Even though computers do consume substantial energy, there are some that have higher levels of energy usage than others. Read the ratings carefully before buying them. Additionally, laptops use up less energy than desktops and you should consider buying more of them, replacing traditional desktops. Even for laptops, all power saving features should be activated so that after a certain period of inactivity, they automatically go into standby mode.

  • Heating and cooling – Ensure that your heating and cooling systems are adjusted to the prevailing season and the thermostats set accordingly. Close the vents in areas that does not require constant heating or cooling like conference rooms or storage areas.

Proper insulation will help reduce your energy bills substantially. Installing solar reduction films on windows, awnings or shades will reduce heat entering the building thereby cutting down on cooling costs. Likewise, automatic external door closures make sure that the doors are not kept ajar further thereby adding to insulation levels.

Finally, whatever measures you take to reduce energy consumption, your efforts will come to naught if awareness is not present amongst your employees of the imperative need for conserving energy. It is your responsibility to educate them in this regard.

Solar Powered LED Lights 7 Nov

Benefits And Uses Of Solar Powered LED Lights

Solar powered LED lights are the ultimate combination – not only does it result in substantial savings in electricity bills, it is also a way of ensuring that the world is a cleaner and better place to live in. Solar energy is clean power unlike conventional electrical generation that requires either burning of fossil fuel or building dams with massive investments in infrastructure.  Power from nuclear energy is a much used alternative in today’s world but is definitely fraught with risks to the environment if any untoward incident occurs, Chernobyl being a proof of it. Taking all these things into account, the best option whether in a commercial or domestic environment is solar powered LED lights.

A solar electricity generating unit has two components – the solar panels and an inverter.  Solar photovoltaic cells have a positive and negative film of silicon that is placed under a thin sheet of glass. The sun beating down on these cells dislodge the electrons off them. The ones that are negatively charged are attracted to one side of the silicon cells and this created an electric current and voltage. Individual cables transmit this electricity so collected to the inverter which then transforms the DC power generated by the solar panels to 120v AC for domestic power or higher for commercial use.

In spite of the advantages of solar power, whatever is collected and generated throughout the day has to last through the evening and night. Hence it is always advisable to use LED lights which consume very little energy. This is because LEDs are made from semi-conductors that do not heat up and waste power. It is estimated that over 90% of the energy consumed by halogens and conventional incandescent bulbs are dissipated through heat and not light which is not the case with LED lights. By using solar power along with LEDs, the use of electricity is maximised.

Apart from the cost factor some of the additional benefits of solar powered LED lights include –

Increased safety – Solar powered LEDs are not connected to an electrical grid. Hence the lights remain on even during outages. This is crucial in LED street lights as a sudden power cut can lead to safety issues on roads.

Lower running and maintenance costs – You can put up solar powered LED outdoor Christmas lights not only during the festive days but before and beyond that too without fear of running up exorbitant bills. Plus these are very attractive and available in different colours and designs. The same goes for LED starlight lighting in which multi shaped and coloured semi-conductors add to the aesthetics of the garden or place where it is strung up in.

Damage and theft reduction in street lights – For individual street lights, the solar panel is placed directly above the LED and the inverter is placed inside the light fixture unit. This almost negates the possibility of theft or damage and since the whole unit sits on the pole without wires, the risks of vandalism of the LED panels or lights is greatly lowered.

Because of its inherent advantages, the world today is slowly switching to solar powered LED lights for multiple applications.

Energy Conservation 31 Oct

Energy Conservation Tips for Home

Implement energy saving measures and cut down substantially on your electricity bills. The best thing about it is that you do not have to invest in fancy and expensive gadgets to do so. Small amounts of strict monitoring of your domestic environment and plenty of common sense can help achieve your goals of a highly energy efficient home.

Here are a few energy conservation tips that you will do well to follow.

  • Insulating your home – A well insulated home means that there is low heat loss or gain from external elements, thereby reducing the requirements of heating or cooling. Insulation does not take into account issues that are connected with ventilation, neither is it in any way related to sound insulation. Materials that directly control excessive heat or cold flow includes cellulose, polystyrene, wood fibre, animal fibre, and recycled cotton. Apart from these, glazing of windows is very effective in protecting your home from the vagaries of nature.

How will you know which areas of your home could do with a spot of insulation? The first step would be to have an energy audit of your home by a reputed builder or contractor. Your house will be inspected thoroughly and a report will be given to you on the ways that you can insulate your home better. You can thereafter implement the measures recommended. Always make it a point to have all air leaks plugged before starting on the insulation part. Further, even after required installation has been installed and if the house is not properly shaded, internal heat can build up creating an “oven” effect. All these factors have to be taken into account.

  • Doors and windows – This is one area that you should focus on. Energy efficient doors and windows help to cut off about 20% of normal heat flow. Double glazing of windows is obviously the best option but this is expensive too, more so if you are installing new ones. If the glazing is chipped and there is air flow you can have them specifically replaced or repaired. Single glazed windows using film are a cheaper option. By eliminating draughts around you home with well insulated windows you will be able to reduce your energy bills too. The same is relevant for doors. Check whether there is a space between it and the floor or whether they have a tight fit while closed without any gaps. Minor repair work can work wonders in most cases.
  • Efficient heating – Use the thermostats optimally so that you get hot water to come off when you actually need it. The same goes for your home. If you are using radiators set the time to about half an hour before you wake up so that the house will be sufficiently warm when you get out of bed. Or you can turn off the radiator well before you go to bed or leave your home. The built-up heat will keep your home comfortable for hours.

The same is followed by commercial establishments too resulting in significant savings in energy bills. Take the example of a top end busy beauty salon and spa. Sophisticated electrical equipment such as laser IPL machines does not perform optimally in extremely harsh weather and the temperatures inside the clinic should be maintained at just the right temperatures round the year. Just like your home, the heating may be switched off an hour before closing time to conserve energy while leaving the operational efficiencies of these machines unaffected. For more on equipment for beauty treatments visit

There are other simple measures that you can implement in your home for cutting down on your energy bills. Change your light  sources from energy guzzling incandescent bulbs to LEDs, use cold water in your washing machine instead of hot water and finally make it a habit to switch off all electrical fixtures and appliances when not in use.

Boutique Design Studio 31 Oct

Requirements to Run a Boutique Design Studio

Running a boutique design studio is not easy, especially if you are a designer by profession and are not aware of what it takes to run a business. However, being an employee in a design studio is a sedentary profession and if you have the heart for new challenges, you will do well to have an establishment of your own. Admittedly, the competition is quite severe but by following a systematic approach, there is no reason why you should not succeed in this field. Fortune always favours the bold is an old adage so why not give it a try and take the plunge?

  • Have a plan in place – Have a plan in place and preferably scribble down your thoughts. Essentially, your approach should be split into segments.

The first is the category you want to cater to. Is it men’s clothing or women’s? Do you want to specialise in high end fashion wear or a judicious mix of that and middle income group buyers? On this depends the size of your proposed establishment, the quality and experience of designers that you intend to hire and subsequent marketing strategies. The next is the scale that you want to start off. This again rests on the quantum of your investments. If you have substantial savings, you can start on an extensive scale but if you have to rely primarily on borrowed funds start small and expand as business picks up. That way you can avoid crippling interest burdens which can make your progress extremely slow and result in weak cash flow.

Since this plan has to be meticulously devised, you will do well to hire an experienced business consultant to do it for you.

  • The ideal space – Here too, you have to first decide the type of establishment that you want to have. The first is a simple studio where the designs are created by a team of professionals which are then delivered to leading manufacturers of clothes and fashion wear. The second is having your own comprehensive space both for the design studio and the cutting and stitching process. The latter should be attempted only after you have the basic design infrastructure up and running and this is not easy. It requires a lot of experience and tenacity to run both optimally in the initial stages.

You can take a leaf out of the book of Jarrod Carland in this context. He is one of the finest graphic designers today and his footprint is spread across globally. Follow him on Twitter, Pinterest, Etsy and Instragram to get inspiration and timely updates on his work. However, he started in the entertainment industry which gave him the required expertise in the visual communication field. Later he started Studio Jack, a design studio that took into account every aspect of visual communication. You can visit Jarrod Carland directly to know more.

The ideal place then depends on your immediate line of work but select a space where there is a lot of natural light. The area should be at least 20% more than what you presently need as a buffer for future expansion plans. Have it near your home as you wouldn’t want to spend a lot of time commuting.

  • Hire the best in this field – Even if you scrounge on other expenses, this is one area that you should splurge on. Having the best designers with you will immediately give your studio a head start over your competitors since potential clients will realise from your portfolio that the quality you churn out will be worth their money. The ambience should be bright and cheery to bring out the best in your designers. Whatever might be the furniture you buy, be sure to have a large table where all of you can sit together and toss around ideas.

There are many other aspects of starting and running a boutique design studios. These are just a few pointers to get you started.

Conserve Energy 12 Sep

Conserve Energy for a Cleaner Planet

With the world on the borders of major environmental disasters, global warming and rising sea levels, it is necessary that everybody gets together to conserve energy and make the planet a better place to live in for generations to come. By doing so, you not only save precious resources through lower demand for such fossil fuels as oil, coal and natural gas, you also save money on cleaning up the after effects of unbridled pollution levels. When you burn less fossil fuel, you lower emissions of carbon dioxide which is primarily responsible for global warming.

All of us can play a role in conserving energy. Here are a few tips you can do well to follow.

Using home appliances – Ensure that your refrigerator is set at 37 degrees and your freezer not less than 3 degrees. Anything below this wastes energy. Check periodically to see if gaskets are clean and tightly sealed. Run your washing machine on warm and not hot water. This saves substantial energy per year. Keep your water heater thermostat at 120degee F. When you change your old appliances, buy the most energy efficient ones at sizes that will suit your needs and not necessarily the biggest ones.

Make small crucial investments – Small action taken by you can result in major cuts in energy consumption. Replace conventional fluorescent bulbs and tubes with compact fluorescent bulbs at high use areas. These are priced higher but consume a quarter of energy resulting in long term savings in energy bills. You can preserve hot water by attaching low flow shower. Most importantly, ensure that your home is insulated well. Use caulk and weather stripping to plug leaks around windows and doors. Or better still call for a home energy audit and implement the recommendations.

Reduce waste – Huge amount of energy is consumed at waste disposal and recycling plants every year. You can help reduce these expenses. Buy minimally packaged products and select ones that are reusable. It is estimated that using recycled materials instead of basic raw materials reduce consumption of paper by 55%, glass by 33% and aluminium by a staggering 90%.

These are some tips you can implement in your daily lives. When you do so you are contributing your mite to a cleaner and better world.