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What Is Renewable Energy and Why is it Important?

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

Renewable energy is energy that comes from resources that are continuously replenished such as sunlight, rain, wind and geothermal heat. About 17% of global energy consumption comes from renewable resources. Over time, that number will increase as resources become more readily available for consumer use.

Renewable energy is important because it provides many benefits. Some of the benefits include but are not limited to:

Environmental Benefits

Renewable energy can benefit the environment because it has a much lower environmental impact than conventional energy technologies. By reusing the Earth’s natural resources that are able to quickly replenish themselves, we are cutting down on our use of more precious natural resources such as coal or oil.

Long Term Use

Renewable energy is just that, renewable. That means we won’t ever run out of it. Other resources are in limited supply and will be depleted someday. Unlike sunlight or wind, which will always renew itself.

Jobs

Most energy investments are spent on importing the materials into the US. Not with renewable energy, those investments are spent on building facilities and hiring people to maintain the facilities. The money you spend is staying local to create jobs and boost the economy.

Types of Renewable Energy

Renewable energy comes from many different places. There is sunlight, which is transformed into solar energy; wind which is captured with wind turbines and flowing water which turns into hydroelectric power.

Other types of renewable energy include bioenergy, hydrogen, geothermal energy and ocean energy.

CQI Associates has green energy solutions for your business. We are an energy and sustainability management consulting firm servicing residential and commercial clients throughout the United States. To learn more, please contact CQI Associates by calling 410-740-0667 or visit our website today!

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Source:

http://www.eia.gov/tools/faqs/faq.cfm?id=527&t=1

http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/tech/why

 

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How Practical Are Solar Panels?

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

The sun produces enough energy to feed plants and warm up the ground, but what if it could also power your electricity and heat or cool your home. Now that would be a great way to save money and energy. Thankfully, since the invention of the solar panel, there is a way to do this.

A solar panel is a piece of equipment that is used to convert sunlight into energy. Since the beginning of humanity, humans have been aware of how powerful the sun is and have tried to harness the suns energy for our own advantage.

More recently though, as consumers demand for a more environmentally friendly and cost efficient way to use energy in their homes, solar panels have been on the rise. While they are a great idea in many different aspects, how practical are they on your home?

The price for installing solar panels depends on where you are located, how big the building is and other factors. Regardless of the cost, once you receive your first electric bill, the savings will be obvious, by lowering your monthly electric bill. While the solar panels will not pay for themselves after the first month, it is a very cost effective way for cutting your energy bills and your carbon footprint.

While there may be an initial expense, the return on investment is worth it to cut your carbon footprint and reduce your monthly electric bill. If you are looking to protect the environment and save money in the process, installing solar panels on the roof of your building may be the best way to do that.

CQI Associates has green energy solutions for your business. We are an energy and sustainability management consulting firm servicing residential and commercial clients throughout the United States. To learn more, please contact CQI Associates by calling 410-740-0667 or visit our website today!

You can also follow us on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and Google+!

Source:

http://www.prlog.org/10184388-history-of-solar-panels.html

 

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How to Save Energy in the Summer Heat

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

In case you have spent the last week under a rock, it may surprise you to discover that spring has sprung. Gone are the cold winter days, bundling up and searching for that missing mitten. Now is the time to break out those flip-flops and switch off the heater. Thankfully, for the time being, the air-cools down dramatically at night not creating unbearable conditions for us. But, what happens when the temperature remains at a constant high in the eighties, nineties or even reaching above one hundred degrees? You will be running your air-conditioning and at what cost? Surely, you do not want to spend a whole week’s paycheck on maintaining a comfortable temperature. Here are a few tips and tricks to save energy (and money) this summer:

Not using it, Turn it off!

This seems simple enough, but how many times have you exited a room and left your computer or TV on? The same goes for your lights. What is the benefit of leaving them on when there is no one in the room? It is just wasting energy.

Turn up your thermostat.

A key way to save energy in the summer is to not make the air conditioner as cold as possible. Alternatively, even to turn it off on some of those cooler summer days. What is the use of keeping the air conditioner so cold that you are wearing a sweatshirt and shivering? A comfortable temperature should be between seventy-five and seventy-eight degrees (or even a little warmer for maximum energy saving effectiveness.)

Replace your air filters.

A quick easy way to save energy is to replace the air filters in your house. A dirty air filter can restrict airflow and cause the system to run longer and increase your energy use. For a maximum energy saving benefit, replace the filters monthly. Air filters can be purchased at your local hardware store.

Quick Kitchen Helpers

If the option is to cook something in the microwave for a few minutes, or spend a longer amount of time standing over a stove, is it really a question of which is easier? Well, not only will cooking in the microwave save you time, it also uses less energy. Speaking of the kitchen, who enjoys washing dishes by hand? No one, your dishwasher uses less water than washing dishes by hand. Then if you are in a super energy saving mood, let the dishes air dry for even more energy saving!

 

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Simple Solutions to improve the Energy Efficiency of your Home

Friday, January 4th, 2013

2013 is a new year and presents you with new opportunities to improve your lifestyle. And while everyone else is making New Year’s resolutions regarding their weight and fitness, we suggest you make a resolution that will affect your life in several different ways. 2013 is the year to Improve the Energy Efficiency of your Home.  This will not only improve the comfort of your home, but it should also cut your energy bills. Now that’s what we call a win-win.

Simple Solutions to improve the Energy Efficiency of your Home

1. Insulate Pipes: You may be surprised to learn that improving the energy efficiency of your home is not that difficult. In fact, insulating pipes helps eliminate heat loss. This allows your water heater to do the same job it has always been doing, but requiring far less energy to do so.

2. Insulate the Water Heater: Similar to the above suggestion, insulating your water heater helps prevent heat loss. Your water heater constantly heats water so it is ready when you need it. If your water heater is not properly insulated, it will have to work harder to keep that water at the desired temperature.

3. Insulate Air Ducts: More heat loss? That’s right. Insulating your ductwork allows your HVAC system to maintain the right temperature in your home without having to work as hard.

4. Utilize Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs: Switching your light bulbs to Compact Fluorescent bulbs can save you as much as 25% on your lighting costs. Best of all, CFLs last 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs.

5. Contact CQI Associates: CQI Associates has saved our public and private commercial clients well over $1,500,000,000 based on our energy and environmental program and project saving recommendations.

All of the above suggestions will help make your home more energy efficient and save you money on your monthly heating and cooling bills.

To learn more, please contact CQI Associates by calling 410-740-0667 or visit CQIAssociates.com today!

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Programmable Thermostats and more Energy Efficiency Tips from CQI

Friday, December 21st, 2012

Today, homeowners are constantly striving to make their homes more energy efficient and thus save money. And there are numerous products on the market capable of reducing your home’s energy consumption. One of these products is a Programmable Thermostat, which allows homeowners to more efficiently control their energy use.

By just turning your thermostat down (7-10 degrees) or off when you are asleep or away, you could see significant savings on your heating and cooling bills. A programmable thermostat allows you to do this automatically, according to a pre-set schedule. You simply set times when your HVAC system is on, off, or working in a diminished capacity.

According to the United States Department of Energy (DOE), a programmable thermostat can save homeowners as much as 10% a year on their heating and cooling costs.

Programming your Programmable Thermostat

It is important to first consider your schedule. When do you normally go to sleep, get up for work, go to work, get home from work, etc.? Schedule your programmable thermostat accordingly. But in order to achieve the highest possible savings without sacrificing comfort, have your thermostat turn down the temperature right before you go to bed, turn back up right before you wake up, turn down right before you go to work, and turn back up before you get home.

You will not notice the temperature difference, but your wallet will!

To learn more, please contact CQI Associates by calling 410-740-0667 or visit CQIAssociates.com today!

CQI Associates has saved our public and private commercial clients well over $1,500,000,000 based on our energy and environmental program and project saving recommendations.

You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LikedIn, and Google+

 

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