Sprinkler System For My Homes Roof, Electricity Bill Actually Lower!

With a rooftop sprinkler system you can start pretty much anywhere as far as equipment and budget is concerned. Most people start with a hose and a simple yard sprinkler. I have seen many people choose the sprinklers that are set on a colored aluminum tripod that are available at Lowe’s and Home Depot. The tripod sprinkler does a great job covering a large section of a roof at a time and sprays very quickly.

Now the yard sprinkler on your homes roof is a very rudimentary solution but with just a few additional automation techniques you can have yourself a very good efficient method of creating an evaporation cooler for your entire home rooftop. The solution offers you the ability to cool your roof through evaporation which lets less heat into your attic which would normally go through your insulation and allow heat into your house. The reason your A/C works overtime in the summer and runs up your electricity bill is because excess heat goes through your roof, insulation, and into your living area causing the A/C to have to cool an already super hot room.

You can use a timer to allow your sprinkler to run for approximately 3 min out of 15 minute intervals and adjust if necessary to achieve maximum benefit. The point is it is easy to adjust the timer for different intervals so that you use as little water as necessary for maximum cooling benefit.  It is actually easy to set it up so that you have zero water run-off to maximize the water to heat removal ratio  of the evaporating cooling process — based on the climate in your area you simply adjust the timer as necessary to meet this goal. An inexpensive one hour repeatable timer  is all you need as far as complex mechanisms are concerned. You run your water supply using 1/2 inch PVC pipe to the peak of the roof and clamp it down using plastic conduit clamps.

You can perforate the PVC every 3 feet with a nail or very small drill bit. You could take a size 8 nail and use a grinder to flatten out the flat sides of the nail to make it sharp on the edges. This creates a pattern for the hole like a diamond and allows the water to fan out instead of just streaming out. Experiment with letting the water sprinkler system run for 3 minutes every 10 minutes or every 15 minutes until you get optimal results. You should see your attic temperature decrease anywhere from 20 to 30 degrees in the hot of the summer.

Some people have simply used a defrost timer from an old refrigerator as their timer for the sprinkler to activate the solenoid. The point being is that you can purchase any cheap old timer to do the trick and get amazing results. Even if you let a sprinkler run all day without a timer you will see what a system like this can do for your hot house and electric bill and may want to proceed further with a more elaborate roof sprinkler system.

You can read more about rooftop cooling systems at this website: http://www.builditsolar.com/Experimental/RoofCooling.htm#NCSystem

The cooling cost savings by using a rooftop sprinkler system is about 30 – 40% lower than if you used none at all. The risks are potential mineral deposits onroof, wood rot, reduced life of roof. You ideally want to have access to a free water source like a well, pond, stream, lake, etc.

If you want a profesional kit that does not require that you puncture the roof membrane of your house I have found this company to be a good professional outfit for residential rooftop sprinkler kits: http://www.sprinkool-systems.com/HydroKool.htm

 

 

When Your Electric Service can be Disconnected in Dallas, Texas

Dallas Texas Electricity PricesIt happens. You come home, turn on the light switch and nothing happens. Having your Dallas, Texas electric service disconnected is never pleasant. You depend on your electricity to survive. As long as you pay your bill on time, you should never have to worry about service interruption, right? Wrong. There are other reasons why your service may be disconnected.

  • Emergencies – Your Dallas, Texas electric provider has the right to disconnect your service in the event of an emergency, such as a damaged power line.
  • Misuse of the service – If you are using your electric in a way that interferes with other resident’s service, your service can be disconnected.
  • Nonpayment – Even if you have upheld your obligation to pay your bill, if you requested assistance from a program to help pay the balance and they did not pay, your service can be disconnected.

During these situations, you will not receive notice that your power is going to be shut off. In situations where you are merely late with your bill, your provider is obligated to provide you with ten-day notice before disconnection. If you think your Dallas, Texas electric has been disconnected without cause, immediately contact your service provider.

If fear of disconnection is a common problem for you, you should consider changing service providers. Using our comparison chart, you can compare the rates of electric providers that service the Dallas, Texas area. You may be able to find rates that are more affordable for your budget than your current provider is.

You may call our Dallas energy consultants regarding questions about electric choice or your electricity bill at 1-800-971-4020

Haltom City, Texas Electricity Service

One of the best ways to save money on your monthly Haltom City, Texas electric bill is to make the most out of the energy you use.  Reducing energy consumption is a wonderful and responsible thing to do and when combined with energy efficiency it can make for a much lower electric bill.  Try preparing several meals at a time when you are using your oven.  You are already paying for the energy of heating the oven, so pack it full to get the most out of the heat.  You can freeze the extras for quick and convenient meals on those days when your life is just too hectic to worry about meal preparation.

Another fantastic way to save on your Haltom City, Texas electricity bill is to find a lower cost electricity service provider to establish service with.  Use the ElectricityBid online comparison tool to compare rates from all Haltom City, Texas electricity service providers and choose the one that offers the best deal.  Simply enter your zip code and service type to get started.  You can even order your new service right online through ElectricityBid.

We do understand that from time to time you may have questions that simply cannot be answered online.  If this is the case, please feel free to call us toll free at 1-800-971-4020 to speak with one of our energy consultants.  We will be happy to help you better understand the Haltom City, Texas electricity market and help you decide which electric company is right for you.

Pennsylvania Electric: One Home Improvement That Can Significantly Increase Energy Savings

In today’s economy, homeowners are more conscious than ever of the need to cut costs wherever possible. One way to do this is to invest in energy-saving appliances for the home. Following is one way to do just that.

Combination Boilers: Save on Heat and Hot Water Costs

Everyone uses heat and hot water. These are supplied via various methods, one of the most common being electricity. When electricity is used, it usually means that there’s a water tank and some type of heating unit (eg, a furnace).

When you add in really cold weather, large square footage that needs to be heated and/or many users, your monthly Pennsylvania electricity bill can get really steep very quickly.

But, what if you could get all the heat and hot water you need from one unit? This is what a combination boiler (aka combi boiler) can do. Instead of heating water from a cold water tank (which takes more time), combi boilers heat water from the water main – as it’s being dispensed.

This means you don’t have to run water and wait for the “hot” to come on. Imagine the savings from this one feature alone.

Another thing is, with the federal government giving energy tax credits to homeowners who make energy-efficient improvements to their home, now has never been a better time to install a combi boiler.

Get Energy Savings Everyday

If you’re currently under a prepaid electric service plan contract with a Pennsylvania electricity provider, it pays to do some investigating into other options. Why? Because there are low-deposit and no-deposit options that are so much more budget friendly.

Even if you’ve had credit problems in the past and fear having to pay a high deposit, you have choices. Check with traditional Pennsylvania electric companies and ask about programs like budget billing and LIHEAP.

These programs are designed to help credit challenged, low-income and fixed-income residents save on their Pennsylvania electric bills.

April 2009 Houston Electricity Rates

We have compiled a list of some of the best and worst residential electricity rates in the Houston Texas area. You will find this detailed list below. The best Houston electric rate at this time is with Champion Energy. Reliant Energy and TXU Energy again remain at near the bottom of this list. Trickster Electric Company is near the top although we have received several complaints that Trickster raises the electric rate through TDSP related charges once the customer gets the electricity bill. Because of this we want to warn customers about the potential of Trickster’s (name withheld by legal) electric rate being higher then what it appears. If you are one of Trickster’s customers that thought you were going to be charged one rate but once you received the energy bill were charged a much higher energy price then please feel free to comment below. Read below from one of our readers and a customer of Trickster (name withheld by legal):

Stay away!! 9.7 cent plan kept going up 13,14 and finally to 16 cents!!! Ridiculous!!

Trickster Energy (name withheld by legal) is a rip off. SIgn up for .12 kilowatt, but have been billed up to .17/kw. Also the customer service is horrible. Stay away !!

If TXU Energy or Reliant Energy called asking you to renew at an electric rate several cents higher then where the market is currently at we recommend checking out our recommended Houston electric providers on the top left of this page. All fees and charges are disclosed.

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