Using Solar Panels with Battery Backup

Posted on August 25, 2013
Getting energy from the sun is great under most circumstances. But because most solar systems are “grid tied” these days, people who have solar panels without battery backup are subject to power outages just like everyone else. If you live in an area that experiences frequent power outages but want to keep your connection to the utility grid, a grid-tied with battery backup system—like the one Oak Electric recently installed for homeowners in Lake Orion—might be just the thing for... Read more

Take a Bite Out of “Vampire Power”

Posted on August 15, 2013
There's a vampire on the loose in your home, and it is taking a bite out of your wallet and harming the environment. But stopping this monster can be as easy as pulling a few plugs. The villain in question is vampire power, also known as phantom load. It refers to the electricity many gadgets and appliances waste just by being plugged in (even if they're switched off). For example, if you left your cell phone charger plugged in the wall all day, even if it had nothing to charge, it was using... Read more

Tips for Safe, Effective Portable Generator Use

Posted on August 5, 2013
Generator manufacturer Generac has been designing and manufacturing backup power generators for residential, commercial and industrial applications since 1959. Their product line includes rugged, dependable portable generators designed to deliver power wherever you are—from tailgate parties to construction sites. With sizes up to 17500 watts, you can take your power with you wherever you need it. Following are some basic tips from Generac for the safe operation of portable... Read more