9 tips to start the year saving on electricity

9 tips to start the year saving on electricity

Image result for save electricityUnfortunately, Spaniards face higher electricity and light costs every year. This means that keeping our house lit and at a suitable temperature becomes a complicated and quite expensive. Next we will review nine tips to start the year saving electricity :

  1. Isolate your house It is the best way to achieve an efficient energy consumption. By controlling the air leaks through doors and windows, we will be able to maintain the adequate temperature in our home much better and, therefore, not waste energy.
  2. Replaces halogen bulbs by LED . The LEDs represent an initial outlay of important money, since they are more expensive. However, we will save between 80 and 90% of the electricity consumption in lighting. In addition, the lifespan of the LEDs is much higher than that of conventional bulbs.
  3. Use efficient heating and cooling equipment . Class A or higher heat pumps are much more efficient than electric radiators or electrical resistance convectors. In the case of boilers, condensing boilers are the best.
  4. Set the heating and air conditioning to the correct temperature . It is recommended that this be between 19 and 21 degrees in winter and between 24 and 26 degrees in summer. Keep in mind that each degree of more or less can increase consumption around 7%.
  5. Take advantage of solar heat . In summer it is recommended to open windows in the morning and at the end of the night, to cool the house. In winter, quite the opposite.
  6. Use class A or higher appliances . The energy consumption of low-energy appliances is much lower than that of a conventional appliance. For example, a class A +++ refrigerator consumes about 70% less energy than a normal class model.
  7. Adjust the contracted power . It is advisable to reduce it to the minimum necessary, in order to reduce the electricity bill. When calculating your ideal hired power, keep in mind that you will rarely use all the appliances at once, so it is better to stay short than to spend.
  8. Compare offers from other electric companies . Once a year we should review our invoice and compare it with the offers offered by the rest of the companies. There are online comparators that can be very helpful.
  9. Unplug all equipment that you are not using . Phantom consumption (stand-by) can amount to 7% of household electricity consumption, according to Eurostat. We have to finish him.

We are sure that by applying these simple tips the saving of the energy bill of your home can be important.

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How is Solar Energy produced?

Solar energy is generated when sunlight hits the solar panels, which then convert solar energy into electricity suitable for our homes. This photovoltaic transformation is the way in which solar energy is produced. In this post, we will analyze in depth how a domestic solar system takes advantage of the sun’s energy.

Solar panels convert sunlight into energy

The process of creating energy from sunlight begins with the most important part of a solar installation: solar panels . A typical solar panel is made of monocrystalline or polycrystalline silicon housed in a metal frame with a glass housing.

When sunlight strikes the thin layer of silicon at the top of a panel, it releases electrons from the silicon atoms. The electrons have a negative charge, which means that they are attracted to one side of the silicon cell. This creates an electrical current that is captured by the wiring of the solar panel.

Known as the “photovoltaic effect”, electrons that flow and have been released by sunlight are the basis of electricity generated from solar panels. The more sunbeams fall on the solar panels, the more electrons will be free, so it is important to consider factors such as shade and local cloud cover when designing a solar energy system.

Different solar panels produce electricity at different speeds depending on their efficiency and quality. High quality solar panels will often cost a bit more, but in the long term they will save you money because they produce electricity more efficiently.

Investors convert the energy of solar panels into usable electricity

Once the loose electrons have been collected in individual panels, the resulting current is known as direct current. The electricity we use to power devices, charge electric vehicles and turn on our lights is alternating current. The electricity generated by loose silicon electrons is DC electricity and must be converted to AC power before we can use it.

This conversion is done through devices called inverters . The inverters can be configured as chain inverters, microinverters or power optimizers, but each configuration performs the same general function of converting DC electricity into AC electricity. Once the DC electricity goes through the inverters and it becomes AC electricity. In this way, solar energy can be used at home or in the general electrical network.

Other solar panel technologies

Most of the available solar panels are made of crystalline silicon, but there are some other types of solar panels that produce electricity from the sun.

Cadmium telluride solar panels (CdTe)

CdTe panels use a material other than silicon to produce electricity. While they do not have very high efficiency ratings (yet), CdTe panels can capture solar energy at shorter wavelengths than silicon panels. In addition, manufacturing costs are low.

Solar panels of copper and Indian diselenide (CIGS)

With greater efficiencies than CdTe panels, CIGS panels are a promising panel option. Unfortunately, high production costs have prevented CIGS panels from reaching the general public. CIGS panels use a different material based on copper to generate electricity.

Organic photovoltaic cells (OPV)

Instead of using an inorganic material such as silicon or copper, OPV cells use thin layers of organic vapor to generate an electric current from sunlight. OPV cells have not yet been widely used due to low efficiency and short life compared to other panel technologies.

All these solar technologies fall under the umbrella of thin film panels, and are a very small part of the solar energy market in general. This is mainly because they are not profitable at present. In the future, these options may be technologies that dominate solar energy, but for now silicon solar panels dominate the industry.

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How to save on the electricity bill with self-consumption?

Image result for solarElectric self-consumption with solar energy has completely revolutionized the energy sector. We have discovered freedom, independence and sustainability in the same system. At SotySolar we have taken a step further to become your solar advisor , your independent advisor capable of designing the best solution for your company or your home. How do we do it? Now we tell you.

What is self-consumption?

Energy self-consumption through photovoltaic panels is freedom. Thanks to your own installation of solar panels you can capture the energy of the sun and transform it into electricity. What it means to say goodbye to the bill of light.

You can choose an independent installation for your own consumption that will be supported by batteries that store energy . In this way, you will guarantee a constant and continuous supply over time. It is a way to have light anywhere, without paying the high transport costs of the electricity distribution network. These facilities are formed by solar panels , a charge regulator, solar accumulators and photovoltaic inverters.

On the other hand, there is the model connected to the network. It is a system connected to an internal circuit of consumption and the general network. In this case you do not need batteries or accumulators, because if at a specific moment you need more electricity, you always have the electric network at your disposal. In addition, you can choose only to self-consume the energy or even sell the surplus green energy to the electricity companies and charge for it.

Why does SotySolar propose a different system?

The generation of energy through solar panels is not new. Our main innovation is our own business model. We are solar consultants, we connect companies or individuals who want an installation with professionals in the sector.

What we do is conduct a study of each case, completely free, so you know how much you can save on the electricity bill . With the data we obtain, we focus on designing the best solution and finding the most adjusted budget. For this, we have a network of installers, manufacturers, distributors and professionals in the sector. Thus, we guarantee the best price and the maximum guarantee. We advise you and we accompany you throughout the process. And also, to make it more comfortable for you, you can do it online .

 

Our solar calculator

The solar calculator is part of the technology we have developed to offer our services. It is very simple, from our web page you access directly to the solar calculator section , and you receive an estimate of the cost and the savings that you can obtain with your installation.

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The whole process in five easy steps

Once you have contacted us, we start working.

1. The roof

Publishing the roof is the first step and it is very important. We need to know where to install solar panels to analyze their situation and their possibilities. We will also ask you for a electricity bill to know what your consumption is and tell you the savings you are going to get.

2. The offers

Once we have located the roof and we have studied the situation, our platform is put to work to make a selection of self-consumption budgets with the installation of solar panels, the financing options customized for you and, then, we process all the information to send it to you in a simple and understandable format. We like to say that our mission is to facilitate the purchase of photovoltaic solar energy installations. No more secrets, transparently and without having to find budgets until you feel lost .

As we are independent and we want the best for you, our advisors accompany you and advise you in your choice. If in the end you decide not to accept any offer, do not worry, you just have to communicate it so that the installers update their database and do not contact you anymore.

3. The agreement of the conditions

If you decide to take the step towards sustainability, green energy and savings, with a clear budget, it is time for you to choose the installer. You only need to click on the “Choose Installer” button and from there confirm the budget. From the platform we notify the professional or installation company that you are interested in hiring their services, but you have to know that you are not obligated and that you can change your mind. In any case, from this moment, it will be the technician who will contact you to send you the contract and the conditions.

4. The installation

Once you have signed the contract, it is time for installation. The same installer will request the permissions and will manage the documentation that is needed and, in addition, will help you to present the applications to receive grants or subsidies. If you live in a house, in two or three days you will have your installation ready. In the case of industrial buildings, the time depends on how big it is.

5. Save

Once the installation is underway, say goodbye to the electricity bills . It is the moment when you feel free and start saving. From the zero minute you will begin to generate green , clean and sustainable energy . From there you can evaluate the installer , share your experience, monitor your consumption and, if you wish, participate in our forum to talk with others like you.

Our professional filter

Our flag is quality and professionalism. That is why, before registering an installer or a solar energy company in our database, we have made sure that it offers our customers the best service.

Thus, we also invite companies, manufacturers, installers of solar panels, distributors to join our network of professionals so they can be suppliers to our customers.

Do you have more questions?

 

If you have more questions, we invite you to browse SotySolar Academy . In our academy you can learn about the benefits of photovoltaic energy.

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The Consell will pay the debts of homes with few resources to avoid water, electricity and gas cuts

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The Consell will pay the debts of homes with few resources to avoid water, electricity and gas cuts

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The Valencian Government has signed an agreement with Endesa, Gas Natural Fenosa and Iberdrola

The Consell will pay the debts of homes with few resources to avoid water, electricity and gas cuts The representatives of Endesa, Gas Natural Fenosa and Iberdrola; the president of the Generalitat, Ximo Puig; the consellera of Housing, María José Salvador; and the vice president of the Consell and consellera of Equality and Inclusive Policies, Mónica Oltra, have signed an agreement against energy poverty (Photo: JOSE.A.CALAHORRO) Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Whatsapp 0 > 12/1/2015 13:19 | Updated on 12/1/2015 13:23 Related topics

  • Endesa
  • Gas Natural Fenosa
  • Iberdrola
  • Social services
  • Ximo Puig
  • Social Security

The Valencian Government has signed an agreement with several companies marketing the energy sector to avoid water, electricity and gas cuts to people and families at risk and social exclusion , who may request a report from the municipal social services to stop the suspension process of the supply while the Generalitat manages the payment of the invoices owed.

The agreement was signed today by the representatives of Endesa , Gas Natural Fenosa and Iberdrola , and by the president of the Generalitat, Ximo Puig, in an act that also attended by the Minister of Housing, María José Salvador, and the vice president of the Consell and consellera of Equality and Inclusive Policies, Mónica Oltra, whose department coordinates the policies of fight against the energetic poverty.

The president of the Government has described this agreement as "essential" because it "improves the lives of people with more needs", and stressed that the objective of the Consell with this agreement is to ensure that Valencian families "have a decent winter", and do not have the "energy poverty among their concerns". Puig has ensured that the Valencian Government is going to continue working so that energy poverty "does not exist in the Valencian Community", for which a Valencian Plan for the Struggle against Energy Empowerment has been launched, in which Agreements with the marketers also include direct aid to citizens.

The vice president of the Consell has highlighted the importance of agreements such as today that allow large companies to commit to what is a "constitutional right" of citizens and has expressed the commitment of the Council to continue working to add the rest "With corporate social responsibility initiatives such as this, which will avoid cutting off basic supplies or at least notify social services so that they adopt social protection measures."

This agreement will initially benefit 12,000 households, although the goal is to reach 50,000. For this the Ministry of Housing, Public Works and Vertebration of the Territory is going to implement a budget line of 3.7 million euros, which can accommodate those families or people at risk of social exclusion for having an income of less than 1 , 5 IPREM or 2 times IPREM if you live with people with disabilities or high dependency.

The aid to avoid energy poverty will be in cases of electricity or gas cut of 75 euros per monthly bill and up to a maximum of 300 euros per consumer per year, and in case of drinking water cut, up to 15 euros per monthly receipt and a maximum of 60 euros per consumer per year. In addition, the costs incurred to restore supplies in the event of a cut may be subject to aid.

The social services of the local councils will be in charge of detecting households in a situation of vulnerability, with serious difficulties for the payment of electricity or gas supply, or that have already suffered a power cut to their habitual residence, and of being thus they will make an assessment to determine if they can be beneficiaries of the aid. If this is the case, it will notify the supply companies and the regional administration and the suspension of supply procedure will be paralyzed while the payment of the invoices owed is managed. Likewise, if it meets the requirements, the social services will inform the marketing company and the Regional Ministry and the procedure of suspension of the supply will be paralyzed while the payment of the invoices owed is managed.

Immediate restoration of service

For its part, the supplying company will immediately request the restoration of supply. Likewise, they will not request again the suspension of the supply while the granting of the aid is managed. Neither will they require payment of any interest. The City Council will pay directly to the company the total amount of the debt and if the supply has been restored, the rights of reconnection. In addition, the payment of the debt will be communicated to the Generalitat, which will process the payment to the consistory of the amounts it has paid.

The publication of the order that will allow municipalities to apply for these grants will occur at the end of December, although municipalities may adhere to this call from tomorrow, and the payment of grants will be retroactive until October.

1.4 million in aid for households in social exclusion

On the other hand, the Department of Equality and Inclusive Policies will allocate a total of 1.4 million euros in aid for those persons or families who are in a situation of social exclusion, having annual incomes of less than 5,009 euros and have been notified by the supplying company the order to cut water, electricity or gas. This aid will be processed through the municipalities of more than 20,000 inhabitants with the aim that the affected people do not have to do more bureaucracy than the precise, and will be effective from next January 1.

The vice president explained that this aid aims to guarantee a "constitutional right" as it should be the basic supply of water, electricity and gas, and stressed that they will also go to families without children and the elderly, who until now "were excluded when, according to all the studies, they are the group most affected by this situation ". Oltra has stressed that it is also working hand in hand with the large cities and the councils "to expand social investment to combat energy impoverishment", and in this regard has indicated that the Diputación de Valencia "has already announced a departure of 400,000 euros for the towns of less than 20,000 inhabitants ".

For its part, the Ministry of Sustainable Economy, from the IVACE, will work on raising awareness and awareness of the efficient use of energy, in addition to implementing energy saving measures and / or rehabilitation of the homes of families in social exclusion or at risk of being, as pointed out by the vice president.

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