Archive for ‘Solar panels’


Solar panels are a cool

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

President Obama in his ‘state of the nation’ address has made clear and precise commitments to support the solar panel industry in the US which will help create jobs and help transition away from what even he now views as inevitable. The end of the oil age.

Ushering in solar panels as the new norm.

Ushering in solar panels as the new norm.

Building a model for a non-petroleum based economy with more localised food production, alongside environmental protection’s are pivotal to our modern world’s future.

“All intertwined and yet all essential to keep the thin veneer of social functioning.”

The stable global climate, we all grew up in is now obsolete and preparing for both extreme winter and summer weather events is paramount meaning the perpetual ‘growth’ model must also soon be outdated. (more…)

Are solar panels worth installing?

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

I can think of only one downside to installing solar panels to your home and that is Santa cannot land on your roof for the next thirty years. This will make his Christmas eve harder and more dangerous than previous years.

Why Santa hates solar panels?

Why Santa hates solar panels?

Seriously though, I was gobsmacked when a friend asked me: “are solar panels worth installing?”, to which my reply was: “energy prices have risen every year, year on year, so why wouldn’t you?”

Now this may not be as condescending as it first seems, as my friend in question is intelligent, articulate and may I say very beautiful – however after 10 years of enthusiastically shouting from the hills about solar panels, the problem here lies with me because I see a very different world to the one most people see. (more…)

Will an electromagnetic pulse affect PV solar panels?

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

In the ten years since I first fell in love with PV solar (photovoltaic) technology, I have been answering questions from pioneering adopters and thought I’d heard them all. That was until asked, “whether an electromagnetic pulse will affect my solar panels?

Sunspots produce X-flares.

Sunspots produce X-flares.

In celebration of Power My Home’s 10th birthday, I will answer this most unusual of questions.

Upon further enquiry, I discovered the nature of this question stemmed from worries about the current peak solar activity and more than usual solar flares which are currently being ejected out by the sun.

If one of these super-massive coronal mass ejections (CMEs) were to give the Earth a direct hit, then this would bath the planet and our solar panels with electromagnetic waves, but not pulses. (more…)

Is a Soviet Union style collapse imminent?

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

A paradigm shift is occurring, and America’s wealth has gravitated East, and China’s once renowned poverty is also moving West. Being America’s 51st state has always been beneficial to Britain, but could this cosy relationship also become a curse?

A brighter road ahead with a quality solar installer.

A brighter road ahead with a quality solar installer.

America defaulting on its debts is just around the corner. America defaulting on its obligations will change life for every person in every state including the 51st.

The ball has again been kicked down the road until January by the successive administrations, with their debt ceiling debates, but the day of reckoning is coming.

What is happening here, is the American government is telling the rest of the world including China, “keep lending us more money, or we will default on our debts, and this is a road you don’t want to go down!” (more…)

Energy drinks, you’re 11 years old!

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

An overheard conversation at a supermarket checkout inspired me (without the aid of coffee) to write this funny but also serious article about energy drinks.

A mother while struggling to bag her weekly shop suddenly shouted.

“No you can’t have an energy drink you’re 11 years old.”

A generation addicted to caffeine.

A generation addicted to caffeine.

What I chuckle was the follow-up statement of

“if you’ve got no energy at your age then there’s something seriously wrong with you.”

On hearing this statement, I wanted to high-five this lady.

This scenario highlights a severe problem in our modern-day society today. Our children are getting addicted to this seemingly harmless beverage type, but I feel we are storing up problems for the up and coming generation if this is not dealt with soon.

High caffeine energy drinks

are not

on the same level as the Lucozade drinks of my generation. (more…)

Fukushima may be out of the headlines

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

When most people saw the devastation of the Fukushima plants, they rolled their eyes and thought, “just another Chernobyl” and got on with their lives. I, however, saw the beginning of the end as our last big hope for generating large-scale power, which wouldn’t accelerate the global warming problem, goes into meltdown.

The end of the nuclear-powered dream.

The end of the nuclear-powered dream.

If you think you are half a world away from danger, then think again. The blue-fin tuna and other food resources you take for granted will now be contaminated!

For a real sense of the Fukushima disaster, the Japanese authorities asked the outside world for help. For anyone who knows Japanese culture, they would know that this culture does not allow much for asking for help on an individual or governmental basis. (more…)