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Solar Water Heating Simplified

by Justin Thomas •

Solar water heating works efficiently even in cloudy areas. Home Power Magazine recently ran an article that gives a simple overview of solar water heating systems (well, relatively simple). In the article, they examine various popular systems that have proven themselves reliable.

Portable Micro-Power Kit

by Justin Thomas •

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SolarOne’s Harvester is a complete solar micro-power kit. Built to be durable and weatherproof, it produces 750 Watts of power (surge capacity of 1500 Watts). The Harvester contains a 104 amp-hour AGM battery by Concorde — a very reliable battery (for more information see our AGM battery review). The Harvester is an great choice for back-up power or portable remote …

Contender for Most Efficient: Nexxt Washers by Bosch

by Justin Thomas •

If the published specifications for this Nexxt washer are correct, it is a contender for the most efficient AC powered washer available. Bosch also claims it is the quietest on the market, running at 60 decibels. This would allow you to install it near your bedroom, due to the low noise it generates. Power Consumption: 186kWh/year Average Water Consumption: 13.2 …

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Avanti 1201W-01 CF Refrigerator (Mid Capacity)

by Justin Thomas •

Power Consumption: 277 kWh per year Annual Energy Cost: $23 Capacity: 11.2 cu ft Dimensions: 23.5" W, 66.75" H, 25" D Weight: 130 lb. Power: 120 V AC Best Price: $320 (ikitchenbath.com) also a counter-high version available at Amazon for $139.88

NovaKool RU7600-DC

by Justin Thomas •

Power Consumption: 480 watt hours/day or 240 watt hours /day with insulation (70°F day) Capacity: 7 cu. ft. Dimensions: 18.5" W, 41" H, 28" D Shipping weight: 138 lb. Power: 12 or 24V DC Best Price: $1196 (E-Marine)

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NiMh Battery Charger: POWER 2000 XP444AC-DC

by Justin Thomas •

One of the best charger/battery series available. The batteries are rated at 2400mAh – one of the most powerful out there. Quick charges in about an hour, then switches to trickle charge. Comes with a 12V adaptor. Purchase from: Amazon ($29.88)

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EV Global Folding Mini E-Bike (36V)

by Justin Thomas •

  Top speed: 18 mph Range: 20 miles Notes from Manufacturer: Fold it and load it easily into the back of your car, minivan, RV, boat, plane or public transportation. You can even store your ebike folding mini in your closet. Features include: Compact design folds to 32" L x 14" w X 31" H. Very easy to fold while …

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Flexible Solar Panels

by Justin Thomas •

If you boat, hike or are basically remote, these panels are the most portable way to produce electricity yet devised. The panel above, weighing 4.7 pounds, produces 32W of 12V power, and rolls up so you can pack it. They are extremely durable and can withstand rain or being stepped on. Best Price: $268.75 (AltEnergyStore)