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Mobile Phone- Novelty or Necessity? How About Your Energy?

IN 1973, New Yorkers stopped and stared in amazement as Dr. Martin Cooper demonstrated the first cellular telephone call, right on the city street. The invention and combination of the radio, battery, and micro-processor had launched the mobile phone era. It takes a...

Nights are Getting Colder. Should I Get a Space Heater?

“They’re inexpensive and convenient!” Actually, NOT. Space heaters use an average of 1500 watts of energy. So? So if you run one space heater for a day at .23¢ per kilowatt-hour (PG&E’s going rate), you’ll spend $3 per day. Not bad? That’s $90 per month…from now...

Do Smoke & Ash Interfere with Solar Output?

California burned badly this year. An estimated 6700 fires scorched more than 1.5 million acres during 2018. That’s the size of Delaware! The homes, health, and welfare of hundreds of thousands of people were, and are, adversely affected. Somewhere down the list of...