Tesla’s Roof Tile Project

Since Tesla announced that they would be manufacturing a solar panel product that homeowners can install on their roofs, interest has been growing about how this system will work and what the costs will be. This information has now been released so people are finally able to work out whether they will benefit from having Tesla solar tiles installed on their building.

How Much Will The Tiles Cost?

Tesla offer the tiles for an ‘all inclusive fee’ which includes all the installation costs and the removal of the old roof as well as the tiles themselves and all materials that are needed for the installation. It should also be noted that there is an ‘infinity’ guarantee on the panels themselves which means that there should never be any maintenance costs that you are faced with further down the line.

The actual cost of each tile is $21.85 per square foot. The price that you will pay for your home depends on how big your roof is. Tesla estimate that at least 40% of your roof will need to be covered in order to get the best out of the system. When you contact Tesla for a quote they will be able to take an exact measurement of your roof so they can tell you exactly how much it will cost.

Are There Any Other Charges?

If you want to be able to continue to use electricity when the rest of the grid is down then you may want to consider adding a Powerwall to your system. This will also allow you to use more of the energy that is produced by the solar tiles which can save you more money on your energy bills. This is optional but if you do decide to go ahead with having this system installed then it will cost another $7000. If you live in an area where you experience a lot of power outages, then this may be worth the extra investment. This will mean you can carry on doing all your favourite activities such as online gambling at Red Flush without having to worry that you will experience a sudden loss of power.

There may also be local charges to pay such as taxes and permit fees but this will depend on the authority in the area where you live.

What Will The Savings Be On Energy Bills?

The exact amount of savings will depend on many factors such as the amount of electricity that you use and how many tiles you are able to fit on your roof. When you get in touch with Tesla then they will be able to work out a personalised quote with regards to how much you could potentially save.

The decision about whether to get Tesla tiles installed on your property will depend on a number of factors. You will have to think about your own particular circumstances to assess whether it will be worth it financially. However, early indications of the pricing structure show that you will not have to win the jackpot at Red Flush Online Casino to make the installation of Tesla solar tiles affordable. If you need any help working out the sums for your property, then this may be something that the company will be able to help you with.

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Are There Really Any Reasons to Drink Bottled Water

One of the fastest growing businesses over the past 10 years has been bottled water. At first, it just seemed to be an unnecessary fad, and then it turned into a pretty nice convenience for those that enjoy hiking, camping, and exercising. After all, rather than having to find a drinking fountain or a clean stream, you could just pull out your bottle of water and know exactly what you’re drinking.

But then, it actually went far beyond just that. Bottled water companies have done a great job marketing their product and also in destabilizing our certainty in our very own tap water. I recently heard an ad that explained how clean and pure their bottled water was, and then they posed the question, “Do you really want to know what you’re drinking from your faucet?” They made tap water sound so bad with that question, but they of course didn’t back up that question with any factual evidence that proved there was anything wrong with tap water. So, today, you’ll not only see bottled water in the hands of everyone while they’re out on the road, but you’ll also see refrigerators stocked full of them! Is this really necessary? And this can’t be eco-friendly, can it?

Bottled Water is Just Water

While there are claims from every bottled water company that their water is the best and the most pure, their water is still just water, and is hardly any different than what we drink from our tap. But, by claiming that their water is superior, they are able to charge a huge price compared to your tap water. For instance, let’s say that you can find a bottle of water for $1. It sounds like a good deal compared to that $4 Frappuccino or your $2 soft drink, but that still leaves your with a cost of 5 cents per ounce, which equates to $6.40 per gallon. Do you know how much your tap water costs? About $0.01 per gallon. That bottled water is a rip-off.

Terrible For the Environment

Do you have any idea how much plastic waste is created each year just from bottle water alone? 1.5 million tons of waste per year! Not only are we overspending on the water, but we are loading up our landfills at record rates! You might be thinking, “But I thought that many of these plastic bottles are recyclable?” While this is true, the bottles actually have to be recycled in order to be reused. Many of the bottles are just thrown away (about 80% of them), and still others are just thrown alongside the road and into our streams and oceans. Overall, these bottles are not improving our environment. Nope, they are in fact hurting it tremendously.

So What Can You Do?

Quite obviously, the first step is to stop buying those plastic bottles. Instead, go to your local store and pick up a stainless steel water container. Fill it up with that tap water and you’ll not only be saving yourself a bunch of money, but you’ll also be saving the environment at the same time!


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8 Ways to Prevent High Energy Bills This Winter

When you live in a cold climate, a fair portion of your budget goes to keeping you and your family warm and staving off the arctic temperatures.  Of course, no one wants to pay more than they need to.  The key to lowering your energy consumption in the winter is to take action early in the season.  Now is the perfect time.

An Ounce of Prevention. . .

One of the best ways to use less energy is to look for silent money drains.  Do you have a drafty old door?  If you can’t afford to install a new one, consider installing weather stripping at the bottom to keep out the cold.  If you don’t want to spend the money for that, you can put something by the door to block the cold such as an old towel, though weather stripping would work better.

Likewise, an easy, fairly frugal solution for drafty old windows is to install plastic window covers.  You’ll keep the cold out and save a bundle on energy bills.  If you don’t like the look of plastic on your windows, heavy thermal curtains can also do a good job of keeping out the cold.

Don’t forget to also insulate your pipes, especially around your water heater.

Caulk any areas where drafts might seep in such as where your floor and wall meet if the two have started to pull away from each other as they tend to do in old houses.

Comparison Shopping

Don’t forget to also take the time to comparison shop.  You likely have several energy providers you can choose from.  Don’t assume that the company you went with last year will automatically offer you the best rate.  Instead, take the time to comparison shop using an online tool such as the one at Totally Money and see which will offer you the best deal.

If possible, consider signing up for the company’s budget plan.  Then, you can pay the same fixed rate every month rather than being susceptible to high energy bills in the winter and low ones in the spring and fall.

Bundle Up

If you’re someone who likes to keep your home toasty so you can wear t-shirts and shorts all winter, please reconsider.  Instead, drop your heating temperature by a few degrees and wear long pants and a shirt and sweater or sweatshirt.  Some people even invest in thermal long underwear to wear under their pants at home so they can keep the temperature even a bit lower.

Even better, MSN suggests installing an automatic thermostat so you can drop the temperature significantly when you’re at work and bump it up an hour or so before you come home so your home won’t be uncomfortably cold.

Saving on your energy bill not only helps you keep more money in your wallet, but just as important, it helps you use less of Earth’s natural resources.  Curbing your energy consumption is a win-win on many levels.

What are your favourite tips for saving on energy usage?

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