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Cheap Solar Power is Getting Closer

cheap solar power

With the increasing demand for solar energy, cheap solar power is getting closer as the years go by. Giant international corporation GE is even making predictions that solar energy will become cheaper than fossil fuel, the primary source for traditional electricity, in about five years from now. In fact, the cost of purchasing and installing solar power units has actually decreased by up to 21 percent for this year. The prices have been constantly decreasing from 15% to 20% since 2008.

Various private companies and individuals are developing new technologies which will make cheap solar power as an alternative to the increasing cost of electrical utility bills. There are actually variations of solar cells already being offered in the market today. These do not yet match the efficiency of more expensive solar cells but they’re getting there. Some of these cells are made from the following materials and are characterized by thin films: silicon, CIGS or copper indium gallium selenide, cadmium telluride, and a combination of abundant minerals copper, sulfur, zinc, tin, and selenium. The latter group makes the product more affordable due to the abundance of the minerals used. Cells made of kesterite are also being studied by major solar cells manufacturing companies.

Cheap solar power kits for rent

Another option which can contribute to cheap solar power sources are rent to own solar power services. These units can be purchased like any other appliance or property you buy with a deposit and monthly installment fees. Some of the companies that are already offering this option are SolarCity and its competition Sungevity. These companies are leasing solar arrays for California households. SolarCity was able to gather over 100 leasers when it started offering this option back in July of this year (2011).

The option to rent cheap solar power solutions has made solar energy more affordable even for average homes. Earlier than 2008, solar cells are sold at over $30,000. Today, they are available at around $10,000 in price. With companies leasing the units, it’s even possible for regular households to be able to purchase a unit for their homes.

Companies offering cheap solar power units for lease are normally charging a monthly payment of about $117. The whole term may last up to 20 years with the monthly rates increasing by 3% to 4% per annum. There is an option for a zero down payment leasing but in case the leaser pays for a down, the monthly payment’s rates are of course lower. Although the recuperation period will last for years, homes renting solar cells will see an immediate return with lowered monthly bills. Also, once they earn the full rights to the cells in about 20 years or so, their children and grand kids to be will benefit the most from completely reaping the harvest of investing for solar cells today.

Aside from the efforts of cheap solar power production companies, the government is also taking part in making solar energy more readily available for homes. Tax reduction of up to 30% is offered for families which will install solar cells. Aside from this, local loan grants amounting up to $3,000 is also available to offset the cost of purchasing solar panels and making cheap solar power closer to reality.

A Totally Noise Free Listening Experience with Audio Technica ATH-ANC7B Noise Cancelling Headphones

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7B

The Audio Technica ATH-ANC7B active noise cancelling closed-back headphones offer a totally noise free listening experience. Its QuietPoint technology provides up to 90% noise cancellation. This review will discuss the product’s features including its positive and negative side.

Product Features

Audio Technica’s ATH-ANC7B model has a compact design with closed back head phones. These can be folded flat for easier storage. The ear cups are shaped to fit any type of ear. The cushioned padding makes it comfortable for anyone to wear.

This headphone is also light weight at 7.6 ounces (that’s 210 grams). It can be carried anywhere and may be used with all types of audio equipment and devices. These include computers, audio file and disc players, home theater devices, and even airplanes’ entertainment systems.

The QuietPoint technology applied on the entire circuitry provides up to 90% noise cancelling. In terms of decibels, this can be converted to 20 dB noise reduced. This percentage can have it listed among the best noise cancelling headphones currently offered in the market today.

The noise reducing functionality may also be attributed to its 40 mm drivers which are connected to a neodymium magnet system.

In terms of audio quality, it features a 109 dB sensitivity level. This allows an ample volume regardless of the source. The overall sound quality which includes treble, bass, and mid range are of high quality.

Purchasing the item comes with a ¼ inch adapter, an adapter for airline use, an AAA alkaline battery, a pouch for accessories, and a carrying case.

When used with its alkaline AAA battery, it is expected to last for up to 40 hours. Without a battery, it plays passively through adapters included in the product set. The ATH-ANC7B’s head phones still work even with the noise cancelling sound option turned off.

The Positive and Negative Side

Like any other item, there are pro’s and con’s which can be pointed out with this Audio Technica headphone model.

Pro’s

  • The 90% noise cancelling stereo sound it provides can be at par with the best noise cancelling headphones currently offered today.
  • An extremely high sensitivity level provides great audio quality.
  • It is build to be durable and solidly made.
  • Unlike other brands, it is mid-sized and can be easily carried.
  • The ear cups design comfortably fit all ears whether big and small with a cushioned padding.
  • Accessories which come with the head phones are useful. The carrying case is larger than other brands and can support additional devices such a game console or a portable music player. The alkaline batteries can be easily installed as well.

Con’s

  • Based on tests, the sound quality is decreased when the noise cancellation is off.
  • Those who enjoy loud music also mention that some audio details such as bass are not as efficient in this item.
  • When played at moderate volume, there is evidence of sound leak.

Despite a few setbacks, the Audio Technica ATH-ANC7B Active Noise-Cancelling Closed-Back Headphones is a great deal for those who would like to purchase a product which provides a balance between quality and cost.

Featuring the Motorola Xoom Tablet

motorola xoom tablet

The Motorola XOOM tablet is one of the tablet PC’s to challenge the Apple iPad’s domination. It features the Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system. Android OS is applied to numerous other tablet computers and mobile phones in response to Apple’s rule over the market for tablet PC’s and smart phones.

The XOOm tablet comes in two variants. The WiFi only model is available at $499 and the GSM plus CDMA model is at $699. Having a GSM and CDMA functionality means the tablet can be used with mobile phone services and the Internet, respectively.

Features

Aside from the Android system, additional features include a wide 10.1 inches HD screen display with a 1280 by 800 pixel resolution, a dual core 1 GHz processor and an internal RAM of 1 GB with a 32 GB optional memory on board, and 2 video cameras with 2 mega pixels (MP) in front and 5 MP at the back.  Video recording and playback is at 1080p HD. Rear camera features LED flash, digital zoom, and saved files which can be played back over HDMI.

Internet connection uses 3G by default but can be upgraded to 4G. The latter is the latest technology in data connection. This breakthrough is now being offered by major cellular service providers in the U.S. The upgrade to 4G/LTE in the Motorola XOOM is made possible through a Verizon Wireless plan.

Applications can be downloaded and installed from different sources online. These include the Adobe Flash Player, CNN, games and services from Google such as Google Maps and eBooks as well as other applications available via the Android resource.

Navigation features a full touch screen QWERTY keypad which you can zoom by pinching. Dock support can be done in various ways and positions.

The tablet is measured at 24.9 cm. in height, 16.78 cm. in width, and 1.29 cm. in diameter with a weight of 730 g.

The Motorola XOOM’s WiFi only version is available through major stores and online. Amazon.com pioneers its Internet sales offering. Other stores where its offered include Best Buy, RadioShack, Costco, Walmart, Staples, and Sam’s Club.

With all these features and a very competitive price, the demand for the Motorola XOOM tablet is not a wonder.