Energy Use and Efficiency

Information on renewable and alternative energy use and efficiency, including biogas production, biomass heating, farm energy efficiency and converting waste to energy. Tips on running diesel engine, green buildings and using wood stoves efficiently.

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Financial Assistance
Financial Assistance - Articles Articles

Financial Assistance

Daniel Ciolkosz, P.E.

Pennsylvania has an established network of Universal Service Programs for helping those in need to gain access to affordable energy. More
Managing Your Electrical Demand
Managing Your Electrical Demand - Articles Articles

Managing Your Electrical Demand

Daniel Ciolkosz, P.E.

Managing electrical demand for farmers who are classified as "commercial" or "industrial" customers of electricity. More
Payment Options Payment Options - Articles
Utility companies offer a choices for how your monthly energy bills are calculated and how you can pay your bills. More
Gerald Holmes, California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, Bugwood.org
Run Tractors and Other Diesel Engines at Peak Performance - Articles Articles
Achieving (and maintaining) peak performance of your engines will result in many benefits such as high fuel efficiency, reduced maintenance expenses, reduced downtime, and extended life. More
Electricity Deregulation
Electricity Deregulation - Articles Articles

Electricity Deregulation

Daniel Ciolkosz, P.E.

The deregulation of electricity generation provides electricity customers with far more options in terms of how they purchase and use electricity. More
Always Look for the Energy Star
Always Look for the Energy Star - Articles Articles

Always Look for the Energy Star

Daniel Ciolkosz, P.E.

Whenever shopping for appliances and equipment for your home, look for the Energy Star. More
Increasing Energy Efficiency in Your Cars and Trucks
Increasing Energy Efficiency in Your Cars and Trucks - Articles Articles
The ever-increasing prices for gasoline and diesel fuel should serve as a wake-up call to use our energy resources in a much more efficient manner. More
Energy Selector Slide Rule
Energy Selector Slide Rule - Articles Articles
The Energy Selector slide rule is a convenient tool for making "apples-to-apples" comparisons of various heating fuels on the basis of cost per BTU. More
More Efficient Lighting
More Efficient Lighting - Articles Articles

More Efficient Lighting

Daniel Ciolkosz, P.E.

The incandescent lamp, which was developed more than 125 years ago, is rather inefficient in providing light. More
Diagram of the Franklin Stove, 1769
An Introduction to Biomass Heating - Articles Articles

An Introduction to Biomass Heating

Daniel Ciolkosz, P.E.

Combustion process, fuel choices, equipment, obtaining biomass fuels, and emissions and pollution. More
Energy Efficiency on the Farm
Energy Efficiency on the Farm - Articles Articles

Energy Efficiency on the Farm

Daniel Ciolkosz, P.E.

We use energy to heat, cool, plant, harvest, clean, and perform a wide variety of tasks. However, the price of energy can sometimes be a real obstacle to keeping a farm profitable. More
Energy Selector
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Energy Selector

Dennis Elvin Buffington, Ph.D.

$1.30
This unique slide-type piece allows you to make an "apples-to-apples" comparison of various heating fuels on the basis of cost per BTU. Values provided include #2 fuel oil, propane, natural gas, electricity, coal, corn, wood pellets, and firewood. Note: This piece is only available in hard copy due to its two-part design consisting of a sleeve and an insert. More