Glacial Energy Blog

Preparing for Lights Out, Pt. 1

Power outages are becoming less frequent in some parts of the country thanks to advances in grid technology. However, they do still happen from time to time, and it’s always good to be prepared for one. There are several ways to prepare for an outage, and there are several things you can do during and [...]

Gadgets To Monitor Your Electricity Usage

How many appliances are running in your house right now? Remember that just because a device is “off�, it does not necessarily mean it isn’t drawing on electricity. Televisions, DVD players, refrigerators, microwaves, computers, cell phone chargers, etc. are all constantly drawing power when they are plugged in. This could be leading to unnecessarily high [...]

What is Graphene and How Does It Relate to Energy Storage?

Graphene is the end result of reducing graphite, the same carbon material in pencils, to layers only one atom thick. Both graphite and graphene are very strong, stable, and excellent conductors. While most people associate graphite with pencils, its individual layers can have a major impact on energy storage. Graphene energy storage is more compact, [...]

The Memory Effect

Chances are if you’ve used rechargeable batteries for a long period of time, you’ve noticed that they don’t hold a charge as long when they get older. Eventually, they get to a point where when you charge them, they only last a few minutes before they are flat again. This is due to a phenomenon [...]

The Benefits Going Organic

Today’s fruits and vegetables are often genetically altered. Think about seedless watermelons or even an ear of corn. Watermelons need seeds to become a plant to produce another melon to spread seeds. Seedless watermelons are genetically altered so they only end up producing very few, underdeveloped seeds. When the Pilgrims landed in the New World, [...]

Preventing Static Electricity Shocks

 ZAP! “Ouch!� We often experience static shocks throughout our lives. They happen when we open a door, brush a metal cabinet, or grab a wire. Sometimes it’s barely noticeable and other times it can hurt. Is there any way to avoid them? First, it’s important to understand what causes the static shocks. All materials have [...]

Car Debate: Electric vs. Hybrid

There’s no doubt that internal combustion vehicles will eventually be obsolete. We’ve already seen the advancements with locomotives; from steam locomotives, to diesel locomotives, to electric and magnetic monorails. Cars will be no different; though it’s highly unlikely they will run on magnets or rails. Hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) have actually existed since 1901, when [...]

Electric Motorcycles Anyone?

Do you love the speed and the flexibility of a motorcycle?  These days, most people talk about electric cars since cars tend to be more practical, but if you’re in the market for a motorcycle, consider all your options.  In this age of technology, that now includes electric motorcycles.  Here are a few advantages to [...]

Be an Energy Efficient….Parent?!

As a parent, the first thing you probably think about when it comes to energy is how much it takes to chase your little ones around…and how little you’re left with at the end of the day.  But with all the new gadgets available today to make your life easier (and to entertain the kiddos), [...]

Did You Know….?

One of the best ways that you and your family can begin to conserve energy and save on your monthly electric bill is by looking at the current appliances and products in your home.  If you have products that are old – over ten years or so – then they are not likely to be [...]

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