The rising cost of natural gas will likely mean higher heating costs this winter for many New Hampshire residents. The Public Utilities Commission has approved new rates for two of NH's natural gas utilities. Rates will rise approximately 10% in comparison to last year. The rate increases were a direct result of the rising cost of commodities and the limited supply of natural gas in New England. The rate increase which took effect Friday November 1st is expected to impact 20% of NH homes.
In the near future, your electrical utility will control both your thermostat and HVAC equipment. The concept is known as the Smart Grid and it is coming soon. Fortunately, the smart grid is not as scary as it may sound. Understanding electrical supply and the basics of electrical generation can help clarify the need for a Smart Grid.
Static or electrostatic charges occur every day. Almost everyone has been shocked by static charges and many have witnessed nature's lightning storms, which are magnificent displays of the power behind static electricity. So what is an electrostatic charge? An electrostatic charge is an electrical charge which is built up on an insulator or a material which is non-conductive.