<strong>Energy converter</strong>: Bermuda Engineering staff install a solar thermal collector (hot water panel) which will help save money on power bills. <em>*Photo by Kageaki Smith</em><br />
Energy converter: Bermuda Engineering staff install a solar thermal collector (hot water panel) which will help save money on power bills. *Photo by Kageaki Smith
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Energy is neither created nor destroyed, merely converted.

The conservation of energy is a fundamental concept of physics along with Newton’s conservation of mass and conservation of momentum.

We, as humans, convert energy from one form to another to make it useful.

In some way, almost all energy resources, including wind, tidal and even oil and gas, all originate from the sun.

So then, why not go directly to the source?

The earth is constantly receiving energy from the sun in the form of heat and light radiation; we are able to use this fundamental energy source in such a way that it does not adversely affect the planet.

It is the natural power source — and it’s free.

In fact, more energy from the sun hits the earth in one hour then the whole of humanity (7 billion people) use in one year. Basically, to reverse climate change and save money, we simply need to do a better job of harnessing, converting and using that solar energy — it is a great investment.

Bermuda Engineering taps into the power of the sun by offering you solar thermal collectors that harness heat energy for water heating and photovoltaic technology that converts light energy into electricity. One type of solar thermal collector (solar hot water panel) Bermuda Engineering supplies is the SunEarth flat plate; this allows continual circulation of cooler water from the bottom of the electric water heater in the house to the solar panels on the roof.

Sensors detect the temperature of the water at both the top of the collector and the bottom of the water heater.

When the difference in temperatures between the top and bottom is great enough, 15°F, the pump is activated and water is circulated.

The water on the roof is heated to high temperatures due to the sun, and then pumped back down to the electric water heater.

Quite often the flat plate is so efficient it cuts out the need to turn on the electric water heater during the spring, summer and autumn months.

This design is both clever and green, in the sense that it cuts down on pollution emissions and it saves you money and enables you to get the best of both worlds.

Photovoltaic technology uses materials such as silicon, boron and phosphorus and converts solar radiation into electricity. Electrons are emitted from the surface of the material as they absorb energy from the sunlight; these moving electrons form a direct current, which can be inverted to match household electricity perfectly.

All of the space satellites used for television and communications are powered by solar panels.

The same technology can now be used in your house.

 “The best things in life are free.” An old saying and one that is true today. To bask in the many benefits of solar energy, you first have to harness it.

That is an investment worth making to reduce your monthly bills.

Bermuda Engineering sells and installs solar water heaters and solar electricity systems offering rates of return higher than 10 per cent and 7 per cent respectively in most cases.

Bermuda Engineering are also certified and professional installers for both solar systems, which means you can receive a significant government rebate once the system is installed. You can see our products at www.bermudaengineering.com — and here is some more good news: after installation, little to no maintenance is required.

Less harm is done to the environment when using solar energy because it reduces the demand to burn fossil fuels in order to produce electricity.

The 21st-century Bermuda engineers study the fact that energy is the capacity for doing work, and concentrate on the transformation of one type of energy to another in order to benefit both the planet and your pocket. 

Green is the way to go.