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30 General Topics Lists

Electronic-Automation Topics

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Homeowner Benefits? - These are the potential benefits that a typical homeowner will realize by following the tips or by installing the home-related products that are discussed in this column.

400 - Use portable electric power packs for emergencies and recreation
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of six portable power pack and plug-in inverter manufacturers listing nominal voltage, battery power in amp-hours, battery pack type, features, weights, sizes, many illustrations and prices of various models, chart showing household electrical appliances and typical wattage consumption with estimated run time, chart showing automotive/marine accessories and typical current draw with estimated run time.
Homeowner Benefits: Have electric power during emergencies, use for camping, fishing, starting car

450 - Generate your own electricity from the sun for free
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 13 PV systems, kits, controls, shingle manufacturers listing solar cell/kit type, selection guide, suggestions on sizing your PV system, overview of photovoltaics (crystalline silicon flat plate systems, thin film systems, concentrators), PV system terms, and illustrations.
Homeowner Benefits: Back-up electricity during emergency, continuous free electricity once installed

485 - Generate your own electricity with a windmill for house, boat, RV
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 10 portable and whole-house windmills, rated power output, voltage output, sizes (includes weight, number of blades and rotor diameter), start up wind speed, rated wind speed, features, prices and a wind speed chart for 116 cities. Specifications and information are listed for selected models and siting and tower recommendations.
Homeowner Benefits: Free electricity during power outages, generates electricity continuously, lowers electric bills, sell excess electricity to utility company, good for environment

499 - Simple devices and wireless/wired home security systems
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 13 security products/systems (hardwire, wireless, audio/video systems, barking dog alarm, mechanical deadbolt pushbutton combination lock), brief descriptions, illustrations of several products, features and tips for safeguarding your home against burglars.
Homeowner Benefits: Greater security, fire protection, child-safety, create smart house

605 - Back-up whole-house generator for emergencies
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of automatic whole-house emergency generator systems, power outputs, fuel types (gasoline, diesel, natural gas, LP gas), dimensions, features, prices, a sizing chart, wattage charts for home appliances and portable electric tools, operation and installation instructions.
Homeowner Benefit: No power outages during storms or other emergencies.

742 - Uninterruptible power supply (UPS) protects computer and files
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of eight UPS manufacturers (34 models), VA ratings (350-1500), styles (floor or tower), dimensions, number of backup powered outlets and surge protected outlets, AVR, equipment damage warranties, automatic shutdown software, features, prices, and sizing chart for 10 typical PC systems.
Homeowner Benefits: Protect computer hard drive from power outage, not lose files, continue to operate system

760 - Whole-house voltage surge suppressor protects entire house
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of the 13 best whole-house and plug-in surge suppressor manufacturers showing model names/numbers, design types, mounting methods, speed of surge reaction times, max. surge power each can handle, clamping voltage, unique features, many prices and illustrations of many whole-house and pont-of-use models.
Homeowner Benefits:Eliminate damage to electronic equipment, computers, TV's, etc.

825 - Select the proper "home theater in a box" system
Update Bulletin Description
- There is no Update Bulletin with this column topic. See companies' contact information in the column.
Homeowner Benefits: High quality sound, reduced electricity usage