Monthly Archives: August 2012

Washington Redskins “Solar Bowl”. Cool!

A couple of us were watching the Colts vs Redskins NFL pre-season game and they made mention of FedExField having added a solar panels to power its stadium. Thought it was worth mentioning. They claim it can provide 20% of the power needed during game day and provide 100% of the power the stadium needs on non-game days.

The use of the solar power system the stadium keeps 1,780 metric tons of carbon out of the atmosphere which is equivalent of replacing 349 gas powered vehichles with zero emission electric vehicles.

Here’s a time lapse of the solar power system being installed by NRG Energy.

 

5 Easy Ways to Get the Best Rate on Credit Card Processing

Online Merchant AccountChances are you are paying too much to process credit cards online.  If you feel you may be paying more than you bargained for, it’s time to take a closer look at your rates.  It’s likely that the rate you think your cards are processing at— the rate your merchant provider advertised— was the qualified rate.  You may not always be getting that qualified rate though, especially if you are continuously processing certain card types or you forget to settle your batches within 24 hours.

To make sure you are getting the lowest rate possible when accepting online payments, be sure to do the following:

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Cool Green Gadget: USBCell AA Battery

So while thinking of new ideas to bring to our blog, we thought we would find cool green gadgets that are available and share them with you. We’ll post these cool gadgets from time to time. This time, we came across USBCELL, which is a USB re-chargeable AA battery. Disposing of batteries is as we know wasteful and can be harmful to the environment if not disposed of properly. This is why this gadget is so cool. You can recharge the batteries simply by plugging them into your computer’s USB port.

Produced by Moixa Energy, USBCELL batteries are simply batteries that recharge from any USB port. They require no separate recharging devices, cradles or cables and can be used exactly like a normal battery. The design itself is rather like a typical memory stick with its flip top lid and honestly speaking they might do to regular batteries what memory sticks did to floppy discs.

The batteries have a capacity of 1300mAH which is similar to most NiCD and NiMH batteries. It usually takes 5 hours to charge a totally flat battery. It includes an LED on the side that will light up to indicate charging, flash for 10 minutes after charging is complete and then switch off after that.

A 2-pack of AA batteries are available for $10 to $20 on Amazon.