Posts Tagged ‘Ed Begley Jr.’

11 January

Updates From Our Friend the Environmentalist and Actor Ed Begley, Jr.


Dear Readers,

(Please click on red links below)

If you are in favor of renewable,  clean, or solar energy, please sign this petition for FIT/CLEAN Program, accessible at Thank you very much.

Greetings, my friends and readers,

Just received news/email from our friend Ed Begley Jr. (remember the show Living With Ed?!).

Our Friend the Environmentalist and Actor Ed Begley Jr.

Apparently Panasonic just announced an exclusive brand license and endorsement agreement with our friend the environmentalist and actor Ed Begley, Jr. that Panasonic will use the endorsement of Ed Begley, Jr. in print and online campaigns to support the marketing of Panasonic HIT solar panels.  HIT stands for “heterojunction with intrinsic thin-layer,” and the solar cells used are a hybrid with a unique structure comprised of a thin mono-crystalline silicon wafter surrounded by ultra-thin amorphous silicon layers. HIT solar modules are known for having extremely high conversion efficiency and excellent temperature characteristics, allowing HIT modules to generate more power throughout the year, even during peak summer months, compared to other types of crystalline modules.

According to President of Panasonic Eco Solutions North America Jim Doyle, “Panasonic is pleased to have earned the respect and endorsement of Ed Begley, Jr., for Panasonic HIT solar panels.  Mr. Begley is not only a well known actor but his view of helping the environment matches Panasonic’s mission to be the number one green innovation company in the electronics industry by 2018, the 100th anniversary of the company’s founding.  Ed will be a recognizable and trusted voice to the customer about how they can help the environment by installing solar panels.”  Information about Panasonic and its products are available at Information about Panasonic Eco Ideas initiatives is available at

“Environmental lifestyles have changed much over the past few years. Solar has become an alternative to people who want to do something sustainable in their lives as well as save money. Solar can help them do both with quality solar panels like Panasonic’s HIT, government incentives, and solar leasing,” said Mr. Begley. “This agreement will help me reach customers and educate the public on the benefits of going solar. It has always been my mission to help people make greener lifestyle choices, and consequently create a brighter, healthier future for all of us.”  Here at Sun Is The Future, we believe Panasonic made a fantastic choice in selecting Ed Begley, Jr. to endorse Panasonic HIT solar panels! More tips on solar energy and energy efficiency ideas below in the clip with Ed Begley, Jr.


written and posted by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker,

HTML adl

6 April

Solar Water Heater-How It Works (2)


If you are in favor of renewable/CLEAN energy, please sign the petition page showing support for FIT/CLEAN Program at Thank you.

Remember that we are discussing this topic, Solar Water Heater-How It Works, in honor of Ed Begley Jr.. The use of solar water heaters to heat water had a long history in countries/regions where sunlight is readily available.  As a matter of fact, in US, the first solar water heater dates back to 1890s.  By 1920, tens of thousands of solar water heaters were sold in US. However, the use of solar water heaters dwindled once the cheaper fossil fuels became available.  Yes, that was a different time in history and solar water heaters have again made a comeback in US and elsewhere  now that the cost of fossil fuel has gone up. Let’s look at some data/pie chart from 2007 at right   (click on the pie chart would give you a higher resolution view).

new solar hot water installations during 2007

There are mainly two types of solar water heaters:

  1. Active solar water heating systems: where pumps enable the flow of water through the solar water heating systems.
  2. Passive solar water heating systems: where most of the circulation of water occurs naturally, therefore no pump is use

(A) Passive CHS (Convection Heat Storage/thermosiphon)system with tank above collector. (B) Active system with pump and controller driven by a photovoltaic panel

Active systems can tolerate higher water temperatures than in equivalent passive systems, but active systems are often more efficient, more complex, more expensive, and more difficult to install than passive systems and rely on either mains or PV sourced electricity to run the pump and controller.

Since no body ever remembers a long winded speech (as Dale Carnegie once commented)….so let’s keep this one short also.

More of the solar water heater will be discussed in my next post. Stay tuned in at the same bat channel,

Until then, I bid you well~

sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker

5 April

Solar Water Heater-How It Works (1)


If you are in favor of renewable/CLEAN energy, please sign the petition page showing support for FIT/CLEAN Program at Thank you.

This post is for our dear friend Ed Begley, Jr., who will be the featured keynote speaker on behalf of A.O.Smith at the 2011 Quality Service Contractors (QSC) Power Meeting XXXIV in Nashville, TN, on April, 8, 2011, at the Opryland Hotel.   Besides having been known to turning up at Hollywood events on his bicycle and having a successful hit TV series, Living With Ed (which frequently covers topics involving solar energy), our wonderful Ed has also served as chairman of the Environmental Media Association and the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, and various other organizations, including Thoreau Institute and the Midnight Mission. His book Living Like Ed is now also on the top 7 must-read books for E-readers, according to

This year’s QSC Power Meeting will be held on April 7-9 at the Opryland Hotel.   QSC Power Meeting XXXIV participants also have the opportunity to take an A.O.Smith plant tour, where they will learn about water heater production, green products, and customer care practices.  Ed’s keynote presentation, “Live Simply So That Others Can Simply Live“, will look into the state of the environment as he tells how he began his 40-year eco-journey in 1970.  In honor of Ed Begley Jr., we will be looking at solar water heater tomorrow (in the following post).

Posted by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker,


Copyright © 2011-2018 · Susan Sun Nunamaker All Rights Reserved ·