What’s the Deal with Watts?

A watt is a measure of power. It measure the rate at which electrons flow down the power line. A watt is not a physical thing. The easiest analogy to understand would be to compare it miles per hour. It is the rate at which energy is moving.

Understanding how watts affect your home and appliances is the first step to really understanding you electricity bill, and being able to lower it if you want. Watts measure the flow of energy, while the energy itself is measure in joules. A watt is basically the flow of one joule of energy per second. Therefore, a 60 watt light bulb consumes 60 joules of energy per second, and a 100 watt bulb uses 100 joules of energy per second. Your home’s energy isn’t measured in joules, however, it is measured in kilowatt-hours, or kWh. This is another measure of energy, like the joule. Unlike the joule, it is pretty practical for measuring household energy use. A watt-hour is the use of one watt for an hour. That 60 watt bulb uses 60 watt-hours in an hour. A kilowatt-hour is simply 1,000 watt hours, which is much more practical for displaying a home’s energy use than joules or watt-hours.

A household appliance’s energy usage is measured in kilowatt-hours and gives a person a good idea of what kind of energy needs that product has. For the most efficient products such as those made by Electricity Companies Texas Plano, people can look for the Energy Star label. Energy Star rated products have to meet certain standards, and the Energy Star label gives the estimated yearly kWh the product will use. With that information, a homeowner could estimate how much energy their home uses in a year or in a month. Finding the most efficient appliances can help cut down on power costs dramatically. The biggest power users are large appliances that run frequently, such as air conditionings and water heaters. By comparing the energy usage of different models of these appliances, a homeowner can make a smart decision regarding energy consumption and cut money from their electrical bill.

Understanding watts is not too hard. Simply thinking of a watt a mile per hour measurement for electricity can help. By looking at a household energy bill and the energy ratings for various appliances around the home, a homeowner can come up with a plan to reduce their energy consumption. Even if reducing power usage isn’t a priority, understanding your energy bill is always a useful skill to have.

  • Nov 29th, 2013
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What Made Me Want To Write?

What Made John Marco Want To Write Fantasy Fiction?

A History of The Writings of John Marco
John Marco is fantasy fiction writer from Long Island, New York. John Marco is best known for his pioneering work in The Lukien Trilogy. He series of writing is broken into two distinctive categories. Those two categories are Tyrants and Kings and The Inhumans. Before devoting his time to fiction writing, John Marco was a technical writer for an aviation company. Moreover, he was restricted to writing Continue Reading »

  • Jul 2nd, 2013
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My All Time Favorite Action Hero

The character Lukien, from the Bronze Knight series of books by John Marco is my all time favorite action hero. He is a formidable fighter, but has some serious flaws. His ability to overcome these weaknesses, when needed, put him at the forefront of my action heroes. He is a strong but believable character.

The interplay between Lukien and King Akeela is especially satisfying. Whether there is triumph or tragedy, the story is always entertaining. Sometimes I hate Lukien and sometimes I admire him. How could he fall in love with Cassandra? Has he Continue Reading »

  • May 18th, 2013
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How Childhood Cartoons Affected My Writing

Some of my first exposure to the creative arts came from childhood cartoons. These animated features, whether they were movies or television series, helped open my eyes to the idea that there were entire worlds of imagination that could be created and shared with the audience. While sitting in front of the TV, I could leave my living room and enter new and exciting fantasy realms.

Not only did watching these early cartoons help spark my creativity, they also helped me understand many storytelling concepts. By looking at these stories and Continue Reading »

  • Apr 2nd, 2013
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The Most Difficult Book I Have Written

People familiar with the work of John Marco, will be surprised to learn he has begun a series of books for young readers. The series is called The Skylords and has a science fiction genre. When interviewed about undertaking this new project, the author commented on how the writing was a challenge for him. Because the series is aimed at a younger audience he had to make several changes to his usual writing style. Violence in books aimed Continue Reading »

  • Oct 2nd, 2012
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A Sneak Preview Of “The Forever Knight”

This is the fourth novel in the Bronze Knight Saga by John Marco. This novel will be released in April 2013. This story follows the Bronze Knight Lukien who is seeking redemption by protecting the Inhumans. Now that Lukien has found the Sword of Angels he is searching for a way to live with his new immortality.
In the fourth book in The Inhumans trilogy also known as The Lukien Trilogy. Marco has written The Eyes of God, The Devil’s Armor and The Sword of Angels. These Continue Reading »

  • Sep 30th, 2012
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How I Became A Happy Nerd

How I Became a Happy Nerd was during the mid 2000′s, when I read the John Marco book “The Jackal of Nar”. This Fantasy novel was Marco’s debut as an author and the first of the Tyrants and Kings Trilogy. It would be followed in 2000 by the “The Grand Design” and in 2001 “The Saints of the Sword”. While “The Jackal of Nar” was quite a long book, as we follow the main character Richius Vantran through love and war.I was looking for more Continue Reading »

  • Sep 29th, 2012
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Why Do I Write Fantasy Fiction?

The world, sometimes, can be a dark and dismal place. Stepping off the subway every morning I dodge the homeless and disenfranchised. I run across busy streets and avoid the squealing tires and brakes of yellow taxi cabs manned by men and women who certainly don’t value human life. I pay too much for my coffee and I wear uncomfortable shoes because they look great. Between the hours of 8:30am and 7:30pm I am a full-fledged member of the real world, and sometimes it simply is Continue Reading »

  • Sep 27th, 2012
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Who Is This Guy John Marco?

John Marco is an American fantasy fiction author. While working as a technical writer, he began writing his first book entitled The Jackal of Nar. It was published in 1999 and was the beginning of the Tyrants and Kings trilogy, which is an epic military fantasy about a soldier named General Richius Vantran. Other books in this series are The Grand Design and The Saints of the Sword.

The Eyes of God books formulate Marco’s second series. This Arthurian Continue Reading »

  • Sep 23rd, 2012
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