Category Green Living

The Future of Solar

The Future of Solar PV (Photovoltaic) Energy
1. The Problem
2. The Solution
3. The Results
4. The Benefits
5. An Investment in the Future

1. The Problem:

Traditional sources of electrical power generation are running out as production will peak in the next decade but demand will continue to rise. Energy prices will continue to rise at a higher rate as well as the number of outages during peak hours.  There is the obvious problem of the pollution we are causing to our environment.

From my perspective, the world’s energy needs vary greatly; there is no clear single solution to the problem of supplying the world’s energy.

All forms of energy production have issues associated with them, i. e. –

1. Coal – Pollution/Strip Mining
2. Natural Gas – Cost and Lack of Infrastructure
3...

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Positive Steps That You Can Take Now to Reduce Heating Costs

The current high prices of heating fuel and electrical energy are making the cost staying warm in the cold weather unbearable. Energy department officials estimate the average family in the United States spends $1,600 on energy a year and the cost can’t help but increase with crude oil always threatening to climb to $100 per barrel. There are many things a homeowner can do to reduce energy waste and save money. Many projects cost little or will payback their cost quickly.

Energy Reduction Hints for Homeowners

  • Make sure attic and wall spaces are well insulated. Most insulation projects are suitable for many do it yourselfers and there many qualified contractors that specialize in insulation work.
  • Wash laundry and clothes only when you have a full load ready to go...
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Battery Selection for Alternative Energy Electricity Generation

Designing a residential wind or solar power system requires many engineering considerations. One of the biggest decisions is whether to design a grid-tied (GT) or off-the-grid (OTG) system. This decision is a prime motivator in design of the battery storage system. A professional can design and install an appropriate system for each unique situation.

A typical GT system feeds excess electricity back into the power grid, running the consumer’s meter backwards. If the grid is available, it is also used to supply power to the home if necessary. OTG systems rely totally on themselves and backup generators to supply electricity needs. Either system may use batteries to store energy, but going OTG requires battery storage.

Sizing the Battery Bank

There are several technical issues to be consid...

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Biochar – Promising Way to Reduce Greenhouse Gases

Imagine this: You have a garden or yard full of trees. Each year you prune and cut dying branches to make room for new growth. Each autumn you rake in several pounds of dead leaves, fallen fruits and other garden “leftovers.” What are you going to do? Ordinarily, you would just leave them alone scattered on your yard, where they would just decay or be buried in winter frost. You probably would clear out a fallen branch or two as well.

How to make Biochar

  1. Clear your garden of all living, organic material.
  2. Dig a trench approx 12 inches deep.
  3. Use a fork to loosen and turn the soil at the bottom.
  4. Pile brush in the bottom of the trench, approx 8 inches deep.
  5. Light the brush on fire, and allow it to smolder until the smoke thins and turns bluish-gray.
  6. Cover lightly with an inch of dirt and le...
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10 Easy Ways to Be More Green

Here are 10 easy ways to reduce your environmental impact:

1. Bring a Towel.
Instead of using paper towels in the restroom at work, use a hand towel from home. It’s much more absorbent and does a better job at drying hands than thin paper towels and by the end of an average day, you’ve saved about 4 ft of paper.

2. Keep a Set of Dishes at Work.
Keep a cup, plate, and bowl at your desk to use during lunch time or an office potluck.

3. Use an Insulated Mug.
Drink from an insulated mug instead of a standard mug and reduce the need to reheat your coffee.

4. Pack a Lunch…Without the Brown Bag.
Not only does packing a lunch save calories and cost, it also saves resources. Use a lunchbox instead of a bag; bonus points if you bring a cold lunch that you don’t have to heat.

5. Turn Off Your Monitor...

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5 Easy Green Tips on Being Eco-Better

Are you eco-better conscious?

Most families have been shopping more Earth-friendly for themselves, their children and for their pets. This is not a trend; rather it’s a way of life, an eco-better life. You can change your habits by changing your way of thinking and doing. First ask yourself why do I want a better, cleaner, less cluttered life for myself and my family? Once you have determined your reasons, next is to change your habits and transform your lives, for the eco-better.

Start out small by replacing your traditional incandescent lights bulbs with the more energy-efficient light bulbs. These energy-efficient light bulbs save more than $40 in electricity costs over their lifetime, use 75 percent less energy than traditional incandescent light bulbs and produce about 75 percent less...

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Go Green with Your Laundry Routine

Although laundry is a necessary evil, there are a lot of ways you can make it less “evil” for the environment. By taking some simple steps not only can you make doing laundry more eco-friendly, but you can actually save quite a bit of money as well. It’s a win-win situation.

Here are some easy ways to green up your laundry routine:

1. Wash in Cold Water

Whenever possible, wash your clothes in cold water rather than hot. As much as 90% of the energy that your washing machine uses goes to heating water. If you can avoid using hot water as much as possible you can significantly cut down on the energy usage of your machine. Not only does it help the environment by saving power, but you also can save money on your power bill each month.

2. Line Dry Clothing

Skip the dryer all together and h...

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5 Eco-Friendly Landscaping and Living Tips

First of all, I think I can say confidently that garden lovers and enthusiasts alike are suffering very hard from the repeated announcements of global warming and rising prices. While this is a shame, we can all do something to impact positively.I’d like to start with the essential element for landscaping…water.

  1. Use Rain Water

Harvesting rain water is as easy as pie. It’s free and it saves a lot of money and energy. Sure, if you live the desert you can use water from the hose, but for those of us who live in rain-rich areas, we should really use rain water. Just put a bin outside when a storm is brewing and the next day, you can use all that fresh rain water to hydrate your plants...

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Rain Gardens: Save our environment with landscaping

rain gardens

There’s a new garden in town. It is (mostly) easy to install, looks good year-round, requires almost no maintenance and has a terrifically upbeat impact on the environment. No wonder rain gardens are such a great new gardening trend!

Storm water runoff can be a big problem in summer during heavy thunderstorms. As the water rushes across roofs and driveways, it picks up oil and other pollutants. Municipal storm water treatment plants often can’t handle the deluge of water, and in many locations the untreated water ends up in natural waterways. The EPA estimates as much as 70 percent of the pollution in our streams, rivers, and lakes is carried there by storm water! By taking responsibility for the rainwater that falls on your own roof and driveway, you’ll be helping to protect our rivers,...

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Landscaping for an Energy Efficient Home

Landscaping for an Energy Efficient Home

There are two main things that will be considered in this article to help you create an energy efficient home through landscaping.

Choosing the correct landscaping can save you money year round. According to the US Department of Energy, a tree planted in the right place can save you up to 25% of the cost of cooling your home. Two or three well placed trees can save the average home $100-$250 per year in energy costs. So, grab your shovel and let’s get started!

Landscaping: Building Shaded Areas

First, consider shading. In the summer a shaded area can be up to nine degrees cooler that a sunny area. You’ve undoubtedly noticed this if you have ever taken a walk in the middle of a hot summer day. As the sweat pours off of your face, you spot a tree ahead. You might walk a little faster...

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