Sun shines bright on Solar Energy Panel use

Here comes the sun, make the most of the renewable energy. This is a clean and environmentally sound means of gathering solar energy. Solar energy has been used since prehistoric times, but in a most primitive manner. In the coming years it is expected that millions of households in the world will be using solar energy as the trends.
Solar energy collected through Do It Yourself solar panels could be used to meet the electricity requirements. Through Solar Photovoltaic (SPV) cells, solar radiation gets converted into DC electricity directly. This electricity could be either used as it is or can be stored in the battery. This stored electrical energy then can be used at night.
SPV can be used for a number of applications such as domestic lighting, street lighting, village electrification, water pumping, desalination of salty water, powering of remote telecommunication repeater stations and railway signals.
Solar energy or green electricity thus created could be used for Cooking/Heating, Drying/Timber seasoning, Distillation, Electricity/Power generation, Cooling, Refrigeration, Cold storage.
Many small time farmers and rural people could benefit by building solar panels at home. This would help them in saving huge cost invested in purchasing readymade Solar Energy Panel. In agrarian country Solar Energy Panels come as a boon. Constructing Solar Energy Panel does not call for expert knowledge.
Step-by-Step guides available in the market would provide end to end subject knowledge, about raw materials needed to build a solar energy panel and instruction on construction. They also suggest were the raw materials could be procured.
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Powering Paradise - Maui's Clean Energy Environment

We call it paradise and "No Ka Oi" (the best) but behind Maui's pristine beaches and tropical waterfalls lies a polluted history of energy production that to this day exaggerates the unhealthy and wasteful ways of our country's industrial past. While much of the U.S. has cleaned up with green laws and initiatives, Maui lingers in a world of burning coal, diesel andbagasse. Even though Maui has fallen behind in greening its act, it may become an economic proving ground for clean energy. 

An early adopter of electricity, Maui had its first electric lights powered by burning bagasse (the solid waste remains of burnt sugar cane) in 1881. The lights were used to help the Spreckels mill increase nightly production. The majority of Maui's energy supply now comes from burning diesel. This puts residents and visitors wallets hostage to the cost of crude. The cost of energy on Maui is the highest in the nation. Businesses transfer this cost on to goods and services.

With state and federal initiatives and laws and under pressure from the community Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) is striving to create renewable sources of power. HECO is advertising with more than one million to increase public support for alternate energy in the islands.


The Current State of Wind.

First Wind's Kahea Wind project installed on the South West side of the West Maui Mountains has been producing 30Mega Watts since June of 2006. According to First Wind's website, "the 20 GE 1.5 megawatt turbines generate enough clean, non-polluting power to meet 9% of Maui's total electricity needs during peak hours and up to 30% during non-peak hours."Kahea Wind is actively seeking to double the number of towers and energy output of their farm. 

Shell WindEnergy and Ulupalakua Ranch announced jointly on June 30, 2006 that they planned to install a 40 megawatt wind farm in Ulupalakua Maui which is on the South West Slope of Haleakala. If the same formula used for Kahea Wind holds this would produce 12% of Maui's total peak requirements and 40% during non-peak hours. In May of 2008 Rob Parsons reported in Maui Time Weekly that ShellWindEnergy had scaled back its plans to produce only 20 megawatts, is considering battery storage to prevent fluctuating input to the Islands grid and is in the process of drafting the Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) required to move forward. 

Tapping in to Hydroelectric.

An Australian company named Oceanlinx is moving forward with a project to harness a mere 2.7 Megawatts of energy by installing floating generators off the North Shore.

In March 2008 Oceanlinx hired Planning Solutions to draft an EIS that is expected to be finished in 2009. The turbines would use air pressure generated by wave swells pushing into a semi submersed chamber.

Makila Hydro, LLC Makila Hydro, LLC was formed in 2001. It has restored a generator at the Pioneer Mill in Lahaina that was originally constructed in 1914. The plant has has been pushing a half a megawatt into Maui's energy grid since September 2006.

Other prospects for ocean energy include tidal power, Auau channel turbines that run deep between Maui and Lanai, and Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC). Difficulties with deep ocean power plants include the protection of sea life and keeping the generators free of accumulated debris.


Plugging in to the Solar Source. 

Despite advances in Solar Power, cost still outweighs benefits. There are researchers trying to change that and some innovators in the field on Maui are finding ways to skirt the high costs.

Solar thermal energy production employs a rooftop system made to heat water. By heating water with solar energy, households can expect large reductions in monthly energy use, (from 15% - 25%). The State of Hawaii, The U.S. Government and Maui Electric, a branch of HECO , all offer incentives for these energy saving installations. There are state and federal income tax credits and no interest loans available.

The photovoltaic method of energy production employs cells that turn light into electricity. These are the cells you find on your solar powered calculator. The high cost of these cells has remained the main obstacle for solar power but with some unique business models photovoltaic energy is inching forward.

Although Maui has a very long way to go to achieve energy sustainability, the greening of paradise continues. I for one look forward to an island that can live up to its sparkling reputation.


If your coming to experience the "No Ka Oi" of Hawaii, consider these affordable Maui Condos to provide a balance of luxury and cost.

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Solar Power Practicality For Camping

Solar power systems for camping are increasing in availability, but what about practicality? Can solar power systems for camping be put to use readily? Are they portable enough? Are they


durable enough?
Solar power practicality for camping must address those questions and more. Are solar power systems for camping cost effective? Do they produce enough energy for normal needs?

RV Camping
Solar power systems for camping can readily be used in RV camping. But are they practical?

Many people spend most of their RV camping time in RV camping spaces with full hook-ups. They plan trips according to where the next RV camp is, and reserve a full hook-up space for the end of each day. For them, solar power practicality is questionable. It makes a good back-up system, if there is a power outage at a campground. On the whole, however, it is an unnecessary expense - just another toy.

Others enjoy the freedom of being able to camp without hook-ups. They want to get off the beaten track - be pioneers. They want the opportunity to be in a remote, quiet place for a few days. They may want to go off road, or stop beside a quiet stream, even though it is in the middle of nowhere. They don't want to rush to make it to the next full hook-up campground.

Solar power practicality for camping is real for the second group of campers. Solar power serves a practical use for them. It breaks the leash of energy needs and lets them wander as they please.

Operating an RV's electrical system with a solar power system is simple. Charging its batteries with solar power is also simple. You need to plan your system, of course. You need to know how much energy you want. Then you need to purchase and install solar panels, batteries, and inverters that will produce that amount of energy for you.

Many Internet websites will guide you through the necessary steps of determining how much solar power you need. They will explain which components will provide that amount of energy. Solar power systems for camping in recreational vehicles are increasingly available in a range of sizes, and you are sure to find one to fit your needs. Most are easy to use.

Solar power systems for camping may make you think twice about appliances you take for granted in RV camping. For example, suppose you have a coffee maker that requires 15 minutes to brew coffee, and then keeps the coffee warm on a warming plate. This will consume a lot of your solar power. You may want to replace that coffee maker with one that will brew in 10 minutes and shut itself off. Pour your coffee into a thermos and it will remain hot without using more energy.

Non-RV Camping

Solar power systems for camping are also practical for non-RV camping. The same two groups of people are to be found. One group likes to make camp in a KOA campground, with electrical power close at hand. The other group likes to hike into the back country with lightweight backpacks,and camp wherever darkness overtakes them.

Solar power practicality can easily be seen in the array of lightweight, portable units hitting the market. Solar power can be generated by the backpack in which gear is carried. Flexible solar panels can be rolled up and carried to the campsite, where they can be stretched on the ground to generate additional energy.

Solar power systems for camping are small and portable, but can generate enough energy to run a small heater or light bulb. Solar collected by a backpack while hiking can recharge a cell phone, camera, or iPod. Small solar power units will run appliances made for use in a vehicle. The coffee maker that will plug into your cigarette lighter can be run by a flexible solar power panel.

Solar power practicality for camping is sure to increase, and products for this use will multiply. Those who appreciate the environment enough to want to be far out into it will demand clean energy, i.e. solar power.

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Solar Energy For Homes - Steps to Decrease Home Energy Costs


Have you ever wondered if you can save money on home energy costs by using sun energy? The answer is yes and in my opinion the most cost effective way to do that is by building your own solar panels. You see the biggest problem with going solar for your home for most people is...
The Cost
A basic install of solar panels, if you have someone do it for you, can set you back over $20,000 and take almost 30 years to get paid back. Who has that much time and money to invest in solar energy for homes.
Most people don't live in their houses that long any more. You probably want something that's cost effective and can make it worth the money to invest in.
To ask for tens of thousands of dollars for sun energy is out of the price range for most people.
How Much Can You Really Save...
Well, that's a good question. If you do it yourself you can get solar panels made for under $200. Then with each solar panel on your house you could produce up to 120 watts of power.
On top of that... one of the added benefits is that your home value could go up because of the added savings built in.
It's Easy To Do
Most people, when thinking about Solar Energy For Homes, feel like it would be difficult for them to put together. The truth is, it's pretty easy as long as you have the right directions.
I read about a non-official study that put 43 newbies to work on creating solar panels for their home, both male and female. All 43 were able to create well polished solar panels. And best of all it was enough electricity to run a few appliances.
So there you go. Anyone can put up solar panels and begin using solar energy for their home. It just takes a little time and elbow grease with the right directions. With the right person guiding you it would be a no brainer to use solar energy for homes.
Don't you want to lower your electricity costs and start using solar energy for your home. Visit Solar Energy For Homes Now to find out how to get started.

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The Differences Between Clean Energy, Renewable Energy, and Alternative Energy

To many people, the differences between "alternative energy," "renewable energy," and "clean energy," might not be obvious. But each term is unique and has its own individual definition. These three terms are not all exactly the same.

Alternative Energy

When we speak of alternative energy, we refer to sources of usable energy that can replace conventional energy sources (usually, without undesirable side effects). The term "alternative energy" is typically used to refer to sources of energy other than nuclear energy or fossil fuels.

Throughout the course of history, "alternative energy" has referred to different things. There was a time when nuclear energy was considered an alternative to conventional energy, and was therefore called "alternative energy." But times have changed.

These days, a form of "alternative energy" might also be renewable energy, or clean energy, or both. The terms are often interchangeable, but definitely not the same.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy is any type of energy which comes from renewable natural resources, such as wind, rain, sunlight, geothermal heat, and tides. It is referred to as "renewable" because it doesn't run out. You can always get more of it.

People have begun to turn to this type of energy due to the rising oil prices, and the prospect that we might one day deplete available sources of fossil fuels, as well as due to concerns about the adverse effects that our conventional energy sources have on the environment.

Of all the different types of renewable energy, wind power is one which is growing in its use. The number of users who have some form of wind power installed has increased, with the current worldwide capacity being about 100 GW.

Clean Energy

"Clean energy" is simply any form of energy which is created with clean, harmless, and non-polluting methods.

Most renewable energy sources are also clean energy sources. But not all.

One such example is geothermal power. It may be a renewable energy source, but some geothermal energy processes can be harmful to the environment. Therefore, this is not always a clean energy. However there are also other forms of geothermal energy which are harmless and clean.

Clean energy makes the less impact on the environment than our current conventional energy sources do. It creates an insignificant amount of carbon dioxide, and its use can reduce the speed of global warming - or global pollution.

As you can see, alternative energy, renewable energy, and clean energy are very similar. But it is important to know that there are differences.

There are many actions which can be taken, to help reduce the greenhouse gases in our atmosphere. Some of these steps can be taken in your own home. Many clean energy solutions can can be easily installed, and some kits are quite affordable.

Carbon emissions and other forms of pollution are not only created by heavy industrial factories. They are created in the common household as well. Energy efficiency has become an important aspect of our lives.

It's important to start making changes now; if we want to save our planet for our children, for the flora and fauna of the Earth, and for the future of mankind. Clean energy, to be exact, can make a big difference.

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Green Energy Revolution: Energy Saving Devices

World today is experiencing energy revolution. Environmental issues are catching up and with the increased emphasis placed on preserving the environment we all need to play our roles in saving energy. By saving energy, we can definitely take a positive step in fighting the climate change and in preserving non-renewable sources of energy. Let us look at some devices and measures that can help us conserve energy and replace non renewable sources with renewable sources of energy.

Many companies are now providing customer-focused energy equipments like Energy savers, Utility Instruments, Level Controllers, Control Panels and Process Control Equipments etc. Various products that are now placed in the shelves of the store and that help in energy revolution and conservation are:

• Integrated Intelligent Home System:
This provides you with home security, control, automation and communication related features. One can control and monitor their home and office security along with controlling the home appliances and lighting from any telephone, keypad, handheld remote control system, computer or the internet. The products have outstanding remote communication features which can allow you to communicate with visitors when they are still at office doors, you can send them your messages and can also hear their messages. In case there is alarm notification, you can listen to different sounds and the activity present in the surroundings.

• Light and Air -conditioner Energy Saver:
These devices are normally very easy to install and help to save energy directly. They can adjust the temperature by automatically realizing the self-motion adjustment. They do not connect to any circuitry in the AC. They have stable capacities and do not get affected by fluctuations in external temperature. Trouble from these energy saver devices do not harm or affect the functioning of your equipment in any way. The devices are shock proof and help you reduce your power requirement by minimum 20%.

• Green Energy Products
Today, you would find an array of Green products in the market. Green products and appliances include energy saving appliances and devices for your office and home, windows/doors utilizing solar energy and household products built out of eco-friendly materials. Fluorescent light bulbs are another light saving devices utilizing minimum amount of electricity per watt. All these energy saver products positively influence the environment and reduce the energy and electricity costs. They also reduce the emission of pollutants in the long-term.

Other products like energy saving remote control made out of plastic are also available for saving energy in your day to day use.

Benefits of using Energy saving & Intelligent Products:

• Uses 75% to 80% less electricity.
• Cost less and work too well
• Reduce dependence on coal and petroleum
• Help to address concerns of global warming
• Reduce the gasoline and electricity bills
• Reduce the green house gas emission levels

Overall, reduced energy usage means that the need to go for building new transmission lines, infrastructure and other related devices can be delayed and prolonged. Hence, one can defer the environmental concerns and issues, if not have complete removal. All the energy saving programs and devices will reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions made by coal utilizing power plants. Emissions up to an average of around 2.1 billion pounds per year can be saved for around 20 years

So, when we are aware of these things, why not head on the way to conserving energy!

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The Differences Between Clean Energy, Renewable Energy, and Alternative Energy

To many people, the differences between "alternative energy," "renewable energy," and "clean energy," might not be obvious. But each term is unique and has its own individual definition. These three terms are not all exactly the same.

Alternative Energy

When we speak of alternative energy, we refer to sources of usable energy that can replace conventional energy sources (usually, without undesirable side effects). The term "alternative energy" is typically used to refer to sources of energy other than nuclear energy or fossil fuels.

Throughout the course of history, "alternative energy" has referred to different things. There was a time when nuclear energy was considered an alternative to conventional energy, and was therefore called "alternative energy." But times have changed.

These days, a form of "alternative energy" might also be renewable energy, or clean energy, or both. The terms are often interchangeable, but definitely not the same.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy is any type of energy which comes from renewable natural resources, such as wind, rain, sunlight, geothermal heat, and tides. It is referred to as "renewable" because it doesn't run out. You can always get more of it.

People have begun to turn to this type of energy due to the rising oil prices, and the prospect that we might one day deplete available sources of fossil fuels, as well as due to concerns about the adverse effects that our conventional energy sources have on the environment.

Of all the different types of renewable energy, wind power is one which is growing in its use. The number of users who have some form of wind power installed has increased, with the current worldwide capacity being about 100 GW.

Clean Energy

"Clean energy" is simply any form of energy which is created with clean, harmless, and non-polluting methods.

Most renewable energy sources are also clean energy sources. But not all.

One such example is geothermal power. It may be a renewable energy source, but some geothermal energy processes can be harmful to the environment. Therefore, this is not always a clean energy. However there are also other forms of geothermal energy which are harmless and clean.

Clean energy makes the less impact on the environment than our current conventional energy sources do. It creates an insignificant amount of carbon dioxide, and its use can reduce the speed of global warming - or global pollution.

As you can see, alternative energy, renewable energy, and clean energy are very similar. But it is important to know that there are differences.

There are many actions which can be taken, to help reduce the greenhouse gases in our atmosphere. Some of these steps can be taken in your own home. Many clean energy solutions can can be easily installed, and some kits are quite affordable.

Carbon emissions and other forms of pollution are not only created by heavy industrial factories. They are created in the common household as well. Energy efficiency has become an important aspect of our lives.

It's important to start making changes now; if we want to save our planet for our children, for the flora and fauna of the Earth, and for the future of mankind. Clean energy, to be exact, can make a big difference.

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Leadership Gap in the Green Market!

With projections of the creation of 5 million new green jobs, there is a striking leadership gap in the Green Jobs market. Growing numbers of people are reinventing their careers in this new market, so one has to ask, “Who’s going to lead?” Are our executives, consultants, and entrepreneurs prepared with the right tools, training, and skills to successfully manage and lead green business? How prepared are these leaders to achieve BOTH profitability and sustainability?

Those entering the green industry stand to be a part of one of the greatest business opportunities in recent history. Energy alone represents a multitrillion dollar global market. In addition, studies indicate growth in well-paying green jobs. The demand for well-trained people at all levels in organizations is high and what is needed is crucial business training with a green focused application.

A Green MBA is the way to go for Green Leaders who wish to position themselves for success.

A Green MBA provides people with real options and freedom to pursue career opportunities throughout the green sector. Businesses are calling for qualified professionals with the right business skills relevant to green sector issues. These skills include the business standards of effectiveness in leadership and communication and a solid understanding of business strategy, performance, and finance. A Green MBA also provides skills specific to the needs of the Green Economy including green marketing, green branding, and green leadership. These are the skills needed to help companies to earn and retain green and social credibility in the new green economy.

The potential business and individual opportunities of the Green sector are indisputable. Positioning oneself to maximize their marketability to green employers is priority number one and a Green MBA may just be the competitive leverage people need. As the demand for qualified professionals continues to grow, selecting the right degree program is imperative. The right Green MBA program stands to boost careers and position people to take advantage of this amazing opportunity.

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7 Good Bad Or Ugly Green Energy Trends Which Will Affect Your Bottom Line

We all love Mother Earth. If the devil is in the details, applies here as it does in most areas of life and business, how do we move to the next step of a greener world? What does it really mean to your company to actually operate in a greener world, and how soon will it happen? Logically most companies will see some benefits (good), some drawbacks (bad) and some will face major problems (ugly).

Consider how the following seven strategic "green energy" trends will impact your industry and your business in particular.

  1. Bottom line benefit case studies from sustainable pioneers going green are starting to appear in the Wall Street Journal, other major business publications, and possibly your local newspaper.
  2. Technology can help. Website and software tools are available to calculate the carbon footprint for your company, as one of the first steps to understand the various aspects of instituting green for your company. That capability can help a company research, define and then estimate its carbon footprint. The ability to include its entire worldwide supply chain helps better plan for the transition to a greener carbon footprint. Basically this quantifies targeted emissions for reduction to some government mandated level for your industry or country.
  3. After estimating the carbon emission of your carbon footprint versus the mandated quantity, carbon tax can be estimated at a given carbon tax rate per ton. Soon to follow will be footnote disclosure and then recording the carbon footprint liability. This will be massive for some companies. The higher the carbon footprint quantity and the higher the tax rate, the higher the tax liability for targeted industries.
  4. Think of people in prior generations protesting the Vietnam War or chaining themselves to trees to prevent logging operations. Companies need to better understand the passion, even fervor, of green energy advocates who demand that business formulate and implement green initiatives.
  5. A "green washing" backlash is developing when clean energy advocates think corporate green claims are overstated. Remember, they define how green your activities must be, not your executives.
  6. You will soon see pressure from your larger customers for you to meet greener mandates they have put in place. If you want to continue doing business with a number of blue-chip companies, you will be meeting their goals of greener operations as part of their strategic planning. Since it is easier for corporate level executives and strategists to make a decision than for their suppliers to actually make those strategies work, be prepared.
  7. Many clean energy advocates are concerned about the backlash already building against going green. As more details of the magnitude and cost of proposed carbon tax legislation and the extent of its use of proceeds for Congressional leadership approved or non job creation purposes are apparent, a backlash against that Congressional leadership plan is building. To the extent that the job creation justification actually is used to fund a welfare system tax, backlash will accelerate.

Advocates see a much overdue environmentally transition. Other experts are concerned that the carbon tax being discussed will destroy more jobs than are created in the green sector. Whatever tax is enacted and undoubtedly revised, companies must plan and prepare for a range of conditions from strong benefits and opportunities to substantial, even massive, associated rising costs that such a tax will produce. Every industry and most businesses will see good, bad or ugly aspects from the greener world. How prepared are you?

Bottom line? - What is the cost of what you don't know?

Stop Profit Leaks Now. Apply this information to improve your profitability, re-engineer business models, and strengthen or gain competitive advantage in the marketplace. And apply the free Fiscal Test available at http://fiscaldoctor.com/fiscaltest.html

From the author of the forthcoming book, 'Stick Out Your Balance Sheet & Cough: Best Practices for Long Term Business Health'.

From Gary W Patterson, http://www.FiscalDoctor.com
Copyright 2009

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Little progress seen at climate talks - Nature

This article is part of Nature's premium content.
Published online 14 April 2009 | Nature | doi:10.1038/458815a

Money and targets separate developed and developing countries.
Quirin Schiermeier

On 29 March, the initial day of the first of three preparatory meetings for the Copenhagen climate-change summit in December, Todd Stern, the US special envoy on climate change, drew thunderous applause when he told the delegates that he was "determined to make up for lost time". When the meeting ended on 8 April many of the 2,000 delegates had the impression that there was still a lot of making up to do.

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Nature on California rule and biofuels...

cited this week from Nature News:
"State rule says biofuels aren't so green.
The state of California has adopted regulations to curb greenhouse-gas emissions from transportation fuels, codifying evidence that biofuels are significantly dirtier than they were once thought to be.
The California Air Resources Board approved its 'low-carbon fuel standard' on 23 April, requiring fuel providers to cut the greenhouse-gas emissions from fuels by 10% by 2020, compared with 2010 levels. "

from Jeff Tollefson

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My Green Weekend

It’s my job to write about the environment, so I try my best to walk the walk when it comes to the size of my carbon footprint. But even this ecophile can do more. So one weekend my fiancĂ©, David and I set out to make a few easy, eco-friendly adjustments to our apartment that could also reduce our utility bill. And, we figured, what better time to finish greening our home than while our friends’ young daughter, Rebecca was visiting.

First thing Saturday morning, we went through each room, taking stock of all appliances and electronics that were plugged in to various sockets. They included everything from lamps and coffee pots to computers and cell phone chargers. We came up with a total of 21 plugged-in appliances and consolidated them into five power strips with on-off switches. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, unplugging idle electronics and appliances can cut as much as 75% of the electricity they consume. Now when we walk out of a room, we automatically save energy by simply clicking off the power strip.

Next we decided to tackle lightbulbs. The apartment was lit with the incandescent bulbs of old, so we decided to switch to their greener counterparts, Compact Fluorescent LightBulbs. CFLs use just a quarter of the energy, last up to 10 times longer and can cut lighting costs in half! So how many environmentalists does it take to change a lightbulb? In this case, two. I let David and Rebecca handle the hardware, while I tended to some laundry.

Already washed, the clothes just needed a little shaking out before I hung them to dry on two retractable clotheslines. (Clothes dryers typically rank second, after refrigerators, on the list of biggest energy-gobbling home appliances.) Since it was chilly outside, I let the heating do double duty and dry our clothes for us. Of course, if the weather happens to be nicer, you can hang your clothes on a line outside.

The best way to calculate just how much money you’re saving by reducing your energy consumption? Check your monthly electricity bills, and take note of reduced fees and the kilowatt-hours used, which should be listed on the back of the bill. For a complete analysis of your household’s energy use, go to the government’s Home Energy Saver website (hes.lbl.gov)

With our work done, we then began brainstorming activity ideas for tomorrow. Eventually we decided that we’d visit our nearby farmer’s market to pick out ingredients for a nice Sunday-night dinner. The recipe we had in mind was vegetarian lentil stew. Not only did the dish sound appetizing for a cold winter’s evening, but organic legumes and vegetables grown by local farmers — which is good for the planet, the pocketbook and the waistline!

The next morning we set off with our reusable tote bags and a rolling, collapsible shopping basket. We could have driven there, but we opted to walk, saving gas and getting some fresh air on a beautiful Sunday morning. At the market we filled our bags with onions, spinach, red lentils and a loaf of fresh-baked bread.

And that night we enjoyed our savory stew by candle and lamplight. It was a peaceful and eco-friendly note on which to finish our green weekend.

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The Facts about Water Reduction

Many companies must dispose of water and waste on a daily basis. This can be due to the run off of equipment or in the process of manufacturing. Whatever the reason, disposing of water and contaminated solids can be very expensive and is strictly regulated by most government bodies. There are now many rules and regulations governing the proper disposal of contaminated waste. In addition, most companies are in search of an environmentally affordable solution from water reduction. There are many reasons that water reduction processes can be beneficial for your company or manufacturing plant.

Shipping Cost Reductions with Water Reduction

If your company must pay to have waste and solid materials disposed of, this can quickly become very expensive. However, by removing water and liquids you can save money on your shipping costs. Most shipping companies charge per pound of waste that is to be delivered. When you consider that the weight of the liquids in your waste is often more than the weight of the solid material you can see why water reduction would be beneficial. By removing the liquid components of your waste you can often cut your shipping costs in half.

Water Reduction Is Cheaper In House

By investing in water reduction equipment for your company you will find the process is much cheaper. In most cases the cost of purchasing the equipment and completing the process yourself, will pay off if compared to paying an outside company to reduce the water in your waste. Many companies today even offer used equipment that has been refurbished. This can save you even more money in the process of water reduction. However, if you only need to complete the process for a short time you might also consider renting equipment that you can later return.

Cheaper Disposal Is Available

If you have to pay a company to dispose of your contaminated waste it can be very expensive. However, by using water reduction to separate the solid and liquids in your waste you will find the cost is much less. The process of decontaminating waste costs much more that disposing of it. Therefore, if you will separate the contaminated components out of your waste before sending it for disposal you will find that you can save a great deal of money. In many cases you can dispose of the water safely yourself rather than paying someone else to remove it and dispose it for you.

As you can see there are many benefits to reducing the amount of water in your waste. From saving money to helping to preserve the environment, your company will find there are many benefits. There are many types of equipment that can be used for this process. If you think that water reduction is a positive thing for your company you should contact a professional dewatering company. These companies can walk you through the process and train your employees on how the process is to be completed. These companies will help you to choose the right pieces of equipment based on the amount of water reduction your company needs to complete.

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The Two Most Popular Green Energy Sources

Many people dream of becoming energy independent. They see green energy sources not only as a way to greatly reduce their energy bills each month, but they also see it as a way to power their homes in a way that does not burn the Earth's resources, and does not harm the environment.

The green energy sources that are the most popular are solar energy and wind energy. While there are other forms of green energy, these are the most popular because they are the two sources that are the most readily available. You do not have to relocate to take advantage of these sources, and they are both relatively inexpensive to get started with. While making a complete change-over in your home can be a serious investment, it is possible to get stated on a smaller scale, and make a gradual change-over as you can afford to.

Solar Energy

The most popular form of green energy is solar energy. It collects sunlight using solar panels that convert that light into electricity. One reason this is so popular is because the system, once in place, is relatively low maintenance. Other than keeping the solar panels clean, there is not much to do to keep your solar energy system running. Because there are not any moving parts to wear out, breakdowns do not typically happen with this type of system.

The disadvantage of a solar energy system is that it requires a lot of direct sunlight to see real benefits from the system. If you are unfortunate enough to live in an area that has considerable cloud cover on a regular basis you may not see the same benefits as someone living in a sunny location.

That does not mean that you should discount solar energy as a good energy source, it just means you will need to take steps to make the most of the times the sun is shining brightly. By increasing the number of panels you will be able to generate more energy in a shorter period of time. If you have your solar generators hooked to a battery system, you will be able to capture that extra energy to use at night, or on cloudy days.

Wind Energy

Another green energy source that has gotten quite a bit of attentions is wind energy. This form of energy harnesses the power of using propellers that turn a turbine which creates electricity. The good part about modern wind powered turbines is that they do not require a lot of wind to operate them. A steady breeze is often enough to turn the blades and begin generating electricity. Of course, the more wind you have, the quicker you will be able to generate significant amounts of electricity.

Unlike solar systems, you are not limited by the time of day for generating power. These systems will work day or night. Like the solar energy systems, you can hook a wind powered generator to a battery systems so you will have a steady supply of energy.

The biggest disadvantages of a wind energy systems is that the turbine does require more space that the solar cells, and are not as easily incorporated into the design of a house. A wind turbine also requires more maintenance that solar energy systems. It has more moving parts so you need to perform scheduled maintenance on the system to reduce the chances of a breakdown.

Green energy sources are a great way to reduce your carbon footprint without having to do away with many of the conveniences of modern life. You can lower your energy bills, and be more environmentally friendly in the process.

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The Green Economy

"We can't drill and burn our way out of our economic and ecological ills, but we can invent and invest our way out", says Van Jones, the author of The Green Collar Economy and founder of Green for All.

This guy doesn't need my help nor do I get any consideration for recommending this book. But this is a thoughtful straight forward view of how we can help the economy, create jobs, and retool America to get out of this economic slump while repairing the environment. That's an incredible task and often encompassing goals that seem contradictory. But it's do-able! There is hardly anything these days that is more important or has more far reaching effects on each of us who live on the "third rock from the sun". We are all citizens of a global community. What happens to one of us good or bad, affects the rest of us. Check this book out. It is informative, thoughtful and I think you'll find it eye opening just how simple the solution is to getting our efforts headed in an effective and more appropriate manner.

You'll find it a very educational and entertaining read. No matter how you voted in the recent election, it was very clear that the large majority of us were ripe for change. We have all seen how our daily lives have been effected by the environment, poor decisions and lack of responsiveness over the last few years. Nobody can deny we need some changes. Van Jones shows us how our goals to provide an better place to live, more jobs, security for our families and save the environment are all goals that can be accomplished together without sacrificing one over another.

The Green Collar Economy by Van Jones available on Amazon.com and bookstores everywhere

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Energy For the Earth - Renewable Energy Resources

Environmental conservation is quite the buzz word across the world in this day and age. The realization has dawned that if we do not act fast it may be too late to salvage the situation which is drawing nigh disaster.

The modern era is the age of rapid and often unfettered usage of energy, many times in a manner which is not quite responsible. Humans have denuded forests, degraded the land and also rapidly depleted the oil and coal reserves of the earth to such an extent that these resources could well be over in the next few decades if the current rate of resources exploitation continues.

It is in this context that the prospect of utilization of renewable sources of energy becomes all so important. This are essentially sources like the wind, solar energy, geo thermal, tides and hydroelectric power that can take care of the energy needs of the earth in a renewable manner which will not deplete as the years go by.

Solar energy: The sun is the ultimate source of energy for the earth. Use of photovoltaic cells is a hot new thing in the renewable energy sources market. The sun's heat is so strong that if tapped and transmitted properly, we could wipe out all energy gaps forever. A lot of countries including Germany and China are making impressive strides in the quest to tap solar energy to provide a clean and totally renewable source of energy for their energy hungry teeming millions of populations.

Wind Energy: Wind energy powers wind turbines that can generate as little as 600kw to as much as 5 MW of energy depending on the size of the wind turbine and wind mills. There are many spots in the world especially in coastal areas where these wind turbines can be installed to generate huge amounts of wind energy which is so clean and absolutely green. As of now it is estimated that we can generate 5 times the world's total energy needs through wind energy, provided the wind harvesting is done on a huge and unprecedented scale worldwide.

Water power: There are many forms of water power that can be harnessed. Hydroelectric power is generated from man-made dams that are present across the world. Again, this can also be generated by harnessing the waterfalls across mountain ranges. For instance, many Nordic countries generate a large part of their electricity through harnessing their mountain waterfalls. Ocean energy can also be harnessed by laying turbines that run on the basis of tides and sea waves. Vortex power is a new technology which involves placing obstacles in the past of gushing rivers and large streams so as to turn turbines and generate power.

Bio-fuel: Photosynthesis produces plants and these are a good source of energy. Biomass can be used directly to provide energy or produce bio-fuels. Bio-diesel can be used to power vehicles quite effectively. A lot of research is being conducted to ensure that effective use of bio-fuels becomes prevalent across the world.

If one has to preserve the environment, renewable sources of energy are indeed indispensable. The day is not quite far off when the world energy needs will wholly be met by renewable sources which are clean, green and sustainable. 

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There's No Substitute for Smart Energy Conservation

Whether you are planning to live “off the grid” and free yourself from energy bills or just “kick back” and enjoy lower energy bills, the first step is always to understand your home's energy usage and employ good old fashioned energy conservation techniques.

The reason for this is simple – you can not be charged for what you don't use (in terms of energy...well this is strictly untrue if you are on a utility company's budget payment system...but we'll pretend for a moment that is not the case.) So, if you use less energy, your energy bill will go down.

Makes sense. So...how do you conserve energy?

It all starts with understanding your home, and more to the point, understand how you and your family use energy. Simple everyday activities, like turning off the lights when you leave a room really can add up to make a difference. Now that the holidays are here, not going overboard with the lighted decorations (and those inflatable, light up decorations) can help. Of course, if you do go overboard (like many of us tend to) just mind the usage. There is no need to run them every night. If you must, run them a couple of hours at the most. Every hour those machines are being run, energy is being used – sometimes in mass quantity. And since you pay per kw/hour, this could really add up.

 

Energy conservation doesn't stop there, though. Only running the appliances such as the dishwasher and washing machine when full saves on both electricity and hot water. (Hot water is a double whammy – you incur a water cost, plus the cost to heat the water...and keep it heated.) And promptly removing clothes from the dryer avoids running the dryer again to remove the wrinkles from clothes that have sat too long. (Dryers can be another double whammy...the electricity to run the motor, plus the cost of energy to heat the unit.)

 

By intelligently regulating the heating and cooling of your house, you can also conserve energy and keep your bills low throughout the year. For example, lowering your thermostat to 68 degrees F when you're home can save you as much as 5-10% during the cold season. And letting your thermostat go as high as in the mid 70's during the warm summer months will save you on air conditioning costs.

 

You can realize even more savings by avoiding overuse of the heat as well. For example, at night, it isn't necessary to keep the thermostat at 68. Try lowering it even more, and just doubling up on the blankets or cuddling up to your loved one to keep warm.

 

Keep in mind that all these tips might help you save money on energy...but when it comes to saving on your energy bills there aren't any guarantees. Why? Because every single home is different. Every single situation is different, just as every family uses energy differently. A family of 5 will use energy much differently than a family of 2. This isn't a bad thing at all – it is just a fact of life.

 

The Home Energy Audit Kit accounts for this, and will let you see exactly where your energy dollar is going, and how much energy you might be wasting. In fact, 90% of homes are wasting energy right now. You can get a copy of the home energy audit kit right now and stop the energy loss of your home by going to http://www.energyaudits.net . You'll also be happy to know that this is the first kit that is guaranteed to help you find energy problems with your home!

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Green Energy – It Is All Around Us

The earth has blessed us with an abundance of green energy, all we need to do is tap into it. This site shares a few of the popular green energies like solar and wind power, what we failed to mention is hydro power, bio energy, geothermal, tidal or wave and hydrogen fuel cells. Green energy is defined in Wikipedia as "sources of energy that are considered to be environmentally friendly and non-polluting". This is in true and rare form our new generation of energy. Fossil fuels in time will be exhausted or cost dearly to manufacture, not to mention the carbon foot print we have left for our children. 


    If you were to walk outside during the day and look around you would notice that green energy is all around us. Everywhere you look there is a source of untapped green energy. The most unique thing of all is it has always been there just patiently waiting for us to come to our senses. The sun shines every day, the wind blows frequently, the rivers flow all the time, the waves in the ocean crash on the shore like clockwork. None of these forces ever call in sick or just stop working, they are more constant than any other source of energy we have. They are not controlled by other countries and best of all they are free! 


    Green energy is the way of the future it is the only way we can save the earth for our future generations, it is the only way we can reverse the global warming. The government also sees a clear view of green energy you can view on their site here: http://www.eere.energy.gov/ they have it all broken down by programs. The government is also offering grants which can be viewed from the same page. Any way you look at it green energy is here to stay.
 

    So if green energy is so good and it is here to stay then why are we not embracing our future? Well, all you have to do is look at the economy and the shrinking that has happen since October 2007. In a shrinking economy one does not spend large amounts of capital on an investment like green energy. That would probably be the biggest problem with green energy is the initial capital that has to be spent to buy and install the equipment. Over time the investment will pay for itself but, right now it is cheaper for us to use our 120 year old addiction to fossil energy. So how do we break the habit? The government is offering rebates on green energy you can read the form here: http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f5695.pdfup to 30% off! With that in mind it makes the pain of the expenditure just a little more inviting.

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Renewable Energy and Net Metering Laws

Have you ever wondered what net metering was? Net metering is the law in 42 states and DC. What is means is when connected to the energy grid, you have a two way meter. As you produce your own solar and wind energy, any unused portion of that energy is sent back to the grid, which is measured by the meter. The electric company must compensate you for any energy you "sell" back to them. Compensation varies from state to state. You could receive actual cash reimbursement or energy credits for times when you don't produce enough of your own power. As you can imagine, net metering is an excellent incentive for people who are considering the green alternative to their home energy consumption. However, if you are still unconvinced...

Have you done your taxes yet for 2008? Since the Energy Policy Act of 2005, a homeowner can claim 30% of qualified costs of solar panel installation up to a maximum of $2000.00 and a separate credit for investing in a solar water heating system (as long as it isn't to heat a pool or hot tub). There has never been a more judicious time to start thinking about solar, wind and other eco-friendly renewable energy sources for the homeowner.

President Obama's recent signing of the Economic Stimulus Plan bodes well for the future of residential green energy. Although a lot of corporate concessions toward energy conservation and green production are included in the bill, there are some notable provisions for individuals as well. Future tax credits have been secured for those choosing to utilize solar and wind energy improvements to their homes.

All of the above advances in recognizing the significance of "going green" are exceptional, even if they are inevitable. After all, we can't carry on consuming fossil fuels at the present rate. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will reduce carbon emissions by a substantial 200 million metric tons. If that doesn't bring a smile to your face, then what will?

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Hydropower as a Clean Energy Platform

With carbon fuels under supply stress, hydropower presents one functional clean energy alternative. Here is an overview of hydropower and its practical application in modern society.

There are many different types of alternative energy available today. From solar panels to wind turbines to geothermal energy sources, the renewable energy field is exploding. Nations throughout the world are also coming up with their own ways of reducing usage of polluting and traditional energy sources, with clean hydro energy being a popular solution. Using water as an energy source has been around for ages. With the addition of modern technology, it has become a more efficient and useful resource for generating power for a hungry world.

Hydropower generates about 20 percent of the electricity generated in the world, making it the most widely used alternative energy source on Earth. In the United States, hydropower accounts for about 10 percent of the total electricity produced, which means the US produces the second highest amount of hydropower in the world after Canada. Norway, however, has both countries beat. Although it does not produce as much hydropower as it is a much smaller country, 99 percent of the electricity in the country is produced via clean hydro energy production. Another contender in the world’s best usage of hydropower contest is New Zealand, which produces 75 percent of the electricity in the country via clean hydro energy. Countries such as Brazil and Egypt are also heavily reliant on hydropower.

In the United States, 28 million homes are powered by electricity generated by hydropower. Unfortunately, only 2,400 of the 80,000 water dams in the country are being used to produce electricity. This is a rather alarming fact. If more of the dams were put to use creating power, we would be far less reliant on expensive, polluting, non-renewable carbon fuels such as coal, oil and natural gas. One can surmise that the process of converting the dams to hydropower production would be expensive, but the rising price of oil may soon make it a viable option.

Hydropower is a major player in the energy game. Frankly, it should be used even more where possible. Currently, the energy produced via hydropower production replaces the use of 22 billion gallons of oil each year. That is a significant number, but more may be about to come.

Although not a form of traditional hydropower, many are now looking to produce electricity from the oceans. Much like traditional dam turbines, companies and nations are now investigating if it is possible to put turbines in the ocean that are turned via moving currents and tides. The idea is fairly new, so a practical application is unlikely in the very near future. Nonetheless, if the process can be worked out, the energy worries will be greatly alleviated given the massive amount of energy in the ocean.

Compared to carbon fuels, hydropower is a very attractive way to meet our energy demands. Counties such as Norway and New Zealand prove it can be done with the proper planning.

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How to Make a Windmill & Use Green Energy to Save Cash

Exchange your conventional electrical energy source to something new today. Costly bills that blow out of proportion every month can now be reduced to a huge minimum. Get yourself a windmill today or make yourself one. Installing a windmill is very easy. If you have a pretty big backyard or a terrace that gets enough wind to drive a windmill then you can definitely think of having one.

Creating your own energy source right at home can be a very simple procedure. The right tools and kits for making a windmill may just be a shopping session away. You can find many of these kits online. Going over to the local hardware store could also arrange for a windmill kit suiting your requirement. This source of electrical energy is totally free and the initial investment of installation of the equipment is all it needs to get you started and on for years of unlimited electrical energy.

Windmills come in a huge variety of versions suiting to preferences. Sizes vary and so do mechanisms. The blades of the windmill play an important role in catching enough wind for proper generation of electricity. The whole house can run on a windmill or two. Running a few appliances during power cuts with the main supply can be very convenient.

Alternatively using both your regular electricity supply and the windmill can reduce your monthly costs and bills by more than half. Windmills come with the following parts: rotor blades, generator, base and of course the wind which is free. Locate the base of the windmill in a convenient place in your backyard or your terrace and then fix the rotor blades to the generator and you are ready for unlimited electricity right from your home.

Windmills are really great source of free electricity, and also they are perfect environmentally friendly machines.
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Clean Energy in the US - Is it Really a Possible and Feasible Dream?

clean energyApparently, the media and the powers that be have decided that we need to have clean energy, as in 100% clean, but is that really feasible? And even if it is a remote possibility, is it a wise choice for our nation in the present period?

It's hard to argue that it would certainly be nice to have 100% clean electrical power, I am all for that. I'd like to see "clean coal" technologies and more nuclear power. We could add in more geo-thermal too. Ocean Wave energy seems to be reliable as we figure out how to make it last longer due to the battering of the ocean. The less pollution the better for everyone's health and yes the environment too.

Unfortunately, personally, I do not think that 100% clean electrical energy means getting rid of coal, we have 150-years of coal available; clean coal would be nice and the Germans and Chinese have some technology available it would be nice to see used.

Additionally, I do not think it is wise to overly subsidize alternative energy that does not work or cannot compete, that raises costs for everyone, at a time when we cannot do that to the American People. Let's be careful what we wish for, or we might be sorry.

It would be best if we did not deceive ourselves with such a mandate considering the importance of reliable and cheap energy. This is not just an economic issue, it is also one of practicality and well, it's just not practical to try to attempt the 100% clean energy goal in the present period. Think on this.

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Green Tariffs - Eco-Friendly Energy Consumption

With growing concern over the environmental impact of our lifestyles, most gas and electricity suppliers now offer a selection of green tariffs in an attempt to mitigate pollution and the release of greenhouse gases. In other words, they are working to clean-up their energy supply.

These tariffs come in a few shades of green, as there is a variation in both how the energy is generated, and what the supplier does with the money that you spend with them. Typically however these fall into three main categories: energy match, green fund and carbon offset.

Energy Match - This is where the supplier matches the amount of energy that you buy from them with an equivalent amount of energy from renewable resources.

Green Fund -where a portion of your bill is paid into funds that support (via investment) renewable energy projects, such as solar power, hydro-electric generation or wind farms.

Carbon Offset - this involves balancing carbon emissions with carbon-reducing projects elsewhere, such as reforestation. So emissions are not reduced at source, but they are evened out.

Ofgem Guidelines

To minimise confusion among consumers, Ofgem proposed two separate sets of guidelines in 2007. One covers tariffs for energy produced from renewable sources. The other covers tariffs for energy sources that have low carbon dioxide emissions. Ofgem's aim is to improve the information available so customers can make informed choices.

The guidelines rate low carbon offerings from A to F, depending on how low their associated carbon emissions are - with A being zero, and F being very high (over 1,000 g/kWh). As such, suppliers' tariffs are rated according to 'carbon intensity' - so customers can choose a low carbon energy supply.

Pros:

* The CO2 scale allows customers to make an informed decision, based on the amount of CO2 produced.

* Customers can also see the respective mix of fuels used to produce energy.

* The actions being taken by suppliers to offset or reduce the environmental impact of production may be disclosed.

* From the customer's point of view, it's a painless commitment to doing something positive to help the environment; no action is required - apart from payment of bills on receipt!

Cons:

* The CO2 scale ranks nuclear energy as a very 'green' source of supply, due to its low CO2 emissions. However most would argue that nuclear is far from a green energy supply!

* Green products / tariffs are traditionally more expensive, and this is not very clear to customers unless they do a full price comparison.

* Users may be better off choosing a cheaper tariff and making their own green arrangements e.g. planting a tree themselves, or offsetting CO2.

* Renewable energy is highly controversial and can have its own environmental impacts e.g. a wind turbine can be considered both beautiful and an eyesore!

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How Obama Will Change Home Energy in America

President Obama's initiative on alternative energy offers great opportunity for economic development. Renewable forms of energy or clean tech and green tech are going to be the new dot-com. Yet his agenda of bigger government control, in general may stifle his planned initiatives.

The simple facts:

· There are two speeds to State and Federal Government: slow and slower.
· Regulation slows development of alternative, renewable energy.

Although some fear that President Obama's administration will strengthen regulatory control of home energy incumbents, deregulation of energy has picked up lightning speed & is now too far embedded in our economy for the new administration to easily reverse this flood!

All across America people are thinking green. However, when you choose renewable energy people want to get that which they paid for. Regulated energy incumbents normally do not offer 100% renewable. While a small minority of monopolies offer renewable energy, I have yet to find a regulated company offer proof that their renewable energy is certified by our Federal Government.

Deregulation of home energy is in it's infancy, with notable impacts of growth have only been made in the last 2 or 3 years. Yet to date, less than 10% of American State Government has elected to deregulate their electricity or natural gas. The competition that comes when energy is deregulated, will cause consumers to find a company that towers above the rest in this dot-com deregulation biz. A company that consistently seeks top governmental certification is "go green's" best choice.

Down in Texas, competition is fierce in the deregulation of electricity market. There is a not for profit org called "Texas Electric Choice." They daily update and monitor prices per (KWH) on every plan and with every company in this highly competitive market. I propose that you google this not for profit site and conduct a test. You need a Texas zip code like: 75002. With this zip code as your tool, simply do a criteria search that gives you an opportunity to search companies only offering 100% renewable energy.

Let me save you some time. Without giving every name of every retail electric provider, I conclude that under this criteria search, thirteen companies, offer a total of twenty one renewable plans. No regulated incumbent offers 100% renewable energy and only one company offers a governmental certification: Ambit Certified Green energy. I asked you, how do you know that you're getting what you paid for unless that governmental certification is not sought by each company? Also, how can Obama fulfill his campaign promise without encouraging competition that comes with deregulation of home energy?

I conclude that this new administrations initiative on alternative energy is a start, but only free trade and competition can inspire and refine the energy market so that the finest renewable energy that money can buy and the most reputable company can be research & chosen by all.

An incredible economic boom shook the telecommunications industry following its deregulation in 1984. Hundreds of new companies entered the telecom market and created hundreds of billions of dollars in new revenue for visionary entrepreneurs who saw the changing landscape and were willing to venture into new waters. Today an even larger industry is on the cusp of sweeping change. Energy. This industry creates revenues of near to a half a trillion dollars annually! We have a strategic partnership with Royal Dutch Shell, the third largest corporation in the world, that allows us to grow as fast as we wish, including plans to open in several new markets over the next year.

The energy mentor team is prospering and is looking for people just like you to join us. Many have started a home based business, marketing electricity & natural gas from their home. Mortgages & debts are being paid off and some are making 6 figure monthly income! All marketers in our team are all paid on all of the customers in our team. Only ambit energy aggressively increases their consultant's customer base by even showing every customer how to get free energy! How much of an annual half a trillion dollar pie do you want a piece of?

Deregulate only happens once. It will happen with you, or without you! Now is the perfect time to take advantage of it. Join us by going to: http://theenergymentor.com

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Top 5 Green Energy Companies From 2008

Thousands of organizations and businesses are going the extra mile and spending the extra dollar to buy utility-scale energy from renewable resources. So much so that the United States E.P.A. (Environmental Protection Agency) compiles a quarterly list of the top green power companies from their Green Power Partnership program which came out in July 2008.

Some businesses take diminutive steps towards a green campaign, but these companies are proving their allegiance to a greener environment by voluntarily spending millions of dollars on clean energy.

Intel purchased 1.3 billion kilowatt hours of electricity in January 2008. This compensates for 47 percent of the companies overall energy use.
PepsiCo purchased 1.1 billion kilowatt hours of electricity in 2007, the equivalent of powering 90,000 homes for an entire year. This accounts for 100 percent of their annual energy use. PepsiCo was named Green Power Partner of the Year in 2007 by the E.P.A.
U.S. Air Force has already purchased 9 million kilowatt hours of electricity this year as of July 2008. They have invested in a number of biogas, biomass, geothermal, solar and wind energy providers.
Wells Fargo has purchased 5.5 million kilowatt hours of electricity from wind energy providers thus far in 2008. They are also a Green Power Partner of the Year in 2007. More than green energy, Wells Fargo has made a number of other commitments to their green campaign including LEED certifying their buildings and offering online account statements.
Whole Foods Market, the past two years has purchased enough green energy to compensate for 100 percent of their energy use, totalling to over 5 million kilowatt hours annually. The company is also investing in multiple other efforts to reduce their carbon footprint on the environment.
Other organizations ranking high on the E.P.A.'s list are Starbucks, Johnson & Johnson and the University of Pennsylvania.

Nick Tart is the editor of four main sites for Worldwide Marketing Solutions. One of which is Great Earth News. GreatEarthNews.com provides information and tips to help you better the world. If you enjoyed reading this article, please check out The Good News Site.

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Green Energy is Much More Than a Pipe Dream!

When talking about green energy, what are we really talking about? In a nutshell, green energy is energy that comes from any one of the following renewable energy sources: wind, Sun/Solar, water/ hydroelectric, geothermal, biofuels and biomass energy. There is no way that you are not going to find some form of green energy in play anywhere in the world at any given moment. This article will discuss how each renewable energy source is considered to be green energy, starting with wind power.

Geothermal Energy

Although geothermal energy is not as widely used as the others are it is a green energy source; as it comes from the movement of the magma beneath the Earth's crust and from the volcanic activity all over the planet. The hot springs that have been created and kept warm all over the planet are clear cut evidence of the geothermal energy that is there for the taking.

Water/ Hydroelectric Power

There is a great deal to be said for the worldwide appeal of hydroelectric power. As a matter of fact, there are not many countries on this planet where water is not being put to use to create the hydroelectric power that is so abundant and is also a source of green energy. The only way we will ever lose this renewable energy source is if our atmosphere gets stripped away and we have to deal with the full brunt of cosmic radiation that will evaporate our water. Hydroelectric power generation is precisely why the Hoover Dam was built in the first place folks!

Sun/Solar Power

You've got to admit that the power that our Sun provides is another readily available source of green energy for anyone who cares to take the time to get some solar panels that will harness this nearly endless supply of the renewable energy that we, as a planet, are beginning to look to. While some solar panels are not that cheap, you can find some that are within your price range. Look at all the solar powered items on the market already!

Wind Power

There are two main reasons why wind power and wind mill/wind turbine generated electricity are considered to be green energy: they will not be gone any time too soon and they do not cause any more pollution to or of the environment around us. There is always going to be a wind blowing somewhere and it really does not matter whether that wind is only a slight breeze or a brisk wind or hurricane/ tornado strength winds. Wind turbines are getting more and more popular as we begin really embracing green energy as a way of life.

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Ocean Waves As an Alternative Energy Solution

Harnessing the vast power of the oceans' waves has recently gained popularity as a form of renewable energy that does not contribute to global warming. Seventy percent of the world's electricity needs are met by burning fossil fuels such as coal or natural gas, and these methods generate vast quantities of greenhouse gasses. Hydropower has long been considered a renewable alternative, but the current technique for harnessing that power, namely damming rivers, can be extremely damaging to ecosystems, and nearly all of the suitable locations in the world have already been tapped. Now scientists and engineers are learning to harness the unending power of ocean waves, promising electricity generation with minimal environmental effects. None of the current wave power technologies create greenhouse gasses or pollution.

Many different technologies have been developed to convert waves into electricity. Two of the most promising technologies take advantage of the vertical motion of waves. The first of these is a buoy or point-absorber generator. These designs contain a fixed component and a floating component. Waves move the floating component up and down in relation to the fixed component, driving one of several types of systems. An arm protruding from the buoy can be attached to a crank, which then turns a mechanical generator. Similarly, self-contained hydraulic pumps can be driven by the motion of the buoy, then driving a hydraulic motor. Yet another system uses the motion to pump pressurized sea water. This pressurized sea water can then be pumped through a turbine or even pumped onshore to drive osmotic desalination processes. Buoy generators are currently being used in several locations. Finavera has projects in waters off Portugal, Africa, and the North Pacific waters of the US and Canada. Oregon State University has a pilot project off the coast of Reedsport, and CETO, has a project running off Western Australia. The second type of design that takes advantage of vertical motion is called an attenuator, also known as surface-following technology. Pelamis devices have cornered this section of the market, and virtually no other technologies are available. These generators derive their name from Pelamis platuris, a yellow-bellied sea snake, a fitting name considering the generator's long, narrow design, and its oscillating movements. The machine consists of long, buoyant tubes connected by two arms at movable joints. As the waves change the angle of two tubes with respect to each other, hydraulic pumps are compressed and stretched, driving hydraulic generators. These Pelamis generators are being used in the world's first commercial wave farm, the Aguçadora Wave Park off Portugal, and also in the 3MW wave farm off the coast of Scotland.

The remaining wave-harnessing technologies, referred to as terminators, take advantage of the horizontal motion of waves. The oscillating water column design uses the motion of a wave-driven piston to drive pressurized air through a turbine, which in turn drives a generator. Overtopping is suggested for use either on or offshore, and involves funneling wave water into elevated reservoirs. Gravity then pulls water back downward, where it is funneled to drive a turbine, much as in hydropower dams. The most famous of this type is the Wave Dragon off the coast of Denmark. The Wave Dragon includes two arms that funnel and amplify the waves before driving the water into the reservoir. Two very innovative designs, the Oyster and the Neptune, have been developed by Aquamarine Power. The oyster is a large plate mounted to the sea floor, whose back-and-forth motion is resisted by hydraulic arms which run a hydraulic generator. The Neptune uses underwater, bi-directional turbines to harness tidal energy.

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