Energy

Green Power

Green Power & Renewable Energy Options

You may be surprised to learn that renewable energy and green power are not synonymous! This is due to the fact that the two do not have the same source, have different effects on the environment and have different costs. In fact, green power is simply a subset of renewable energy. It often has higher environmental benefits and is defined as electricity produced from solar, wind, geothermal, biogas, biomass and low-impact small hydroelectric sources. Green power is appealing to many …

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Solar Outdoor Lighting

Solar Outdoor Lighting

Solar outdoor lighting works the same way as solar panels for generating household electricity. Solar lighting is wireless, dimmable, and resilient outdoor lighting, and it’s easy to use. Solar outdoor lighting comes in many forms. There are solar outdoor hanging lights, colored bulbs, hand blown lights, solar security lights, solar floodlights, or solar stake lights. All are completely wireless and generate their energy from the sun. Most solar outdoor lighting is easy to install. In fact, with solar stake lights, …

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Offsetting Explained

What is Value of Offsetting Your Carbon Emissions?

By The Carbon Neutral Company | http://www.carbonneutral.com/knowledge-centre/offsetting-explained/ Scientific consensus states that carbon emissions must be reduced by 80% by 2050 to avoid catastrophic climate change.  Businesses have an important and essential role to play in meeting these targets and carbon offsetting enables them to play their part in the climate change battle. Carbon offsets are credits for reductions in greenhouse gas emissions made at another location, such as wind farms which create renewable energy and reduce the need for fossil-fuel …

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Thermal Energy

The Future of Thermal energy

Luckily for the Earth the future of Solar Thermal Energy is very bright. In the current state of the world’s energy crisis, new uses for solar energy are being developed. The positive aspect of solar energy is the fact that it is completely renewable. It can be used for heating purposes of many sorts, with the use of small, medium, or large solar collectors. Thermal solar collectors are more efficient than photovoltaic solar collectors because of the lower cost it …

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Environmental Impact of Geothermal Energy

Geothermal energy is a renewable energy source that can be used to offset the use of fossil fuels as well as the emission of greenhouse gases. Geothermal energy was created by the formation of the Earth and is replenished through the radioactive decay of core minerals and the shifting of tectonic plates. The solar rays that constantly strike the earth’s surface also add to the amount of geothermal energy found within the planet. Geothermal energy is already used by approximately …

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How Long Do Solar Panels Last?

How Long do Solar Panels Last?

On average most solar panels have a 25-year limited warranty on power output. This speaks to the remarkable lifespan of solar panels. Some manufacturers claim that while their warranty is around two decades, many solar panels continue to work for 40 to 80 years. These are amazing statistics, but there are other details that have to do with this lifespan that are important to be aware of. Durability is an important characteristic of solar panels. Most commonly it is found …

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Wave Energy

What is Wave Energy?

Wave energy has recently become an option for clean, green, sustainable energy.  Wave energy, also known as ocean energy or sea wave energy, is energy harnessed from the ocean or sea waves. The rigorous vertical motion of surface ocean waves contains a lot of kinetic (motion) energy that is captured by wave energy technologies to do useful tasks, for example, generation of electricity, desalinization of water and pumping of water into reservoirs.   There have been sporadic attempts throughout modern …

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The Resurgence of Biking

The Resurgence of Biking

In 2010 Bike-to-Work day will be on Friday May 21. Bike-to-Work Day is an annual event held on the third Friday of May across the United States and Canada that promotes the bicycle as an option for commuting to work. The day was created by the League of American Bicyclists in 1956 and is a part of Bike-to-Work Week, which is in turn part of National Bike Month. Wherever you are in the country, you are likely to find an …

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Renewable Energy

Investing In Renewable Energy

If you’re looking to invest in renewable energy, Jeff Siegel’s book, “Investing in Renewable Energy,” provides great information not only on the actual investing in stocks, but also in the knowledge you need to discern the differences between different stocks and technologies, and how each technology works. Siegel is the managing editor of Green Chip Stocks, a service that advises investors on stocks in the renewable energy market and organic and natural foods industry. He is also an avid capitalist …

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Can Wind Power run out?

Can Wind Power Run Out?

Wind power has been around for thousands of years, first appearing approximately 5,500 years ago. Wind power was used for shipping and sailing, to provide natural ventilation, and to create power for ventilation systems. Over hundreds of years wind power continued to evolve, pumping water and being used for grinding. Wind power largely disappeared during the modern era, eventually returning with a contemporary design in the early 1980s. It was at this point that wind power began to be used …

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