I’m always amazed at how beautiful our Earth is ~ it really never gets old to see pictures of the Earth or watch a television show or a YouTube clip like Petie put up in his latest blog, seeing the Earth in all Her glory.
The mountains and rainforests, the rivers and streams, the majestic deserts, the beautiful hills and valleys, and all the magic Mother Nature shares with us ~ this brings me to a place of awe and gratefulness.
And this weekend, I’ll be celebrating the Earth with lots of other people as it’s the 48th Earth Day on April 22.Continue reading
Love is in the air…ah. Valentine ’s Day is a great reminder to let the people we care about know how we feel. As we run from store to store collecting chocolates, flowers, and cards, we thought this holiday would be a great opportunity to profess our love for the sun. So check out these 16 reasons why the sun should be your Valentine.
Unfortunately, our sonnet writing skills would make William Shakespeare roll in his grave. Instead, we decided to create a list of all the reasons that the sun should be your Valentine this year. The best part, you don’t have to spend a dime to show your affection for it when you lease your solar home installation.
If you would like to be a good example and role model for kids on sustainability, be it at home, in the classroom, or for your nieces and nephews, you can start by teaching them how to respect nature, to be mindful of all the waste they’re creating, and so on. Their future will have plenty of sustainability jobs – so teach your kids!
In short, there are so many ways to teach them all about our planet, how to treat it respectfully, and how to best deal with sustainability. And at the same time, they can have fun learning it and doing it.
Take a look at a few quick pointers to do so. Here are five tips to get started with teaching children about sustainability, and this is all geared towards younger audiences:
1. Lead by giving the good example 2. Make learning about sustainability fun 3. Get all kids really involved 4. Read about sustainability to them 5. Volunteer in a sustainability program together with the kids
Getting solar panels for your home can dramatically affect your electricity bill. If you are used to paying hundreds or thousands of dollars per year for your electricity bill, be prepared to pay much less. So check out this post about small solar panels – Use them for your home!
You can offset the cost of electricity or even eliminate your bill altogether through the use of solar panels. The most popular set up for solar panels is having the panels attached to the roof. This gives the panels the biggest coverage area and exposes them to the most rays of the sun.
What kind of money can you expect to save? Your average solar panel system will save you around 50 dollars per month on your electricity bill. If you get a bigger system, one that’s designed to take on the full force of your electrical needs, you can expect to eliminate your electricity bill altogether. Incredible!
With the push to go green, also in micro markets, much has been made of wind power. Media outlets attentive to the wind energy development have focused attention on the industry and many homeowners have followed suit. Here we reflect on some wind energy pros and cons.
The emergence of many upstart wind companies has advertisers scrambling to gain the attention of would-be consumers in a relatively new market. To this point, advertising has focused mostly on a maximum “output figure.” This to a certain extent has confused consumers, many of which being new to wind energy.
To further confuse matters most companies are purposefully inflating these figures in an apparently deliberate attempt to mislead consumers. In our opinion, the maximum output figures of a wind generator most people are focusing on does very little to describe the efficiency of a particular unit.
That figure does little to relay a conceptual idea to the customer that is useful in making a decision on purchasing a wind generator. Maximum output figures of wind generators in many cases give a snapshot of an expected output at a given moment at the peak of a power curve.
Sometimes it gets a little frustrating to hear opponents of solar energy say continuously that sustainable energy is not ready to be competitive with fossil fuels to deliver all the power our country requires. Well, I know that the solar sector is expanding enormously year after year and that fossil fuels keep on being eliminated.
The solar industry has long ago left behind the cottage industry mentality it had decades ago. Spectacular developments in production technology and funding have helped bring the solar industry to the playing field with coal, oil, natural gas, and nuclear power. Here are some reasons why solar is already succeeding in beating fossil fuels.
Living an eco-friendly life is very important to me, but it can be difficult at times. I try to do little things to make sure that I’m treating the world right. Here are some of the things I do.
I don’t own a car. This is mostly because I have the luxury of living in a city. I can take public transportation, ride my bike, or even walk when my destination is not too far. Not only is this a great way to help the planet, but it’s also fun too.
I love taking public transportation because it means I am able to get so much more reading done. Sometimes I’ll read more than 2 books a week because of all the time I spend on trains. It’s great.
Donate and Buy Used
Several times a year, I will sit down and go through all my clothing. I donate anything that is still in great condition. I also pass down stuff to family and friends. This is a fun and easy way to not be wasteful with clothing.
Thrifting and buying clothes at various resale shops is one of my favorite ways to grow my wardrobe. You’d be surprised at some of the amazing things you can find. It’s inexpensive, and you’re helping to put old clothes to good use.
The ability to control consumption of electric power, though, may have the biggest impact. One approach is to let utility companies (with the homeowner’s consent, of course) cut back heating or air conditioning, or turn off other equipment, during power emergencies, either over the public Internet or through a direct connection to the utility company’s data network. In compensation, homeowners might receive discounts on their monthly electricity bills.
Or, in a more imaginative scenario, the appliances could regulate themselves as the utility company varies the cost of electricity from day to day or even hour to hour. Either way, the potential for energy saving is substantial.
It’s already starting to happen overseas. Italy’s Enel, the largest publicly traded utility company in the world, expects this year to begin wiring the 27 million homes it serves to allow such remote demand management and other services, using equipment supplied by Echelon, a Sunnyvale, Calif., supplier of building automation equipment and software.
Renewable energy comes from sources that may be continuously renewed by nature. Consequently, we will never be running out of these energy sources, that is, for as long the Sun’s nuclear fusion processes continue to provide the Earth with energy.
Here are a few examples:
Solar Power: Solar power is seen as renewable energy as expectations are that nuclear fusion processes that are powering the Sun will continue to generate sunlight for billions of years.
We are capturing the light of the Sun to:
Drive steam turbines to produce electricity (the concentration of Solar Power),
Heat homes (via so-called Passive Solar Design or via an Active Solar Heating System),
Make hot water (via an Active or Passive Solar Hot Water System),
Cook (on a Solar Oven),
Generate electricity by using solar electric (or photovoltaic) cells
There is no dearth of job opportunities in the renewable energy sector. There is also great variety when it comes to renewable energy careers. This may often make it difficult for prospective employees to choose their professional niche. This also makes it possible for people from various backgrounds to make their foray into the field. Interested candidates may even undergo professional training to become a part of the industry.
Like any other sector, renewable energy recruitment also has much room for people from diverse backgrounds. These include marketing, communications and other fields of business support. There are diverse aspects of business and various other tasks associated with it. These include accounting, corporate planning, information technology, business law, finance and human resources.
Apart from these, career opportunities abound in diverse fields of the renewable technology sector. Opportunities in the sector are available in the fields of wind power, photovoltaics, solar power, hydropower, geothermal energy, and bio-energy.