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  • Guide To Lowering Your Electric Bill
    The Ultimate Guide From Arcadia Power

    The article tells about the many ways we can save power and reduce both our carbon footprint and utilty bills.

    Click now to read it.

  • Charging Smart
    Union of Concerned Scientists
    Sound Solar Solution

    Everyone loves electric cars—they’re clean, fun to drive, and increasingly affordable to own. But what do electric vehicles (EVs) mean for the electricity grid? Could they enable the use of more renewable power?

    Drivers, electric utilities, and the environment can all benefit when electric vehicles are better integrated with the grid.

    Click now for much more.

  • What is Carbon Fee and Dividend?
    The Basics of Carbon
    Fee and Dividend

    1. Place a steadily rising fee on fossil fuels

    2. Give 100% of the fees minus administrative costs back to households each month.

    3. Use a border adjustment to stop business relocation.

    Click now for a full explanation.

  • Make Power While Being Towed
    Tiny Tigermoth Camper Generates
    Power While Being Towed

    Feb. 7, 2017- Taxa Outdoors’ tow camper, the TigerMoth, is a compact home on wheels geared towards traveling adventurers. The lightweight camper sleeps two, has LED lights, and even better, comes with a built-in electrical system that generates energy while being towed. The camper’s battery can store energy for at least seven days, making off-grid living easier than ever before.

  • It's a Walking Solar Panel!
    The First Flexible,Fiber-Optic Solar
    Cell That CanBe Woven Into Clothes

    An international team of engineers, physicists, and chemists have created the first fiber-optic solar cell. These fibers are thinner than human hair, flexible, and yet they produce electricity, just like a normal solar cell. The US military is already interested in weaving these threads into clothing, to provide a wearable power source for soldiers.

  • Lakes That Can Store Electricity?
    Lakes Can Work Like Batteries
    That Charge The Electricity Grid

    Solar and wind are poised to become a larger part of that green-power mix. But there’s a problem: people need electricity even when the sun’s not shining and the wind isn’t blowing.

    One way to solve this problem is to store the excess energy and then release it when there’s a need.

  • Highways Making Electricity?
    California Freeways Will
    Soon Generate Electricity

    Energy conservation is probably not the first thing that comes to mind when you think about freeways jammed with idling vehicles.

    But in California, which has some of the most congested freeways in the country, that's about to change. The CEC has approved a pilot program in which piezoelectric crystals will be installed on several freeways.

  • Drive Green For Life™
    Offering the Drive Green for Life Program

    Click now to sign up for a free estimate.

  • Save $$ & the Environment at the Same Time
    10 Tips for an Energy-Efficient Home

    June 23, 2018 -Energy bills are one of the largest regular bills behind mortgages, rent and council tax.

    The average annual dual-fuel bill, which covers both gas and electricity, stands at more than $1,700 per household – and this is on the rise.

    For most homeowners, cost is secondary to the aesthetics and milieu of the home they are creating. Can you design a beautiful home that still helps you save each month on your energy bill?

    Click to read the Greener Ideal article.

  • It Chills and It Charges
    Solar-Powered Beach Mat Charges Your
    Phone and Chills Your Beverages

    Powered by a five-watt solar panel and a built-in thermal fridge, the Beachill waterproof mattress lets beach-goers keep their drinks cold and their portable devices charged while making a positive impact on the environment.

  • Energy Efficiency, CA.Style
    New California Partnership
    Launches Statewide PACE Program

    Jan. 26, 2015 -Reducing energy use by enhancing efficiency has long been viewed as “low-hanging fruit” in the drive to lower energy bills, boost economic productivity and reduce greenhouse gas emissions

  • Rhubarb: It's Not Just for Pie
    Hook Up Your Solar Panels
    To A Giant Rhubarb Battery

    January 13th, 2014 -Yes, all you rhubarb fans take note. A new energy storage breakthrough is under way at Harvard University, and it is based on a common little molecule that is almost exactly the same as one found in rhubarb.

    Click now for a story worth reading, rube, or not.

  • Make Every Window a Power Source
    Fully Transparent PV Cell Could Make
    Any Window/Screen a Power Source

    Aug. 26, 2014,  -Researchers at Mich. State have created a fully transparent solar concentrator, which could turn any window or sheet of glass (like your smartphone\’s screen) into a P.V. solar cell.They can be efficiently deployed in a many settings, like tall buildings or any kind of mobile device that demands high aesthetic quality like a phone or e-reader.

    Click now for
    images and more info.

  • Driving Tips
    Tips on Greener Driving
    We're Not Talking About Golf Clubs

    Want to save money and reduce your carbon footprint? Who wouldn't?

    Click now to see just how to do it. And by the way, get rid of that Hummer.

  • Sending Heat Into Space
    Material Cools Buildings by Sending Heat into Space

    December 1, 2014 -It requires no electricity, uses the universe as a heat-sink even with the sun shining. -A material that simultaneously reflects light and radiates heat at frequencies that vent it through the Earth’s atmosphere could one day help cool buildings on hot days.

    Click now to read all about this potential breakthrough.

  • Greenhouse Farming Helper
    How LEDs Are Set to Revolutionize
    Hi-Tech Greenhouse Farming

    June 13, 2014 - LEDs outperform incandescent lights, hands down. But they should also give farmers unprecedented control over plant growth, development and nutritional content in future, say researchers.

    Click now for more on
    this story and a graphic chart.

  • Ask the Energy Expert
    A New Jersey Town Keeps Its Citizens Informed

    Experts weigh in on tips for energy efficiency. Appliances, home energy audits, driving tips. Try it, you might just learn something.

  • Home Energy Tips for Kids
    Kids Can Help Save Energy
    After all, it's their planet.

    Click to see the many ways you can use less electricity right now!

Energy Efficiency and
Renewable Energy


Aracdia Power


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Arcadia Power was started to give everyone the chance to know - and decide - what kind of energy they support, putting power in the hands of the people.

Bright Source Energy Ivanpah Facility


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BrightSource’s LPT solar thermal system is operating at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System (ISEGS) in California’s Mojave Desert. Ivanpah, which began commercial operation in 2013, is delivering power to PG&E and Southern California Edison. The project is currently the largest solar thermal power plant in the world. Ivanpah was constructed by Bechtel and is operated by NRG Energy, one of the project's equity investors.
Click the here to see a PDF fully explaining the facility.

 

Community Energy Service


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SmartLights is specially designed to help small businesses become more energy-efficient. This program offers free start-to-finish technical assistance and instant rebates to help defray the cost of upgrading and/or repairing existing equipment. SmartLights can help with comprehensive lighting retrofits, refrigeration tune-ups, controls, and seals replacement, replacing domestic hot water heaters, and referrals to appropriate HVAC programs.
Their services include: a free, no obligation energy-efficiency assessment, instant rebates (typically range from 25%-75% of total project costs), negotiated volume pricing with qualified installation contractors, free start-to-finish project management and quality control, rebates paid directly to your contractor to help defray your out-of-pocket costs, and referrals to other energy efficiency programs as needed.

 

DOE's Building Technologies (BTP) funds research and technology development to reduce commercial and residential building energy use.




Energy Star


Learn about Energy Star products that save energy and MONEY.
This web page provides home energy saving tips.


 

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myFC PowerTrekk is a hybrid fuel cell charger that generates electricity from water and salt – to make sure you’ll have instant power anywhere, anytime. Check out the video by clicking on the logo.

Florida Energy Conservation Advisors


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Provide FREE Home Energy Conservation Evaluations for HOME OWNERS throughout central west Florida, including Pinellas, Pasco, Polk, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, & Sarasota Counties.
This FREE Evaluation should result in substantial reductions from your current utility bills. Our National and State Governments along with local Utility Companies are providing Tax Credits, Rebates and other incentives to HOME OWNERS who reduce their Energy waste and Fluorocarbon Footprint.

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Google Energy Conservation


Links to all sorts of information on energy conservation (the cheapest form of renewable energy you can get)



Green Building Council


The U.S. Green Building Council is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community of leaders working to make green buildings available to everyone within a generation.



National Renewable Energy Laboratory's
Energy Outreach Network


National Energy Outreach Network
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is the nation's primary laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development (R&D).



NetZero-USA
(Reducing Fixed Costs / Improving Bottom Lines)


NetZeroUsa LogoOne of the biggest challenges that businesses face today is the rising cost of power. As our nation struggles to find new power sources, one thing becomes abundantly clear: Energy costs will continue to rise with no apparent end in sight.


North East Sustainable Energy Association

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Promotimg sustainable energy and whole systems thinking.

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Orlando Utility Commission

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Orlando Utilities Commission, in pursuing what apparently would be only the second project of its kind in Florida, plans to offer customers the chance to buy power from a solar garden in southwest Orlando at a fixed price for as long as 25 years.
“If you want to do solar, this is the cheapest way to do it," OUC spokesman Tim Trudell said.
OUC’s residential customers now pay 10 cents to 12 cents for one kilowatt-hour of electricity, which is enough to power 10 light bulbs of 100 watts each for an hour. Power generated by the solar garden would cost 13 cents per kilowatt-hour.
To see why residents might be willing to pay a little more than conventional rates, click the logo.

News Stories

  • Replacements of CFCs and HCFCs Could Help to Uphold International Agreements On CO2 Emissions
    Natural Refrigerant Replacements Could Reduce
    Energy Costs and Conserve the Environment

    Aug. 14, 2018 -The 1987 Montreal Protocol and the 1997 Kyoto Protocol called for countries around the world to phase out substances that deplete the ozone layer, but many HVAC systems still use synthetic refrigerants that violate those international agreements and inflict environmental damage. Recently, researchers investigated how natural refrigerants could be used in geothermal heat pumps to reduce energy consumption and operating costs.

    Click now to read the story from Science Daily.

  • Want Energy Independence? Try Carbon Tax & Dividend
    Declare Energy Independence With Carbon Dividends

    July 4, 2018 -Taking action on climate is about a lot more than our energy economy. Climate disruption is the leading threat to our built environment, an accelerant of armed conflict, and a leading cause of mass migration. Its effects intensify and prolong storms, droughts, wildfires, and floods — resulting in the US spending as much on disaster management in 2017 as in the three decades from 1980 to 2010.

    Political division between the major parties in Washington has left the burden of achieving that solution largely on Democratic administrations using regulatory measures that — for all their smart design and ambition — cannot be transformational enough to carry us through to a livable future.

    Click now to learn more from 
    the Opinion Column from the Guardian.

  • In Sweden, Hydrogen “Steel’s” the Show
    Sweden To Make Clean Steel Using Hydrogen

    June 29, 2018 -Making steel is not only very political it is also incredible energy intensive. Typically the dirtiest of fossil fuels have been used to provide the very high temperatures needed to melt and blend the ores and alloys involved. As the U.S. starts to fire up some of the oldest steel furnaces that exist, Sweden has partnered with industry to develop a fossil fuel alternative to making steel

    Using hydrogen this clean steel process may change the way we manufacture steel, aluminum and other alloys. As long as a renewable process is used to generate the electricity needed to split water into hydrogen and oxygen for feedstock to this process, the emissions will be zero.

    Click now for the story
    from Solar Thermal Magazine.

  • Staying Cool Is Not Just a Matter of Cranking Up the A/C
    5 Ways to Beat the
    Summer Heat While Staying Green

    June 21, 2018 - You want to be comfortable without wasting electricity or harming the environment.

    The cost for your comfort should never impact the environment in an absurdly negative way, so ensure that you’re doing your part to stay green.

    Click now learn all the
    options from Greener Ideal.

  • Your Energy Waste in Living Color
    Your Energy Waste in Living Color

    June 20, 2018 - Summer officially arrives in the Northern Hemisphere on Thursday, and as the temperature rises many of us in warmer climes are turning down the thermostat. Air conditioning accounts for 6 percent of household energy use in the United States, releasing 117 million metric tons of carbon dioxide per year.

    And many homes are leaking cold air. Every tendril that escapes isn’t just an extra expense, it’s also a needlessly emitted unit of carbon dioxide.

    Thermographic inspection, detects those leaks, by graphically providing the tools to fix it.

    Click now to read more
    from The NY Times Climate Forward.

  • Energy Efficiency and Climate Change
    World Can Limit Global Warming
    to 1.5C by ‘Improving Energy Efficiency’

    June 5, 2018 -It is possible to limit global warming to 1.5C and achieve many of the sustainable development goals without “negative emissions technologies”, a new study finds.

    The research suggests that improving energy efficiency – chiefly by saving on everyday energy use – could play a major role in restricting warming to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels, which is the aspirational target of the Paris Agreement.

    Click now to read more from Resilience.

  • Ice Storage Conserves Energy - Who Knew?
    Shell Joins Tesla Exec as
    Investor in Ice Storage

    May 10, 2018 - Shell Ventures this week co-led a $7.6 million Series-A round of funding for ice storage provider Axiom Energy, joining previous investor Tesla CTO JB Straubel.

    Shell and GXP Investments co-led the round, which also included WorldQuant Ventures, SV Tech Ventures and Meson Capital.

    Axiom’s Refrigeration Battery uses the existing refrigeration system of a supermarket or cold storage facility to ‘store cooling’ at night by freezing tanks of salt water when electricity costs are low. The Refrigeration Battery ‘discharges’ during peak electricity pricing periods by providing uninterrupted cooling services to the facility

    Click now for more from Renewable Energy World.

  • How Does the World Feel About Pricing Carbon?
    Carbon Pricing New Leadership Forum
    Announced at CPLC’s Third High-Level Assembly

    Apr. 19, 2018 -Carbon pricing leaders from around the world came together today to accelerate efforts to extend carbon pricing into new regions and sectors to help the world meet its Paris Agreement climate change targets.

    At the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition’s (CPLC) third High Level Assembly, the World Bank Group announced a High-Level Leadership Forum on Carbon Pricing and Competitiveness that will convene private sector leaders around competitiveness concerns that have tended to inhibit the wider uptake of carbon pricing.

    Click now to read more
    from Carbon Pricing Leadership.

  • Where the U.S. Stands on Fuel Efficiency
    How U.S. Fuel Economy Standards
    Compare With the Rest of the World’s

    Apr 3, 2018 -On Monday, the Trump administration formally declared that Obama-era fuel economy rules for automobiles were too strict and would likely be weakened in the months ahead.

    So how strict are the current rules? While the Obama-era standards for cars and light trucks were on pace to become some of the most aggressive in the world by 2025, they were still less stringent than those set by the European Union, according to an analysis by the International Council on Clean Transportation, which compared standards for different countries.

    Click now for more of the story
    from The New York Times.

  • Daylight Saving Time - What is it Good For?
    Daylight Saving Time Isn’t Saving Much Energy

    Mar. 14, 2018 -If you were in the United States or Canada this past Sunday, you lost one hour. Alas, you won’t get it back until 2 a.m. on Nov. 4, but for now you can enjoy more evening light. Many other countries are preparing to shift to daylight saving time or summer time in the coming weeks.

    Benjamin Franklin is often credited with first proposing a version of daylight time (in jest) as a way to save candles. The practice of pushing clocks forward to make more use of daylight hours during the warmer months was adopted as part of a global effort to conserve energy during World War I. In 1918, one senator claimed that it saved the United States $2 million in gas bills.

    Click to learn more from NY tImes Climate Forward.

  • Bitcoin: The Planet’s Unfriendly Currency
    The Insane Energy Consumption of Bitcoin

    Dec. 6, 2017 - According to one widely cited website that tracks the subject, the Bitcoin network is consuming power at an annual rate of 32TWh—about as much as Denmark. By the site's calculations, each Bitcoin transaction consumes 250kWh, enough to power homes for nine days.

    Click now to stay current(cy).

  • Heat Loss in UK Cities
    What a Waste! The
    Big Problem in the U.K.

    Nov. 9, 2017 - It's encouraging to see U.K. policy makers getting to grips with tackling heat loss, which is one of the biggest sources of energy waste in our towns and cities.

    Heat network expansion is among 50 policies proposed by the U.K. government in its recently published Clean Growth Strategy. This document sets out proposals to decarbonize the U.K. over the next decade and beyond, to achieve ambitious legally binding targets on CO2 reduction.

    Click to read the article in
    Renewable Energy World.

  • New MS Center is Cutting Edge
    Microsoft Data Center Fuels a New
    Vision For Global Energy Efficiency

    October 25, 2017 - In an industrial Seattle warehouse with plywood walls and exposed pipes, a group of about 60 people gathered Wednesday to mark a breakthrough that Washington Gov. Jay Inslee believes “we will look back on and be very proud.”

    Click to read the GeekWire article.

  • Could Evaporartion Be the Answer?
    Evaporation Engines Could Produce
    More Power Than Coal - But...

    Sept. 26, 2017 - A new study suggests we could tap into natural evaporation for a huge part of our energy needs, but it would come at a high cost to our freshwater resources.

    Read the Technology Review article,
    and hope your hopes won't evaorate.

  • Putting the Charge on Your Back
    Voltaic Converter Solar Backpacks in
    Inhabitat’s Back to School Contest

    Aug. 4, 2017 - With summer coming to a close, it’s back-to-school time for many students – but it doesn’t have to be a drag. Habitat Magazine teamed up with Voltaic to give four lucky readers an amazing solar backpack for their return to the studious life! Voltaic’s newly launched Converter backpack charges your phone and other USB devices using built-in solar panels, so you’ll never run out of juice between classes – and a single hour in the sun provides three hours of smartphone use. We’re giving away four backpacks over four weeks of August, so enter today!