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Energy Conservation

Of Interest
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

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

    eb. 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 Can
    Be 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™They offer the Drive
    Green for Life program

    Click now to sign up for a free estimate.

  • Saving $$ on Home EnergyClean Power Plan Saves You Money and Environment at the Same Time

    It will help keep electric rates from rising and save Floridians money, according to a new study. (DMedina/morguefile).

Energy Efficiency and
Renewable Energy


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 and 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.
Of Interest
  • It Chills and It ChargesSolar-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.

  • House of the Future: ZCFHouse of the Future Is Here,
    Generates 2x the Energy Used

    April 2, 2015 -Zero Carbon Footprint - Buildings can suck up a lot of energy. Estimates say that the nation’s 114 million households and 4.7 million commercial buildings account for nearly 40 percent of total U.S. energy use, and don't forget CO2 emissions...

    Click now to visit B10.

  • Energy Efficiency, CA.StyleNew 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.

  • Microsoft's City of the Future 88 Acres: Microsoft's City of the Future

    The Redmond Operations Center (often called “the ROC”) is located in a drab, nondescript office park. Inside is something unique – a new state-of-the-art “brain” that is transforming Microsoft’s 125-building HQ into one of the smartest corporate campuses in the world.

    Click now for more information.

  • 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!