Archive for the ‘General’ Category


How Solar Panels Benefit the Environment

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

Lets face it, environmental concerns are piling up these days and people want to help but don’t know how.  How solar panels benefit the environment is simple; they use no energy except the sun, and are completely quiet and unobtrusive to wherever they are mounted, which can be on the roof of your house in your neighborhood, or to the top of a telephone pole to power an emergency line in the middle of the desert.  Technically you could set up a solar powered system and leave it indefinitely, and it will work fine.  Sustainability is the name of the game when it comes to environmental safety.

You can save the emissions of six tons of CO2 by using solar panels.  When you take a moment to sit and look at how our forms of energy damage our natural environment to the point that governments are starting to take notice in order to literally “save” the planet.  Burning fuels like oil and coal are costly to mine, process, burn, and emit a great deal of harmful gasses into the atmosphere that causes damage.  Even natural gas which burns “clean” gives off three times its weight in carbon monoxide emissions which is a great deal.  None of the addressed sources of energy will last forever either, whereas the sun will last for a pretty long time!

The stars, and sun in particular is a giant ball of energy that shoots light out in all directions until it hits planets.  On earth the sun emits a great deal of usable energy, and plants caught onto this and have been using it since the earth began, while thriving and benefiting the earth at the same time.  Even with plants using some there is more energy the earth receives from the sun than we could possibly use, meaning enough for EVERYONE, its just a matter of using that energy for free and clean electricity, and it is becoming more accessible every day.

For rural, poor areas it is difficult to get solar energy out and usable, and the energy being used is from burning fuel.  This is creates local and global pollution and ends up being more expensive.  For a rural farmer the land is their livelihood, and damaging it would do no one any good.  Also he can save a great deal when he needs it through solar energy.  We must also remember that batteries produce lead pollution and un-recyclable materials that can poison the soil.  By using solar energy, batteries, something that everyone uses, will be a worry of the past generations.

Solar Water Fountains

Friday, March 5th, 2010

Are you looking to spice up your lawn? Maybe you have always wanted a water fountain but do not want to waste all the energy on something so silly. Well, it is not silly and now you can have one without having to pay an energy bill to do so.

No, I do not plan on scamming anyone out of money so you can have a water fountain in your garden. I am talking about solar energy. On top of other useful products, you can now have a water fountain that runs on solar energy.

This fountain will run on rays from the sun instead of using our earth’s nonrenewable resources. That means you can safely and unselfishly decorate your lawn.

There are all sorts of makes and models for these fountains. You can find pumps and lighting options as well that run on solar. Landscaping options include anything from residential and commercial landscaping to farming. You can find complete fountain kits to make an assortment of waterfalls for your lawn décor.

These crafty solar fountains are easy to install and easy to use. They come all ready to go and in complete kits. They are hassle free with no batteries or wiring. Remember, they do not need anything but the sun to run. 

If you want to add some drama to your lawn without having to use electricity, consider a solar water fountain. Not only do they look great in any garden, but they are harmless to the environment.

Solar Energy Windmills

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

Wind is an inexhaustible source of energy and creates almost no waste byproducts. Because of this, wind energy is the “greenest” energy source there is. There are many ways to save the environment, and this has always been at the top of the list. Men have been using wind energy for thousands of years. I’m sure everyone has seen an old-fashioned windmill in their lives, right? Well, instead of using windmills to pump water and grind wheat along with other grains, they are now being used to harness the sun and generate electricity in very large quantities. With the idea of global warming on the rise, the use of renewable energy is becoming more and more commonplace.

Since wind energy is powered by the sun, many people also refer to it as solar energy, because technically, it is.  Air currents are caused when radiation from the sun heats the earth. Wind makes the blades of a windmill spin and the blades then collect kinetic energy. These blades are connected by a shaft that turns an electric generator and then produces electricity. Pretty interesting, right? Definitely not your Grandma’s old windmill. Solar panels are made up of cells called photovolactic cells. These cells are made up of silicon and they turn sunlight into energy that can be used for heat and electricity. They typically can convert twenty-two percent of sunlight into renewable energy, which is pretty amazing.

The size of windmills can vary greatly. There are the larger ones you see in states such as California on a typical wind farm, and there are the smaller ones that can be used to power a single home. The large windmills can have a capacity of 5 million watts, and the small ones about 100 kilowatts. No matter the size of the turbine or what it is used for, it is a great way to use the sun for energy that can be renewed over and over. Many people think that when the wind stops blowing or the sun stops shining, the windmills can’t do their job. That is simply not true. The use of solar batteries makes it easy to absorb energy and use it right away, or save it for when it is needed, like a rainy day. With global energy consumption on the rise, these windmills and solar panels are being made more efficiently. They are a great contribution to our environment.

Save on Energy

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

Do you remember growing up and being yelled at for leaving the lights on? Do you STILL get yelled at for leaving the lights on? I know my mother used to say it costs a dime every time you flick the switch. Now I don’t know if that is true, but now that I am on my own I can see where her stingy personality came from. I have a hard enough time making my regular bills these days. Now I can hardly afford my energy bill. I find myself in almost torture conditions by not turning the air on so I can save a few bucks. It shouldn’t have to be like that! Turns out there is an answer to these problems.

If you use solar energy in your household your energy bill will be almost nonexistent. I know this is easier said than done but think of the positive outcome. You are being more environmentally healthy and you are saving. Even on top of your monthly bill savings you receive a 30% federal tax credit for going solar. It’s a beneficial energy system that is being used more and more.

So where do you get started? There are a lot of factors that go into turning your house solar. You need to know how much energy you need to generate a month for example. There are free, no obligation, solar evaluations available that will help you determine exactly what you need for your home. Get started and go solar today!

Build Your Own Energy

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Think about it: wouldn’t it be nice to not be subjected to the control and monopoly of the big electric companies?  I think it would be wonderful.  I can’t say they’re “evil”, but I can say that I just don’t see the checks and balances in their systems that make this country somewhat stable.  Rates continue to soar as we run out of natural resources, and some of us just can’t afford to keep shelling out hundreds of dollars a month to heat our homes.

The solution?  Build your own energy.  If we could do that – and some people do – I have a feeling that we would learn how to conserve even more than we do now.  You’d be on your own, monitoring your energy output and teaching your children how it’s done.  This begs the question: how?

For that, my friends, I direct you to Google.  I know you were probably expecting a tutorial in this article, but I’ll save that for my next piece/rant.  For now, I only want to write about our battle with the electric companies and offer a vague solution for the rest of us.  Have no fear, for I’m going to research this alongside you, folks.  There simply must be a practical solution, and with the information we have today, I’d almost say it’s irresponsible to not at least do a little digging on the subject.

Imagine creating and building a solar panel or two for your home and not having a monthly bill to cripple your finances.  Sounds like a better world to me.

How to Lower Your Energy Bill

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

We all want to lower our energy bill.  Duh.  But if you’re anything like me, you’re accustomed to habit after habit of NOT conserving energy like you should.  Well, I’ll share a few things that I’ve finally gotten around to doing, and they haven’t really “cramped” my lifestyle as an energy-consuming pig.

Turn off the light when you leave the room.
We’ve all been told this one a million times, but do we always do it?  I always thought I did, but when I started actually paying attention, I was amazed at how many times I didn’t really do this.  Easy habit to pick up, and it’s a good one.

Stop using the air conditioning.
Obviously, this one depends on where you live.  But maybe not.  I have to say, I’ve known people who don’t use their air conditioners in the middle of summer in Florida; just a couple fans and the windows open.  Sure, it was uncomfortable at first, but you eventually get used to it.  Especially in states in the upper Midwest like Wisconsin or Minnesota, this non-A/C lifestyle can certainly be attainable.

The third and final simple tip I’ll mention today is turning off the television when you’re not watching it.  This one is huge, and so many of us do it.  We like to have it in the background when we’re writing, doing homework, etc.  And while that’s fine to want background noise, wouldn’t it make even more sense to toss on a pair of headphones attached to a Zune or simply turn on the battery-powered radio?

Anyway, those are just a couple simple tips that work for me.  Hope you like them!


Tuesday, June 30th, 2009