It Is High Time To Make Use Of Renewable Solar Energy

The very life of every living thing on Earth is dependent on the Sun. Without the Sun, we would not have animal or plant life, which supplies us with food and companionship. Without the Sun, we would have died out in former days, without the Sun these days, we may last a while, but it would not be much of a life.

The Sun offers us much more too. What we now refer to as ‘alternative, sustainable energy’ was the only type of energy available to the world for thousands of years. In reality, nuclear and even oil generated energy should be called alternative, but we have forgotten a lot. Particularly in the West.

It is not essential to go back to the habits of our farming forebears and get up and go to bed with the Sun, although it is still the way of life of the majority of the world’s population. No, we have technology and we should use it. At the moment, we use advanced technology to find more lakes of oil and dig ever deeper in more and more unreachable places to take it from the Earth. Or worse still, we go to war to steal or ensure supplies causing the death of thousands of young soldiers and the misery of millions of ordinary, innocent citizens.

We have to use our fantastic advances in technology to create electricity out of thin air. Literally. We already have the technology to produce solar panels and wind turbines in order to produce millions of kilowatts of electricity from the Sun and the wind. There is other technology that can make use of the movement of the seas and the natural high temperature of the Earth itself, although some of these are only available in some areas. For instance, wave power can only be taken advantage of, if you live on the coast.

However, solar and wind power can be used in any part of the world with varying levels of success. A combination of the two types of power generators is probably best for most regions. These technologies have been developed more or less haphazardly. What if we had spent our war chests of billions of dollars on advancing these technologies, instead of using them to level cities and kill people?

However, the technology is there to produce enough electricity to run a household. It is clear that we cannot wait for our governments to do much more for us. Their viewpoint is different, they do not want to harm big business. And the big electrical providers would be damaged if a significant number of people generated their own electricity and came off the grid.

The rich representatives in government are stuck between a rock and a very hard place. They know that oil is running out; they know that much more electricity will have to be produced from the wind and the Sun, but they do not want to damage the share value of big industry.

Imagine, what a hard time the energy producers would have explaining why the cost of electricity had to rise because he Sun or the wind had increased its charges. Whereas it is simple to explain when they say that OPEC has increased the price of oil. But, we are in OPEC, aren’t we?

Owen Jones, the writer of this piece, writes on many topics, but is currently involved with a favourite subject – alternative power sources. If you are interested in Sustainable Energy At Home, please click through to our site.

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Get Yourself A Wind Turbine For Free Electricity

I am sure that you would like to come off the electricity grid. Who would not like to put a stop to those rising monthly bills? The trouble is that no one is stepping up to the plate to tell us how to do it. Politicians are just starting to ring the alarm bells even though they have known about the predicted oil shortage for decades – just as we all have.

The difference is that we are not being paid to make the right decisions for the country like they are. We look to our elected representatives for leadership, but there is not much forthcoming. Yes, there are a few subsidies available for the installation of alternative energy sources, but they will only benefit the middle and upper classes who can afford them anyway. They will also benefit the firms that sell these goods, because they will get their asking price from the state, which will pay with poor people’s taxes. Great!

Where are the government hand-outs (not money) informing people how they can assemble and fit their own solar panels and wind turbines without having to make somebody else rich by doing it? Surely, if the government were serious about sustainable energy, it would have worked out a way to allow average people to help themselves?

You can actually build a very effective wind turbine from scrapyard parts and components from a DIY store like Radio Shack. But no politician is telling you that. They want you to spend $45,000 on a green system and even better if you put it on your credit card or overdraft.

The reason why you should think about completing your own wind turbine is that you can almost certainly get the parts for less than $500. It sounds like a massive saving and believe me, it is, but you will have to do a great deal of work to carry out yourself, instead of lying back and watching a contractor do it for you. But I guess that you realized that already, eh?

I know that ‘building your own wind turbine’ sounds fantastic, out of the normal person’s league, but in a way that is because we have become too focused. When asked your job, you might say that you are a data enterer of a maths teacher, a miner or a writer, but that is NOT all that you are and certainly not all that you could be.

Take a deep breath and buy some plans to construct a wind turbine or, if that is too intimidating a solar panel. Believe me, once you have built one, the next one is much easier and the icing on the cake, is when your energy device is standing there, hooked up to your home electricity supply and giving you a bit of freedom from the grid.

It will inspire you to make another one and become even more independent and, who knows, you may even stop what you are doing now and build units for your neighbours. you may become an eco-warrior!

Owen Jones, the author of this piece, writes on many topics, but is currently involved with a favourite subject – alternative power sources. If you are interested in Sustainable Energy At Home, please click through to our site.

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Can I Use Solar Panels For Home Or Business Energy?

It is almost high noon on the energy front. Oil, the substance that is used to create most of the world’s electricity is becoming too dear to use to produce electricity for home consumption. Even if you believe that there are lakes of oil left, which might be true, the main reason they have not been exploited yet is because it is too expensive to get out. The only thing that makes it a going concern is the high price of oil on the market.

Therefore, it stands to reason that oil prices cannot go down in the long term, which means that our electricity and petrol prices will stay high and will almost certainly keep rising. Add to that the fact that manufacturing is moving to the Far East and the fact that immigration is increasing and the result is lower wages in the West. The probability is that the average national wage will not rise as rapidly as the cost of energy.

So what can you do about it? Well, while commodity prices are certain to keep increasing, one thing has always kept falling and that is the cost of new technology. Or to be more accurate, slightly old technology. Cutting edge technology is always expensive, but after a few years the price tumbles, as we saw with desktop computers and as we are seeing with laptop computers now.

The same phenomenon is at work with solar panels. They are far less expensive now than they were a few years ago and they are far more responsive too. And did you know that the bits and pieces that are used to make solar panels can be purchased from plastic bins at most DIY and hobbyist stores like Radio Shack? If you knew what to buy you could literally go out and bring back enough bits and pieces to make a few solar panels the next time you go out for a loaf of bread.

So why are we not doing it? We did not know that was feasible? Nobody told us? We are not technologically minded? We do not have the skill?

OK, all those reasons sound valid. Nobody has been telling us, but the truth is that it is straightforward to construct solar panels and not that expensive any more. Professional installations are still prohibitively expensive – about $45,000 -, but you can do it yourself. There are two routes you can take.

You can either get a schematic drawing, a plan, from a hobbyist shop or the Internet, purchase the components and build your panel or you can buy a self-assembly kit. Really, there are kits about that teenagers can assemble as easily as they do a plastic model airplane. ‘Locate and insert part number 44 into the main board number 3’ – that sort of simple.

If you are fresh to the world of solar energy, then you may be wondering how solar energy panels work? Solar energy panels are also known as photovoltaic panels; photovoltaic meaning electricity from light. Solar energy panels work by collecting protons from the sun, which dislodge neutrons, and thereby create a flow of electrons or electricity. This electricity can either be stored in batteries for later use or used immediately.

You can utilize solar panels to heat your pool, run your workshop tools, power the greenhouse lights and fans or if your system is large enough, replace grid electricity in your whole home or business. Most solar energy panels are designed to last upwards of 20 years but involve little to no upkeep.

There is a reduction of the power supply after about 10 years of about 10%, but over the life-span of the solar panels, the energy savings realized are enough to recover the original cost of the system and more. Furthermore, prices are dropping while energy prices are rising. It already makes economic sense to switch to solar energy power.

Owen Jones, the author of this piece, writes on many subjects, but is currently involved with a favourite subject, types of renewable energy. If you are interested in Sustainable Energy At Home, please click through to our site.

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Why Not Construct A Wind Turbine For Free Electricity?

Have you ever thought about making your own wind turbine? It is not as easy as making your own solar panels but it is not hard either. Making your wind turbine look nice is a bigger problem than generating electricity from it. The first thing you have to do is invest in a set of plans to make a wind turbine and then set about purchasing all the parts.

Assembling the components is easy. The bits and pieces can be picked up cheap from vehicle scrap yards and your local DIY store. Just imagine being even only 50% self-sufficient in electricity? Add in a few solar panels or a second wind turbine and you could soon be off the grid altogether.

Everyone knows about the perpetually increasing cost of electricity and that it would be a great idea to generate energy from the wind and the sun just for the cost of the generators – the wind turbines and the solar panels – so you may be asking yourself why it is not a good idea to just go out and buy what you need from a professional installer.

Well, the answer to that is expense. Professionally installed wind turbines can cost tens of thousands of dollars and it can take 20 years to recover the cost. On the other hand you can make your own for between $200 and $500.

If the turbine saves you $200 a month then it is evident that you will have recouped your outlay within three months maximum, if you assemble the turbine yourself. This is a very good incentive as with a little regular maintenance it will last you 15-25 years. Let’s just say 15 years or 180 months at at least $200 per month. That is $36,000 or an 7,200% return on investment.

Wind generated electrical power is very green as it requires practically no fossil fuels to make it. I say practically none, because it may need a little engine oil to keep the blades turning smoothly. And that is it. You may have to replace a bearing from time to time, but that is the scope of your maintenance routine. It is not harsh. You will also have to put some water in the batteries from time to time as well, unless you buy the sealed units, which you cannot fill up.

It really is not so hard to assemble a wind generator. The average DIYer can complete this venture with simple tools. There are detailed instructions and plans available on the Internet or at DIY stores to manufacture a wind generator in your workshop or home.

So why not start to make yourself a wind turbine today? Fix it on a roof or a pole and start generating your very own free electricity. You could be off that grid more quickly than you know it and you will be doing more than your bit to help the planet too.

If you want to read more about home-made wind turbines and solar panels, there is plenty of advice on the Internet.

Owen Jones, the author of this article, writes on many topics, but is currently involved with a favourite topic – alternative power sources. If you are interested in Sustainable Energy At Home, please click through to our site.

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How To Tackle Global Warming

As we move towards the future, technology is developing rapidly to assist in solving our problems. These problems range from simple issues, such as improving the quality of paper products to the advanced such as improving the quality of life and condition of our planet. Global warming is one of the topics that many of our politicians all decide to sit around and talk about, without showing much progress, which is a cause of great frustration for peoples all over the world.

Too often the politicians involved are too caught up with trying to prove their opponent wrong to actually improve the situation. This causes further problems, and compounds the problem. Each time the topic is revisited it causes heated discussions from members of parties who drive large expensive cars, which consume gallons of gas, and release large quantities of smog into the air. No one wants to lead the way, and why should they? Conservative politics pays their bills.

As the future is expanded into new and brighter horizons, there are developing ways of trying to help prevent the destruction of the planet. These methods range from cleaner and gentler chemicals, to even the ideals of “green” power. Car manufacturers are even getting into the swing of helping improve the planet by producing hybrid vehicles that are easier on the environment, use less gas, oil and other toxic chemicals, and have lower emissions rates. All that’s left is a major Western societal change, and a widespread recognition of the problems we are facing to change this situation.

The government is doing a great job of helping encourage manufacturers, by offering tax breaks and other incentives. This is always wonderful to help reduce the emissions rates for vehicles, and slowly the tax incentives are expanding to allow other companies the same discounts and savings for switching to cleaner more energy efficient methods. Is this a good thing? Should the government really be encouraging this behavior? Many say that yes, it should be encouraged and programs that encourage the use of cleaner power, and less environmentally hazardous chemicals should always be rewarded, especially since the cost of such methods and chemicals tend to be more expensive.

Normal taxpayers are not seeing the benefits of trying to go “green” when looking at their own budgets. Many electrical companies are starting to offer “green blocks” of power which can be purchased, however these blocks are purchased in addition to the normal household power consumption, and do not allow discounts on the next months bill in exchange for the purchase. Something seems a bit odd here, major manufacturers are encouraged with tax breaks and incentives to switch to cleaner methods, but millions of households are not.

It seems, a good step in the direction of correcting global warming, would be to create a program to help reward the small things that households could easily do. That would save thousands, if not millions of watts of power each year. This would reduce immensely the amount of power that is needed to be produced, and allow the power companies to help clean up large areas at a time, instead of just a few manufacturing areas which have fallen into disuse.

While it is a wonderful idea to clean up the smog-ridden towns, and reduce the energy uses, so that resources from the ground are not burned continuously in the pursuit of energy. There are smaller things that can be done on a very large scale that would help reduce the amount of damage that is done to the ozone layer each year, and would greatly slow the damage that the human race is causing to our greatest asset, our planet. It’s not the burden of the government, nor is it the burden of the people. We can all make the change, but it needs the collective of humanity to make the difference our planet so dearly needs.

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Harvesting The Power Of The Sun To Create Solar Electricity

Free energy … What a dream, eh? One of the biggest household burdens is the cost of energy. The cost of energy is often 40% of total domestic bills. So, free energy would assist every family that is not rich a great deal. However, free energy is a pipe dream, is it not? There is alternative energy, that is non fossil fuel based energy, like nuclear energy, but that is not low-cost either.

Other alternative sources of energy are wind-driven turbines and solar power. In this piece, I want to talk about harnessing the power of the sun to create solar electricity. Making solar power is nothing new and most people are acquainted with the general theory of how the system works. In fact, most of us have owned a solar powered pocket calculator or solar powered clock at one time or another.

Solar electricity is just as good and just as strong as traditionally generated electricity and they can be utilized for exactly the same purposes. However, solar energy has one massive benefit, it is not ‘dirty’.

Electricity produced from the sun’s energy has not been produced creating any greenhouse gases at all. Furthermore, because there are no moving parts in a solar panel, there is no wear and tear and so less repairs.

Solar panel systems are more flexible too. For instance, if you have a small home with couple of appliances, you still have to have the same method of delivering grid electricity as a huge house and you still have to have a metering system and a means of paying for the electricity used.

However, if you take the same small house as an example, you might find that ten solar panels will power it. Therefore, for a one-off expense, you are free of electricity pylons and their cables, the meter box and the monthly bills. A huge house would just have to fit more panels, say one hundred, to achieve the same freedom.

This freedom from the instruments of delivering electricity is a very real benefit if you live in a far-flung place, where you are expected to pay for the electricity pylons and their cables all on your own. The down side of using solar power is the cost of setting it up. A professionally fitted solar energy system can cost about $30,000.

If you save $200 per month on electricity, then you will recoup your expenditure in about 300 months, which is 12.5 years. However, if you could get the system fitted more economically, you would recoup your costs more rapidly.

This is possible, by assembling the solar panels yourself and installing them yourself. No matter what sort of a klutz you think you are, you can assemble and install the average solar panel kit. In fact, most teenagers can do the job. If you decide to buy solar panel kits to assemble yourself, you can save about half of the above costs, but if you were to make the panels from parts that are readily obtainable in DIY shops, you could be harnessing the power of the sun to make solar energy for up to 75% of the cost of a professional installation.

Owen Jones, the writer of this piece, writes on many topics, but is currently involved with a favourite topic, types of renewable energy. If you are interested in Sustainable Energy At Home, please click through to our site.

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Why Choose Sustainable Wind Power?

Electricity created from wind powered turbines is one of the most prevalent forms of energy from alternative sources and it is the fastest-growing variety too. Wind turbines are turned by the natural strength of the wind, so make electricity without ‘burning up’ any fossil fuels in the procedure. The faster (harder) the wind gusts, the more electricity is produced.

Therefore, wind turbines are best placed where there are prolonged periods of high wind. The coast line is often a good place to site wind turbines. In fact many coastal towns and cities are supplementing their existing conventional electricity supply with electricity created from wind turbines.

You can still produce energy from wind, even if the wind does not blow very hard where you live, but the return will be less. It could still be sufficient, but maybe you should check out solar panels as well. For instance, it may suit your location to have a wind turbine for the winter and a couple of solar panels for the summer and winter back up.

Making a wind turbine is not rocket science, most people who are good with their hands can make a wind turbine with the help of a good set of DIY plans. The real trick is to get all the components that the plans say you will need before you start. That way, you can focus on following the plans without having to nip off every now and again to get a part.

One valid point is that you should not worry about producing too much electricity, because many the electricity companies in many countries are required to buy your surplus electricity back from you these days. This is not a complicated process, you just have to remain plugged into the grid and your surplus electricity will flow back into the grid changing the numbers on the meter automatically.

In this case your meter is read monthly or quarterly as normal, but you will be given a refund rather that a bill. The more wind turbines and solar panels you install, the bigger a repayment you are likely to receive. In some cases, the units of electricity that you sell back are worth up to twice the units you use from the same electricity company.

Aside from the fact that you will not be getting an electricity bill every month or that your bill will be hugely reduced, a very significant point is that you will be one of the very, very few people who is not badly affecting our planet. You will not be so responsible for the greenhouse gases that are created by making standard electricity.

You have nothing to lose by learning more about creating your own electricity, coming off the grid and doing your bit for the natural world. The very least that can take place is that you read the information and become wiser on the subject and you may not implement you knowledge that you have learned. This would be a real pity, but not a big financial loss.

Owen Jones, the author of this article, writes on many subjects, but is currently involved with a favourite subject – alternative power sources. If you are interested in Sustainable Energy At Home, please click through to our site.

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Global Warming Science Has Been Shown To Be A Giant Fraud

There is a growing source for never ending comedy in the realm and subject area of climate science. Most people have heard of climate change or global warming and if you are like me you want to do your part to keep the environment clean. I have many times wanted to play devil’s advocate and accept man made climate change claims on merit but each time I fail to find the merit.

Al Gore won a Nobel Peace prize along with several other scientists because of manmade climate science but since then some of these scientists have admitted that climate change is indeed a fraud as I suspected. Over one thousand scientists have come out in recent months to offer their credentials and their refutation of manmade climate change. The fact of the matter is that there are many scientists that have come to the conclusion that global warming and global cooling are frauds.

The scientists who filled out their information along with phone number school and address want to make it very clear they no longer agree with climate change. The science being used in current climate change thought is based on politically motivated stories created to further a political cause. Often the climate change reports sent out in mass media has been created using no real scientific data at all and yet the news media and public accept it as fact.

As in the case of Watergate where Republicans broke into the Watergate hotel which was being used at the time as Democratic headquarters we see climate change fraudsters breaking into the US economy to create a new energy tax that will be the largest tax hike ever created against the citizens of America. The climate change tax to reduce CO2 emissions would be used to create a slush fund to redistribute the wealth of American citizens and pepper that money across the globe with countries the US has made deals with. The politicians creating the slush fund would also become rich as much of this money would go to fund their side businesses in the global carbon emissions market.

Over 1000 respected scientists now claim that the UN climate change scientists are in this for ulterior motives and the whole thing is a big fraud. The facts and science in truth show that it would take another 150 years of data to determine if man is causing any changes to the environment through CO2 emissions. The most likely reasons for rising temperatures in metropolitan areas has more to do with streets, buildings, and pavement than emissions from cars, aerosol cans, and power plants.

Learn more about Climate Gate Reports. Alexa Smith’s has written about man made climate change science and how it is being rejected by scientists from Harvard.

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle–Global Warming

There a lot of things that make the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and some of them include gasoline, natural, oil and coal. Carbon dioxide significantly contributes to the greenhouse effect as well as global warming. If all people in the world will cooperate and save energy, there is a substantial possibility of reducing global warming. In this article, we will give out practical things that we can do in order to help reduce global warming.

Even homeowners have the ability to help in this massive campaign for saving the environment. Household garbage or junk must be dealt accordingly by a certified Junk Removal and Junk Hauling Company. To set an example, if the household reside in the state of Virginia or District of Columbia, homeowners can seek professional help from companies just like Fairfax Junk Removal and Fairfax Junk Hauling. If you need a reputable company that can properly manage your junk, search for them on the Internet, for example, Virginia Junk Removal and Junk Hauling and DC Junk Hauling and Junk Removal. There are responsible waste disposal companies who segregate your waste into biodegradable and non-biodegradable items.

Just like what was mentioned above, the first step that we can do is to reduce, reuse and recycle. We can propagate the use of paper bags instead of plastics. Better yet, whenever we go to the supermarket, we must have our own basket or container. This will lessen the garbage that we bring home. As much as possible we should avoid buying disposable items because they easily fill our garbage cans. Disposable containers are the main cause why we have much garbage. We can also bring papers, catalogs and magazines as well as plastics and glasses to recycling plants. This will give us extra money and it is a terrific way to help the environment.

Next is to plant a tree. It might be exceedingly basic but planting a tree plays a truly vital role in saving the earth. Aside from they help us during heavy rain in avoiding flashfloods, the presence of trees lessen the amount of carbon dioxide in the air. That is the main reason why the government is trying to encourage us to plant trees. Trees need carbon dioxide to survive, on the other hand, men need oxygen that came from plants to live. Urban areas have higher health risk because of carbon dioxide that came from car emissions and factory fumes.

Another simple measure that we can do is to conserve water and energy. There are ordinary things that we do that can help save the environment. When we brush our teeth or take a bath, make use of glass and other container instead of just leaving the faucet on. When we take a bath, we must also switch off the shower when they are not in use. One way to conserve energy is leave the lights on off whenever we leave or to turn them off at night time. Once we are used to this practice, then its time that we also educate other people that are close to us just like our family member and friends.

Instead of driving our car on a short distance, we can just walk or use bicycles. Walking is the best form of exercise. By doing so, we can maintain a healthy life, and we also saved on money because the price of gasoline today is extremely expensive. If we reduce the time of driving, we also reduce the amount of carbon dioxide that we emit in our environment. The major causes of pollution are vehicle and factory fumes.

Aside from these earth-saving tips, there are still more things that we can do in order to help save our environment. For example, by simply turning off the light when they are not needed, turning off the air conditioning unit or heater can also help save the greenhouse effect, by using compact fluorescent light bulbs will save us money and energy because they consume less energy and many more tips that we can follow. We must do our part in helping our environment.

Blake Jacobs has been in the field of DC Junk Removal for a long time and maintains a Fairfax Junk Removal company where you can get answers to the rest of your questions.

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Wind Turbines:Build Your Own

What is your first impression of wind turbines? Do you think that the people who make them must be highly qualified technicians who have studied for years?

What would you think, if one of your neighbours said that they were going to assemble their own wind turbines in order to produce their own electricity?

The fact is that it is not really very hard to make a wind turbine. You certainly do not have to have been to university to do it and you do not have to be an amateur electrician either. You will, however, need a good set of plans in order to put up an effective wind turbine.

There are different sources of plans for wood turbines. You could go to a hobbyist shop, a DIY store or the Internet. If you look on the Internet, search for a web site specializing in alternative energy technology.

Once you have you instruction booklet, guide or plans on making wind turbines, you should study it well and get any questions you have answered on forums on the Internet.

If you believe that I am exaggerating how easy it is to build a wind turbine, do not forget that people have been building windmills and water pumps for hundreds of years without the advantage of power tools or contemporary materials.

The only difference between those early devices and a wind turbine for making electricity is the addition of wiring and a coil, which you will buy anyway.

The basics of building a wind turbine include constructing a tower to put it on; installing batteries to receive the generated power; the fan and the tail assemblies. The tools that you will require to accomplish this are fairly basic too: bricklaying tools, carpentry tools and a few spanners, but that really depends on how much you sub-contract out.

You will almost certainly have to buy the turbine, fan and tail section yourself as one element, because, if you want a high-powered unit, this section will have to be professional, not that it cannot be made locally.

You will be able to maintain it yourself as well, if you want. These fan blades can be 1.2 metres (4 feet) in length each, which is something that you will have to bear in mind when constructing your tower.

You may need a spot of professional help when you build your first wind turbine, but use the experience to learn as much as you can, so that you will be able to be more independent on your next one. You could even turn the experience into a profession, because there is a dire shortage of people who know anything about wind turbines.

Owen Jones, the author of this article, writes on many topics, but is currently involved with a favourite subject – alternative power sources. If you are interested in Sustainable Energy At Home, please click through to our site.

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