Electing to make use of a utility provider or service that will be able to provide you with a more affordable plan, the means to make use of more sustainable power sources and ensure that any other needs you may have can be met may not be something that you can afford to miss out on. Rates, plans and options that will be able to fit your needs as well as your budget can be a key asset for any home or property Read the rest of this entry »
Sustainable energy is energy that provides the current generation with the power that they need without compromising the resources for future generations. Sustainable energy can either refer to forms of renewable energy or to technologies that improve energy efficiency.
Renewable energy forms include solar, wind and hydroelectricity. Solar power is generated through solar panels, which soak up the sun’s rays to provide the building with energy. Solar panels are a popular choice for many homeowners, as they need very little maintenance once installed. Wind power is generated through giant turbines that spin Read the rest of this entry »
Biomass briquettes are typically made of organic materials, mostly green waste or anything high in nitrogen that burns. That includes such things as grass; plant husks; hulls and stalks; ground nut shells; wood waste; waste paper and cardboard; and food and animal waste, including municipal solid waste.
The materials used are compressed under pressure to form briquettes. Biomass briquettes can produce a great deal of energy. Burning a pound of briquettes can produce around 7,400 British thermal units of energy. Biomass briquettes are used for such things as cooking food, heating Read the rest of this entry »
In modern times, not having a motor vehicle as a readily available mode of transportation can be a big inconvenience. Especially in the US where many people have busy schedules, live fast-paced lifestyles, and are constantly on the go, driving is often the only realistic way to get around. Unfortunately, high usage of motor vehicles also increases our dependence on foreign oil sources since we must feed our hungry cars. The good part is that there are alternative fuel sources available within our own borders.This Read the rest of this entry »
Ethanol is a chemical produced from various biological sources and being used as an alternative fuel. It has many common names including grain, drinking and denatured alcohol. One of the most popular names for ethanol is moonshine. However, it has come a long way from its primitive roots and is becoming a popular substitute for gasoline. There are many gas stations which use ethanol and gasoline together. Some people are protesting the use of ethanol in their cars.
The ethanol which is used the most comes from Read the rest of this entry »
Utilizing wind power comes with several advantages. For starters, it is the least expensive form of power when compared to other alternative forms of energy. It is also a very clean source of energy that is sustainable. There is zero percent of carbon dioxide emissions included in the process of wind power generation. Wind power is also a form of renewable energy, which means as the energy is being produced and used, it does not deplete natural resources.
It is very unfortunate that less than one percent of the energy used in Read the rest of this entry »
Solar power is growing increasingly popular throughout the world stage as more countries seek alternative energy sources.
Solar power is usually collected by two different means. The most common is through the use of solar cells. Solar cells are thin wafers made of a semiconducting material, usually silicone, that are covered by a protective layer of glass. When sunlight hits the cells the semiconducting material transfers the solar radiation into a direct current of energy through a process called “photovoltaics”. This energy is channeled into a device called an “inverter” that transforms the direct current into an alternating current that is suitable for modern use. Solar cells are grouped together into solar panels that allow for greater collection of sunlight.
The other commonly used method involves using concentrated solar power. Mirrors and lenses are used to focus sunlight onto engines that run through on heat. These machines run turbines that produce electrical power.
Research is improving the efficiency of solar cells and manufacturing costs are dropping. Solar energy represents one of the best sources of sustainable energy for the future, and, as more people adopt solar energy, power companies such as txu energy will be compelled to adopt the platform.
In a joint statement issued on Januaryy 19, 2011 between U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson and Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne, announcement came of a cooperative agreement to develop and adapt hydraulic hybrid technology for the light duty auto market. Jackson commented that “hydraulic hybrid vehicles represent the cutting edge of fuel-efficiency technology and are one of many approaches we’re taking to save money for drivers, clean up the air we breathe and cut the greenhouse gases that jeopardize our health and prosperity.” She went on to say that “the EPA and Chrysler are working together to explore the possibilities for making this technology affordable and accessible to drivers everywhere” and that the “partnership is further proof that we can preserve our climate, protect our health and strengthen our economy all at the same time.” The new partnership hopes to bring the same cost-effective approach as currently seen in the EPA’s lab in Ann Arbor, Michigan with regard to its hydraulic hybrid technology which captures and reuses the energy lost in braking through a hydraulic pressure vessel. The system can also turn off the engine when it is not needed and only fully use the engine when it can operate at peak efficiently. We think this is great breaking news since it not only tackles the cost of energy but environmental concerns, as well.
With winter surrounding us it might be a good time to look at some ways to “weather” the season while still keeping an eye on conserving energy.The following tips have been provided by the EPA as a part of their “Winter Tips” programs to help all of us be wiser consumers of energy regardless of the temperature outside!1. Use non-toxic de-icing substances such as clean clay cat litter, sand, or fireplace/stove ash to prevent hazardous waste from chemicals since these chemicals can be hazardous to pets, foliage, and the environment.2. Use electric snow removal products rather than gasoline-powered ones. While electric products consume energy, they do not emit Read the rest of this entry »
You may have heard the term bandied about and thought “I don’t need to understand what that is since it’s probably just a buzz word.”Guess what? It’s not just a buzz word. Biodiesel is a renewal fuel that is growing in popularity and is most likely here to stay. So what better way to get on the bandwagon than to take a look at some common questions that the national Biodiesel Board answers in layman’s terms.What is biodiesel? Biodiesel is the name of a clean burning alternative fuel, produced from domestic, renewable resources. Biodiesel contains no petroleum, but it can be blended at any level with petroleum diesel to create a biodiesel blend. It can be used in compression-ignition (diesel) engines with little or no modifications. Biodiesel is simple to use, biodegradable, nontoxic, and essentially free of sulfur and aromatics.How is biodiesel made? Biodiesel is made through a chemical process called transesterification whereby the glycerin is separated from the fat or vegetable oil. The process leaves behind two products — methyl esters (the chemical name for biodiesel) and glycerin (a valuable byproduct usually sold to be used in soaps and other products).Is Biodiesel the same thing as raw vegetable oil? No. Fuel-grade biodiesel must be produced to strict industry specifications (ASTM D6751) in order to insure proper performance. Biodiesel is the only alternative fuel to have fully completed the health effects testing requirements of the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments. Biodiesel that meets ASTM D6751 and is legally registered with the Environmental Protection Agency is a legal motor fuel for sale and distribution. Raw vegetable oil cannot meet biodiesel fuel specifications, it is not Read the rest of this entry »