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The Price Of Solar Panels Is Declining

New research on the life expectancy of this new kind of renewable energy has helped decrease the cost of solar panels. It was once estimated that solar panels would last only about 20 years, but it has now been proven that models can last up to 30 years. This makes it a more appealing investment for homeowners who were hesitant because of the short life expectancy.

Environmentalists as well as policy makers are encouraging financial institutions to make available to homeowners the finances available to purchase and install solar panels because they are very cost efficient and will be able to repay for themselves with less energy consumption.

Across Europe, and even China, governments have been giving financial incentives for those private citizens who upgrade to solar energy. This, of course, has decreased the cost of solar panels and increased demand. India and the United States have incentive plans in the works but have yet to release and implement them.

Before, I mentioned how this type of renewable energy will pay for itself and here is why: the major expense of solar panels is the purchase of the actual equipment and its installation. The rest is almost free because you do not have to pay for the energy source.

The renewable energy industry, the solar energy field in particular, has very enthusiastic goals. These goals include making solar energy as cheap as the electricity we use today. The aim is to make Europe at least half dependent on solar energy as opposed to electricity grids by 2020.

Around the globe the demand for renewable energy is growing. More and more citizens of the world are becoming more conscience of the effects of our actions on the environment, increasing the demand for green energy. This demand will cut the cost of solar panels even further.

The cost of solar panel hardware is going down, so it is possible to get a cheap solar panel. Start using solar generated energy today!

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Homeowners Can Receive An Energy Rebate For Going Green

Green energy incentives are having a huge impact on our culture and permeating almost every area of society, from office equipment to home appliances. There is a multi-million dollar national effort to encourage people to use green energy in residential dwellings and business facilities. An energy rebate program gives customers money back for installing energy efficient equipment in their homes and businesses. The go green initiative is defined by ways to save energy and conserve our natural resources.

Homeowners in particular, receive a great benefit by participating in any of the see programs by upgrading their old appliance or heating and cooling equipment to newer, more energy efficient models. This is a two-fold savings for the homeowner in that the energy rebate allows them to afford new equipment that they may otherwise be unable to and the lower monthly bills but cutting energy use.

These homeowner incentive programs help individuals procure the energy saving equipment that they need for the house. A more efficient hot water heater can help to lower monthly costs and appliances that power partially down when not in use can help to do the same thing. Even the smallest of changes to a home can make a big difference over time.

Many home appliances today are made to encourage everyday consumers to use their resources wisely and effectively during use and well as when they are not being used. The green effort can be incorporated into everyday life as people use their appliances and other home equipment, such as light fixtures and ceiling fans, in a cost-effective manner. Homeowners can receive energy-saving incentives as a thank-you from green energy companies to support the green cause.

Not only do appliances fall under the rebate programs, but many other pieces of household equipment such as window air conditioners, high efficiency water heaters and even TVs with a power save mode can qualify. The smallest upgrade to a home may qualify the homeowner for a rebate and on top of that they will save even more on their monthly utility bills with these pieces of equipment.

By going green, a homeowner can get much needed upgrades for the house and possibly put a little money into other energy saving home products. This in turn, helps stimulate the economy by allowing consumers to get more for their money. In doing so, a cleaner environment can be created for all along with strengthening the economy at the same time.

There are federal programs as well as smaller agencies that offer an energy rebate for residential customers to conserve energy. A careful online search can open the door to money-saving and energy-saving opportunities for home equipment. Supporting green energy is something that everyone can take part in to promote a renewed economy and clean, healthy planet.

At our site http://www.fhblighting.com we have many great write ups on Federal as well as State rebate initiatives and we provide links to many many great resources. Please visit Fluorescent High Bay and our blog to see how you can apply to these programs for great savings for going green.

Green Business Will Assist Your Company To Cut Spending

Green business practices is a great boost for your company’s public image. You will be seen as company that does the responsible thing, no matter what. What is really even better is that few of them really realize that you are also cutting costs and helping your profit margin all at the same time. It turns out that being environmentally conscious is also quite good for the bottom line.

The fastest way to reduce the amount of trash and waste that you have is to reduce what you start off with. Check out your entire operation and carefully evaluate what is being wasted. If there is scrap leftover, then there is money being thrown away. Check and see if you could save money, and emissions, in your shipping practices by adjusting the schedules or routes. Take a long look around your office and start to think about how much of the paper you really need.

Why should loose leaf paper be purchased? Even writing tablets can be produced in house. Take the paper that gets all wrinkled in the fax or copier jam, cut it up and use it for phone messages. Make sure that both sides of paper are used at all times. Finally, make sure that when it is used, it finds its way to the recycling bin and not the trash.

Paperless billing, invoicing, and inventories are a growing trend. Having the paper system means lots of work to create a lot of waste in the end. That gets really expensive. It could really take two or more employees to send out paper invoices. Move to a paperless system will reduce not only the cost of materials, but also the cost of the labor to prepare and send everything out. Make paperless the standard, and then charge an additional fee to anyone requesting a paper copy to cover the addition labor and material costs.

Wouldn’t you love to cut down the cost of business travel? By reducing the number of trips made for business, you not only save money, but also reduce the emissions that your company creates. If traveling for meetings is a common occurrence between two offices then look into web conferencing. You may have to pay a small fee to set it up, but it will be lower than the cost of paying people to go from one place to another.

Maintaining office space gets expensive. The less office space that you use, the less money it will cost you. By changing some of the jobs on your staff to be available for flexible schedules, or purely telecommute, you can rapidly cut down on the amount of space you need for your office. You could also arrange for people to work in shifts so that office space is shared between people. Not only will you lower energy consumption within the office, but people will not be driving their cars into work everyday. In one swift move you can improve your public image, boost employee morale, help the environment, and save money.

Recycling bins need to be clearly marked and easy to find throughout your building. Before throwing away anything make sure that it does not belong in the recycling bin instead of the trash can. Several cities and communities have instituted steep fines for not recycling.

Doing the right thing generally has a nice reward, and adopting green business practices are no exception. As the need to care for the environment becomes more understood, there are more tax breaks available for companies that do their share to make the world a cleaner place. There are also many grants available to implement eco-friendly changes. Look into it, you could be missing out on a lot.

Find the best ways to make your company a green business. Green Businesses are ones that show they care about the environment, show your support to this cause. Head online and find out more now.

The Types of Green Energy?

by Jerry Dyess

What comes to mind when you think of “green energy”? A huge piece of glass on the roof of your house? An old windmill with wires strung into the house? Green energy may bring to mind an energy option that seems crude and inefficient. When you look at the latest green energy technology, you find it takes a lot of money to pay a professional to install a system in your home. Green energy does not need to be expensive or new to be able to use it.

A renewable energy source that is safe for the environment and does not emit harmful emissions is considered green energy. These energy sources include more than just wind or solar energy; they also include hydroelectric and geothermal power. Let us look at these sources of energy and why they are considered green energy.

Solar energy is still being developed; it is probably the most talked about form of green power. In the future, many believe we will be producing solar power with plastic wrap; the fact is they have developed a form of plastic wrap that will collect solar rays for producing power. Solar power is still not ready for widespread use and is considered too expensive and difficult to take care by the average person. In years to come solar power will prove to be a good option for alternative energy.

Wind power has been here for a long time. To most people energy is electric. Energy is the force that helps make electric or provides another service we need. In the past windmills were used for other tasks other than producing electric such as pumping water. The wind turbines today are very effective in providing power and do not require a lot of maintenance to keep them working well. A perfect place for these wind turbines to work well is in the wind belt, such as in Texas where they have the biggest wind farm in the country. It features miles of windmills to provide clean energy for Texas residents.

Geothermal power is harder to understand. The temperature underneath the ground stays the same, this knowledge can help us heat and cool our houses and businesses. We can harness this energy by using thermal rods to run this air into the home. You would never have to run an air conditioner or heater again. Volcanoes are buried underneath the ground in some areas. Steam and pressure is the result of volcanic activity and this produces energy. This type of energy can be harnessed and used all over the world.

Hydroelectric power may or may not be green depending on the circumstances. A small hydro plant is considered green, as it will not disturb the balance of nature, as they do not need to make changes to the water or the landscape to operate. A large plant on the other hand needs to create a large body of water by flooding an area in order to run the hydro plant. These are not considered green as they change the face of the land for years to come.

There are different forms of energy that are green and not used, as they were never developed. You will not need to pay as much money to the electric company if you have your own source of green power operating in your home. You can still stay connected to the light company and if your green power fails for any reason, you will still have power. This will help the earth stay cleaner in years to come.

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Global Warming vs Natural Climate Change

by Janet Corby

Do you ever feel like you know just enough about global warming to be dangerous? Let’s see if we can fill in some of the gaps with the latest info from real global warming experts.

Scientists, together with us environmentalists, are constantly warning politicians that time is running up but that doesn’t seem to bother them, especially now in times of recession. Revive economy or save the planet? Scientists and economists can agree with Buddhist monks and Christian activists that ruthless destruction of natural habitats is evil and careful preservation of birds and butterflies is good. The worldwide community of environmentalists-most of whom are not scientists-holds the moral high ground, and is guiding human societies toward a hopeful future. Scientists are human; they do not wait for proof. Many devote their professional lives to seeking evidence for hypotheses, especially well-funded hypotheses, they’ve chosen to believe.

Temperatures were high at that time due to the peculiarities of the Earth’s orbit. During the Pliocene (2-5Ma) before the Quaternary ice age began, temperatures were also significantly warmer than today. Temperatures have steadily increased at around a quarter of a degree for every 1,000 years. During the last 100 years temperatures have increased by twice that amount.

Think about what you’ve read so far. Does it reinforce what you already know about global warming causes? Or was there something completely new? What about the remaining paragraphs?

Human activities have altered the chemical composition of the atmosphere through the build-up of greenhouse gases – primarily carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide. The heat-trapping property of these gases is undisputed although uncertainties exist about exactly how earth’s climate responds to them. Humans measure warmth as temperature which is a measure of the amount of heat contained in a physical object. One can envision this concept by thinking of a pot on a stove.

Global warming is one of the most hotly debated issues today. Cars have been identified as one of the leading contributors to the escalating global warming problem. Global warming is a huge risk. We’re not just talking about retiring our winter coats in favour of lighter jackets. Global warming is one of those era-defining issues for which perception is reality. And if that perception shifts-and it could shift quickly-the economic impact on energy companies will be swift and lasting.

Global warming had changed their habitat, so to speak. Global warming, as you may already know is the process that describes the earth’s temperature rise. This rise in temperature is because of greenhouse grasses. Global warming and climate change are the biggest problem we are facing today well at least this is what scientists say. There are of course still some that do not believe in global warming and they look at it like some crazy invented thing made by Al Gore and other scientists.

So now you know a little bit about global warming causes. Even if you don’t know everything, you’ve done something worthwhile: you’ve expanded your knowledge.

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