Electricity

Grid Friendly EV Charging

Grid Friendly EV ChargingHow about charging your EV at lower rates and helping the grid a

Myths on turning off fluorescent lights

We all understand that turning off lights saves energy and our environment (See Kill the unused lights), but what about the myths around fluorescent lights that keep a great many from turning fluorescent lights off to save energy? Well there is only a very small amount of truth in these and in most cases they do not apply at all.

The naivety of the inventor

HyperCar"In 1999, we took this process a step further by launching a for-profit venture, Hypercar, Inc., to speed the industry's transition by exerting direct competitive pressure."? Pressure on who? What were they thinking? The way the Hyper Car would have actually made it to market would have been if RMI bought a "Bat Cave" and built it there. Yes, a side of small mountain, somewhere in the Rocky Mountains where they built and sold these things with little or no mainstream publicity.
Visit www.HyperCar.com

The 20 myths of hydrogen

HydrogenFrom safety to efficiency to use, hydrogen works.

Residential Wind Power

It appears residential wind energy systems are getting cheaper.

Solar Industry Needs Workers

California's fascination with solar power has created thousand

Aero Elastic Flutter - A Humdinger of an idea

That's right - elastic bands that flutter in the wi

Some much needed "out-of-the-box" thinking

Inventor Joseph Tate has created the Ambient Power Module. This device actually catches power from thin air by converting radio waves into usable DC electrical energy. While the voltage and power outputs are low, the device can power things such as clocks, clock radios, calculators, or store the energy for later use via charging rechargeable batteries.
There is indication (and some controversy) that properly built this device could produce 36 volts @ 9 watts, which is equivalent to several conventional "disposable" batteries. Should anyone know or be capable of reaching Joseph Tate, please have him join this conversation for a detailed Q & A.
In it's own right the Tate Ambient Power Module is a Zero Carbon Device.

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The Many Costs of Dirty Power!

Mountaintop Removal is one of the many costs of dirty power - What many of don't see is the destruction left in the wake of our consumption. BUT, if you live in the Appalachian mountain range you may very well experience something like what you see in this picture, along with issues such as non-drinkable contaminated well water caused by toxic chemical run off. All this is a direct result of the coal mining process and in no way can be argued that it may have occurred without the influence mans thirst for energy.

Check out your footprint. Visit ilovemountains.org by clicking here, enter your zip code then look at the picture on the right of their website.

I guess the sight of windmills on mountaintops doesn't look so bad after all?

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Kill the unused ligts!

Ever wonder just what a light bulb cost the earth? Well, to energize four 100Watt bulbs for 6 hours/day for 1 year it cost 714 pounds of coal. So, 4 bulbs, 6 hours for 100 million homes cost us: 71.4B lbs of coal, leaving behind:

  • Sulfur Dioxide =  250,000 Tons - Main cause of acid rain
  • Nitrogen Oxides 255,000 Tons - Causes smog and acid rain
  • Carbon Dioxide 92,600,000 Tons - Greenhouse gas responsible for global warming

Not to mention the wake of destruction that the coal mining and distribution process leaves in its path.

Perspective References - US Population by State & by City

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