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  • Save gas and save money

    Save gas and save money

    Do you want to reduce your pain at the pump, but don’t currently have the budget flexibility to buy a gas-sipping hybrid?  There are proven ways to improve the gas mileage of any car.  The following fuel-efficient driving techniques and maintenance tips will help you wring every last mile from each gallon: Drive less.  If your car [...]

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  • Wind energy basics

    Wind energy basics

    Thinking of installing a wind turbine at your house, and interested in getting the most bang for your buck?  There are several things to consider, and it will probably be a little more complicated than installing solar panels.  OK, depending on your particular situation, it may be considerably more complicated than installing solar panels. Fortunately, there is [...]

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  • Rooftop solar panels increase home values

    Rooftop solar panels increase home values

    It has been widely assumed that having rooftop solar panels installed on a house increased the value and sales price of a house, but now there is hard evidence from a large study confirming that assumption. The study, conducted by Berkeley National Laboratory in California for the U.S. Department of Energy and others, concluded that an [...]

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  • Following the military on green energy

    Following the military on green energy

    The U.S. military quite literally spans the globe, with equipment and personnel in countless locations.   Keeping all those locations supplied is a Herculean logistical challenge.  A significant portion of the military’s budget and personnel are used for those re-supply efforts.  The problems with those re-supply efforts are magnified for remote bases in foreign countries – especially [...]

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  • Push the Green Button

    Push the Green Button

    An increasing number of energy utilities are signing up for the Green Button initiative.  Green Button is a voluntary initiative that will allow energy utility customers to monitor their home energy use through their utility’s website via the internet.  It doesn’t require smart meters to implement. Since the first step toward greater energy efficiency is an [...]

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  • Top 10 solar manufacturers in 2011

    Top 10 solar manufacturers in 2011

    The top 10 solar panel manufacturers in the world in 2011 were: First Solar, Suntech Power, Yingli Green Energy, Trina Solar, Canadian Solar, Sharp Solar, Hanwha Solar One, Jinko Solar, LDK Solar and Solar World.  Those 10 manufacturers collectively control about 44% of the global market with annual production of about 12.5 gigawatts of solar [...]

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  • On the smart grid, a watt saved is a watt earned

    On the smart grid, a watt saved is a watt earned

    Peak electricity demand is what drives the need for new electricity generating facilities.  Reduce peak demand, reduce the need for new electricity generating facilities.  It’s really that simple. In most areas, peak demand occurs in mid to late afternoon, when offices and factories are in use, lights, equipment and appliances are on and air conditioners are [...]

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  • Electric utilities see the light

    Electric utilities see the light

    Faced with increasing demands for electricity, hundreds of billions of dollars in costs to repair, replace and expand power plants and the electricity distribution system over the next few decades, state mandates for renewable energy standards and an uncertain regulatory environment for using fossil fuels to generate electricity, electric utilities are finally realizing the benefits [...]

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  • Solar forecast is bright

    Solar forecast is bright

    Spurred by plummeting solar panel prices, a record 1.85 gigawatts of solar panels were installed in the U.S. during 2011 – more than doubling the amount installed during 2010.  Solar panel installations for 2012 are anticipated to be over 2.8 gigawatts. The Solar Energy Industry Association says the solar industry is the fastest growing industry in [...]

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  • Six surprising sustainability facts

    Six surprising sustainability facts

    1. Do you think energy efficiency improvements are all hype and wouldn’t really help the energy situation? If every car in North America was as fuel efficient as a Toyota Prius, there wouldn’t be a need to import any oil.  None.  (Anyone who claims the U.S. can drill its way to energy independence without large cuts [...]

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