Energy efficiency, green products, and gifts

Energy efficiency

There is a lot of talk about green energy, green products and renewable energy in the world today. The G8, the eight wealthiest nations in the world, just passed a resolution stating their desire to keep the global temperature from rising more than two degrees Celsius from the average temperature in 1900. Unfortunately national leaders talk more about politics than specifics and left the method for achieving this action out of the talks completely.

There is still a long way to go in achieving energy efficiency and sustainability. The current cycle of finding oil, refining it and distributing around the world has proven to be much more costly than it is worth, both for the environment and in human lives. It is true that there is an established market for oil and the people profiting from this market would like it to remain that way no matter what the cost is. The fear of change and the time it would take to convert from oil are the biggest obstacles to becoming energy efficient, but there surely is no shortage of green energies.

Here are just a few examples of green technologies that are either on the market or will be soon: Induction solar lighting, battery electric vehicles, hybrid vehicles, clean diesel vehicles, rail and bus mass transit, heated windows, concentrated solar photovoltaics, solar thermal, geothermal, ocean wave and tidal current energy, biodiesel, ethanol, hydrogen fuel cells, ultra capacitators and energy management systems. The list goes on and on.

Solar power has been around long enough for most people to know what solar panels do and basically how they work. Photons, in the form of sunlight, strike the panels which releases an electron that can be harnessed and converted into usable alternating current electricity. What most people don’t know is that there are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of programs and incentives that are designed to help people defray the initial high cost of converting to solar power. A $25,000 solar array can be purchased and installed for less than $10,000 with some programs.

Installing photovoltaic panels is not necessary for energy efficient homes. There are eco or green credits that can be purchased from most electricity suppliers that go to supporting renewable energies. Many people completely run their businesses and energy efficient house from power that was created from home wind turbine farms, solar arrays and other methods for an insignificant amount of increased cost. Improving the insulation and natural energy saving features of the building can greatly lower these costs.

Lowering impact isn’t just limited to transportation and power for buildings and homes but also in the products that are purchased. Eco friendly shopping supports businesses that have good environmental practices and records. They supply eco friendly gifts that have very low impact on the environment and packaging that is recycled and recyclable.

Living green creates new jobs in a fledging industry that can allow people to become completely sustainable. Possibly enough to reverse the damage that has already been done and even improve and give back to the planet. Speaking of greener grass..check out gardenstatues.org for their selection of garden statues.

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