That might be changing. No, I’m not putting solar on my roof. Too expensive. I’ve done the standard home efficiency upgrades — insulation, windows, doors, new 95 percent efficient furnace. But that’s another story.
Switch to water heating systems that use solar power to heat hot tubs, pools and indoor water. Using electricity or gas to heat water is not terribly efficient, but water heaters that use solar power maintain water temperatures using only the sun’s rays by way of solar panels. Many of these improvements will cost you a bit up front, but the cost savings and tax deductions will usually more than offset that cost.
In short, the time is now. The federal government is on the verge of cracking down on the energy industry. In order to meet changing federal regulations, it’s crucial that you produce sustainable energy. And with so many biomass advantages, you’d be hard pressed to find a better alternative.
Environment Themed Gifts: The products like Dome Terrarium, Nyokki, Eggling, Antworks are popular in the toyland recently. For example, Nyokki is made from Japan and it means grow. It allows your kid to plant a ray grass in a cute cartoon character container.
Luckily for Tom and Barbara, they had a stream running behind their property. The incline was steep enough that they could run a pipe of 2-4 inch diameter upstream, so that natural pressure could be created when the stream’s running water was forced through the pipe. The rest of Tom’s plan could be adapted using the stream’s running water, rather than an independent water source. The excess electrical energy from their hydropower unit was able to be diverted to a nearby water heater.
Your electricity produces a “carbon footprint” depending on the mix of fuels used for power generation. Your home carbon footprint depends on how many kilowatt-hours (kWhs) of that electricity you use at home.
This might be the only time you ever read about molten batteries in your life. The next time you read about your utility company buying electricity from a solar farm, this may be exactly what is involved.