Eco friendly energy is a broad term that encompasses a range of renewable energy sources which includes sunlight, wind, rain and geothermal heat. Because these are renewable energy sources, much of the focus on alternatives to fossil fuel is focused on creating cost effective and workable solutions around the world.
Many countries, including the Unites States, have dedicated hundreds of millions of dollars to test and develop projects such as wind farms, both at sea and on land, and miles of solar panels across deserts around the globe.
Other sources of eco friendly energy are currently being tested as possibly alternatives to digging for oil. Some of these options include corn based ethanol and biodiesel, which you and I can make in our own backyard using natural, renewable sources, such as new and used vegetable oils and animal fats.
One of the most easily accessible resources that shines down upon us all day long is sunshine. Even in cloudy weather as much as 75% of the sun's rays get through the clouds. Not only is solar power available to everyone, most areas offer rebates and/or tax credits up to 30% for installing alternative energy such as solar panels on your home.
You can even power your existing heating/cooling system with solar power to help reduce costs during extreme weather months. Companies such as SolarHome.com offer a variety of solar panels along with installation and wiring.
Just as with solar power, people and governments alike are beginning to look around and see what is available in nature to help us beat the effects of global warming and the dwindling resources available to us. Wind power energy is harnessed by windmills and wind turbines, which capture the passing wind and move it through a series of internal blades which were once used to process grain. That's the simple story. The power which is created and harnessed by windmills is then used to create electricity for homes and businesses.
The wonderful fact of windmills and wind turbines is that they do not generate air or water emissions and they do not produce any hazardous waste. Also, no amount of coal, oil, or gas is used in the process of creating wind energy.
I took a look at what the American Wind Energy Association has to say and here is what I found...
"In 1997, U.S. power plants emitted 70% of the sulfur dioxide, 34% of carbon dioxide, 33% of nitrogen oxides, 28% of particulate matter and 23% of toxic heavy metals released into our nation's environment, mostly the air. These figures are currently increasing in spite of efforts to roll back air pollution through the federal Clean Air Act".
Quickly becoming one of the most popular energy alternatives to fossil fuel, bio-diesel has grown in popularity as one of the best do-it-yourself eco energy alternatives.
Here is what BioDiesel.org has to say...
"A U.S. Department of Energy study showed that the production and use of biodiesel, compared to petroleum diesel, resulted in a 78.5% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions".
Biodiesel is made through a chemical process called transesterification, whereby the glycerin is separated from the fat or vegetable oil. This process leaves behind two products; Methyl esters, the chemical name for biodiesel and Glycerin, a valuable byproduct that is usually used in soaps and other products.
If you are ready to venture into the world of making biodiesel fuel or search for bio fuel compatible vehicles, here are a couple of great resources that I located to get you started. But, please always take caution and ask for advice from professionals if this subject is brand new to you...
And, please follow safety guidelines and precautions if you decide to convert your own vehicle!
The Clean Energy Index is also known as the WilderHill Index (ECO). The goal and mission of this index is to define and track the Clean Energy sector of business around the globe.
Specifically, the index tracks businesses that are working to create new alternative energy technologies and will also benefit considerably from a societal shift toward use of cleaner energy and conservation. You can learn all about the Clean Energy Index at Wildershares.com.
Start implementing some of these simple green steps and watch the big savings grow over time:
Today, there is no way to get around the issue of energy sources in your life. Whether you are a business owner or an individual consumer running a household there are choices that you make each day which have an effect on the environment in your home, your town and the globe.
Each of us can make small changes that add up to great benefits for potentially reducing the effects of global warming and of dwindling resources. As a business, savvy customers are beginning to ask questions about your eco friendly business practices.
The question can be simple, such as...
Do you recycle?
Or the questions can get pretty in depth such as...
Is your company using eco friendly energy to power your computer systems and servers?
What sort of things do you do to reduce your carbon footprint?
All of these questions are on your customers mind when choosing whom to do business with. This type of thinking will only increase as budgets get tighter and people are much more thoughtful with each dollar they spend.
According to EnergyStar.gov, "If every home office product purchased in the U.S. this year were ENERGY STAR qualified, Americans would save $200 million in annual energy costs, while preventing almost 3-billion pounds of greenhouse gases from being emitted". That is equivalent to the emissions of over 250,000 cars."
Whether you are the owner or an employee, business energy costs do affect the bottom line and in turn can cut into salaries and profits. You can do your part at work for your own benefit as well as to take care of the environment.
I've put together some easy steps to take to be eco friendly at the office:
Here are some companies creating products and services which can help you move forward on your path of choosing eco smart and eco friendly energy solutions for your home, your business and the environment.
Holmes - is a manufacturer of Eco-Smart space heaters which provide energy efficiency by cycling between wattages, providing continuous warmth. This innovation allows the heater to use 25% to 35% less energy than other space heaters.
Pro Eco Energy - Is a reputable supplier of eco friendly heating and cooling systems for commercial buildings. They specialize in assisting you to assess your current energy usage and needs, design an eco friendly customized system as well as professionally install and support the solutions. The eco friendly energy alternatives include solar, thermal, ground-source heat pumps, and heat recovery.
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