2GreenEnergy.com Bringing Together Clean Energy Investors with the Strongest Renewable Energy Investment Opportunities2017-05-22T21:46:26Z http://www.2greenenergy.com/feed/atom/ http://www.2greenenergy.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/favicon-1.png Hannah Thomas <![CDATA[From Guest Blogger Hannah Thomas: Don’t Buy Compost, Make Your Own!]]> http://www.2greenenergy.com/?p=66317 2017-05-22T21:24:30Z 2017-05-22T21:24:30Z ]]> compostCompost, the ‘’black gold’’ of the lawns and gardens, is a simple example of how nature brilliantly works. Recycling is a most natural process, and Mother Earth has been doing it for millions of years before men began with the same practice. Whether you have a garden or simple flowerpots at your place, making your own compost will make soil healthier and plants will thrive.

Compost as a daily practice

Besides the facts that compost restores the vitality of the soil, fuels it with nutrients, and makes it more productive, it is a sustainable strategy for reducing waste, in a long run. When an organic material,or green waste, ends up inland fills, a process of decomposing creates greenhouse gas methane, a gas that pollutes and warms the planet.

Instead of mixing the trash, try reusing green waste. Not only it will be the responsible thing to do, but it will reduce household waste. Green waste can be reused in a number of ways. It can be sprinkled in the back yard, or for some vegetable scraps can be put in a water, where they will sprout again. In some time the whole new vegetable will emerge, ready to be consumed again.

Know how to make it

Making compost is actually quite simple. Basically, it is just piling up food scraps and other organic matter into a heap, or if you prefer more of a neat look, get some compost bins.

Before you start piling up, make sure you know what is suitable for composting, and what should never be composted. For example, fruit and vegetable scraps, leaves, branches,  food scraps, coffee and tea bags, eggshells, even egg shredded cardboards, and paper, in general, are good for composting.

Avoid meat or dairy products, perennial weed,  pet poo, baby diapers, glass, plastic or metal products. Compost should be mixed well because it is important to have a proper balance of brown and green, or in other words – carbon and nitrogen. A good compost balance is one-third green and two-thirds brown materials.

Green materials are manures, green leaves and green lawn clippings. Brown materials are branches, dried leaves, paper bags, coffee filters etc. If compost is turned and aired properly, meaning that the balance of air and moisture is right, it will decompose much faster.

Know how to use it

Using compost is same as using any other fertilizer, and it can be used even if it is not fully decomposed.  Usually, compost is used in four common ways. It can be used as moisture holding mulch, soil amendment, compost tea and lawn top dressing.

Used as a mulch, it should be put around the plants in a 2-3 inch layer. As a soil amendment, it should be put in a hole in the ground, 2-4 inches deep, and mix it with the rest of the soil in the planting season.

Compost tea is a liquid part that is released and drained from compost, and according to landscape design Sydney experts, it works magic when simply poured on the flowers and plants. Using compost as a lawn dressing means putting a layer of compost on the surface of the lawn, where eventually it will work its way to the ground. When it is done once or twice a year, there is no need for any kind of industrial fertilizer.

Be responsible

Separating your trash daily in order to make compost is the responsible thing to do, though not always easy. Reusage of green waste is the easy part, but managing  big chunks of wood and branches after the redesigning of the garden, or a storm, takes a different kind of action.

Instead of just dumping it elsewhere, make a call to the company that offers a service of green waste disposal.

Conclusion

Making your own compost is in a certain way making your miniature ecosystem, providing the sustainable and healthy production of food or life itself. It is satisfying and rewarding knowing that you’re not harming the natures way, but supporting it and making it last as long as possible. Composting means being fair and grateful to nature by giving something back, instead of just taking from it. Do your share, compost, and feel good about it.

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bigvid <![CDATA[From 2GreenEnergy Contributor Brian McGowan: Celebrating Energy Independence with Waste Heat Exchangers]]> http://www.2greenenergy.com/?p=66397 2017-05-22T21:03:35Z 2017-05-22T21:03:35Z ]]> Energy Independence with Waste Heat ExchangersYesterday, I attended the Energy Independence Day festival at Waste Oil Recyclers location.  It was very nice and well attended with food and music. I was there to give information about the various waste heat exchangers I offer to reduce energy usage. About a half dozen people immediately understood the value of these items. Still, as much as people understand the value of these products, I will probably not hear from them for reasons I do not understand.

A coworker showed up with his very bright daughter. He runs his car on vegetable oil. I will probably buy this car soon. Anyway, we got the grand tour from my friend, one of the original owners, and it was quite the operation. When they started they were going around in a pickup truck with 55 gallon drums in the back. Now they have a fleet of eight septic system pumping trucks so they can just suck the oil out of the containers which is a much cleaner method of collecting the oil. They collect and process into fuel grade oil some 2.75 million gallons of waste vegetable oil per year–so much that the tanker truck traffic was becoming a problem as well as the fact that over the road trucking is affected by every conceivable delay from traffic to weather.

To solve this they had a railroad siding installed so they could ship their product to the biodiesel manufacturer in Erie, PA much more easily. Since they are working out of an old foundry immediately adjacent to the Lukens Steel facility in Coatesville, PA, this railroad siding was very easy to install and they have service from the same railroad that services the Lukens facility.

It is quite an operation. They retrieve the oil, filter it for large particulates, heat it and allow the water and smaller particulates to fall to the bottom while the clean oil rises to the top.  Then they run the clean oil through yet another set of filters to clean it up to fuel grade and then move it into the rail tanker cars. They also allow other collectors in the area to move their oil through the rail cars so all in all 3-4 rail cars a week leave that facility for the processing plant in Erie. Clearly these guys have managed to make a living at this.

In other personal news, I have completed building and programming and have installed my PV system controller. I designed it to do the things that currently available equipment does not do because the manufacturers are not interested in doing it. They have their eyes focused on their tiny little piece of the puzzle and have no interest in making a controller that will cohesively control the entire system instead of just their little part. For them, when the battery is charged, they see the best solution to protect the battery from becoming over charged as choking down the panels so they make less power. Thus the system is not producing as much power as it could. I was constantly coming home and finding the charge controller had been doing this for 2-5 hours a day sometimes.

The most useful part of this is my controller’s ability to determine when the battery is fully charged and then turn on my power inverter and connect it to my house circuit so the power actually gets used while I am not home to do that manually. Of course all of this is programmable so I could choose to do any number of things with this power and I have multiple outputs available so I could send power to several things so that if one thing is satisfied and no longer requires power I could send that power to the next thing or several things at once if needed. For off grid people this could be useful for doing tasks such as pumping water into a tank for later use or running a freezer down so battery power doesn’t have to be drawn later to do this.

Anyway, it seems to be working very well so far and I am hopeful to develop this further so others can use it.

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craigshields <![CDATA[The Tragic Consequences of America’s Frittering Away Its Leadership Position in Renewable Energy]]> http://www.2greenenergy.com/?p=66401 2017-05-22T21:46:26Z 2017-05-22T17:33:03Z ]]> Leadership Position in Renewable Energy Abdication of Donald Trump’s dwindling support base clings tight to the notion that the president’s policies will bring back jobs into the rust-belt, even though the spokespeople for the dinosaur industries (like coal) have consistently cautioned that this is impossible.  At the same time, Trump’s cutting the federal budget for the development of renewable energy is putting American interests far behind in the global push in this increasingly important direction. 

Here’s a wonderful graphic that illustrates the magnitude of the error we seem so eager to make here, turning over leadership in the burgeoning clean energy arena to China, of all countries.

 

 

 

 

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Ron Robbins <![CDATA[From Guest Blogger Ron Robbins: Four Ways to Save Money on Your Energy Bill]]> http://www.2greenenergy.com/?p=66336 2017-05-22T21:09:02Z 2017-05-22T02:04:53Z ]]> Energy Bill With the rise in energy costs year after year, it’s no wonder why homeowners are looking for ways to save on their monthly energy bill. Whether you’re taking these measures to the extremes or just trying to take small, precautionary steps to become more eco-conscious, it’s a win-win for both your wallet and the environment.

Take a look at the following green energy solutions so you cand find ways to start saving money on your energy bill while also becoming a more eco-conscious citizen.
Save money on your energy bill

1) Reseal cracks and crevices

If you’re noticing a rise in your energy bill every month but are not sure why it’s going up, you may want to consider the factor that your house could be leaking air through cracks and crevices. Use home maintenance products such as silicone sealant to go around the outside of your windows, door frames, and roof. While you’re at it, you’ll also want to check the seal for your doors and windows, attic and basement to make sure the entryways are sealed shut and there’s not air leaking through.

While you’re at it, you’ll also want to check the seal for your doors and windows, attic and basement to make sure the entryways are sealed shut and there’s not air leaking through.

2) Consider getting a tune-up

If it’s been a little while since your last maintenance check, you’ll want to make sure your air conditioning system is functioning properly. This is when it’s time for a cooling system tune-up. Setting up an appointment with a professional is fairly easy to do. Also, if you’re looking to get a tune up at the beginning of Spring or Autumn, many HVAC companies will be running specials where you can get a full air conditioning tune-up for a steeply discounted price.

3) Add insulation to the attic

Always playing a major role in energy consumption, your attic holds a ton of heat during the summer months. If you haven’t done so already, consider adding an extra layer of insulation to prevent that hot air from seeping through your ceiling and into your home. Doing so will keep the hot air outside so that your home is cool, efficient, and eco-friendly.

4) Turn down the hot water

If you’re a big fan of hot water, you could be draining big dollars down the drain. No joke. Hot water, whether you’re using it to wash clothes or to shower, costs a lot of energy to heat up. Consider taking it down a notch by turning the knob counter-clockwise and using slightly cooler water. It’s not only better for your skin’s complexion, but you’ll feel it too. The same goes for when you’re washing clothes.

If you’re looking to become ore eco-conscious as well as saving money on your monthly energy bill, making small adjustments to energy consumption around the house can make a huge difference in the long run. What are your tips for saving money and becoming more eco-conscious in your home?

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craigshields <![CDATA[Wondering Why the U.S. Government Subsidizes Oil, While Pushing for Renewable Energy Remains Controversial?]]> http://www.2greenenergy.com/?p=66389 2017-05-22T21:37:20Z 2017-05-21T18:19:19Z ]]> Wondering Why the U.S. Government Subsidizes Oil, While Pushing for Renewable Energy Remains Controversial?As suggested in the graphic here, the answer is, in a word: corruption.

In addition to universal healthcare, the same case could be made for anything else that people generally want that doesn’t directly serve corporate interests: renewable energy, quality public schools, social programs that help keep kids out of prison, etc.

Until we overturn Citizens United, and restore democracy to “We the People,” our Congress will serve the needs of their corporate paymasters.

 

 

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craigshields <![CDATA[An Exercise in Alternative Science]]> http://www.2greenenergy.com/?p=66385 2017-05-21T18:12:52Z 2017-05-21T17:27:49Z ]]> Alternative ScienceThere seems to be some sort of detente between religion and science at this point in Western Civilization, largely brought on by the arrival of Pope Francis on the scene, with his high-impact humanism, one that borders on the secular. In particular, he urges us not to take certain biblical passages literally, e.g., the story of creation as laid out in the Book of Genesis. The entire Christian world was shocked when the Pope pointed out recently that the theory of evolution is not inconsistent with creation, speaking as follows: “When we read about Creation in Genesis, we run the risk of imagining God was a magician with a magic wand able to do everything. But that is not so.”

That was certainly the way most people had conceptualized the Judeo-Christian God.  What else is one to imagine from the concepts of omniscience and omnipotence?  But, as one might expect, not all Christians are willing to buy this, and many push back hard on any elements of science that appear to contradict the word of God as presented in the bible.

A particularly touchy situation arises with paleontology and the study of dinosaurs, which suggests that different sorts of animals were present on Earth in a period of at least tens of millions of years, as evolution did its thing.

Needless to say, this gets into some fairly heated discussions, like this one, where the speaker presents an alternative science and claims that fossils are fabricated by those who study them. She’s totally serious, and presents her case very clearly.

I’m reminded of a conversation I had with a park ranger in the Sierra Nevada mountains as a prelude to a backpacking trip I was taking with my son and some friends. She was talking about she and her team use carbon dating to establish the age of trees, and how they can use this technology to look back tens of thousands of years. I asked her how she responds when someone challenges her on the basis that, according to the bible, the Earth is 6000 years old. She replied, “I change the subject. Immediately.”

I urge readers to check out the video linked above, and ask themselves, “Wouldn’t she be a great candidate for Trump’s cabinet in the forestry service?”  This woman is paleontology’s equivalent to the climate change denier, and our president has shown his penchant for people who can bring as much alternative science to the table as possible.  She obviously has most of the qualifications for the job right there.  If she’s a billionaire and contributes huge sums of money to the Trump campaign, I’d say that she has every single one.

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Ash <![CDATA[From Guest Blogger Ash: Three Ways to Green Up Your Home]]> http://www.2greenenergy.com/?p=66356 2017-05-19T15:57:09Z 2017-05-21T15:54:20Z ]]> Green Up Your HomeWhether we realize it or not, one of the greatest threats in the world today is climate change. Leon Billings and Thomas Jorling, widely regarded pioneers of the “Golden Age” of environmental policy, state, “Today, there is a widely accepted science that proves climate pollution will alter how our planet functions.”

The degradation of our environment is responsible for rising sea levels, the extinction of many species, higher temperatures, and more — which eventually is going to affect the way we live as humans.

It’s easy to shirk off responsibility and blame this sad state of affairs on central authorities. However, the fact is that our everyday lifestyle is as much at fault for not considering environmental repercussions. Most people’s homes today are far from energy-efficient, with the EIA claiming that the average annual electricity consumption for a U.S. residential utility customer was 10,812 kilowatt hours.

One of the major misconceptions about going green is that it requires significant expense and radical change. This is not entirely true; green renovations can be implemented at any scale you wish, thus lowering your energy costs and environmental impact. If you’re in for a total revamp, then many organizations today allow for home improvement loans to fund your renovations.

With an increasing number of people becoming concerned about the environment, green renovations can actually add value to your house, should you want to resell. Greening up your home should be looked at as an investment, since the money you spend initially will yield great returns in the long-term, with savings on utilities and other bills while also keeping to environmental impact to an absolute minimum. Here are three ways to make your home more green:

Rainwater Harvesting

On average, a person flushes a toilet about 140,000 times in their lifetime. That means that with a typical toilet using 2 gallons per flush, one person will end up using 280,000 gallons of water to flush away their bodily waste! This is water that has been treated and filtered at an expense. Since the water needed to flush your toilet doesn’t have to be as clean as the water you drink, think about how much more sense it would make if non-potable water used was rainwater, that you yourself could harvest. With drought conditions growing, rainwater harvesting is a great alternative to provide a supply of water. A rainwater harvest system is something you can personally put into place or have a contractor install. Though it may require some effort, rainwater harvesting is a wonderful way to save water and money!

Energy Efficient Lighting

More often than not, we don’t realize how much energy we are consuming by leaving lights on, or by forgetting to unplug chargers for long periods of time. Replacing traditional incandescent light bulbs with light-emitting diodes (LED) or compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL) will save lots of energy. LEDs and CFLs will last five times longer than incandescent light bulbs;that’s a substantial amount of time. The money you would save by switching out your incandescents for greener options is also significant, making for a win-win situation.

Solar Power

One of the best options for a green home is to switch to solar power, if you are in a position to do so. While this may seem like a time-consuming task, solar panel installation is a one-time affair, the benefits of which can be reaped as long as the sun continues to shine!

Solar panels work by collecting and converting sunlight into energy that can be used to power everything from your refrigerator to your air conditioner. This might lead you to wonder about what happens during nighttime, or on a particularly cloudy day, where the sun doesn’t shine bright. Well, the great thing about solar panels is that when enough sunlight isn’t collected, power is automatically drawn from the grid, ensuring that your appliances are powered and working whenever you need them.

Research shows that people have saved between $44 to $187 in their first year of using solar panels. Subsequently, this the lessened the load on the power grid and led to a decrease in energy wastage. Harnessing the natural power of the sun does wonders for the environment, relieving a lot of the stress caused by traditional electricity production methods.

All in all, it’s worth the investment to green up your home. In this time of environmental turmoil, we need to do all we can to make sure our negative impact on the environment is minimized. Changing our everyday habitat to become more sustainable is only the first step towards a better future.

 

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craigshields <![CDATA[We Don’t Have “Opinions” About Science]]> http://www.2greenenergy.com/?p=66380 2017-05-21T18:14:35Z 2017-05-20T23:23:47Z ]]> We Don't Have "Opinions" About ScienceNikita writes: Just read your blog; you are writing about things I never thought about. What is your opinion about this invention?

It’s a scam.  It violates the 1st and 2nd laws of thermodynamics. Think about it: this produces energy out of nothing?  That doesn’t make sense to you, does it?

There is no energy in gravity, btw.  Gravity is a force that attracts masses to one another. The relationship between gravity and energy is that moving an object opposing gravity (or any other force) requires energy; an object moving with a force releases energy.

Not to pick nits, but it’s not really correct to say that one has an “opinion” about an element of science.  We don’t say we have an opinion on the sum of 2 and 2, or that the Earth rotates on its axis.  An idea whose truth can be resolved using science is either right or wrong; opinions are associated with subjective ideas like beauty, the appeal of certain foods, etc. That climate change is real is a fact; that the gin pictured above is excellent is my (considered) opinion.

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craigshields <![CDATA[New Commitments to Renewable Energy Popping Up All Over the Globe, But, Sadly, Not in the U.S.]]> http://www.2greenenergy.com/?p=66374 2017-05-20T19:30:08Z 2017-05-20T18:27:15Z ]]> 0320_tillerson-putin_1024x576Here’s an update on the rapid migration to renewable energy.  This time, it’s Sweden doing something extraordinary.  Who will be next?  

Sadly, it won’t be the U.S., which is proving that its subservience to the fossil fuel industry is the primary driver of both its economy and political arena. But, while America is refusing to participate in the most significant economic trend of the 21st Century, the rest of the world is running at this at 100 MPH, creating jobs and reducing pollution of dozens of different types. As a result, their people are healthier, richer, and happier.  As a bonus, as if one were necessary, those who happen to care about the world around them (a large percentage) are also proud. Hard to find something not to like about this.

 

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Justin Jersey <![CDATA[From Guest Blogger Justin Jersey: Installation of Solar Power Systems-A Pre-Preparation Guide]]> http://www.2greenenergy.com/?p=66347 2017-05-18T15:53:21Z 2017-05-20T15:49:02Z ]]> Installation of Solar Power Systems-A Pre-Preparation GuideToo overwhelmed by the amazing benefits of solar panels and want to get a solar power system installed on your rooftop? Well, slow down. Do not rush in. They may be very efficient and may profit you a lot after a payback period of about 5 years, but if you do not do your research before getting a solar power systems installed, your investment may result into a waste. Before starting to look for a solar company, make sure you have an idea about these points:

  • Is your roof strong enough to bear the weight of the solar panels? The panels are not lightweight. So, it is essential that the roof has the tensile strength to take its weight.
  • Does your roof need repairs or replacement? The solar panels have longevity. They last for more than 25 years. So, you have to make sure that your roof does too. If you feel the roof is worn out and may need replacing soon, it would be preferable to get the roof replacement and repairs before starting to plan a solar power system installation.
  • How much sunlight does your roof get throughout the year. If your roof is west or south facing, it is the most ideal condition for exposure to sunlight. Also, make sure there are no surrounding huge structures that block sunlight on your roof. If there is more shade than sunlight on your roof for the most part of the day, then you may want to reconsider about the solar power system installation plans.

After you are sure about the suitability of your roof for the installation of solar power systems, the next step is to look for a suitable and authentic solar company. This is where you tread with caution. As a solar power system is a long-time investment, choosing the wrong solar company may have many repercussions. So, here are the questions you need to get satisfactory answers to before finalising on a solar company:

  1. Does the company has the expertise to set up systems on the type of roof that your home has? Roofs come in many different designs and are made up of various materials. So, make sure you find a company that has the expertise of working on the type of roof that that your house has. Especially is your roof is made of metal, Spanish tiles, or regular wood shingles, instead of composite shingle, you may have a little trouble finding the appropriate solar system installation company as not all companies have this expertise.
  2. How much electricity will the solar panels produce after installation? Every solar installation company offers a quote of the output power. They also provide a production warranty. You can get quotes from several companies and then compare so that you can get the most efficient solar power system installed.
  3. What happens if the system doesn’t produce as much electricity as I was promised?
    As mentioned above, companies provide a production guarantee. So, ask what the company is supposed to if the system fails to reach the assured production limit. Also, ask what steps the company will take to monitor the installed solar power system to ensure that it is working efficiently.
  4. What is the length of manufacturer’s warranty? Firstly, you need to ensure that the solar panels are certified by the government. Ask about the warranty periods for all the components. A good solar installation company provides more than 20 years of warranty on solar panels, 5-10 years of warranty on inverters and batteries and at least 1 year long workmanship warranty. If the warranty period is shorter than this, then you can safely assume that the quality of the service and the components is lower than expected.

After you get satisfactory answers for the above 4 questions, you can rest assured of your solar power system installation project is in capable hands and await the onset of green energy into your home.

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