Posts Tagged ‘solar energy’

What Can Solar Lighting Do For Me?

We are all looking for ways to cut cost as the price of living continues to rise. And, with the recent push to more green power sources, we look for ways to do our part in saving the environment. One of the best ways to accomplish both of these aspects is to switch to solar power. There are so many different ways to implement the renewable source in our daily lives, and with a few simple questions, you can find the right one for you.

Maybe you’re a Realtor in need of lighted signs for your properties. What are your options? You are in luck, because there are affordable and dependable solar lighting systems that fit right on top of your existing Realtor signs. No one wants to lose a possible sale because it was dark and the interested party could not read your sign. Solar lighting is an excellent option to make sure your signs are always readable.

It seems like those city bus stops must use a lot of energy with those lights, but you wouldn’t feel safe without some sort of illumination. Are there any other options? Yes! In fact, there are a whole line of lighting systems that depend on solar power. And, some of these systems offer this neat little motion detector, so when a passenger steps under the shelter, the light automatically comes on. These systems could save a city thousands of dollars in electrical bills.

Are all of those warning lights and traffic notifiers using up electricity? In most cases, these lights, like speed indicators, school zone lights and flashing warning lights do depend on electricity. The good news is that more and more localities are switching to solar power for these signs too. Again, this is a great money saver and another step toward green living.

Have you always wondered about parking lots and street lamps and the power they use? They are needed, but they seem so unreliable, going out at the worst moment. Are there more reliable options? Solar powered lamps for these cases are more than reliable. They are each self contained, meaning that, if one was to malfunction, and the others will continue to glow brightly. The cost of installation of such a lighting system will pay itself off in a matter of months, since the lights use no electricity and need little or no maintenance.

What can you do for outdoor lighting at your home? There are numerous styles and designs for home outdoor lighting needs in sun powered options. You can find cute little pathway lights to illuminate the walk to your door. You can choose decorative lighting for your gazebo or patio. And, you can even install solar powered security lights to make dark corners of your yard feel safer. With outdoor lighting the options are endless. And, installing these solar systems will save you both money and time.

Perhaps you have a dock, and are always worried that something will cause your light to malfunction. What can you do? Consider installing a solar light. These illumination devices are available as track lighting along the edge of the dock or as pillars that can also serve as mooring. They are reliable even if the power goes out.

As you can see, there are so many excellent solar powered lighting options. These seven above are just a few of the many uses for these lighting systems. For anyone looking to save a great deal of money on power bills or for those looking for green power options, then a solar light system is definitely a great choice. You will not be dissatisfied, and you will love the drop in your electric bill.

About The Author
Kriss Bergethon is a writer and solar expert from Colorado.
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Powering Your Home with Solar Energy

It has been estimated that within 20 years there will be a 50% higher demand for
more energy. One great solution is to use a form of energy that is not only
unlimited in its potential, but it is also free, renewable, and clean.
That energy is solar power and has more people taking a second look.
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Green Employment Opportunities.

Green careers have emerged as a shining light in a generally bad economy. While other corporations are struggling, green companies are looking forward to a better year.

    Solar Power
    The solar field is heating up, and offers many opportunities in panel installation and sales. More colleges, technical schools and extension services are offering programs in the sector. The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners, NABCEP, offers certification programs that will train you in solar installation. If you would like to become a solar salesperson, start by contacting some of the solar panel makers.

    Wind Power
    The market for wind energy continues to grow, so much so that wind power now employs more Americans than the coal industry. A bonus is that if you already have a degree or background as a machinist or engineer you may be able to turn that into a job as a wind turbine machinist or wind turbine installer.

      Green Building
      The federal and local governments continue to require more certification and higher energy efficiency on all buildings. Green building, with The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, will likely become a standard in construction.
      There will be many careers available within these industries. Take the time to get the training and schooling that will be needed.
      See job listings for these fields and apply now:
      Wind Jobs
      Solar Jobs
      Green Jobs Center

      DIY Solar Powered Trike

      Solar Powered TrikeTravel for free with the power of the sun!

      How to build a Solar Powered Trike

      The purpose of this project is to build a vehicle that:

      -Provides free, ‘green’ transportation for short distances (<10 miles), thus it must never
      plug into a wall socket, or emit any pollutants.

      -Charges while at work

      -Is cheap, simple, and low maintenance.

      -Draws attention to the practical application of green energies, and promotes Fossil Fuel alternatives.

      -Reduces excess automobile wear and pollution from cold driving / short, in town trips.

      -This is a is a project for Dr. Reza Toosi’s ‘Energy and the Environment, a global perspective’ class at California State University, Long Beach. We look at the sources, technologies, and impacts of energy on our environment.Schwinn Meridian Adult 26-Inch 3-Wheel Bike

      Link to other class projects, some of Dr. Toosi’s ENG-302i lectures, and other interesting videos.

      http://www.csulb.edu/~rtoossi/engr302i

      Short video:

                                                                                                                                         To Start Building Click Here

      Eco Boat: Green solar-recharged boat

      tamarack-lake-boat-loonThe Loon, built near Orillia, Ont., on the shore of Lake Simcoe, makes emissions-free electric boating a viable option.

      Solar boating is a little like sailing, since the wind that powers sailboats is also a result of the sun. But solar-assisted electric boats offer the advantages of being able to travel in zero wind, and can go directly into the wind without tacking. http://www.tamarackelectricboats.com

      The Loon pontoon boat is “solar-assisted” because it has a built-in battery charger that allows users to augment the solar energy input with electricity from the utility grid, usually from shore power available at marinas or dockside. Electric boats, unlike gas-powered boats, eliminate the discharge of hydrocarbons into waterways. Such pollution is dangerous to most things on which fish feed.

      The advantages of an electric powered boat are many. An electric boat is quiet, environmentally sound, it encourages conversation and provides a smooth relaxing environment. In most cases the slap of the water against the hull is the prevalent sound. The absence of other appreciable sound is surprising to most people. Sailors especially appreciate the quiet motion of the electric motor propelled boat. Electric boats are also less expensive to operate and maintain in many cases.

      As gas and diesel prices continue to rise and there is a greater appreciation for green living, I see exciting times ahead for electric boating.

      The BlueCar electric car by Pininfarina and Bolloré

      bluecar-electric-b0-pininfarina-photo-001European car makers Pininfarina and Bolloré have created BlueCar, a hybrid vehicle powered by lithium-polymer batteries. According to the car makers the first units of this electric car will be delivered in about a year. Leases for the BlueCar will be available in six European countries at a cost of €330 per month.
      BlueCar will be able to be charged from a standard domestic main socket and will have a range of 250 km (153 miles). The car will have a top speed of 130 km/h (80 mph) and will feature potent acceleration, reaching 60 km/h from a standing start (0 to 37 mph) in 6.3 seconds. According to Pininfarina and Bollore the BlueCar will be able to run about 30 km (20 miles) on only a charge of a few minutes. The car will also be equipped with solar panels on the roof to help power the electrical equipments as well as its heating and air-conditioning system.