Jan
23
2018
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Scott Sklar

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Burning the Future

In Burning the Future: Coal in America, writer/director David Novack examines the explosive forces that have set in motion a groundswell of conflict between the coal industry and residents of West Virginia.

Burning The Future: Coal in America
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Clean Green Office
I outfitted my consulting firm with the latest tools to conserve energy and generate clean power.

Map and Description of Property
Written by Todd Burns   
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Rainwater collector
Written by Administrator   

Clients often have a lot of apprehension about spending money on new clean-energy technologies. They ask me, Will the roof turbine blow off in high winds? Can the solar panels withstand hail? Will the solar water-heating panels get too hot to work properly? We have had winds of more than 80 miles an hour, bad hail storms and many days with temperatures of more than 100 degrees. All our systems were unharmed and worked fine. There's nothing like being able to tell customers that I have already solved the energy problems they are facing. They think, "If he can do it, I can do it too."

For instance, adding rain barrels is an easy way to conserve water for the dry season and help keep the yard and garden green, which then continues to process CO2 from the atmosphere.

Aaron's Rain Barrels
ne-design.net
About $150
 
Battery bank
Written by Administrator   

The electricity is stored in a battery bank from GridPoint that powers everything in the building. Our backup is a Plug Power (plugpower.com) hydrogen fuel cell. I lease it for $375 a month through Government Leasing (government-leasing.com). Our energy bill is only about $70 a month because of our efforts. In all, I've invested about $5,000 to make the office more energy efficient and about $15,000 on renewable energy. I hope to earn back my investment in seven years.

GridPoint
gridpoint.com
About $11,000
 
Solar electric roof shingles
Written by Administrator   

We use green technologies to generate most of the 1.5 kilowatts of electricity we burn each day. Much of it comes from solar roofing shingles from UNI-SOLAR. To generate additional energy, we added a small wind turbine from Southwest Windpower, which towers above the roof.

UNI-SOLAR
uni-solar.com
$8,000 installed
 
Solar Spotlight
Written by Administrator   

To keep the thermostat steady, the walls and ceilings contain four to six inches of insulation, including a rigid plastic foam called polyisocyanurate (for sources, go to pima.org). That is more than the thickness of the average home's insulation. I also use a ductless heat pump from Sanyo. This system runs on recycled refrigerant fluid that can be heated or cooled. All the light fixtures in the office take compact fluorescent bulbs, which use only a fraction of the wattage of incandescents, and high-efficiency LED bulbs.

Suntyme
suntyme.com
About $100

 

PUBLIC OPINION POLL RESULTS SHOW STUNNING MAJORITY OF AMERICANS SUPPORT CLEAN, RENEWABLE ENERGY AND OPPOSE NUCLEAR POWER & FOSSIL FUELS

Americans and Energy Policy: The Myth of the Partisan Divide

Popular Mechanics Bulb Test

Consumer Articles: Home Efficiency

Programs and Tips

Energy Star is the national program that rates appliances and promotes energy savings activities. Experts at the US Environmental Protection Agency and US Department of Energy have also sorts of programs and tips. Here are three sites: