Natural Gas to Dominate Energy Market in United States?

It looks like all of the sudden natural gas has become one of the hottest energy topics in United States and all of the sudden almost all major energy analysts believe that natural gas will become game changer that could even slow down the future development of renewable energy technologies.

We are talking here about currently one of the cheapest energy options, and its low prices will very likely remain low in years to come, mostly because of the significant technological improvement, with the most noticeable being of course the shale gas extraction.

In light of all this, even US president Obama recently talked about this energy source as one of the obvious energy solutions for United States. Natural gas is the cleanest fossil fuel, accounting for significantly less carbon emissions compared to coal, some environmentalists would say the least evil of the fossil fuel triumvirate. This is why many energy experts talk about it as clean energy source though this is not the case because despite emitting significantly less greenhouse gases compared to coal, it can still end up as the major contributor to climate change and global warming.

Natural gas is primarily used for heating, and then for electricity generation. Lately there has been also talk about the natural gas powered vehicles, and we’ll soon see whether this market will become success in years to come. In any case, it looks like this segment of energy market is living its Renaissance in United States, and by the current looks of it, this positive trend will not end any time soon.

Hopefully, this situation will not slow down the development of renewable energy sources such as wind, solar and geothermal.

Source by Ned Hall

Energy Efficiency: The Impact Of Renewable Power

For the better part of the last decade the term ‘Global Warming’ has been tossed around but just what does it exactly mean? Put simply global warming is the gradual increase in temperature of the Earth’s atmosphere. As a result of the greenhouse effect global warming is attributed to harmful carbon dioxide and other pollutants enabling damaging radiation from the sun to pass through into earth’s atmosphere. With NASA confirming that over 90% of experts agree that global warming is down to human causes, action must be taken!

Despite many activists and environmental agencies constantly urging people to take control of their carbon footprint, very little is done. From labelling it a ‘fad’ to declaring that only a (seemingly impossible) joint effort from every country could even remotely begin to reverse effects, global warming has sadly become neglected.

Whether it is the idea that one man can make very little difference to the entire cause or the belief that greener options for the home are far too costly and time-consuming, as a general public we seem to have given up. With constant unpredictable weather conditions and rising temperatures in some of the most unlikely parts of the world, it is important that we start to make changes.

We are each responsible for our own carbon footprints and whether you wish to believe it or not; one positive move could make a great difference. One of the easiest ways in which we can ensure we are more energy-efficient is by switching to using renewable power in our homes…

  • Renewable energy is named so as, unlike fossil fuels, it will not run out. There are a range of renewable energy options including solar, hydroelectric and wind power which are entirely natural resources that have drastically less impact on the environment.
  • Solar power is a popular choice for many homeowners but wind energy is fast becoming a leading choice, with a number of countries including the UK and US increasing the number of wind power plants in operation.
  • With an increasing number of green energy providers in many countries, going green is now incredibly easy and does not cost anywhere near as much as thought.
  • Although opting for solar panels may seem like the more expensive choice, in the long run your investment could greatly pay off as your home becomes increasingly self-sufficient.
  • Perhaps not the most popular choice, hydroelectricity is also an effective form of green energy. Using the flow of the water to generate electricity, this is a highly sustainable choice that could easily last for hundreds of years.
  • Not only will switching to green energy reduce harmful gas emissions, as a nation we will become less reliant upon imported fuels and as a result become more vastly economically developed.

Why not consider switching to a renewable energy provider, in return making your home far more energy-efficient and reducing your carbon footprint? With the temperature of the Earth’s atmosphere continuing to increase, including a weirdly warming Arctic, reducing your carbon footprint will only help improve the current state that the global climate is now in.

Source by P W Jones

Magnet Generators Are a Free Energy Breakthrough – True Or False?

Do you want to save on your energy costs in an eco friendly manner? If so you have several options. Solar power systems are the most popular alternative energy choice. In certain areas, generating electricity with a wind turbine system is a realistic solution. However, a potential new energy source has appeared. Magnet generators are being promoted as the alternative energy future. Advocates claim that once the initial cost is paid you will receive free energy for life.

The premise of magnet generators is that once the generator is powered up, it will continue to produce more energy than it consumes and will do so indefinitely. This condition of perpetual motion is known as over-unity. Proponents of this concept claim there are several reasons why you should choose this system over solar and wind power. Let’s examine those claims and determine if they are true.

1. A magnet generator can be constructed at home by anyone using common household tools and materials readily available from your local hardware store. When you examine the plans available from Magniworks, the leading online seller of these plans, several things jump out at you. First, you must fabricate metal parts. The copper rotor in particular requires very precise metal machining. Most homeowners do not have the tools or the skill to do this.

Second, the parts needed are not common hardware store items. The copper coated steel wires, copper rotor and the specially designed magnets specified are not available at my hardware store nor at any of the online sources listed in the Magniwork plans. Is the claim that anyone using common household tools and readily available material can build this generator true or false? False.

2. Once installed, a magnet generator will replace up to 50% of the electric power in the average home. In searching the Internet I did not find any magnet generators for sale, only plans to build them. This type of power generation, like solar and wind turbine, requires one or more 12 volt batteries to store the generated power. The Magniworks generator, at approximately 4 inches square,is too small to replace 50 percent of an average home’s electrical usage. The stated output is only 3.5 volts, 7 amps producing 24.5 watts of output. It is impossible to charge a 12 volt battery using only 3.5 volts. Hooked directly to a power inverter it would only power a single 20 watt bulb, not an entire house. Is the claim that the generator can supply up to 50 percent of a home’s electric needs true or false? False.

3. Magnet generators are perpetual motion machines that generate free energy. The two highly touted magnet generators, De Palma’s N-Machine and Lutech’s LEA system both claim high levels of overunity. To date these claims have not been independently verified by unbiased, neutral scientists. In addition, there no companies selling these generators, only people offering plans.

Magnet generator critics claim that over-unity or free energy cannot be produced without violating a basic law of science, the conservation of energy. Perhaps that explains the absence of power producing magnet generators. Is the claim of perpetual motion or over-unity true or false? False. Bottom line, magnet generators are at best an unproven theory and at worst a marketing ploy designed to sell nonproductive plans.

Source by Royce E. Anderson

Microgrid Generation is the Solution to the Energy Crisis

I meet a lot of people who think they can’t solve the energy problem going on in the world.  They believe it’s up to the government and the utilities to figure that out. Even if these same people support renewable energy, they still think they can’t make a difference.  What will my 12 solar panels really do compared to the massive wind project in Cape Cod or the utility-scale solar farm proposed for Greenfield, Massachusetts?  They are wrong.  It’s up to all of us to solve the energy crisis.  One of the reasons why we became a residential and commercial solar installer is because we are passionate that distributed generation makes sense.

There is a huge push for renewable energy in the United States right now because more than half of the states in the United States have escalated their renewable portfolio standards.  The Renewable Portfolio Standard, or RPS, is the energy mix that is received from renewable sources.  For example, Massachusetts has an RPS of 15% by 2020, Connecticut has an RPS of 20% by 2020, and Rhode Island has an RPS of 16% by 2019.  In order to reach these goals, there are both federal and state incentives.  Right now, big utilities are pushing to get all of these incentives to subsidize the cost of multi-billion dollar photovoltaic, solar thermal, and wind projects.  If this happens, then aren’t we letting the same people who were in charge of the old energy world be in charge of the new one?

Now, let’s go back to the these utility-scale renewable energy projects and take a deeper look. Where are most of these projects?  Since they need millions of acres of land, don’t they have to be in rural areas?  That means that huge oversized transmission lines, costing up to $10 million a mile, have to connect these energy “farms” to places where there are homes and businesses.  These lines are oversized because there is a tremendous amount of electricity loss, up to 10%, during transmission.  The other problem with these projects is that they have to go through a multi-year evaluation process which means no one will benefit from the power they generate for several years.

I’m sure a lot of people don’t understand the concept of a microgrid.  It’s pretty simple.  It is best explained as small-scale electricity generation for a specific geographic location – it could be solar panels on your roof or a wind turbine in your backyard.  You would be your own power plant.  There would be very little transmission loss because the electricity doesn’t have to travel far.  A small wind or solar project can also start almost immediately and you wouldn’t be backlogged in an evaluation process.  Best of all, the profits from energy generation aren’t going to the utilities, the savings are passed along to homeowners and business.  Have I convinced you yet that everyone of us as individuals have the “power” to change the world? I hope so.

Source by Mona Reese

Renewable Energy And Green Careers

Many new college graduates are looking for jobs. While the jobs outlook for many careers in the United States is fairly bleak due to the economy, nevertheless there are some fields in which the jobs market is growing. Sustainable energy is one of those areas. For those with the proper background and experience, as well as those who want to make a difference in how our country operates, a job in renewable resources and sustainable energy may be a perfect fit.

Types of Jobs In Clean Energy

For recent graduates with a degree in engineering, the field of renewable energy offers several different types of careers. Jobs such as electrical engineer, mechanical design and modeling engineer, semiconductor packaging engineer, systems engineer, and a generalist engineer are all used in the renewable resources field. New college graduates may want to look for generalist engineering jobs first.

These are typically entry-level jobs in green energy, and give you an excellent way to build experience in the field for which you have been trained. Some of the requirements that engineers need in order to procure this type of entry-level job is a degree from an accredited university, written and spoken communication skills, as well as practical and analytical ability in the fields of engineering or physics. You will want to be familiar with common computer programs that would be used on the job, such as MS Office Suite. New engineers need to show that they can plan and coordinate projects, and also have the skills to develop and deliver functional reports, as well as PowerPoint presentations.

There are many steps that you can take to make your resume and experience stand out from the other applicants for entry-level green careers in engineering. Learn how to use solid model and drawing creation software programs, and then get experience in the field using them. Any type of job that offers you hands-on experience will also bring your resume to the top of a human resources director’s stack of applicants. Every company wants a new employee who can develop products at low cost, and so if you can get experience in this area it will play well when you are looking for a new green engineering job.

Another area in which you can shine is in that of professional work habits. If you can show that you are innovative in your designing solutions, and have a great attitude and the capability of working fairly long hours, you will be well on your way to finding that new job in clean energy.

Source by Jonathon Blocker

The Pros and Cons of Solar Energy – Is it Really the Best Solution For Your Particular Case?

What are the pros and cons of solar energy? I mean, we’ve all heard about how solar energy can supply our homes with free electricity, and even put money in our pockets as the local electric company is mandated by law to buy back surplus electricity generated while a solar home is still connected to the grid, and blah-blah-blah… but can it all be true in every case? Are some instances more favorable than others? What are the factors involved which decide if this is the best route to take for our particular situation? Let’s take a deeper look into this…

Okay, here are some pros and cons. Of solar energy, the most appealing pro has got to be the electric company paying us for a change. The fact is that it actually does happen, and for those that it does, it’s a sheer thrill to watch the kilowatt-hour meter running backwards. But in order for this to happen, you’d need to stay connected to the grid… which, if you ask me, seems to defeat the purpose, principally. Also, to accomplish this, you’d actually be using more solar panels than you really need, so it isn’t very practical. You basically have an overabundance of solar panels working for you, instead of just having a conservative number filling a “bank” with electricity to store – say, one or two of those large batteries such as those used for forklifts, in order to regulate the constant flow of electricity to your home’s appliances and etc.

More pros and cons of solar energy… you may live in the perfect place for using this type of free energy – or, maybe not. For instance, how close to the nearest pole do you live? People in some parts of Alaska experience days that are six months long – and nights that are six months long as well. Would solar power be a feasible alternative energy source in that case? If where you live is just fine for fairly consistent daylight hours year-round, remember that as “off-grid-able” as you can make your house, the value of your home increases quite a bit. Whether you will eventually sell your home or not, being able to operate completely off the grid is a definite plus.

As for the last of any pros and cons of solar energy I’ll mention here, there is the up-side and the down-side of cost… first, the down-side; While the cost of solar panels and installation is nowhere near as expensive as it used to be, it still may be just out of reach for many of us home owners out there. But here’s the up-side; It’s really very simple to build your own solar panels from components that are easily accessed and procured by anyone, and quite inexpensively as well. A single 3×7 foot panel could run about 20-40% of your home’s appliances and other electrical needs.

Source by Bryan Kenny

How To Get Your Solar Energy Tax Credit

There are a lot of good reasons to go solar for your home or business. Many Bay Area homeowners have a solar system installed to protect themselves and their families against rising energy rates. While it is difficult to forecast exactly how much electricity costs will rise, or how quickly, one thing is certain – they will continue to go up. Conversely, an investment in solar for your home or business not only decreases or even entirely eliminate monthly electricity costs, it can also increase the property value of a home and lower the operating costs of a business. A third and very important financial incentive is the federal government’s generous solar energy tax credit.

The solar energy tax credit allows a homeowner to reduce the amount of income tax that they would otherwise have to pay the federal government. This credit is good for 30 percent of homeowner’s investment in their solar system, including solar panels, a charge converter, battery, and inverter, but only for the next three years. The credit will drop to 26 percent in 2020, and 22 percent in 2021. After 2021, the solar energy tax credit for residential customers will be eliminated entirely. While there is a chance the credit could be extended, many homeowners considering solar are planning to install their systems within the next few years to take advantage of the credit.

For commercial businesses looking to go more green, they can qualify for up to 70% off with solar tax incentives. Not only will you qualify for a 30% Federal Tax Credit but you can accelerate the depreciation of your solar system over 5 short years. These tax incentives are equivalent to 60%-70% of the system cost, leaving you needing only 3-4 years of energy savings to recover your entire investment.

In addition to the financial benefits of the solar energy tax credit, many people choose to go solar because they feel solar energy is a more environmentally responsible solution. Solar energy is both sustainable and renewable. Solar energy provides a zero-emission way to power buildings, and appliances, heat water, and refuel electric vehicles. The more popular and widespread that rooftop or carport solar panels become, the more they reduce the load on coal-burning power plants.

With buildings accounting for 38 percent of all carbon emissions in the U.S., going solar can significantly decrease our carbon footprint. A typical residential solar panel system will eliminate three to four tons of carbon emissions each year-the equivalent of planting over 100 trees annually. Going solar is not only a great way to go green, but taking advantage of the solar energy tax credit – before it expires – is a great way to save some green.

Source by Kyle Severns

How to Save Money With Renewable Energy Sources

For years we have heard from our government about its plans to reduce energy costs and adopt new technologies to help us cut our dependence on the foreign oil. Unfortunately, after years of trying we are still highly dependent on non-renewable resources. We are still using more oil than ever before and some of the solutions on the table are not exactly what you can call encouraging. Using Uranium or Coal to power up our devices is not exactly what you can call earth shattering. And Propane is not that much better. Green technologies such as wind, solar, geothermal, and even biomass could help us find other sources to tap into to cut our dependence on oil and gas.

You don’t need the government to adopt eco-friendly technologies to be able to use them to save money on your bill. A lot of people have stayed ahead of the government by adopting these solutions already. There is no reason you can’t use your own solar panels to generate power for your house and your gadgets. Building a solar solution from scratch may seen tricky, but in reality you don’t have to be a genius to set one up. You just have to be in a location that provides you a lot of access to the sun.

Wind energy is another way of generating power for your house. You’d be surprised how many people are already using their own windmills to charge up their homes. If you live in a windy location, you have a great opportunity to create power and save a lot of money on your bills. In some locations, you can even adopt a hybrid approach (solar + wind) and save even more money.

At the end of the day, there is no reason you shouldn’t adopt eco-friendly solutions at this point of time. You shouldn’t wait for the Congress or the White House to bring this to you as they are often too slow. There is no better time than now to start saving money and helping the earth in the process.

Source by Panah C Rad

Green Energy That Will Move You!

“I would like to find a way to save money and help out the environment by going ‘green’ but i just don’t know were to start in order to find something that will really make an impact…!”

We are hearing comments like this more and more now days, and its unfortunate, but so many people are still unsure of were to find the answers! The answer to this problem is to start small by proactively going about changing the way you do things around your home; here are some simple and effective things you can do to make a start today:

– Reduce and recycle your waste

– limit the use of harsh chemical and don’t pour them down the drain

– Take shorter showers and install a water efficient shower head

– Using the half flush can really add up to savings

– Wash your cloths using the cold wash and only do so when you have a full load

– Avoid running air conditioners to far above or below 22 C or 71 F

– Use a trigger nozzle on your garden hose

– install water saving devices on taps and shower heads

– etc…

If your willing to make a more substantial investment for the long term the following avenues could be explored too:

– Buy more energy efficient appliances and be sure to maintain them e.g. fridge door seals, clean air conditioner filters etc…

– Have your home insulated

– Install a heat pump or solar hot water heating system

– Install Solar panels

– Geothermal heating and cooling

– Install a water tank to capture rain water and/or a grey water treatment system and connect it to your toilet and washing machine and garden sprinkler system.

These are all great ideas and can save you a fortune and in some cases totally offset the cost of water and energy bills not to mention you will be making a difference for the good of the planet!

So this is great advice for around the house, what about when were out and about? Well, the real objective of this brief article today is to shed some light on an effective solution that we can all implement that will save us money, mother earth and as well as this even provides a few little benefits along the way all for a minimal cost to you! It’s called a HHO system!

What is a HHO system?

HHO or H2O is the acronym used to describe the building blocks of water which is two parts hydrogen and one part Oxygen. The HHO system is used as an additional energy source along with an existing pertol/desiel or LPG fuel system to power the engine of any type of vehicle we use. It’s purpose put simple is to supplement a large majority of the gas required to run your engine with nothing more then water (H2O), or at least that’s how it starts out!

How does it work?

In simple terms a HHO system uses a device that extracts the Hydrogen component from water in the form of a gas, this is done through a process called Hydro-electrolysis (type this into your search engine for a wealth of knowledge about this truly amazing phenomenon), flexible pipes are then used to feed the gas produced into your car’s air intake were it is eventually combined with the air and fuel in your engines combustion chamber were it is burnt off to provide the driving force which is said to be up to 30 % more powerful is most cases with the use of this system!

Will this save me money?

Absolutely, because you are using the power of hydrogen gas to supplement a large portion of the gas normally used to power your vehicle’s engine, savings begin from the moment you turn the key. For the average car owner savings of up to $1,200 a year are possible with SUV owners reporting even bigger savings with an average of about $2,100 a year. You will still need to visit the bowser for gas, although the frequency you will need to do this will be reduced considerably.

Is it safe to use and are there any other benefits?

A HHO system is extremely safe and relatively easy to install and most of all user friendly. Once burnt off, the hydrogen gas is condensed back into H2O! This time however in the form of a super heated DRY steam which provides further benefits such as a cleaner engine with a lowering operating temperature! The most impressive part of the whole process though is how it can reduce the HC, Co, Co2 and No2 emissions produced by your car to almost insignificant levels which is great for the environment with a bonus of more power for the user!!!

The HHO system is a great way for you to expand on those great efforts applied in the home whilst you are out and about!

So are you interested in knowing more about how this is done?

Please visit our website for more information and instructions on how to start saving money and the world today.

Source by Ben Caswell

Alternative Energy Solutions – Build Your Own Solar Panels and Save Money on Heating Costs!

In order to combat the rising cost of energy many folks are looking towards alternative energy solutions to save money on their power bill. With winter quickly approaching and the devaluation of the dollar equals the increased cost of heating your home whether you have a gas, heating oil, or electric furnace. One of the more popular alternative energy solutions is the production of free electricity through the use of solar panels. Although you can have a solar electrical system professionally installed, there is a more cost effective way to harness the power of the sun—Design and build your own solar panels and electrical system.

Anyone with even the slightest bit of mechanical aptitude can learn how to build their own system right in their own garage or workshop. When you compare the cost of a professionally installed system versus doing it yourself, you can save literally thousands of dollars. The only thing that you have to understand is how solar energy is produced and how to implement it to fit your power needs. By building your own solar electrical system you have greater control over the size as well as the design of your system making it more customizable as your electricity needs grow.

If you have a quality guide the hardware required to build your own alternative energy system are relatively simple to find. Generally you can find all that you need at your local home improvement store as the supply list consists of plywood, glass sheets, copper wire, and inexpensive photovoltaic cells. If you cannot find what you need locally there are a number of green online retailers. Once you have the guide and hardware, it generally takes less than a day to assemble a 100-watt solar panel which is capable of running a small appliance or workshop.

The first step is to find a quality manual that provides clear, step-by-step instructions for making your own solar panels. Like with most anything that you purchase, you will get what you pay for so make sure you get a good quality manual. When comparing the cost of making your own solar panels versus having a solar system professionally installed, you will have a smug satisfaction as you realize the thousands of dollars that you were able to save

Source by Richard Durst