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Chickens - Resilience and Sustainability | GreenPrepared

Chickens - Resilience and Sustainability | GreenPrepared | Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
Raising chickens is one way to practice sustainability and to become more resilient.
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Farming and raising chickens is a fairly easy way to supplement your grocery shopping list and reduce your fuel usage by avoiding last minute trips to the store for eggs.  With 30 chickens we get about 12-20 eggs a day.  Allowing some of the chickens to sit on the eggs and raise chicks keeps the flock new and strong.

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Pee power

Pee power | Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

People around the world produce an estimated 6.4 trillion litres of urine every year. BRL, a collaboration between the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England, want to make the most of this abundant resource. At the core of urine-tricity are microbial fuel cells (MFCs), which contain live microbes. When urine flows through an MFC the microbes consume it as part of their normal metabolic process. This, in turn, frees electrons. Electrodes within the cell gather these electrons and when they are connected to an external circuit a current is generated.


Where earlier tests produced minimal power, urine had the vim to recharge commercially available batteries, including those in mobile phones.


It is early days, but the work—which is being supported by a number of organisations, including the Gates Foundation—shows that urine could have the potential to make a significant contribution to renewable energy. It might also provide a commercial incentive to build more toilets—over 2.5 billion people around the world have no access to proper sanitation. Dr Ieropoulos and his team now plan to examine the potential of faeces as a possible power source. They have a higher organic-carbon level, but the scientists think that might be an acceptable price to pay for abundant availability and a self-regulating supply chain.


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Pee Power!  Renewable energy discovery and innovation is central to our efforts to overcome our dependence on fossil fuels as our only source of power.  While fossil fuels will always play a larger role in our power needs than renewable options the efforts underway to find alternatives will ensure environmental and national independence for continued sustainability.


Remember innovation creates jobs, enhances the economy, helps folks save money and can even reduce the environmental impacts we place on the earth. 


Additionally, this article addresses the need to reduce and reuse our waste stream (pun intended) to protect water sources and provide for proper sanitation services especially in developing countries.  


Be sure to check out additional insights about saving money, saving energy and being prepared at www.greenprepared.com.


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Soon everyone will be an electric company - MarketWatch

Soon everyone will be an electric company - MarketWatch | Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
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Soon everyone will be an electric company
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In the not-too-distant future, everyone could be an electric company, selling power into the grid just like the owners of giant generating plants.
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Are you considering getting off the grid or just looking to lower your costs?  This article outlines some of the technology available to consumers to lower your bills while potentially selling power back to the grid.  

 

As you consider upgrades to your home think about the technologies available that provide a little payback to you and to the environment.  

 

Systems such as Combined heat and power units — use the same heat that warms your home to generate electricity. Japanese residential electric customers operate 155,000 microCHP units, and Europeans operate 45,000 of them, says Mike Cocking, a microCHP consultant in Wisconsin.


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Germany Sets New Record, Generating 74 Percent Of Energy Needs From Renewable Energy

Germany Sets New Record, Generating 74 Percent Of Energy Needs From Renewable Energy | Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
Germany's impressive streak of milestones continued on Sunday, with renewable energy generation surging to a record portion of the country's overall energy demand by midday.
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We must continue to push for implementation of renewable energy in the United States.  

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LED light bulbs: Comparison charts - Eartheasy.com Solutions for Sustainable Living

LED light bulbs: Comparison charts - Eartheasy.com Solutions for Sustainable Living | Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
LED light bulbs Comparison Charts showing cost-effectiveness of LED lighting versus CFL and Incandescent light bulbs.
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Have you thought about switching to LED's?  Here is an article by Eartheasy.com that sums up the costs and benefits?  This can help you make an informed decision.   

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Renewable Energy Provides 56% of Newly Installed Electrical Generation

According to the latest “Energy Infrastructure Update” report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Energy Projects, solar, wind, biomass, geothermal, and hydropower provided 55.7% (1,965 MW of the 3,529 MW total installed) of new installed U.S. electrical generating capacity during the first half of 2014.


  • Solar provided 32.1% (1,131 MW)
  • Wind provided 19.8% (699 MW)
  • Biomass provided 2.5% (87 MW)
  • Geothermal provided 0.9% (32 MW)
  • Hydropower provided 0.5% (16 MW)
  • Most of the balance (1,555 MW – 44.1%) of the new generating capacity was provided by natural gas while no new coal or nuclear power capacity was reported



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The shift to renewable energy is an energy race but while many think it is a sprint what we need to keep in mind is that it is really a marathon.  The industrial revolution took over 50 years.  The Energy revolution will take time to gain a foothold and acceptance as an alternative to the energy choices we have become so accustomed.


We now see growth of this industry as a positive boon to our economy and investment in renewable energy has become mainstream on Wall Street with heavy hitters like Warren Buffet taking a lead in energy investment.  


Consumers must change their focus and make energy conservation and efficiency a key component of their day to day efforts towards financial success.  Imagine what a difference a $50 dollar monthly electric bill would make for your bottom line budgeting.


Installing/utilizing renewable sources and pushing our political leaders to support renewable energy products through legislation and policy is key to a more resilient future for America. 

I believe that whatever your motive, self-reliance is good for your home, your community, the planet and your wallet.

Thank you for taking the time to view my insights on saving money, saving energy and being prepared at www.greenprepared.com

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How Did US Renewable Energy Policy Get So Off Track?

How Did US Renewable Energy Policy Get So Off Track? | Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
How Did US Renewable Energy Policy Get So Off Track?
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As we continue down the path to a renewable energy future it is important to take a brief look back in time at the efforts in the late 1970's.  Was this failed policy?  Was the public just not ready to make the change?  I think the technology of today has enabled us to more easily adopt renewable energy systems into our lives.  Take a look at this article and let me know what you think.  See us at www.greenprepared.com for more insights into saving money, saving energy and being prepared. 

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Energy efficient home in Jamestown an attention-getter

Energy efficient home in Jamestown an attention-getter | Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
JAMESTOWN — If you drive east over the Jamestown Bridge and look off to the right, your eyes will be drawn to a new house under construction on the island’s shore.
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This is the future!  But...what if you have a 22 year old house like mine?  You can still become energy efficient and save money.  Start by installing LED lights.

Check back often at www.greenprepared.com for other energy and money savings tips.  

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Walmart Launches Affordable LED Lighting Line In U.S.A

Walmart Launches Affordable LED Lighting Line In U.S.A | Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

Walmart offers LEDs for under $10;  Our energy world is changing, and fast.

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Walmart is hoping to corner the LED lighting market with their GE Great Value brand.  The closest competion is the Cree LED sold by Home Depot.  The consumer advantage is that LED prices will continue to drop as customers learn about the potential savings. and competion increases among the big box stores.    

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