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Need Hot Water? – Do It Yourself with Solar Power

Solar power is one of the cheapest forms of energy available. It’s not harmful to the environment and it’s obviously in abundance. So, what do we do with all this cheap solar power? We use it to our advantage and harness some of that “Free” energy. In order to save on energy costs, there is an inexpensive way to make hot water without using electricity or gas. It takes a bit of construction, but it’s not very difficult to make your own do-it-yourself water heater! You probably have most of the parts needed to make it just lying around in a garage or in the deep recesses of a basement. Put those parts to good …

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Alternative Energy Home Solutions

2008 was a tumultuous year for everyone primarily due to the volatile price of one commodity – oil. The world is so heavily dependent on this one commodity that any prolonged volatility of its price has a staggering spin-off effect on just about everything else. Who could forget when the price of oil hit an all-time high of $147 per barrel sending shock waves to every other market? And speculation that it would likely hit $200 per barrel only served to exacerbate the situation.
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As if the effect of the roller coaster price of oil was not enough, the world had to contend with the US sub-prime mortgage crisis. It is …

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Domestic Wind Power and Alternative Home Energy Solutions

Many people are now trying to get on top of volatile energy prices by generating their own electricity. By doing so, they not only save money but are also safeguarded against power outages and dependence on the traditional grid system supply of electricity. Just how much money can be saved generating your own power? Many people have reported savings of up to 80% on their electricity bills each month. If you want to save more, just construct more wind generators.
Some also switch to non-traditional means of electricity supply to bring about a cleaner environment. Generating power through renewable energy sources like the sun and the wind is cleaner and cannot be depleted unlike generating electricity …

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EnergyLink Ltd. Welcome Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT) Extension

The Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT) is an obligation on all Energy Suppliers with more than 50,000 customers to reduce carbon emissions in domestic households. The scheme came into effect in April 2008 and was due to end in March 2011. The obligation falls on six main Energy Suppliers: British Gas, NPower, E.ON, EDF, Scottish Power and Scottish & Southern Energy.
There are several ways in which carbon emissions can be reduced including heating, lighting, appliances and micro-generation. However, the most effective measure is Home Insulation which has accounted for 62% of the overall savings made since CERT began. Loft Insulation and Cavity Wall Insulation in particular account for the vast majority of the installations.
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Renewables account for 62 percent of the new electricity generation capacity installed in the EU in 2009

In 2009, and in absolute terms, about 19.9% (608 TWh) of Europe’s total electricity consumption (3042 TWh) came from renewable energy sources. Hydro power contributed with the largest share (11.6%), followed by wind (4.2%), biomass (3.5%), and solar (0.4%).
With regards to the new capacity constructed that same year (27.5 GW), among the renewable sources, 37.1% was wind power, 21% photovoltaics (PV), 2.1% biomass, 1.4% hydro and 0.4% concentrated solar power, whereas the rest were gas fired power stations (24%), coal fired power stations (8.7%), oil (2.1%), waste incineration (1.6%) and nuclear (1.6%) (see figure1).
As not all installed technologies operate continuously 24 hours a day, figure 2 shows the expected yearly energy output (TWh) from the …

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