Hurry up, we earthly beings are running short of useful energy every second. And our scientists fear that we would leave the generations to come with nothing but a world where they have to start everything from scratch, perform everything with hands, just as man used to do earlier.
How can we help? Well, we can contribute in preserving energy. But that is not it. We must also adopt alternative energy sources like the ones we have discussed previously- solar panels, geothermal energy, etc.
Let s talk about using solar energy in place of the regular one.
PHOTOVOLTAICS, are set ups that use solar radiation to convert into direct electric power, and they do this by the help of certain semi conductors. Its power generation requires solar panels.
SOLAR WATER HEAT, as the name clearly indicates, is a green renewable heating system that makes use of heat from sun to warm water. Besides the domestic uses, Solar Power Heaters also serve to be useful for industrial purposes. It is really good if one wants to install this purely natural means of power supply in their house. However, there are few things that must be considered, such as the orientation of your house, which must be well angulated if you are about to install solar hot water and photovoltaics. Moreover, if your property is located in such a place that is surrounded by dense volumes of trees, then this may create hindrance in the absorption of solar power. Not only the trees, but the presence of tall buildings in your surroundings will also leave you facing this problem.
Solar panels have become popular recently as a result of the increase in the campaign for producing electricity from green energy. Using solar panels have contributed in the reduction in the cost of electricity bills for the user.
The first thing you have to consider when preparing for solar panel installation is the cost. The solar panels are actually a bit expensive; even though their prices vary, it is safe to have a budget for your solar panels.
Also consider the tilting of your roof. For the panels to produce the most electricity, the roofs have to be facing south. Also, ensure that your roof is not weak to carry the heavy solar panels before installing them. Ask a specialist if you are not sure.
Additionally, it will be unsuitable to an extent to install solar panels if you are living in an apartment, or a small house without a large space on the roof. Again, find out from a specialist about the suitability of your house for solar panel installation.
Depending on where you live, you may be required to get permission for the installation of your solar panels. Find out from the authorities what is obtainable in your area. The size of the panels however may determine if you need any such permission from your local authorities.
So you know it is important to generate energy for yourself using solar energy; but with all of its benefits, you still have to make sure you are making the right decisions for your house and for yourself.
You may not be a green energy campaigner or enthusiast, but you definitely want to cut down on the costs incurred in your home through waste of energy. There is therefore the need to be aware of ways energy is wasted in your home. And cutting down on them will save you some money when the bills come.
First, do you know that by installing low-flow water device in the taps in your home can reduce the water you use by half? It is very simple and works by narrowing the path of the water thereby increasing the pressure needed by the water to pass through.
A very important way to live green is also to become aware of your energy usage. Simple acts like switching off lights as well as turning off the air-conditioner in empty rooms go a long way to add up and save you money.
Installing insulating materials in the windows and doors of your home will also ensure that you don’t adjust the heater or air-conditioner. Your home with the right insulation can remain cool during the summer and warm in the winter.
Having done the simple things, you can begin to plan for installing a solar panel. Solar panels can be installed easily by you. It may not just be the panels that generate electricity, any device that is powered by solar energy will bring efficiency in the use of energy in your home.
Don’t forget to involve your family when attempting to go green, if you are living with one. It has to be achieved as a collective lifestyle.
Ministers of Trade Forum, Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) agreed to cut tariffs on 54 products that are friendly to the environment. The rates of such goods shall be fixed at 5% or less and eliminated in 2015, said Andrei Belousov, Russia’s finance minister.
The low tariff will range from gas turbines, water heaters and solar panels, bamboo up equipment for water recycling and control of air pollution.
The negotiations held in the APEC Ministerial Meeting in the Russian city of Vladivostok was hard and confronted, especially between the U.S. and China. While the former wanted a “credible” list, China fought for the inclusion of bicycles and other products, even honey.
It was originally proposed to eliminate tariffs on more than 300 products. But today, that number had dropped to 25 and eventually expanded to 54, not including bicycles or honey.
Under the Policy Support Unit of the APEC, the green market has great growth potential. There were 54 environmental items that have tariffs of 5% or less, and will be removed in 2015, according to the determination of the member countries of APEC.