thermal heating/cooling sounds interesting to me and there is a company in indiana that installs it: http://www.agreenerindiana.com/video/geothermal-in-indiana-fox-59
this is a rather long but very interesting video: http://www.agreenerindiana.com/video/free-energy-the-race-to-zero
are any of these really practical or even real possabilities???
i'd like to get this on that rss feed (?) thing...jamie, do you know how to do that?
.....our mother earth. This is what it should look like. Where we are headed with out using alternative energy sources...
Energy is the ability to do work. While energy surrounds us in all aspects of life, the ability to harness it and use it for constructive ends as enconomically as possible is the challenge before mankind. Alternative energy refers to energy sources which are not based on the burning of fossil fuels or the splitting of atoms. The renewed interest in this field of study comes from the undesirable effects of pollution (as witnessed today) both from burning fossil fuels and from nuclear waste byproducts. Fortunately there are many means of harnessing energy which have less damaging impacts on our environment. Here are some possible alternatives:
cool!...it's pretty AND INFORMATIVE...WHAT MORE COULD YOU WANT?
does anybody know anything about investing in alternative energy? seems like a good thing in the long run. i was thinking of doing it on a small scale...i'm to old to make a big profit and of course that's not all there is to it, but nobody wants to loss money. there are some sustainable mutual funds, i got reluctantly talked out of.
i LOVE this one:POOPTRICITY: Want Electricity? Flush Your Turbine Toilet!
What if every time that you flushed your toilet you could generate just a little bit of power? That is the idea behind the Benkatine Turbine by Leviathan Energy, which aims to get power from any pipe that water rushes through. So not only could you install this within a municipal system, but according to the company, you could get power from the water rushing down your gutter drains!
There is nothing really new here, after all, rushing water is the basis of all hydroelectric power. It is the location and scale of this system (ie. in your toilet!) that makes it such an innovative product. According to the company, the turbine is intended to be scalable, meaning that it can work well in both municipal water and sewer systems, as well as in smaller pipes such as residential drainage and guttering systems. It is meant to be used in conjunction with other turbines in order to maximize the efficiency of the system.
Earlier this year we introduced you to Chargepoint, a network of electric vehicle charging stations that have been installed cities across the US and Canada. Well, making a great idea even better, Carbon Day Automotive recently announced the installation of a Solar Powered Chargepoint station in the city of Chicago. Solar charged electric vehicles? Fantastic!
Designed by Chicago-based Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, the station is located at the Department of Fleet Maintenance, and it will be used to power the city’s electric fleet. The setup is simple, taking the sun’s power, and turning it into electricity that can be easily accessed by plug-in vehicles.
Since one of the biggest issues with electric vehicles is their lack of infrastructure, these solar charging stations could offer the perfect solution to this issue. Wouldn’t it be fantastic if these could be deployed in any parking lot everywhere in the world?
isn't that the one george clooney has
go ahead click on it...it's cute and so is george!!
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no, it's a matra gem...i could barely make it out on the front.
we NEED a transportation thread!
geothermal sounds wonderful...trouble is,the initial expenditure and i hear it is also hard to get a loan. i was talking to someone from local a heating/cooling company who said they have the capacity to do it, but haven't found anyone who can afford it, even though after it is installed, it is almost free of costs.
my water heater has a slow leak and needs to be replaced...i'm looking into ondemand water heater and would like information about it.
as far as stuff like Geothermal and septics it Lots cheaper if you do your own digging even with rented equipt;
the Plumbing isn't that hard either
that's easy for you to say...you have skills and experience. i think one of the advantages to having a community is the sharing of skills, experience and just the shared courage to try to accomplishing things. i used to be braver about trying to do things i have no experience with...used to physically be able to do things, i can't do anymore! another member was saying she wasn't sure a community would accept her because of her age...she is intelligent, capable, knowledgable and has skills that i think any community would love to have and she probably is more stable and likely to be committed than a young person.
you're right, but i couldn't do that alone.
that is easy for you to say...you have skills and experience and are younger than i am. i used to be braver about trying things and my energy level and aches and pains of old age prevent me from doing many things alone. the spirit may be willing...but not alone!
another member was saying that she wondered if any community would accept her because of her age. she is an intelligent, knowledgable, thoughtful person with skills that any community would want. a younger person might not have her stability or be as committed. in a community everyone should complement and strengthen each other. together people in a good community can accomplish more than each one could separately and everyone would profit in so many ways...why is this so difficult???
you are right. that is true for so many things. if one can do it themselves or as neighbors used to do with barn building or whatever needed to be done, help each other...instead of getting ripped off by someone else to have it done.
An on demand hot water heater is the way to go, as long as it is located close to where you are going to use the hot water. Any hot water system is better with less lengthy pipe runs.
I do not remember if I posted this, and it needs updating, but I have been working with a group of volunteers doing air sealing and a little insulating that is called weatherization.
haven't seen the link before. you had talked about the group either here or in a message to me. are you in the video?...it's hard to know what you really look like from your avitar and the tiny pictue in the link. it looks like a good group to be involved with. who is eligable for your insolation makeovers?
from what i have read about these waterheaters, it is more economical to have a whole house one put in as far as heat saving goes, but for water saving the closer to where the water is used so that hot water comes without running for a while. i think dora told me she has one close up. my kichen sink is farthest away. i guess when one designs and builds a house, it would make sense to keep all those things together. my laundry is farther away too, but i don't usually use hot water so much there.
this is a link to an archived thread that has information and links of interest.