- Silent rooftop wind turbines could generate half of a household’s energy needs
- Global economy would save up to $160 trillion by shifting to renewables, electric cars
- 7 Ways to an Energy Efficient Home
- This Ocean Farmer Grows Food That Cleans up Pollution
- Finding New Opportunity For Old Coal-Fired Power Plant Sites
1) Silent rooftop wind turbines could generate half of a household’s energy needs
The use of wind turbines in households is becoming more and more popular. Wind power like other natural power sources can be quite volatile, but it’s still a highly sustainable power source for those who want to live an off-the-grid lifestyle. A Dutch renewable energy start-up called The Archimedes, developed this product named Liam F1 turbine which is a small and silent wind turbine that will change the way we view wind power. Their product will be able to generate 1,500 kWh of energy per year and can be installed on the rooftop of a house. The best part is, that when the Liam F1 is matched with solar panels, it can generate enough power for an entire household.
2) Global economy would save up to $160 trillion by shifting to renewables, electric cars
Imagine a world where 85% of all electricity comes from renewable sources, there are over one billion electric vehicles on the road, and we are on track to preserve a livable climate for our children and future generations. The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) reported this week that such a future is not merely possible by 2050, but thanks to plummeting prices in key clean energy technologies, the cost of saving the climate has dropped dramatically. In fact, according to IRENA’s new report , the most cost-effective strategy to achieve a “climate-safe future” — keeping global warming below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) — is an accelerated energy transition to renewables and energy efficiency coupled with electrification of key sectors like transportation. This Renewable Energy Roadmap (REmap) scenario “would also save the global economy up to USD 160 trillion cumulatively over the next 30 years
3) 7 Ways to an Energy Efficient Home
Did you know that the average homeowner could save up to 30 per cent on their utility bills by making a few energy efficiency changes? We’re all about saving money, so let’s go through this together. With so many options to help improve energy efficiency, where do you begin? Read the following for Prospera’s top 7 ways to improve energy efficiency in your home and start saving your well-earned money today! Audit your home If you want to understand how to get the biggest bang for your buck, we recommend a professional home energy audit, which can help you pinpoint areas where your home is losing energy, and which improvements will save you the most money. Making upgrades recommended in a home energy audit could save up to 30% on your annual utility bills. Unplug electronics when not in use Unplug rarely-used appliances to decrease energy usage around the house. Unplugging electronics like charging devices for phones, tablets, and gaming consoles can increase your energy efficiency.
4) This Ocean Farmer Grows Food That Cleans up Pollution
Catherine Puckett needs to be close to the ocean . “I just can’t be away from it,” she said. “It means everything to me.” She has to see it and smell it and hear the bells that ring from buoys offshore when a heavy sea rolls in from the east. When she is waist-deep in water, ankle-deep in mud, salt marsh on one side and water on the other, there’s only one way she can describe it. “It’s magical,” she said. She even wades in during the coldest days of winter, often breaking through ice to get there. “I think to myself: ‘why doesn’t everybody do this?'” she said. Puckett, 36, known locally as “Oyster Wench,” a single mother with two young children, lives on Block Island, about a dozen miles off the Rhode Island coast. She represents a new generation of ocean farmers, one whose singular connection to the water is coupled with a passion for the environment.
5) Finding New Opportunity For Old Coal-Fired Power Plant Sites
The coal plant in Shamokin Dam, Pa., is a local landmark that delivered electricity to this region for more than six decades. It closed in 2014, and the state hopes to lure new businesses to the site. Nearly 300 coal-fired power plants have been “retired” since 2010, according to the Sierra Club . It’s a trend that continues despite President Trump’s support for coal . That has left many communities worried that those now-idled places will simply be mothballed. “We don’t want to see sites like this rust away, be eyesores on the community and offer no real tax revenue going forward, no employment opportunities,” says Denise Brinley, executive director at the Pennsylvania Governor’s Office of Energy. Her state has seen 14 coal plants shut down in the past nine years. As a result, the Department of Community and Economic Development has created a plan for redeveloping some of them.