Green Power

Ways to improve the efficiency of your home using alternative and renewable energy sources.

Rain Barrel Illegal in Colorado

Colorado has the most screwed up water rights laws of any state in the Union. Some call them unique, I call them inadequate and based on a concept of when the state was young and had relatively few inhabitants. The process of acquiring water rights is very expensive, complicated, inefficient and bureaucratic. Water officials have already put too many straws into the glass of coke and not everyone is getting anything to drink. This will get worse unless things change. So, what does this have to do with rainwater harvesting…
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Insulating a Hot Water Heater

Most of the new hot water heaters are pretty efficient and don’t need any additional insulation. However some of the older tanks, or less efficient newer tanks, could benefit from some added insulation. They way to tell if you need more insulation is to simply touch the side of your hot water tank. If it is warm to the touch, then some of the heat is escaping which is a sign the tank isn’t that efficient. You can buy a hot water insulation blanket for a 45 to 55 gallon…
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Compact Fluorescent Light Bulb (CFL) – The Good and the Bad

Environmentalists would like you to believe the energy efficient Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFLs) are the next best thing to sliced bread. That’s because they use roughly 75% less electricity compared to the normal incandescent bulbs. Each household using CFLs will draw less power from the electrical grid thus lessening the amount of CO2 being released into the atmosphere. As a result, we will save the world from certain global warming apocalyptic doom. Wal-Mart, the largest retail store in the world, has embraced the CFL and has dedicated itself to…
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Is Home Wind Power Worth The Money?

Perhaps the most cost efficient means of generating your own power lies in the windmill. It’s a very simple design and doesn’t cost a whole lot, but just like solar power there are a few drawbacks one must take into consideration before purchasing a windmill thinking they will eliminate their electric bill. The first and most important thing you need is wind and for most this is a showstopper. Most places just don’t have enough consistent wind to spin a windmill. The other problem if you do have wind is…
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Are Solar Panels Cost Effective?

I’m all for clean and renewable ways of creating electricity, and one popular option is installing a home solar power system. The problem is solar panels and the other needed equipment are not cheap, nor are they efficient. Not to mention, only a few select geographic locations will provide the means to recoup the cost of purchasing the system due to local climate conditions and electric company incentives. For a very basic system, you will need solar panels, roof mounts, combiner box, DC disconnect switch, cabling, permits, and a grid-tie…
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Outrun a Tornado In a Car?

tornado car

Is it possible to outrun a tornado in a car? Many believe so, but they’re making a dangerous bet. While it’s true both cars and motorcycles are faster than tornadoes, the biggest problem with this line of thinking is they must also stay on the road and obey traffic laws. Tornadoes do not. One might think if a tornado is chasing them, they can just blow right through stop signs and stop lights. Adhering to this logic may be more dangerous than trying to outrun the tornado itself. Chances are…
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