Jun 152011

Reducing demand is the first part of a cohenert energy policy – or plan for most home owners. By reducing the demand for electricity, alternative energy systems can be smaller to meet your household needs. Savings from energy efficiency long after payments for the upgrades have been completed.

The following is the mission statement from the efficiency first web site:

Residential efficiency improvements can reduce energy waste in most homes by 20 to 40 percent. A nationwide initiative to improve the efficiency of America’s 128 million homes has the potential to unlock significant reductions in building-related greenhouse gas emissions, improve national security by reducing our dependence on foreign oil, and generate long-term energy savings for American consumers.

Expansion of the Home Performance industry also represents a crucial path to economic growth in the face of historically high unemployment and unprecedented weakness in the construction and manufacturing sectors. Consumer demand for efficiency retrofits will create hundreds of thousands of high-paying local jobs that cannot be outsourced overseas, while stimulating a surge of manufacturing of building materials primarily made by American workers.

via Efficiency First – About Efficiency First.

Jun 062011

The small strips of solar cells seen in the front panels of today's small portable consumer, healthcare and security devices are set to become a more valuable source of free energy with help from a new advanced battery-charging integrated circuit (IC) from STMicroelectronics.


May 182011

While being environmentally friendly has long been a liberal thing, more and more conservatives are joining in because solar power and other alternative energy  projects save them money. When considering a solar power system, remember that the first step is to reduce your demand or be energy efficient – building a system that meets those reduced demand needs will make the system more cost-efficient and will help educate the owner on where their power demands can be reduced.

Largest solar panel in Tri-Cities set to save business owner moneyLargest solar panel in Tri-Cities set to save business owner… Added: May 17, 2011Between his framing business and his art gallery, Dick Nelson spends roughly $6,000 a year on electricity. However, by the end of 2011, he could make money. more1 Ratings | 34 Video ViewsPost a Comment or Rate this Video» View More Videos By NATE MORABITO Published: May 17, 2011» 5 Comments | Post a CommentJOHNSON CITY, TN –Between his framing business and his art gallery, Dick Nelson spends roughly $6,000 a year on electricity. However, by the end of 2011, he could make money.”My goal is for at the end of the year for the power board to send me a check,” Nelson said.If and when that happens, he’ll have the 63 solar panels on his roof to thank. After last year’s oil spill in the gulf, Nelson started thinking about solar energy.”I believe in being a good steward of the environment,” Nelson said. “Theres no danger in mining solar energy. A lot of people forget there were 11 people killed in the oil spill.”A Tennessee Solar Institute stimulus grant and federal tax credit paid for two-thirds of the project. Nelson paid for the rest.”It will take about five years to pay for itself,” Nelson said. “It just kind of makes sense. 93 million miles away, we have this burning star of our sun and it’s producing more electricity every second than we can possibly use.”The downtown business owner is now creating energy for the Tennessee Valley Authority. In return, the TVA is selling him electricity at a discounted rate.Nelson is just the latest to join in on the solar craze. 14 others are also participating in the same program through the Johnson City Power Board.“13 of those customers are residential customers and two are commercial customers,” Johnson City Power Board Chief Public Relations Officer Robert White said. “We have five more contracts pending. Its a program that continues to grow. We actually have several of those participants right now who actually are able to generate some credits on their account. Theyre actually generating more electricity than theyre using.”LightWave Solar Electric installed Nelson’s solar power system. Although it’s the largest the company’s installed in the region, it’s not the first.

via Largest solar panel in Tri-Cities set to save business owner money | TriCities.com.