Tag: energy

This topic discusses generating energy, conserving energy, using energy, and similar topics. It covers several sources of clean energy, including solar power, wind power, geothermal power, and wave power. And it also includes non-renewable energy sources like coal and petroleum.

Pension funds often consider non-financial metrics when they pick stocks. These metrics include ESG, or environmental, social, and governance factors. For example, a wealth management firm may decide not to purchase stock from a coal company, or an oil company, if the company’s actions damage the environment. ESG funds may place these factors above absolute […]

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While looking up heating and cooling methods, I came across far-infrared heating panels. These panels could be significantly more effective than other types of home heaters because of the heating process they use, and could have timing advantages that help cut energy costs as well. Several manufacturers are making these panels, but they don’t seem […]

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While researchers have been working on ways to harvest small amounts of energy to power wearables, LEDs, and other devices, vibrational energy could provide much more power. Mechanical engineering professor Lei Zuo has been researching methods of harvesting vibrational energy and in August 2015 he got some more attention when Virginia Tech published an article […]

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Many appliances, including microwaves, televisions, computers, and gaming consoles, use power when they are turned off. The Department of Energy claims that vampire appliance costs contribute about 4 percent of the average home’s electricity bill. Phantom load is another term for this type of power use. Standby lights, which show that the system is not […]

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The Climate Renewables and Efficiency Development Initiative is an international agreement, led by the Department of Energy, that helps residents of low income countries switch to more energy efficient appliances. According to the Department of Energy, the United States will be paying $85 billion of the project costs from 2011-2015, and other developed countries will […]

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Several states provide rebates, subsidies, or tax credits for a homeowner who installs solar panels, wind turbines, or another source of clean power. Although these programs reduce the cost of the generator, the homeowner may still need to pay several hundred, or even several thousand dollars to purchase and install the clean energy system. The […]

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