Hydrogen As a Fuel Source

From water to air, there are a number of ways to energize your car. Alternatives to petroleum are a hot topic today. The growing concern for the environment is steadily increasing. It’s an important issue that many people want to feel personally connected to. Hydrogen as a fuel source is not an entirely new idea. But science is taking a closer look at the impact that using hydrogen could have on both the environment and the economy. The best solutions are the ones that have more benefits than drawbacks.

Hydrogen burns in a vehicle much the same way that petroleum does. This makes it a good imitation even though it is not at all the same thing. Many alternatives are not this easy to work with.

Hydrogen makes a great fuel option for more than just automobiles. It can also be used in airplanes and even bicycles. A bicycle is already a great alternative to driving a car. By powering it, you make it faster and more efficient while still avoiding the use of a vehicle.

Major car companies such as Daimler Chrysler are already investing in hydrogen options for drivers seeking a hydrogen vehicle solution. These types of things certainly do not develop over night but the fact that they are in production at all is a great sign.

Hydrogen is an energy source that can be obtained from both renewable and non-renewable resources. This makes it much more environmentally friendly than some other petroleum alternatives currently being used and studied. It is much more flexible.

One really positive aspect of hydrogen fuel is that it can be produced and used continuously. It is highly renewable which is exactly what many consumers are waiting for. Making a fuel change is not a light decision to make. Benefits like this can help to aid your choice.

Every positive thing always has a negative counterpart. It’s just the way the world works. Hydrogen is not a fool proof fuel option. The burning of hydrogen actually produces more emissions than regular petroleum gas does. Since less emissions is what we really need, that just is not acceptable.

There are economic aspects that do come into play here. Hydrogen without fossil fuels is not economically friendly. When it comes to money, unfortunately that is where a lot of decisions are made. Anything that is not good financially just won’t take off no matter how good a fuel it is. The two must go hand in hand.

If hydrogen was to be a leading fuel alternative to diesel and petrol, then plenty of preparation work would have to be undertaken first. In order to properly produce clean, useable hydrogen, new facilities and systems would have to be built. The cost of that would be substantial. These types of developments cannot be done without intense amounts of study and planning.

Hydrogen is a realistic fuel source that is in use in some places. However, it is not yet ready to become a worldwide solution.

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This is Why Bush’s 700 Billion Dollars Bailout Plan Will Fail

Not long ago, the President stood before the American People to make his case for the massive bailout plan that Congress is now working to approve. With the sincerity and the passion that characterize him, President Bush made it clear that “this time is an extraordinary period for America’s economy”. He then went on to explain why he is urging Congress to support his plan to rescue Wall Street.

According to the President, his bailout plan represents the best we can do to solve the financial crisis and stop the mortgage meltdown.

In his plan, the Federal Government would take over bad assets from Wall Street since these assets cannot be bought or sold. They cannot be sold because they cost essentially more than what they are worth.

In other words, when banks issued loans to homeowners with their homes as collateral, they also converted these loans into financial products called mortgage-backed securities. These mortgage-backed securities were then sold to other financial institutions, therefore allowing banks to get the funds they need to issue more loans. As long as this cycle was repeated, the financial market was moving well.

Then, homes’ values started to go down.

When homes’ values go down, they make mortgage-backed securities become less attractive. This is because the collateral against these mortgages is now worth less than what banks want to borrow or sale the securities for. Here resides the key to the financial crisis.

The President’s plan is to buy those mortgage-backed securities to allow banks to have more money.

The theory behind this is that if banks have more money and less risky assets, they will be more willing to lend to credit-seekers.

The main limit with this approach is that while the bailout may in fact put more money in banks’ hands, homeowners will not see their problem solved. They will not be rescued.

Backers of the President’s plan forget that we are in this crisis because homeowners defaulted. They defaulted because they could no more afford payments. At the same time, they could not refinance their mortgage to get better deals because their home was worth far less than what they owed. This created the feeling of insecurity that is now dragging our economy down. And there is even more…

Supposing that after taking over these bad assets Government allows homeowners to make lower and affordable monthly payments; the economy will still face at least one serious challenge:

Assets removed from the market by Government will still be worth less than their face value. The same will be applied to most of the other assets not necessarily concerned by this bailout plan.

As a consequence, most of the mortgage-backed securities remaining on Wall Street will be, in a certain way, less attractive.

Investors will then continue to prefer non mortgage-backed securities since they not only present prospects of better revenues; but they also provide the security that investors want. Examples of options with prospects of good revenues and security are commodities like crude oil…

And when that happens, our economy will collapse dramatically. This is because the housing market is at the heart of America’s economy.

This is the reason why I think that the President’s plan to bailout Wall Street is a very risky plan that will only delay the collapse of our economy.

I believe that what this economy needs is a more efficient plan capable of solving this financial crisis at the root.

I propose a Program that will reduce homeowners’ debt to 80% of their homes’ market value.

How will this work?

On behalf of homeowners, Government will pay all amounts needed to reduce homeowners’ debt to 80% of homes’ market value.

These loans will be issued against promissory notes signed by homeowners.

Rescued homeowners will be required to make relatively low minimum monthly payments.

In addition to this, Government will be allowed to deduct a percentage of homeowners’ Federal and State tax refunds (if available) to help reduce loan balance. Agency in charge of this program will report accounts to credit bureaus on a monthly basis.

The destiny of America’s economy will be placed, once again, in the hands of those who are more able to make it work again: The American People.

Adopting this plan will do 3 things:

First, when Government pays back part of homeowners’ debt, Wall Street will eventually receive the funds that are so badly needed to continue fuelling our economy.

Second, homeowners’ debt will be reduced to 80% of their homes’ market value, therefore making them eligible, once again, to shop for better rates and affordable deals. Paying less for their homes will free some funds that can be used to purchase more goods.

Third, America’s housing market will be back on track, again. The market will be ready for new buyers and sellers, therefore sealing the revival of our economy.

However, this plan can only produce its best results if Congress complements it with a strong regulation that keeps the market under control. Otherwise, greed will once again destroy us.

Ben Modo is an Accountant, a Management Professional and a Financial Consultant. He has earned degrees in Business and Public Administration and he is the author of many published articles in economics and politics. Ben Modo was born in Cameroon and is married to Lydia. Together, they have two children, Stan and Dave Modo. Ben and his family live in the Washington metropolitan area.

Forget the Recession – There is More Than Enough to Go Around!

This is a frightening economic time, not just for the United States, but for the world as a whole. Everyone seems to be in a panic and perhaps rightfully so. It seems like every time you turn around some seemingly stable company is filing Chapter 11 or being acquired in a hostile takeover.

The only thing that seems certain at all about our fiscal future is that it is uncertain. Or is it?!

Perhaps I should rephrase that and say, should it be?

People seem to be under the impression that there just isn’t enough money now. Somehow, somewhere the money disappeared and there just isn’t enough to go around. They couldn’t be more wrong. The money is there, it just isn’t moving (and when it is, it may be going to different places than we are used to).

The reality is that there is plenty of money to go around. Enough money to boggle your mind. So much, in fact that most people couldn’t even fathom the riches that are out there and potentially available to them.

To add some substance to this point let’s just look at one individual: Bill Gates- or more specifically, his net worth. Okay, so Bill Gates is not your “typical guy”. Of course not, he currently ranks third on the list of the worlds richest people with a net worth of $58 Billion (yes, that’s billion with a “B”).

$58 Billion is an awful lot of money, don’t you think? As of September 2008 the estimated world population was 6.725 billion which means the Bill Gates has enough net worth that he could share over $8.6 Billion with each and every person on the face of the earth. One man could potentially turn every person in the world into a billionaire.

Now take into account that there are over 1,000 billionaires on the world list. Just in this group alone there is well over one trillion dollars of net worth and this doesn’t even account for all of the multi-millionaires out there today.

The average person is struggling to get by with a modest income probably somewhere south of $100,000 and can only hope to gain some level of fiscal comfort. Their reality probably even puts off the thought of being a millionaire. There is enough to go around! Most people just don’t know how to go about getting their share.

Most people are pigeonholed by their limiting beliefs and the jobs that they have as a result of that. There is only so much room for advancement and pay increases. The volatile nature of the markets and the uncertain economic climate make most corporate companies squeamish by the very thought of dolling out any more money than they have to.

If you want to get ahead you have to take control of your financial future! Fortunately people today have opportunities that were once held for the rich and not the masses. Today, because of the abundance of possibility in the home-based business arena, every person has the ability to take a grasp of their future and to start building their wealth and fortune. And they can do it NOW!

Finding an opportunity with quality products, a proven and easily duplicable system, training and leadership is paramount. Once this is found, success is only a short while away.

Go grab your piece of the pie. No one is just going to hand it to you.

Brian Pray is one of the truly “good guys” in the home business industry. Fueled by an unyielding desire to help others achieve great success he believes that his prosperity comes as a byproduct of this. He has built his foundation on very simple values and beliefs and knows that truth, integrity and character have made him the person he is today. More information on Brian Pray is available at http://www.AllYouWantInLife.com

Making Biodiesel at Home – What Exactly is It?

Petroleum prices are rising across the globe. Escalated prices are giving nightmares to common man. Consequently some people are looking towards substitutes. An excellent alternative to fossil fuel in this category is biodiesel. Biodiesel is a clean burning fuel and more importantly, it is a renewable energy source. Environmentally this fuel has proven to be a much less pollutant than its counterpart, the standard diesel. The regular diesel has components such as sulfur and aromatics. This fuel is made out of vegetable oil and costs considerably lesser than the conventional fuel. Because of this property it is easy to make biodiesel at home.

Biodiesel is outcome of the process called transesterification. In this method the fats are removed from the vegetable oil thus leaving behind byproducts like glycerin and biodiesel. In view of the fact that biodiesel does not contain sulphur and aromatics, it burns cleaner leaving very few traces of contaminants. These characteristics make biodiesel surpass the conventional petroleum fuel.

The most fantastic feature about biodiesel is that you can make biodiesel at home. The equipment required for the entire process is simple and can be accessed at any local store or even from your garage. You would require steel or plastic drums, a pipe, a valve, a motor and a temperature gauging instrument.

Initially you should manufacture little amount of oil so that when you become acquainted with the process, you can make biodiesel at home at a larger scale.

The compounds needed for the reaction to take place are vegetable oil, lye (caustic soda) and Methanol. Lye has to be mixed with methanol first. This mixing should be done quickly because lye absorbs water from the atmosphere. This water content can produce impurities in the entire process. Methanol and lye combine to yield sodium methoxide. Now add vegetable oil to the blend and shake it with the help of a motor. Once the blending has taken place, the mixture is set aside to stand for at least 8-12 hours. This way the glycerin will sink underneath and biodiesel will emerge on top of it. The reason behind this phenomenon is the difference between the specific gravities of the two compounds. The glycerin can be removed from the bottom with the help of a pipe whose flow is controlled by a valve. Glycerin can further be utilized in making soaps and biodiesel for your vehicles.

Using the process mentioned above you can effortlessly make biodiesel at home.

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Oil, Energy, and Congress

Now that Congress has recessed for the end of the summer, what are we to make of the energy situation? At this point, I’m getting tired of hearing that $4.00 gasoline is good for me. How can it be good when Americans are spending less of their money on other goods and investing in their gas tanks? Is it good that transportation costs have sent my food bill sky rocketing? Is it good that many Americans have shortened their vacations and cut back on their entertainment spending? Is it good that the working poor are struggling between putting groceries in their home and fueling their cars to get to work?

Apparently our Congressional leaders and one presidential candidate say the answer is yes. While our Speaker of the House is trying to “save the planet”, the rest of the world is out trying to find more oil & energy. Let’s look at few recent examples:

  • Egypt announced last week the start of a 9 billion dollar oil refinery and petrochemical complex, which will be located on its north coast. The complex is expected to begin operation in 2010 and will be completed in 5 years. The facility will refine 350,000 barrels of oil per day.
  • The Tupi deepwater oil field is located offshore of Rio de Janeiro, one of Brazil’s best tourist destinations. Last November, the Brazilian government announced that the location could contain five billion to eight billion barrels of oil. The Tupi oil field is expected to begin producing 100,000 barrels of oil in 2010, according to Petrobas, Brazil’s national oil company. Petrobas hopes to bring production to one million barrels a day in about ten years.
  • Finland is building a 1600 megawatt nuclear power reactor. The country currently gets 28 percent of it electricity from nuclear power.
  • Japan is working to increase its nuclear power production of electricity from 30 percent to 37 percent by 2009 and 41 percent by 2017.

Now, besides threatening to sue the Saudi’s and adding more taxes to oil, what has the United States government energy policy done? Let’s look at a few examples:

  • From 2000 to 2007 domestic crude oil production fell 12.4 percent
  • Through a congressional mandate, 85 percent of the Outer Continental Shelf is off limits to oil exploration. It is estimated that the Outer Continental Shelf contains 90 billion barrels of oil
  • The Artic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) is estimated to have 10 billion barrels of oil; in 1995 President Clinton vetoed a bill authorizing oil production on 2,000 acres out of 19.6 million.
  • U.S. Senator Ken Salazar, Colorado, inserted language into the omnibus spending bill last December that places a moratorium on enacting rules for oil shale development on federal lands. The Green River Formation is estimated to have as much as 1.1 trillion barrels of oil shale.
  • As mandated by the 2007 energy bill signed by President Bush, the U.S. is now required to mix 9 billion gallons of biofuels into the gasoline supply. The mandate is met primarily with corn-based ethanol. At the start of the biofuel mandates, corn was $2 per bushel. The price of corn now is a little over $6 per bushel.

It seems the more our government gets involved, the worse the situation becomes. And where did common sense go? If I see that you need water, I wouldn’t send you to a desert to find it. Yet, that’s what we do with our oil exploration. Try to find it where we don’t know if it exists.

From 2000 to 2007 American oil companies increased the drilling of exploratory wells by 138 percent (on those 68 million acres of existing leases); oil production still fell to its lowest level since 1947. The American Petroleum Institute reported that oil companies had the highest second-quarter oil well activity since 1986.

The United States has successfully developed other forms of energy; clean coal plants, nuclear power, natural gas plants, solar & wind energy. Our most efficient and cheapest forms of energy production are under constant assault from the environmental movement. The U.S. uses 760 gigawatts of power plants to meet current needs. The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) estimates that we will need 135 gigawatts of new capacity in the next 10 years. As of now, only 57 gigawatts of power plants are planned. Why?

  • 59 coal-fired plants were canceled in 2007 because of anticoal activist.
  • U.S. production of natural gas is beginning to decline because of environmental restrictions on exploration.
  • The National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) succeeded in stopping 13 natural gas power plants in southern California.

We have the best scientist, engineers and technicians in the world. Give them the opportunity to solve this challenge and they will. There are many private companies working on new technology to bring to the market. If our government is going to pick winners and losers through subsidies, many companies will not get into the market.

For example, NuScale Power, an Oregon-based startup company, is seeking federal clearance to begin its project to build a mini nuclear reactor. The reactor can power 45,000 homes, is 65 feet long and has no visible cooling tower. NuScale states that these reactors require no maintenance and do not need to be refueled. At the end of its useful life of about 30 years, the plant is returned to the factory.

This type of technology should be welcomed and encouraged by all. With a small footprint & no carbon emissions, these plants could replace many traditional coal and gas-fired power plants.

This situation does not require a billion dollar bail out from our government. Nor does it require raising taxes on the oil companies. Remember, we tried the windfall profits tax with President Jimmy Carter. That led to a 6 percent drop in the production of oil and a 15 percent increase in oil imports, according to the Congressional Research Service.

If congress would step back and allow all of the energy companies to explore and develop energy in a responsible way, we would not have to struggle with high energy costs. Take away all of the subsidies and let the market decide which means of energy is cheapest, environmentally sound and durable. American technology is more than capable of producing efficient energy and protecting the environment.

Instead of trying to spend more of my tax dollars, why doesn’t congress spend more of their time, which we pay them for, to fix the regulatory landscape of energy production. Congress needs to enact some common sense environmental regulations. If they do, the market will give us a diverse supply of energy that is reliable – American made – and affordable

It’s time to streamline & simplify this process, now.

Xander is a writer & researcher of current events. For more information, visit his blog at http://xander-xee.blogspot.com

Close the Schools – Save the Children

I’ve been reading about the high cost of diesel fuel for school buses and I’ve got a rather radical plan about education. I have a plan to save millions–no BILLIONS in property taxes every year. Why can’t kids telecommute to class? Colleges give degrees online, why can’t schools do the same thing? Why do we need school buses? Why do we even need schools any more? Do you realize how much we could save if we dumped all the schools, fired the teachers and gave each kid a laptop with a Kindergarten CD–the do the work and pass a test that is at the back of the CD at the end of the “school year” and then they get a 1st grade CD and so on all the way through high school graduation, take the high school test and then go on to college online.

Each child would work at his or her own pace in the safety and comfort of their own home, no teasing or bullying and if they need help, there would be a virtual teacher (or maybe even a real one) to help them with whatever they were having problems with. The cost of the CDs would be minimal–about $2 each and the entire curriculum for each year could be placed on each CD. A child would pop the CD into the laptop, go to a website to view a video on that day’s lesson, then do the exercise in the lesson on the computer and have it graded instantly.

They must complete the exercise lesson before they can go on to the next lesson on the CD, you could restrict access by making the program password protected and the child doesn’t get the password for the next lesson until the previous one is completed successfully and then the CD gives the child the password for the next lesson. At the end of each week, there is a test on the lessons that the child must pass in order to get the password for the next week’s lesson. Every month there is a major test that must be passed before the child moves on. There would be no reason for brick and mortar schools or teachers, administrators, insurance, school lunches, school buses, playgrounds, or anything else. The savings in taxes would be tremendous and the kids wouldn’t have to worry about being bullied, or shot or molested by rogue teachers.

There would be no teenage pregnancy, no detentions, no missed school buses, no competition for who had the coolest whatever and the students would have the benefit of having a first class education. If the student didn’t successfully complete the prescribed course work by the end of the term then s/he would have to continue all summer in order to keep up with their class in the fall and social promotions would be unnecessary because there’s no one to make fun of a slow learner. Children who wished to graduate earlier could go to school year round or do more work to get their education completed in less time and colleges could do the same thing–most colleges now offer online classes now anyway. Going to a brick and mortar school is an obsolete concept and should be ended. Children would socialize through activities with their parents in their communities and juvenile crime would be a thing of the past. Close public libraries too–no one needs them, we have the internet to do research–put the Library of Congress online and everyone would have access. Virtual field trips would be to places like the Louvre to see the Mona Lisa instead of to a crummy local museum. Kids would have a much better education and the taxpayers would not have to pay the outlandish property taxes they are paying now.

The savings would be astronomical!! Every child would be issued a laptop and an internet access card–like a prepaid phone card–at age 6 and given the CD for kindergarten beginning on the first September 1 (after their 6th birthday) and would have to complete all the coursework by June 1 of the following year in order to be promoted to first grade–which would mean being given the CD with the first grade coursework. Of course a gifted and/or motivated child could receive the next grade’s CD early if they completed the previous grade’s coursework sooner than June 1 or if they wanted to get ahead by continuing to go to virtual school during the summer.

This is an absolutely simple concept and it would be very easy to do. It would be so much cheaper to issue each child a laptop and provide internet access–look at all the parents who are homeschooling their children using this concept! $500 for each laptop and $50 for the entire elementary, middle and high school curriculum on CDs is dirt cheap compared to the cost of building and operating schools, paying teachers and all the other employees,operating school buses, paying for insurance, fuel for the buses and to heat and cool the schools. It’s the way of the future! Wake up and smell the 21st century! Stop preparing the leaders of tomorrow with the educational traditions of the 18th century!!

The author, Teri Davis Newman resides in the metro St. Louis area and is a wedding planner. She also owns and operates a nationally recognized limousine service. She answers questions on etiquette, social situations, sex, fashion, food, wine and general advice on her blog as an off-the-cuff running commentary on any subject that annoys, amuses or aggravates her.

Are We Revisiting the 1970’s

Wait long enough the saying goes and everything comes back in fashion. Well I don’t know about you but the pain and suffering being experienced by many people in the UK today is one fashion I could do without.

The press and social commentators are happily comparing now with the financial meltdown that occurred during the 1970’s. So, is it the case that there are parallels between what happened then and the beginnings of what we are experiencing now and are there any lessons that we can learn?

One of the good things that the current Prime Minister did whilst Chancellor of the Exchequer was to make the Bank of England independent. His brief to them was to keep inflation at 2%. If they failed to do so they had to write to him to explain why and tell him what they intended to do to bring it under control.

The Bank of England PPC (public policy committee) have been very successful in keeping inflation within its boundaries, but now they have had to write that letter as inflation rises above three percent. Cast you mind back to the 1970’s when inflation ramped up to nearly 27%.

The reason why inflation is so feared is that costs escalate, and as costs escalate so prices have to rise to ensure profits are maintained. As prices rise, so wages have to rise to enable goods to be bought, this causes inflation to rise again and so the cycle continues. It is unsustainable for businesses facing wage demands from employees seeing the value of their earnings plummet and so this is why inflation is so feared by businesses.

Back in the 1970’s the unions had a lot of power and held the government of the day to ransom. In the 1980’s Margaret Thatcher challenged the power of the unions and many say broke them. She did this to drag the country out of the doldrums it was in and to try to turn it competitive again. In this decade, union and government relations are peaceful and their leadership on the whole responsible.

So whilst the PPC has control over inflation in the country it can do little if anything about global inflation, which is being fuelled by an ever rising price in the barrel of oil, which is now over $140 a barrel. This has been caused in part by speculators, the demand for oil from emerging economies of India and China, and problems with refining capacity across the globe. In the 1970’s we saw this type of situation when OPEC cut production.

In addition we also have a global food crises in which a combination of crop failure and alternative use of land to grow crops such as for bio-fuels, has caused prices of staple foodstuffs such as rice and wheat to be in shorter supply. Certain countries have already experienced food riots.

All this is happening at the same time as banks restrict the availability of credit, due to the problems incurred in the US where banks over lent to sub-prime borrowers, who subsequently defaulted on their home loans. These loans were packaged into billions of dollars of security and traded. When the true nature of the value of these loans was discovered, it caused billions of dollars of losses to global financial institutions. This led to dissolution of their capital bases and the restriction of credit by those institutions both between themselves and the public.

In the UK, the high street, has for a number of years been kept afloat by consumer spending on credit card and other types of credit. Whilst times are good, this credit can be re-paid. The economy needs this activity to continue otherwise growth will stagnate.

In the UK we have also had rising house prices for a decade which has given society a false feeling of wealth. People thought that if they had equity in their property, they could continue to spend as even if they couldn’t repay the installments they could always sell up and repay.

However there is now a major problem with this debt solution as the restriction in credit has meant that mortgages are not available for first time buyers who need a large loan to value. This has prevented many people getting on then housing ladder when coupled with the high prices of housing stock.

The lack of movement in the housing market is causing house prices to fall, maybe by up to 15% this year. With that envisaged, those same people who couldn’t get on the housing ladder, are now waiting to see how far house prices will fall. This is further exacerbating the problem and may well lead to falls in prices last seen in the early 1980s’

An additional problem is that with houses not being sold, builders are unable to shift stock, which has the knock on effect of causing those builders to downsize staff. As more people are made redundant, this has further negative implications and headlines.

With potential inflation and a slowing economy, we face every economist’s worst nightmare. Stagflation.

The economic news every day is gloomy. Nobody is quite sure where this is all going to end. The government argues that the economy whilst experiencing difficult times will not enter recession. Many others argue we are already effectively in one, no matter what the official definition might say. I say if it looks like and recession and feels like a recession…

Hold on tight, this is going to be a bumpy ride.
Steve Thatcher.
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Gas Prices – Why They’re So High

It’s a question just about every American wants to know. Why are gas prices so high? While the cost of barrels are hovering at about $100 a barrel it’s no wonder that we would be concerned about the non-stop rise of gas prices. Just in the US alone, personal vehicles consume hundreds of billions of oil a year. There are many reasons why the gas prices are skyrocketing and why they are so high at the time being.

For instance, there is an increasing demand for oil overall.

There is a balance going on between supply and demand for oil and this is something that is playing a huge roll in the rise of gas prices. You can also look at China and India and look at the rapid growth of the population. This two countries have the largest economic growth of the world. The population of both of those massive growing countries are well over a billion and continues to grow, so this makes great call for supply and demand while more people are guzzling gas.

Europe, is beginning to catch up with the US making the demand for more barrels to be processed every day, which plays a factor in the rising gas prices. Many Americans still use SUVs and sports cars which will consume gas at an astonishing rate which demands more oil for being made. It’s been predicted that in the soon near future, there will need to be an increase in barrel production by up to 140 million barrels a day.

It’s traditional that the eastern oil rich parts of the world are the suppliers and the western parts of the world are the consumers, but this is altered. There are many reasons why supply and demand has increased and why gas prices are so ridiculous at the time being and are only going to get worse. There are many more beyond my knowledge of reasons as to why gas prices continue to go up.

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Solar Powered Fans – A Buyer’s Guide

Solar Powered Fans are the ultimate solar product. They work best when they’re needed the most. As the sun starts to sizzle, these devices kick into action and provide a nice cooling breeze–for free!

Another great thing about solar powered fans is that you can install them anywhere. You don’t have to worry about electrical outlets and power cords. It’s just the fan, man.

There are many different kinds of solar powered fans you can buy. Here are some of the most popular:

Solar Powered Attic Fans Your attic needs ventilation to reduce the tremendous amount of heat that builds up as the sun beats down on the roof. Heat creates moisture, and moisture turns into rust, rot, bacteria, and mold. These are not things you want in your house.

Besides creating a health hazard, the heat in your attic travels down through your house, warming every room. Have you ever noticed that during an unusually cool summer day your house is still brutally hot? That’s because the stifling air in your attic has nowhere to go but down.

Solar powered attic fans cool your entire house by creating a draft that draws all the hot indoor air up into the attic and out the fan. Meanwhile, cool outside air is sucked into the house through the windows. The result is a cool, healthy attic–and house!

Solar Powered Gable Fans Like attic fans, gable fans ventilate and cool your attic. But whereas attic fans lie on the roof itself, gable fans are installed in the gables, naturally. Although smaller that attic fans, gable fans can be powerful. One 10 watt solar powered gable fan can ventilate 1,200 square feet. These fans are also perfect for garages, barns, lofts, workshops, or storage sheds–anyplace where moisture might cause mold and mildew.

Solar Powered Vents Vents are smaller than gable fans. They’re perfect for smaller spaces where moisture accumulates, like on your boat. I know someone who even installed a solar powered vent on his doghouse. Now that’s a lucky dog! You could also put one on your camper, RV, or van. These small solar powered fans will keep everything cool and clean–at no cost!

Solar power is here to stay. One of the world’s leading futurists, Ray Kurzweil, told The New York Times that solar power would be as important a source of energy as fossil fuels in about 5 years. And he firmly believes that in a couple of decades, all our energy will be derived from clean sources.

But you don’t have to wait. There are many solar products than can help you save money–and the environment–right now. And there’s no better place to start than with solar powered fans.

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Solar Energy Today

We have definitely only scratched the surface of solar energy and with each year our technology gets smaller and faster and so do our efforts at using solar energy.

What better fuel alternative than that great big ball of fire is the sky that won’t be depleted any time soon. This means that none of the hard labor is required that is necessary in the acquisition of fossil fuels. The sunlight is readily available for at least 12 hours a day, which is enough time to acquire the necessary energy to run a household.

Soar energy is also the most clean energy available. You do not use nonrenewable sources from the earth like fossil fuels or H2O (although we have a lot of it). No pollutants are put into the air. Solar energy is free, clean, and plentiful. Just reach out and grab some.
With the onset of nanotechnology solar power is about to become the cheapest fuel ever. The cost per watt has been estimated to be less than a dollar. Currently the cost per watt averages around $4.00. Hey wait, isn’t that what gas is at?

The maintenance for a solar power system to run your house should be minimal. Most of the panels I have seen have around 10 year warranties, some more, some less. Just like with everything you have wear and tear. But heck, most people don’t even keep there cars for ten years nowadays and I know there is no such thing as a ten year warranty on a car. Point is with the old solar panels you would make a return on investments on average of five to ten years. With the new cheaper and more efficient systems you would see it in two to five years.

The solar industry is about to have a huge boom. If you have ever thought about getting a solar system for your house the time is almost ripe for cheap energy and a way to get you off the grid.

Well I shouldn’t say totally off the grid since that would require a battery storage which is major mula. It will still be necessary to get some of your power from the electric company. However, you can check with your electric company to see what your choices are when you push some of your own energy back on the line. When you have a surplus during the day it will be put on the electric company’s line. Yes just imagine the that little wheel spinning in reverse for the first time. For this they will either give you a credit or a check depending on how much you generate and their policy.