Solar energy is not the future. It is the present. All over the United States and all over the world, people are either taking the initiative themselves and installing solar power systems for their homes or businesses, or they are pushing their governments at all levels to fund solar projects through tax incentives. Yes indeed, it is an exciting time to be in the sustainable energy business.

Beware of “greenwashing.” Many fashion companies like to claim that their clothes are green, but they may be jumping on the green bandwagon while actually harming the earth. For example, many companies are touting bamboo this and bamboo that, since the public perception is that bamboo is green. But not all bamboo is created equal. True, the plant is renewable, but forests and animal habitats are being cleared to make way for some plantations.

Environment Themed Gifts: The products like Dome Terrarium, Nyokki, Eggling, Antworks are popular in the toyland recently. For example, Nyokki is made from Japan and it means grow. It allows your kid to plant a ray grass in a cute cartoon character container.

Shop locally. Clothing made in the United States or, better yet, your hometown, reduces the amount of energy needed to ship that garment to your neighborhood store. And you’re supporting the local economy.

Why would utility companies want to find ways to lower energy costs when they could continue to milk their customers for all their worth? These companies think you have two choices: pay their high prices, or freeze. They are wrong. You have another choice. Homemade Energy can tell you how to get cheap, green energy to fuel your home.

Number three would have to be hydropower. Did you ever notice when water is flowing downhill it becomes a powerful force. The water is a renewable resource that is constantly being recharged by the global cycles of precipitation and the consequent evaporation. Here we find our old friend the sun, and the sun’s heat is busily causing the water in lakes and oceans to evaporate and then you see the clouds. Later on it rains or snows and the water comes back down to the earth. Once back on the earth, it gathers together into streams and rivers and begins the journey back to the ocean. While the water is flowing, it can power water wheels and drive mechanical processes. When it is busy forcing the turbines and generators to turn it will generate electricity. Hurrah for flowing waters.

Solar energy would work better in some areas than others. Obviously any region that has extended periods of sunny days would be a good candidate for solar power. The downside is that it won’t generate any electricity when the sun goes down.

Attic insulation should be up to 200mm thick. It is laid between ceiling joists and over them. Pink glass sheets with paper vapor barrier, come in rolls, and can be used with little mess. Plastic beads, blown in glass wool or sprayed on foam insulation can be used. Heat rises, so attic insulation will stop the heat from being wasted. Lack of attic insulation is one of the biggest energy wasters. It doesn’t make much sense to pay huge heat bills for energy that is going through the roof.