Here are three reasons why natural gas is more expensive than geothermal energy:
- It is consumable (consumed in the process of creating heat)
- Combustion heating creates Green House Gas emissions
- It is subject to carbon taxes
Meanwhile, geothermal heat pumps are the opposite of natural gas:
- Geothermal is renewable (the solar energy stored in the earth is continually replenished)
- Geothermal creates no Green House Gas emissions (no combustion on site)
- Geothermal isn’t charged carbon taxes, so it’s more affordable.
To learn more about geothermal vs. natural gas, check out: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/articles/2017/01/can-natural-gas-giants-switch-to-geothermal.html?cmpid=enl_rew_geothermalenergynews_2017-01-26
Don’t lose heart my dear ones, here is a snippet showing our blog stats for today! Not only do we have a great showing for this post, it’s from all over the world.
And it’s delightful!!!!!
PS. I know it looks hazy, but click on the jpg and it will show you the details in full.
Solar power is big business!
In an article from PV TECH, I read that “The route to decarbonisation in the energy sector will create benefits of US$10 trillion every year by 2050, while requiring only US$1.8 trillion to implement, according to a new joint report from the International Energy Agency (IAE) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).
In their first ever collaboration, IEA and IRENA found that a total of 6 million jobs would be created, even when accounting for jobs lost in other industries.
Further jobs will also be created in the energy efficiency sector. The report stressed that efforts on the transition need to be stepped up urgently to stay in line with the targets of the Paris Agreement.
IRENA director-general Adnan Z. Amin, said: “Critically, the economic case for the energy transition has never been stronger. Today around the world, new renewable power plants are being built that will generate electricity for less cost than fossil-fuel power plants. And through 2050, the decarbonisation can fuel sustainable economic growth and create more new jobs in renewables.”
Bees Facing Extinction and what it means to you…..
Bees pollinate most of the food we eat, so without bees, we will be in danger of starving. The prestigious publication, Reuters News Service, has plenty of well written articles on the scientific findings supporting the bee die off.
You can find an article on the Bee Die Off at http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-bees-idUSKBN1685NG
Bee happy, Bee healthy, protect our bees by using alternative means of protecting your flowers and food from pests. Stop using insecticide!
I receive information about environmental news from a great website called Daily Kos, here’s an email I recently received about a petition I signed regarding fracking:
Diane, Great news. You recently signed a petition to the EPA to retract their draft report’s conclusion that fracking was safe.
This petition was part of a coalition effort with many other organizations, and nearly 110,000 people signed on. And the EPA listened. In its just-released final report, the EPA deleted the conclusion that fracking doesn’t have “widespread, systemic impacts” on drinking water. And instead its final report states that fracking can cause water contamination. This is a win for those of us fighting fracking, and for the many people who’ve suffered from water contamination due to fracking. And it’s a loss for the oil and gas industry, which has used the EPA’s draft report to claim that fracking is safe.
Thank you for taking action. Sometimes, it’s hard to know if your petition signature will have an impact. But Daily Kos petitions are often part of larger campaigns, and they help make change happen. Our voices, together, can win campaigns. Thank you for adding your name and joining this fight, and please keep fighting. That will involve signing petitions, protesting in the streets, calling your elected officials, and/or whatever else your activism looks like. We’ll need all of it in the years ahead.
Thank you for all that you do, Mara Schechter, Daily Kos
There are lots of ways to enjoy the holidays without leaving a negative impact on our fragile environment. Here are ten fun tips on Greening your Christmas this year:
Buy a live tree that you can decorate this year, and then plant in your backyard with your kids, and watch it grow as they grow! We have a Norfolk Pine and another two pine trees in our yard that were originally Christmas trees. Each tree lasts about three years in its pot, so you can use it over and over again before planting it. Donate your live tree to an organization in your community that’s dedicated to planting trees, like the Arbor Day Society or the Boy/Girl Scouts.
Tip: If you do buy a cut tree, remember, the city can’t recycle them into compost if they have: flocking, tinsel “icicles” or Christmas ornaments still attached to them. Remove all decorations and get them on the curb in time to be recycled by your local waste department after Christmas.
Send your gifts in festively decorated baskets that can be wrapped in colored cellophane. This will save buying a mountain of wrapping paper that will become trash in an instant. The baskets can be reused again for gifts the next year!
If you save Christmas cards like I do, you may not want to throw them away, and can’t figure out how to reuse them. Here’s a tip: you can tape them onto your gift boxes, creating colorful, original wrapped gifts, without using wrapping paper.
Have fun with the kids by using your computer’s printer/scanner/copier to make your own wrapping paper. Lay out your old Christmas cards in a fanciful arrangement and copy them, then use the sheets of homemade wrapping paper for the smaller gifts.
Add your own green Christmas tips here!
Here are a few easy ways to cut down on your water bill:
1. Check for possible water leaks by looking at your water meter. If it’s spinning, but you don’t have the water turned on, you may have an undetected leak.
2. If your water pressure is over 80 psi (pounds per square inch), you may be using more water than you need. Ask your plumber to check your water pressure and install a pressure regulator outside the house.
3. Don’t waste the cold water you run in the shower while waiting for it to warm up. You can use a bucket to catch the cold water and use it to water indoor or outdoor plants.
4. Don’t let the water run while brushing your teeth or shaving.
5. If you wash dishes by hand, use the smallest amount of dish detergent possible, cutting down on the amount of water you need to rinse your dishes.
“The comprehensive energy bill adopted this week by the Massachusetts legislature includes a provision requiring the state’s utilities to enter into long-term contracts to purchase both offshore wind and hydropower by 2027.
In addition to the 1,600 MW mandate for offshore wind, utilities would have to purchase an additional 9.45 million MWh of power annually from new Class I resources and hydropower,” writes Jennifer Delony, Associate Editor of Renewable Energy World magazine.
This move toward clean energy will create jobs and help keep the environment livable.