This Hotel in Singapore has the Coolest Sky Gardens Ever

Designed by WOHA Architects, the PARKROYAL on Pickering Hotel in Singapore features six incredible sky gardens that are cantilevered at every fourth level between the blocks of guest rooms.

PARKROYAL on Pickering is a hotel-in-a-garden concept that incorporates energy-saving features throughout the property including the ‘zero-energy’ sky gardens. The sustainable project design and green efforts have earned the hotel the BCA Green Mark Platinum, Singapore’s highest green rating, as well as the Solar Pioneer Award for its innovative solar energy system.

The hotel recently celebrated it’s one year anniversary. In that time the hotel has won more than 12 prestigious awards for its architecture and sustainability, including: The President’s Design Award, “Best Hotel Architectural Design” title at the South East Asia Property Awards, FIABCI Singapore Property Award in the Hotel category and the 2013 HICAP Sustainable Hotel Award (Sustainable Project Design). The property was also named “Hotel of the Year” at the World Architecture News Awards.

The 367-room hotel cost $350 million to build and features 15,000 square metres (161,459 sq. ft) of cascading greenery, reflecting pools, waterfalls, planter walls and four-storey high solar-powered sky gardens, constituting more than twice its land area.

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3 Amazing Ways Elon Musk Is Exactly Like The Real Life Tony Stark

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Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla Motors and SpaceX, is a dreamer, businessman, engineer, adventurer, inventor and innovator.

His ambitious are boundless, literally spanning across the galaxy and perhaps even beyond. He is the real life Tony Stark, developing technologies that most of us believed could only exist in science fiction.

Musk not only wants to engineer innovative technologies, he also wants to ensure that they are used for the betterment of humankind and the planet.

Correspondingly, he has invested in robotics companies to monitor the growth and expansion of this technology. He worries that we could potentially live in a world in which robots are in control and turn on humans, much like Terminator.

Moreover, Musk has been a fervent supporter of renewable energy and is a model for using wealth and status to promote the health and sustainability of our planet. In Musk’s view, continuing to rely on fossil fuels for energy is suicidal:

By definition we must move towards renewable energy.

How can people argue against that? To argue that is to say that eventually we will run out of energy and die or civilization will collapse.

Musk is poised to revolutionize human existence, and it seems he will lead us into an entirely new age of exploration. Indeed, Musk is a firm believer that space exploration is the key to ensuring that humanity survives in the future. Innovation is the key to survival.

While some might dismiss his ideas as ludicrous, many regard him as a genius. Likewise, the greatest inventions in the world were all once regarded as insane and improbable. Individuals like Musk are vital to the progression of our world.

Here are three ways that Elon Musk is revolutionizing our existence:

1. Reducing our impact on the environment with electric cars.

As noted above, Musk is committed to reducing humanity’s carbon footprint. This is precisely why Tesla Motors is developing affordable, long-range, electric cars.

A great deal of America’s carbon emissions are a product of our reliance on automobiles that guzzle gasoline and diesel fuel. Electric cars are arguably much better for the environment, but there are still many skeptics. Will Oremus of Slate notes:

The knock on electric cars has always been the same: They’re great for the environment, but they’re pokey and impractical, and nobody wants to buy one.

The stunning success story of the Tesla Model S has, improbably, flipped that equation. It’s blazingly fast, surprisingly practical, and everyone wants to buy one.

Electric cars as a concept cannot be contributed to Musk, but Tesla has been particularly innovative by creating a more affordable product with a longer-lasting battery. There’s still room for improvement, but it’s a massive step in the right direction.

Musk has also developed a sophisticated autopilot system for cars. In fact, he believes that we’re only five years away from cars that will drive us as we sleep.


2. Building a city on Mars for the future of humankind.

Musk wants to establish a colony of one million people on Mars:

I think there is a strong humanitarian argument for making life multi-planetary… in order to safeguard the existence of humanity in the event that something catastrophic were to happen, in which case being poor or having a disease would be irrelevant, because humanity would be extinct.

As climate change continues to make our planet increasingly uninhabitable, he may have a point. Likewise, there is so much that we don’t know about our own galaxy. Throughout history, humanity has progressed by exploring uncharted territory. Exploring the galaxy will lead to potentially beneficial discoveries and important insights on our own planet.

In September, NASA awarded SpaceX and Boeing a $6.8 million contract to develop space taxis meant to transport astronauts to the International Space Station.

SpaceX is also currently developing a reusable rocket to make multi-planetary life a greater possibility. It’s called the Falcon 9 Reusable (Falcon 9R).


3. Harnessing the power of the sun with affordable solar energy.

Musk is determined to find a means to an end to the excessive use of fossil fuels. In the same way that he wants to produce the most affordable and efficient electric car, Musk also wants to make solar panels cheaper and available to the masses.

Solar energy is exceptionally clean and not at all harmful to the environment whatsoever.

SolarCity is a company that designs and installs solar energy systems. It’s primary goal is to create solar energy systems that are not only beneficial to the environment, but also affordable for homes and businesses. Musk is the chairman of SolarCity and it’s run by two of his cousins.

In June, SolarCity announced that it would build the largest solar panel factory in the world. According to Musk, the sun generates more energy in a few hours than the world uses in a year. Accordingly, solar panels can help the globe meet its energy needs and demands.

As a result of SolarCity’s efforts, solar energy systems are becoming rapidly available to more people.

Musk is a testament to the fact that true innovation is a product of a desire to perpetuate the health of this world. After all, we owe our very existence to this planet, it’s only right that we preserve and protect it. The future of humanity depends on the stability of the environment.

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Japan Wants To Put A Giant Solar Farm In Space

Picture this: a giant solar power plant floating in space, gathering the sun’s energy with virtually no constraints from the weather, seasons or time of day, delivering a constant supply of green energy to Earth. Sound a little too Sci-Fi? Well, thanks to JAXA, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, we could actually witness this incredible technology in just over a decade.

The idea of a space power plant has actually been around for a while. Back in 1968, American aerospace engineer Dr. Peter Glaser pioneered the space solar power concept and proposed the deployment of giant solar panels in space in order to generate microwaves that could be transmitted back to Earth to produce electricity. The concept sparked a lot of interest, even from NASA, but it came to a halt in the ‘80s because of the high costs involved. Japan, however, pursued the idea and is currently the world leader of the Space Solar Power Systems (SSPS) project.

This colossal satellite, hovering around 22,000 miles (36,000 kilometers) above Earth, would be several miles long and weigh a whopping 10,000 metric tons. These floating solar panels would actually be tethered to a station on the ground in order to keep the satellite at a fixed point in geostationary orbit. The proposed model also includes a set of mirrors that reflect the sun’s light onto the panels so that when the satellite is not facing the sun it can still receive sunlight.

And now for the really tricky part: getting all of that solar energy back to Earth so that we can use it. There are two possible ways that this could be achieved which involve converting the solar energy into either laser beams or microwaves, or perhaps even a combination of both, which would then be transmitted to a receiving facility (called a “rectenna” [rectifying antenna]) situated on Earth. Ground-based experiments are currently underway to discern which option would be most efficient.

These space based solar panels would be around 5-10 times more efficient than ground-based solar conversion systems. Furthermore, CO2 emissions will be low and will only come from the receiving facility. It’s predicted that SSPS will be able to process around 1 gigawatt of power, which is a similar amount to nuclear power stations.

Although Japan are the leading country with regards to making SSPS happen, in reality the costs will be so astronomical that it is likely contributions from other countries will be required before we see this behemoth space power station start to take shape. This concept may seem a little far-fetched, but JAXA believe they are getting tantalizingly close to turning this vision into a reality.

Check out JAXA’s SSPS YouTube video to find out more:

10 Incredible Advances In Biomimicry

Biomimetics is the science of looking to nature for answers to our technological problems. You use biomimetic technologies every single day. Velcro, for example, was invented after George de Mestral noticed how burrs used tiny hooks to stick to his dog’s fur. And while Velcro is too commonplace to blow anybody’s mind, in recent years, we’ve used the exact same process to build technologies that are nothing short of incredible.

10 UltraCane

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In nature, ultrasound is most famously used by bats to find prey. The science behind it’s pretty simple: You shoot out a sound wave and record the amount of time it takes for the echo to return after bouncing off something. If you know how fast the sonic wave is traveling, you can measure how far away the obstacle is. Bats do it naturally. Humans don’t.

So researchers at the University of Leeds in the UK looked to bats for inspiration to build an ultrasonic cane for blind people. The idea was simple enough, but what they didn’t foresee was the way the human brain became so receptive to the new sense. The cane works by sending out ultrasonic signals, measuring the response time of the echoes, and converting that data into vibrations in the handle of the cane. As an object gets closer, the vibrations get stronger.

When the cane was tested, they found that the brains of the test subjects readily accepted the input and began building a new type of spatial awareness based solely on vibrations coming in through their palms. Over time, they stopped consciously feeling the vibrations and built an instant mental map of their surroundings—their minds cut out the middle man in favor of a more efficient interpretation of the sensation.

9 Swarm Robotics

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Harvard isn’t the only research organization intent on giving robots the ability to communicate and learn from each other. The New Jersey Institute of Technology is also developing a swarm of robots with a hive mentality, and they’ve already succeeded. Modeled after the colony behavior of ants, a robot is able to pick up on the decisions of the other robots and follow their behavior—without any programming.

The robots themselves don’t look like ants—more like futuristic ice cubes—but each one has two light sensors that act like an ant’s antennae picking up a trail of pheromones. Individually stupid, the robots can only move forward and sense light. Each robot was being tracked by a projector that left spots of light along their path, sort of like a trail of breadcrumbs, and each time a robot stumbled across another robot’s path, the lights got brighter.

At the beginning of the experiment, all the robots were moving randomly and chaotically. At the end, they converged into a train following a single path. Like ants, they don’t make a “choice” when they do something different; it’s all based on a core program that tells them to follow a specific signal. With ants, that signal is a pheromone trail left by other ants. With swarm robots, it’s light.

8 Self-Cleaning Paint

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Not all advances in biomimicry have to do with robots. In fact, the majority don’t; robots are just more interesting to talk about. That said, one of the most interesting biomimetic inventions in recent years is a paint that’s modeled after the leaves of the lotus flower.

Lotus leaves may look smooth, but at the microscopic level, they’re covered in millions of tiny spikes. The spikes repel dirt and water by minimizing the surface area of the leaf—water just rolls off because there’s not enough contact to build an attraction. With that as a model, a German company developed a paint that uses a complex microstructure on the outside to prevent things from sticking to the paint. Under a microscope, the dried paint looks like a surreal landscape covered with sculptures.

Dirt particles can still get caught on the protrusions, but the smallest splash of water will dislodge them. In other words, the paint is essentially self-cleaning. And like the lotus leaves, water itself slides right off. NASA is also using the lotus idea to build a coating for spacesuits and rovers to prevent bacteria from hitchhiking into space.

7 Multifaceted Cameras

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If you had a microscope, a lot of time, and a lazy fly, you could count all the individual facets in the eye of a housefly. There are about 28,000—each with its own lens and light-sensing nerve. Compound eyes are one of the marvels of nature: They allow insects to see up to 180 degrees around them and offer a sense of depth that humans can only dream about.

Using that idea, researchers at the University of Illinois built a multifaceted camera that consists of 180 lenses, each connected to an individual photodetector. The array was built onto a flexible rubber mat which was then curved into a hemispherical shape. The input from all the lenses is combined into a single image, so you’re looking at a regular picture as opposed to, say, a bank of monitors. And the whole thing—lenses and electronics included—is only a centimeter (.4 in) in diameter.

The team’s goal is to use the cameras for aerial surveillance on robotic drones. But even a stationary camera would be a massive improvement over current cameras. Put two of these “bug eyes” back to back, and you have a 360 degree view. Currently, they’re working on a new model that doubles the number of lenses.

6 Shark Skin Coatings

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When Michael Phelps won six gold medals in the 2004 Olympics, he was wearing a swimsuit called Fastskin, developed by Speedo. Fastskin is covered in tiny bumps that emulate the skin of a shark. Even though the swimsuits have been simultaneously banned and declared ineffective, the idea of using shark skin as a model for hi-tech materials is far from dead.

A shark’s skin is covered in a layer of overlapping pieces called denticles. They look like microscopic teeth and point toward the back of the shark. When a shark swims, the leading edges of the denticles create micro vortices that essentially pull the shark forward, allowing it to swim faster. And due to the way they flex, other organisms—like algae and barnacles—can’t grab onto it. That’s why whales are often found encrusted with barnacles, but sharks never are.

The US Navy is researching applications to use shark skin-inspired coatings on the outside of their submarines, which would both make them faster and prevent mussels and barnacles from piling up on their hulls, the cleanup of which is a $50 million-per-year job. Hospitals are also getting in on the game: A material known as Sharklet is already being used on door handles in California’s hospitals to stop pathogens like E. coli from forming colonies. The best part is, since it’s not a chemical repellant, there’s no way for bacteria to build a resistance.

5 SCRATCHBot

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The search for new ways to experience the world has always been rooted in the animal world. By building a robot that looks and acts like a rat, the scientists at the University of Sheffield have delved into a means of sensing that humans will never experience: whiskers. Dubbed SCRATCHBot, the robot’s sole purpose is to act as a vehicle for state-of-the-art synthetic whiskers—and a brain that can interpret the data and put it to use.

Since rats are mostly nocturnal, they often use their whiskers to navigate more than their eyesight. In recreating a set of functional whiskers, the researchers used fiberglass rods that contained Hall effect sensors (sensors that measure differences in voltage based on a current and a magnetic field). Small magnets in the whiskers provide the magnetic field, and when the whiskers brush against something, the sensors catch the voltage change from the movement of the magnets. This allows the SCRATCHBot to “see” objects through the whiskers.

The “brain” of the rat is a PC-based neural model that receives information from the whiskers, processes it, and sends a command to the legs (turn left, turn right, etc.). The entire design is based on an incredibly stupid rat—it has no high level cortex, but can still operate basic motor functions.

4 Organic Solar Cells

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Dye-sensitized solar cells are a type of solar cell that use a special form of dye to capture solar energy. When sunlight hits the dye, it’s molecules react and produce electricity. These solar cells are cheaper than their silicon counterparts, but they have one problem: The dye tends to break down after a short amount of time, essentially leaving you with a useless square of plastic.

But the mechanism of the dye isn’t much different from what you find in natural photosynthesis when a plant converts sunlight into energy. So researchers at North Carolina State University started looking at houseplants to see what made them different. The result was a solar cell with an internal vascular system that cycles dye through a branched network of veins. When the dye degrades to the point that it’s no longer producing any electricity, it’s cycled out and replaced with a fresh stream of dye, like a plant delivering nutrients to its leaves.

3 The T8 SpiderBot

If spiders are the stuff from which nightmares are born, the T8 Octopod Robot is a nightmare with a price tag. Roboticists have been trying for years to mimic the architecture of a spider. With eight legs, you get an unprecedented level of stability, which is perfect for search-and-rescue robots in disaster areas. And while we’ve had other versions of spiderlike robots, it’s always been difficult to design one with enough internal control for all eight legs to move in unison, while still retaining the ability to move separately when needed.

The T8 Octopod Robot uses a unique movement engine designed specifically to overcome that obstacle. It’s remote-controlled, and with a simple command the onboard processor will calculate leg trajectory, motor control, and inverse kinematics to coordinate its 26 individual motors. The result is almost too lifelike.

2 Self-Healing Circuits

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Integrated circuit chips are used in virtually every electronic device created today, and despite their small size, most chips have millions of transistors spread across a surface no wider than the head of a nail. If one tiny piece breaks, the entire thing becomes useless. But what if your cell phone or your computer could repair itself like an immune system fighting off an infection? That might be a very real possibility in the near future.

Engineers at the California Institute of Technology have created what they call “indestructible circuits.” To demonstrate, they stuck one under a microscope, melted it with a laser, and watched it figure out a way to keep working. The chips are microscopic; it would take about 75 to cover the face of a penny. In addition to all the circuitry needed for the chip’s main purpose, each chip also contains a variety of sensors and an onboard central processor that detects damage and figures out the most efficient way to get everything back up and running again.

They’ve tested dozens of chips outfitted with the self-healing capability, and no matter what part of the chip is destroyed, it always finds a way to reroute the circuit’s processes in less than a second. And it’s not preprogrammed for any specific threats, like the body’s immune system, it assesses the damage on its own and figures out what actions it needs to take. The only thing remaining for us to do is locate John Connor.

1 Parasitic Skin Grafts

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There is a parasite called the Pomphorhynchus laevis that uses spikes in its head to rip a hole in an animal’s intestines, after which, it shove its head inside and inflates its body to hold itself in place. It’s this unlikely monstrosity that has inspired medical researchers to develop a new type of skin graft. Skin grafts are patches of skin that are transplanted from one part of the body to another, usually to cover a severe burn.

Until now, skin grafts were usually held in place with staples, which carry a high risk of infection. This new biomimetic skin graft, on the other hand, copies almost everything from the most terrifying parasite you’re likely to read about today. The graft has a cluster of microneedles that swell when they’re exposed to water. The needles go into the skin fairly easily, and once inside, they puff out like a balloon to hold the graft in place. Another advantage over staples, which actually end up tearing the tissue around them, is that the microneedles push tissue to the side, rather than damaging it.

25 Ways To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

“Carbon footprint” – It’s the latest buzz word being thrown around by everyone from politicians to college kids but what exactly is it? Well, roughly defined carbon footprint is the amount of green house gas emitted by a person or population over a certain period of time. To make a long story short, the more of these gasses that we let into the atmosphere, the worse it is for the environment. Before moving onto the list, however, we would like to point out that no matter what your stance is on global warming/climate change these ideas at least stand the chance of saving you money. Most of them don’t take that much effort and at the end of the month you may notice less coming out of your bank account to pay for utilities. So consider reducing your carbon footprint.

25. Take a shower

Taking a shower uses about 1/5 of the energy as taking a bath, and as long as you don’t fall asleep it should use less water too. If not, you can always install a “low flow” shower head to limit the amount of water being used.

24. Unplug your phone charger

When you’re not using it that is. According to the US Department of Energy, appliances consume a significant amount of electricity even when they are switched off. Ever notice how your phone charger can get hot with no phone on it?

23. Use the top shelf of the oven

Of course, this depends on how technical you want to get with your food but generally speaking hot air rises. The heating mechanism is usually on the bottom of the oven but because it emits bursts of heat the top of the oven tends to be consistently hotter. While this will cook your food faster you may have to sacrifice some crispiness.

22. Wash with cold water

This is especially true if you are washing or rinsing clothes. About 90% of the energy used in the process goes towards heating the water. So unless you are trying to kill all the germs on your clothes with boiling H2O, this could save you some cash and win you some green points.

21. Buy a laptop instead of a desktop

Laptops can use up to 80% less energy than a desktop, and unless you are a die hard tech junkie that needs to have the fastest processor on the planet, a modern laptop will suit your needs just fine.

20. Avoid black trash bags

Because of the black pigmentation these trash bags cannot be recycled. A better option is to use white trash bags and the best option is of course…none.

19. Filter your own water

This one is huge. Most tap water (in western countries) is safe to drink and by filtering it you can do a lot of saving. First of all, the water is usually flown in from far away which requires fuel and then the packaging itself uses a lot of energy. Besides, buying bottled water only feels good until you check your bank account.

18. Buy local

Once again, if you keep things local it will reduce the amount of fuel that is required to get the food from the farm to your fridge. The same concept goes for other goods and services as well.

17. Replace lightbulbs with CFL bulbs

CFL (compact fluorescent) bulbs can last up to 15 times longer and use up to 8o% less energy than regular lightbulbs. Again, this could certainly have the added benefit of streamlining your electric bill.

16. Shift gears sooner

If you drive a manual, shift into a higher gear as soon as you can. On most cars this would mean before 2,500 rpm but on diesel it would be before 2,000 rpm. If you do this right you will find yourself saving some gas because your engine is maintaining a higher speed without working as hard.

15. Take a train

Sure, it takes longer than flying and as of yet there are no trans-oceanic railways but if you can stand a bit of patience and your destination is on the same continent as your point of departure you will save a bit of gas and money with this option.

14. Switch to clean, renewable energy

There are several ways to go about this. Although one way would be to research your energy providers and find one that uses green energy, there are also some DIY options available such as installing your own solar panels.

13. Create a wormery

Yea, we know, this one sounds weird. The truth is though, that worms love your trash, and they can help you turn it into fertilizer for # 11.

12. Carpool

As you may have noticed by now, a lot of these ideas pertain to your vehicle. So, beyond keeping your tires inflated and not carrying unnecessarily heavy loads, one of the best things you can do is not use your car at all. If you really need it though, there are websites out there that will help you find a ride. Besides, who wouldn’t want their own lane?

11. Plant an organic garden

The Daily Green Not only does growing your own food make you a more conscientious global citizen, it brings you a sense of satisfaction and if done right, monetary savings.

10. Buy certified wood

Certified wood comes from responsibly managed forests. This means that the logging in those forests is being monitored to prevent deforestation and maintain biodiversity. One of the largest certification programs is the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council).

9. Close your curtains

In winter you can help your space heater out by opening your curtains during the day and closing them at night while in summer you should leave them open at night and close them during the day. By remembering to do this you can save up to 75% on your bill.

8. Use rechargeable batteries

Using rechargeable batteries can shave almost 1,000 pounds off of your carbon footprint by the time the batteries die for good.

7. Drive a hybrid

Although they run a little pricier, over the lifetime of the vehicle you will find yourself more than covering the difference in gasoline savings.

6. Microwave your food

There are several variable at play here, but generally speaking your microwave is more energy efficient than your stove. Of course, using a microwave is not nearly as classy and for large meals an electric stove would probably be a better option, but on average this modern marvel can save you a lot of energy.

5. Buy energy efficient appliances

On the topic of stove and microwaves, there are several ways you can tell whether an appliance is energy efficient or not. One of these ways is to look for the “energy star” logo. This was a program started by the US government in 1990 to help consumers identify energy efficient appliances.

4. Eat in-season produce

Out of season produce increases the costs of refrigeration significantly. Not surprisingly it also comes with a hefty fuel related price tag in order to get it from where it is in-season to where it is being consumed.

3. Read the newspaper online

This one is a no-brainer. By getting your daily fix of news online rather than in print you are saving a lot on paper printing costs.

2. Install ceiling fans

Using ceiling fans instead of air conditioning is sure fire way to rack up your savings. If you live in a climate where you rely heavily on your A/C this could save you up to a ton in CO2 emissions.

1. Plant a tree

The age old classic, we all did it in elementary school, but it is still the most efficient way to help the environment. Not only do they provide shade and oxygen but they consume CO2 at the same time. Doesn’t get much better than that. See, reducing your carbon footprint is not difficult. It just takes a few modification here and there.

Save More Energy With These Solar Energy Tips

Solar energy is a concept that seems especially complicated, but it’s really not all that complicated. You just need the right information to make the most of the choices that you have. Read this article to learn the many benefits that solar energy and businesses alike.

Your solar panels will function correctly if you maintain it regularly. You can save money by doing this yourself, but doing it yourself will save money.

Using any type of solar water heater is an excellent way to help the environment. You will find many different option for solar water tanks. You can install these in a good location or on your roof.

Using any type of solar energy unit can help the environment significantly. Many different water heating systems exist, including tankless solar powered systems. You will only have to install a couple of panels on your roof or front lawn.

Think about whether solar makes sense for your house. There are many factors to think about. Solar energy can be a must-have for those that live in remote locations that are not connected to utility grids. It may also be a good option if you don’t mind paying more upfront in order to realize savings later.

There are many rebates or grants that can help you pay for your solar power. The costs to get a solar energy system up and running can be daunting, but you can frequently find financial help. Look into state and federal grant opportunities intended to encourage the use of renewable energy usage. They can bring down the cost substantially. You may even get some deductions at tax time.

You may be able to get tax credits from your government for using solar energy installation. You might get as high as 30% of the system’s cost.

The best solar panels are attached to your roof so that they can be adjusted for optimal sunlight throughout the seasons. The ideal angle of your panels will change throughout the day and from one season to the next.

The advances in solar power keeps improving. Whether looking for a big system for your business or a smaller one for your home, you can find one if you take the time to look.

Solar energy is one of the most “green” technologies there are because the sun is used and it’s also a renewable resource.

Solar energy is quickly becoming one of the environment. Now is the best time to check out this kind of energy.

If you lease solar panels, be sure the contact can be transferred to your lease. This is essential if you plan to sell your home before it’s paid off. If you can transfer the lease, you can simply make it part of the sale or rental agreement of your home when you move.

If you’re paying for the home, it’s best to wait.

Bigger doesn’t mean better when you are considering solar panels.All these things should be considered if you are looking to make this investment.

Regardless of the solar system you choose to use, be sure that you angle the panels toward the sun.

Consider a backup power option, just in case you have a problem with your solar panels. A generator is a good option, but you could also remain connected to the main power grid and draw power when your panels are down. Keep your generator well maintained and run it regularly to keep it in good condition.

Have your solar energy system inspected bi-annually to keep it running its best. During this inspection, your technician will ensure all connections are tight, make sure panels are angled properly and make sure the inverter stays on and works right.

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You should feel a bit more knowledgeable about solar energy at this point. The greater your knowledge base, the more confidence you will have in your solar energy system. You know that this is the right choice, and now you have the knowledge to help you get started.

Even if you live in a colder climate, you can reap the benefits of solar energy. It doesn’t need to be like Florida all year round for it to be a big part of your energy savings goals. In fact, a lot people report that they get a lot of solar power from days that are not that sunny.

Solar Energy Advice You Can Start Using Today!

It’s readily available to nearly any home or business is that is interested in making this change. This article can let you the great things you can expect when using solar energy.

Solar Panels

The power you get will be determined by how many solar panels as well as the number of solar panels installed. You will need to do a little math to calculate the number of solar panels you need. It could work out that allows you to buy fewer of panels you’ll need.

Photo-voltaic panels fall into one of two categories. Poly-crystalline panels are usually less expensive, but they are less efficient than mono-crystalline panels. You should purchase the best possible product your budget can allow when it comes to solar power systems.

Start small when starting out with solar energy. You should not have any problem finding these lights at a store or mass market retailer. They are as easy to install.

To get the most from solar panels in your home or business, check out the systems that do not rely fully on the sun’s schedule. This can be quite useful if you use most of your power at night.

Using any type of solar power is one method in being good to the environment significantly. You can choose from several different types of solar systems in both tankless and standard water heaters. You can install one in a good location positioned on your roof.

If you are interested in leasing a solar power system, pay attention to the terms. You want to be able to transfer the lease if necessary. If your home is sold, you will need to have this option handy. Having the transfer of lease option can get you out of your contract and allow the new homeowners to enjoy the benefits.

Solar Power

You don’t have to worry that you’ll be tearing up your whole roof to benefit from solar power. You can always start small by purchasing outdoor lighting that runs on solar power.

You have to think about whether or not solar is the right fit for your home. There are many factors to think about. Solar energy can be a must-have for those who live in remote locations that are not connected to utility grids.It is also be a great option if you’re able to pay upfront in order to realize savings later.

Rebates and incentives from the government are a great way to help your solar panels more affordable. So while theses initial costs are intimidating, know that there is help available. Check into federal and state grants or rebates that reward renewable energy use. This reduces the costs greatly. You could deduct some expenses via your taxes.

You have to understand how much you need on a daily basis before switching to clean energies. This is crucial when choosing the right fit. Check back on your bills for a year for the best estimate possible.

If you want to start using solar power in your home, begin with the simplest areas. Starting with smaller appliances will help make the transition without disrupting your daily routine. A gradual conversion can help you stick to your long-term commitment.

Your home or business will benefit greatly from solar energy use in money saved. The planet will benefit in reduced carbon output. If solar power seems like something that interests you, start doing some further research now. Apply the suggestions in this article in order to plan for your transition.

When cost and square footage are of no concern, a sun-tracking system of panels is an excellent option. This system shifts the solar panels throughout the day so that your panels can absorb the maximum amount of energy. While it may be more expensive, the energy it produces is worth it.

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You do not have to buy electric vehicle to make a difference!

There are government incentive programs you can take advantage of when it comes to green energy. Check with the local government and see what type of programs are available to you. You can qualify for a free installation of solar power at little to no cost.

Instead of using your air conditioner in the summer, try to wear fabrics that are natural. Moisture-wicking athletic fabrics pull moisture away from your skin, creating a cooling sensation. Light colored clothing can also help you to feel cooler.

TIP! Solar water heaters are a great option for your home. If you happen to live in a climate where freezing water isn’t going to affect you then you might want to invest into a system that circulates water through your solar heater before it is pumped into your home.

Wash your clothes in cold water. Almost 90% of energy consumed by washing machines is used for doing laundry is due to heating the water. As long as the washing detergent you use is reliable, using cold water is just as effective.

Many systems can be switched over to run on biodiesel without needing extra modifications or parts.

Don’t run the dishwasher if it is less than totally full. It consumes the exact same quantity of electricity and water even if it’s not full. When you do run the dishwasher, be certain to always use the setting for saving energy, which will allow your dishes to air-dry.

Solar power can heat water for a low cost. Look into hot water systems that run by solar power. There are systems available that circulate the heat both directly and indirectly. You’re better off with an indirect system if you are worried about pipes freezing during the winter.

Instead, make sure each member of your family has sweaters, slippers and socks, and heat your living areas with a pellet stove or fireplace.

Make your home more energy efficient by purchasing energy saving products that conserve power. Double or triple glazed windows as well as eco-friendly doors reduces energy usage in the inside temperature more comfortable. These products can cut down dramatically on your cooling and heating costs.

Use a laptop for your computing needs rather than a desktop computer. This can lower your electrical use by as much as 75%, especially if you are frequently on the Internet or using word processing software. The other benefit to using laptop over a desktop is that it is portable, so you can use it anywhere!

Storm doors and windows offer better air flow in the home. Storm doors and windows stop drafts from letting in so much cold air. Your home’s energy efficiency will increase by as much as 45% if you install storm windows and doors!

TIP! Look for rebates for green-energy technology installations. In some cases, the local utility company will offer rebates for the cost of the upgrades.

A solar oven is a fun and effective way to reduce your baking needs. You can make one from an old window, a box, and an old window. These ovens reach temperatures greater than 300 degrees, and cook some foods without any additional energy source.

The venerable habit of turning of unnecessary lights and devices when leaving a room is still very effective. Turning off the lights habitually will save a surprising amount of energy. You also have the added benefit of saving money on your electric bill.

Green tech products are a bit more pricey than conventional products, but you will be paid back through lower energy bills for the life of the appliances. It is also pays off as far as the environment in the long term.

If you don’t know whether a green energy system would help you save energy, consult professionals in the plumbing or HVAC fields to assess your current system. They will let you know how costly your appliances are, and they can give a detailed estimate on how much the costs will be to replace or upgrade your existing systems.

The result is lower energy consumption and maximized dollar saving.

Changing the filter in your furnace, using energy efficient light bulbs, and installing a programmable thermostat are easy ways to conserve energy in your home. Set an example to your family members, and they will see how simple it is to be green. Keep these tips in mind and use them.

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If you want to incorporate green habits in your home immediately, keep reading this article for useful tricks on the things you can do.

Wear natural fabrics instead of cranking up the air conditioning in the summer. Wear lighter colors since warmer ones can make you warm and cause you will be likelier to turn on the air conditioner.

Solar panels are easy to install. It is important, however, that you do your homework before making the leap. Think about the amount of sunlight that hits your house on an average day. If the area is shady, or you are in a region that doesn’t receive much sunshine, then you won’t be gaining much power.

TIP! Do your best to consume the least amount of energy possible in your home. Do things like unplug any electronic device that you aren’t using that may still be plugged into an outlet.

There are government grants that can help people invest in green energy. Check out your local government and see what type of programs are available in your area. You may qualify for installation or a tax deduction.

Solar panels are an easy to install and your family go green. There are several things to consider before installing them. The biggest thing to consider is how much sun your house get on average.

Be a better consumer of energy, and unplug electric chargers for all devices that don’t need immediate charging. Chargers for cell phones, music players, mp3 players and other electronic devices use power when they’re plugged in, even if they aren’t charging your device.

Every year, replace your furnace’s filters, and every month, see if they require a cleaning. You should put filters in registers that are warm-air too. These filters keep debris or toys from entering the duct-work, which could reduce the efficiency of your HVAC system.

TIP! Wash your clothes in cold water whenever possible. Almost all of the energy used to wash clothes is used to heat the water.

Do you have your own some farmland? If you have a lot of land, you can rent a piece of your land to a company looking to put in a wind turbine.

Learn about the difference between passive and active solar power.Passive power uses the sun’s energy to heat your house.

Try to communicate to people as much messaging as possible through email rather than traditional means. In short, choose paperless options anytime you can.

Cover your windows if you’re not going to be home. This helps to keep your house at a cooler temperature and lower the amount of energy used. Typically windows on the southern side of the home receive the most sun. Think about covering all of your windows with different types of shades and curtains.

TIP! Do your research when it comes to the available energy sources where you live. Consider the expense of energy use in your home utilizing these energy sources while noting recent legislation about energy costs.

Avoid cranking the heat in your home unless you have to.If it is a little chilly, add a layer of clothing, like a sweatshirt and sweatpants. Having your heat up too high will consume a great deal of unnecessary energy.

Write yourself reminders to stay on top of new energy efficiency goals, and check each bill against last year to see if improvements were made.For example, if you actively attempted to use less water or power, then you are more likely to make a habit out of shutting off unused lights or appliances.

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Try drying your laundry outside in the sun whenever possible, rather than using a dryer. The sun could give your clothes an incredible smell. They will feel and smell fresher than machine-dried clothes. This will save you a ton on your utility bills, leaving you extra money to turn your air conditioning on instead.

TIP! Find out about federal and local rebates for updates about renewable energy for your home. There are times when your utility company can offer discounts and rebates for your upgrade costs.

Get appliances that have an Energy Star-certified appliances.Energy Star appliances are technologically built to use less energy than previous models. For refrigerators and freezers, the rating guarantees 20 percent less energy used, for dishwashers 40% less energy used, and for washing machines at least 50% less energy used!

Going green with energy use in your home now will equate to savings financially and environmentally in the future. As you have seen, it does not take a great deal of effort to go green, so start using the tips from this article to make your home more sustainable and efficient.

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People are moving away from fossil fuels for energy. Solar energy will play a result.The piece that follows offers lots of useful information and helpful tips.

You need to find a reliable way to store your energy after it is produced by your solar energy system you’re using. A quality battery is something that stores a lot of power for a long time or selling energy produced to utility companies can be great ideas.

If you are going to rent a solar energy system rather than purchasing it, choose a lease that can be transferred in case you decide to move.

You can protect the planet by using the power of the sun to heat water for your home use. You have many options, such as tank-free models and solar-powered water tanks for heating your water. You will only have to install a couple of panels on your roof or front lawn.

You need a backup solution in case your solar panel system fail to work properly. You can use a generator or stay on the power grid.

Direct sunlight and a certain temperature are not always necessary. Some people will solar power will protest that they’ve gotten the best results on grey days.

Solar Panels

Panels that are easily rotated have the best efficiency. If your panels are immobile, you’ll need to choose a position that is somewhere in the middle of what is ideal for summer and what is ideal for winter.

You can save a lot of money with solar panels if you don’t mind the investment. Solar panels represent an important financial investment and could be years before your equipment is paid off. You need to make sure your financial situation is stable before you invest in solar energy only if you’re settling down.

Do the math prior to investing in any sort of solar panels. Depending on where you are, solar panels might be too expensive when overhead and output potential are taken into consideration.

There are many changes from year to year with solar energy.Whether looking for a big system for your business or a smaller one for your home, you can find one if you take the time to look.

Remember that leasing a solar energy system may be a good idea; however, you must be sure you can transfer the lease should you choose to move. You don’t want to have to pay off your solar energy system lease when you are living somewhere else! Having the option to transfer your lease can release you from the contract and enable the buyers to reap the benefits.

Photovoltaic panels are going to work best in areas that get about 5 hours of uninterrupted sunlight. Solar heating can reduce your bill if you have a swimming pool heated.

You need to know exactly how much power you use per day. This information as you consider what kind of your energy system. You should go over a year’s worth of utility bills to see how energy bill since costs vary by season.

These fans have temperature sensors that enable them to turn on when the attic reaches a certain threshold. This gets rid of heat and lower cooling costs. As an additional incentive, being solar powered, which means they themselves add nothing to your utility bill.

Be aware that you can still get solar power benefits even if you live in a chilly, overcast area. It doesn’t need to be like Florida all year round for it to be a big part of your energy savings goals. In fact, lots of people say that they get great energy on days that are not so sunny.

If you wish to use solar power at home, start with the areas that will be easiest to convert. Starting with small solar-powered appliances will help you transition easier without disrupting your daily routine. A gradual conversion will help the long-term commitment.

Solar Panels

Prior to determining whether solar panels are a good fit for your needs, determine how much shade is around your house. Solar panels are not be a good idea if your home stands in the shade. Shade can inhibit the amount of the sun’s energy you are able to capture, which means that they will be highly inefficient.

When you want to live in your home forever, invest in solar panels. Solar panels represent an important financial investment and it could be years before your equipment is paid off. You need to make sure your financial situation is stable before you invest in solar energy.

You should remember that solar panels are able to do lots more than simply light up your space. They can warm water and heat your home. This ensures that investing in a solar energy system is going to affect (or get rid of completely!) You could even end up with the power company.

Seek out the best ways to utilize solar energy at home. For instance, a heating system needs a lot of energy to work, solar power can only provide part of the power needed. You could even use one of these systems to produce the hot water you need for your energy needs. Knowing these differences may help you to make the best choice for your home.

In the future, power should be less expensive and should have a negligible impact on the environment. Don’t wait until everyone else has solar power. Research the options now to see how much you could save and how you can reduce your own carbon footprint.

Determine whether or not solar energy is the right thing for you. A few factors need to be considered. If you live in a remote setting and aren’t on the grid, solar energy can be a fantastic option. It can also be a great option if you’re willing to pay more money upfront to reduce your energy’s environmental impact.