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Saving Money and The Environment
The green movement has been growing larger and larger with each passing year as more and more people have been realizing that saving the planet can also save you money.
Making a few "green" investments in only a handful of areas can save you thousands of dollars in the long run. From solar chargers, to solar panels, to electric cars, and even electric cigarettes, living environmentally with green products can save both your life, your cash, and your planet.
Solar panels can power everything in your home. They can provide all of the electricity for your lights, computer, appliances, television, and pool. This will help you save hundreds of dollars of month on your electric bill. You can also incorporate a solar thermal energy system to heat your hot water and it can be used to heat your pool or hot tub. These systems can cost between three and five thousand dollars and could save you an additional two to three hundred dollars a month on your electric bill.
The initial investment for solar panels is well worth the money. You will see a return in your investment within two years. After the two years the money you save on your electric bill will be money in your pocket. You will also have the peace of mind knowing that you are doing your part to help converse the Earth.
How does solar power work at night?
The fact that solar panels can only gather sunlight during the day is often touted as a major drawback to solar power. However, it is possible to draw the power off into a battery source for later use. In fact, this is the way outdoor solar lights work-- they draw energy during the day to power nighttime illumination. When the sun is down at night, your batteries will kick on to provide electricity to your household until the sun rises the next morning and its energy becomes available again.
With the right size battery array to charge during the day, your solar energy system will work around the clock, even at night.
This solar powered bag is reinforced and padded to carry and protect a laptop. The solar charger has large zipped pockets for documents, and multiple small pockets for electronic devices. Ideal for use in town or as a travel bag.
Charges cell phones, sat phones, PDAs, GPS, iPods, cameras and most other handheld electronics.
(When not in the sun, the battery can be charged using the AC travel charger or DC car charger.)
They were quiet and fast, produced no exhaust and ran without gasoline. Ten years later, these futuristic cars were almost entirely gone. What happened? Why should we be haunted by the ghost of the electric car?
Low-energy light bulbs are a guaranteed way to save money and help the environment. The fluorescent bulbs reduce your monthly energy bills and their long-life prevents multiple trips to the light bulb store. Replacing one light bulb with a compact fluorescent or LED bulb can save almost $50 over its lifetime.
Americans use 2 billion disposable batteries every year. Nickel cadmium cells contain cadmium and alkaline cells contain mercury. Though batteries can be recycled, not every community offers the service. Recharging batteries maximizes the life of the battery, reduces waste, and helps you save money.