To figure out how to stop global warming, we need to focus less on a singular solution and more on ways that every person can contribute to a better planet. However, many of us are unsure what we can do on a daily basis to make things better. Sure, we can be more energy conscious, recycle our soda cans and cardboard, and drive our cars around less. But is that it? What else can we do to reduce climate change?Continue reading
As state and federal laws tighten on carbon emissions and the greater public becomes increasingly focused on reducing pollution and decreasing energy dependence, hybrid cars have made a big splash in the US car market. Auto manufacturers have responded to the increased demand, and new models are being released each year. But to a prospective owner, what are the advantages and disadvantages of a hybrid car?
Is it all good news with hybrids, or are there downsides to these vehicles as well? What is the difference between a hybrid car and an electric car? I’ll cover all the major aspects of these vehicles with an objective lens, breaking down the advantages and disadvantages of hybrid cars.Continue reading
Brooklyn start-up company LO3 Energy has teamed up with industrial giant Siemens to offer Brooklyn residents a local option on their energy menu. It’s called the Brooklyn Microgrid, and it offers solar energy sent directly from the solar panel of your neighbor’s rooftop installation to your home. You can now sell solar power to your neighbors!
When we hear people talk about renewable energy, solar and wind power are usually the first couple sources that come to mind. But what about the others? In this article, we will focus on geothermal energy costs. Geothermal is a renewable energy source with very high potential that, in our opinion, is underrated for its generation of both electricity and heating/cooling energy.
Long before giant wind turbines were invented, wind energy was used for a host of things like pumping water, grinding grain, propelling boats, etc. In fact, it is one of the oldest sources of power used by man! How does it work, and what are wind energy pros and cons?
In this article, I’ll give you an objective comparison of the benefits and drawbacks of wind energy. While there are, of course, both positives and negatives, many of them have been exaggerated or distorted for a variety of reasons. Today, I’ll also set the record straight on the hottest topics up for debate when it comes to wind energy.
Renewable energy may be the buzzword of the decade, but how do we classify an energy source as actually being renewable? And is nuclear energy renewable according to this official classification? In this article, we’ll break down the elements that allow us to use the ‘R’ word, and whether we should apply it to a widely used energy source like nuclear energy.
Ever since school and poems by Emily Browning, we have been asking the question, “Why is renewable energy important?” What we all know by now is that renewable energy produces less emissions than traditional fuel sources like coal or natural gas, but did you know it can also strengthen your own energy independence, and build up your local economy?
Let’s take a look at each of these reasons to see why renewable energy is so important.
If solar is so absolutely great, and we’re hurtling towards a climate catastrophe, why does it only power about 2% of the world? If it’s the panacea to our problems, why aren’t solar panels adorning rooftops the world over? What are the causes behind the problems with solar energy that we face?
To answer such questions, we at UnderstandSolar have dug into the facts and present the fruits of our labor below – an unfortunate tale of G20 hypocrisy, the Concorde fallacy (find out what this is later), and the sobering fact that we still need fossil fuels to power our planet (at least for now).
Just like with solar, which ranges from huge solar farms to small-scale residential solar installations, you now also have the option of installing the best home wind turbine for your particular situation.
Wind energy has seen a huge popularity increase over the last 10 years, mostly pushed forward by utility-scale wind farms–the rows of giant white wind turbines you’ve seen driving through the desert or plains.
Case in point: in 2016, our total wind capacity in the US equaled 82,000 megawatts. Compare that to our capacity in 2000 of just 2,539 MW and you begin to comprehend how much the industry has grown!Continue reading
Cartoons can be a great way to find the humor in something: news highlights, politics, or to educate (and usually, some combination of the three). A lot can be said with few words – about solar politics, finances, and safety. Take a look at a solar panel cartoon or three that we found below!