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When it comes to large-scale alternative power, hydroelectric plants are currently the most common – supplying more than 80% of the word’s renewable energy. While hydro power is much cleaner and more cost-efficient than the generation of electricity using fossil fuels, there are a number of disadvantages including the threat of dam failures, disturbance to the natural environment, and some greenhouse gas emissions.
Small hydroelectric power systems, however, create fewer threats and can be an excellent alternative energy source for residential use. Could small-scale hydro power be a viable option for your home? Keep reading to learn more…
Wind farm development is playing a huge role in a clean energy future. While mass wind power may offer a beneficial energy alternative, the construction of wind farms creates a great deal of controversy – from the destruction of natural habitats and dangers to birds and bats to the actual effectiveness of wind as an energy [...]
Image by Krassy Can Do It New ways to integrate alternative energy sources into your home and everyday life are surfacing everyday. We’ve featured creative off-the-grid gadgets, awesome uses for wind and solar power, and the available options for solar ready homes. The power of humans is just as reliable – and typically more cost-effective – [...]
Solar ready homes are the latest thing in green building standards. From prewiring to prefabs with solar-ready roofs, there are already plenty of options available. New legislation, like the recently signed solar ready homes bill in Colorado, will ensure that even more homes can easily make use of solar power. We’ve compiled a collection [...]
Image by Lollie-Pop Alternative energy sources are the foundation to a sustainable future. We talk a lot about wind and solar power – for good reason, but there are plenty of other feasible (and not so feasible) options to consider. In previous posts, we’ve looked at the potential of tornados as alternative source energy and explored the [...]
Image by Michael Jantzen While wind and solar power may not be the complete solution to a green energy future, these 2 sources of clean, renewable energy definitely have some amazing potential. From off-grid homes and gadget chargers to bike helmet generators and fully-functional campers, there are already plenty of awesome applications for wind and solar [...]
This post is a collaboration between Mashable’s Summer of Social Good charitable fundraiser and Max Gladwell‘s “10 Ways” series. The post is being simultaneously published across more than 100 blogs. Social media is about connecting people and providing the tools necessary to have a conversation. That global conversation is an extremely powerful platform for spreading [...]
Image by Dragonleek Wind + solar power = a sustainable, renewable energy future … or does it? As China’s renewable energy sector grows in leaps and bounds – doubling wind power capacity alone each year since 2005 – the US is questioning the viability of a wind and solar powered economy.
Just in time for the 4th of July, we’ve collected 10 eco-friendly BBQ grills to green your summer celebrations. No, the mega Hemi-powered grill above isn’t too clean or green – although it will fire up a whopping 240 hotdogs in just 3 minutes, but the grills featured below are some of the friendliest options [...]
From staircases to furniture and art to lighting, a sustainably designed home requires eco-friendly accessories for a green design inside and out. This collection of amazing eco designs goes beyond standard energy-star appliances and stainless steel cabinetry, including chairs from worn-out keyboards, elegant light fixtures from recycled aluminum, and more…