Alternative Power: Hydroelectric Potential

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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.

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8 Amazing Ways to Use Kinetic Energy at Home

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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 – than other types of alternative energy.  Take a look at these innovative ways to use your own kinetic energy at home…

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Top 10 Solar Ready Homes

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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 of the best solar ready housing options currently on the market…

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8 Completely Awesome DIY Home Energy Projects

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Small-scale renewable energy is a must for a sustainable home – but converting your home to clean energy options can carry a huge initial price tag.  We’ve scoured the web for some of the most innovative examples of homemade energy solutions to compile a collective list of DIY projects to make your home greener and more energy efficient without costing you a fortune.  From solar water heaters and gadget chargers to homemade super-efficient refrigerators, you’ll find links (with instructions) to some of the best projects you can make at home…

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5 (More) Extraordinary Examples of Eco-Friendly Watercraft

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We’ve highlighted some amazing options for sustainable boating in the past, including the creative solar-powered bicycle boat pictured above.  In this post, we’re bringing you a few more examples of eco-friendly watercraft – a few of which are available, or will soon be available to the public!  From solar power to electric, there are some exciting innovations on the horizon for sustainable fun on the water…

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