Green Technology – Easy or Hard?

September 4, 2008 at 8:45 am Leave a comment

I have been marching down the green path both at home and at work for some time now, and several items I have come across in the last few days have made me cause to maybe slow down some.

It has always been the case that some items you could do would be more cost effective than others.  However a recent British study casts some serious doubt on several of my favorite options.  One of the findings states that in some cases it could take 208 years to achieve payback on a solar panel installation! The full article is here: http://www.greenbang.com/4753/208-years-to-pay-back-cost-of-solar-panels/ and the report is here:http://www.bcis.co.uk/BCISWEB/ProductSearch/ProductSearch.aspx?next=product&productid=169

This news isn’t as surprising as you might think.  Just because you put solar panels on your house doesn’t mean that they will make very much difference as a lot of different variables have to be considered to make the best use of the technology.  A different approach might be to install devices to better help you monitor your overall utility usage.  Kind of like weighing yourself while you are on a diet, positive or negative feedback.  Another option is becoming available in the form of a smart meter by Eka in partnership with GE Partners.  Via EcoGeek.org: http://www.ecogeek.org/content/view/2068/75/

Of course you could take the easy methods first like the folks in Boston where they have gotten the agreement of many of the city’s signature skyscrapers to simply turnoff all of the lights after 11pm every night! (http://greenupgrader.com/3416/lights-out-boston-program-means-lights-out-skyscrapers/)

Speaking of lighting there is additional buzz about LED light bulbs by a designer who has put forward a somewhat familar version.

The full article can be found here: http://www.ecofriend.org/entry/led-light-bulbs-the-stylish-green-lights-of-the-future/

You could als go the really easy way and simply rent a green space.  Green Renter. com is the site for you if that is your wish.  This Portland OR. company is trying to make the task of renting green easier.  There is a good article on TriplePundit.com (http://www.triplepundit.com/pages/want-to-rent-green-good-luck-u-003473.php) and the site is located here: http://greenrenter.com/.

Lastly I came across an index of green blog and websites for your sufing pleasure: http://greenhome.huddler.com/products/category/green-web-resources

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