Going Solar In Michigan
I have a company called "Hot Watt Solar." This message is not designed to sell my products, but to get people into action with alternative energies.
I am a firm believer that the owner of every house and commercial building should take the responsibility of installing some type of alternative energy system to heat or cool or electrify the structure. Especially for the balance of 2007 while the federal government is offering a 30% tax credit with no cap for commercial and a $2000 cap on residential. But even after tax credits are gone, people need to step up to the plate and reduce the carbon footprint of their structures. It's great to be able to donate to a company that provides alternative energies like wind and PV farms, but it's the lazy way of doing what we should all be responsible for personally. It also takes the load off the grid as more people generate their own heat /cooling /power.
One great new product that I have just become aware of is made by a company from California called SolCool. You can find them on the web at SolCool.net. They have an air conditioning system that runs on Direct current instead of alternating current, and it draws much less power than the AC we are all familiar with. This means that a person can install Photovoltaic panels that supply direct current converted from the sun's energy, or from a wind mill, and the AC unit can run 24/7 without being tied to the grid. The unit also supplies heat, so if there is a power outage, you need not worry about being without AC or heat in your building or residence.
Well, that's my belief in how we can help the world to go green.
Steve V., Harrison Township, Michigan
A few additional links from our Live Earth Green Team:
U.S. Department of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
(Mentions home owners and renters)