How to teach your kids about solar power

How to teach your kids about solar power

It’s simple to teach kids about things that matter if you find the subjects that naturally fascinate them, and solar power is an exciting topic for kids. They enjoy hearing about how our biggest and most powerful star makes more energy is a single second that human civilisations have needed since the beginning of time.

Energy is a subject that children are naturally drawn to.  Just try asking a small child how he thinks his body creates the power to breath and walk and talk and run. That will get him thinking, and asking all manner of questions.  It’s a good springboard too, onto the subject of how we use energy to power our houses and our lives.  You could try talking about ‘clean’ energy and ‘dirty’ energy, or about the type of energy that is running out (fossil fuel, natural gas), and the type of energy that never runs out (solar, wind, wave power etc).

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Un-Analytics: How Google Went Solar

Un-Analytics: How Google Went Solar

by Dan Auld

September 8, 2011

Google loves talking about world before analytics — when web owners knew almost nothing about their sites.

Nothing useful, anyway.

That all changed when a new technology came along that allowed web owners to monitor their sites as much as they wanted. Any time they wanted.

Web sites suddenly became a business proposition, not just an enthusiasm for a few hobbyists.

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My Small Town Could Become The Solar Energy Capitol

According to the title of an article published in The City of Lancaster’s Outlook (Fall 2009) magazine “The Future Looks Bright for Solar Power in Lancaster”.

My small town,  all 475,000 of us, are at the forefront of solar energy! On August 5, 2009, eSolar unveiled the 5 MW (mega watt) demonstration plant known as Sierra SunTower. The solar power plant has 24,000 mirrors and two giant tower house boilers. The boilers create what’s known as “thermal solar” which is said to be more cost-effective than the standard photovoltaic approach used in solar cells. The process creates steam to drive the turbine generators. The project was completed in 14 month time frame and has already begun to distribute power to Southern California Edison.

eSolar’s site says “Sierra SunTower will supply 5 MW of clean, renewable energy to the grid. This full-scale power plant, the only one of its kind in the U.S., produces electricity for Southern California Edison (SCE) and will power up to 4,000 homes.”

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Growing Up Green: How To Raise an Eco-Aware Child

For parents committed to green living and environmental concsiousness, the greatest gift we can bestow upon our children — and to the world in which we live — is the spirit, passion and commitment to keeping our planet flourishing. 

We all want to ensure that our children are safe, happy and protected, and what better way to do that than by helping them preserve the earth, freeing the air from harmful contaminents and pollution, decreasing our dependence on — and wastefulness of — fuel and finding eco-friendly alternative energy sources.

Between in-home teaching and associations and resources committed to educating children about environmental protection and conservation, it’s easy get your kids out of diapers and off the grid!

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Tip o' the Day: Clean the Lint Trap on Your Dryer and Save Energy!

There as many ways to save energy when washing your clothes, and many of these topics have already been discussed on Green Options. Energy Star washing machines and dryers are more efficient and often use less water. In fact, our front-loading Maytag Neptune uses less power than my propane clothes dryer, and I can run it off two solar panels when our hydro turbine is down. Washing your clothes in cold-water can save 90% of the energy used in the process and make your clothes last longer. Hanging your clothes on a laundry line outside eliminates the need for a dryer during the summer months. But what if you live in a town that has an ordinance against outdoor clothesline, like the suburb I grew up in, and you don't have room in a basement or garage?

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