Monday, March 11, 2013

Would You Go Green For Dollars?

by Mistie Dawn

If every time you uploaded 20 pictures of yourself recycling, planting a tree, commuting to work on a bike, or participating in other "green" activities you received $1 (with a chance to win a greater reward) would you do it? Would your friends or family? Would the world? This is the concept of Go Green for Dollars. An organization that wants to trigger 20,000+ Green activities around the world. By using social media and monetary incentives Go Green for Dollars wants to encourage people to share and do more for the environment.

Recycling Students

Go Green for Dollars is still in the developmental stages. They are trying to raise money to build their website by creating a fundraising campaign and accepting donations to fund the incentives that participates will receive here

What do you think? Could this be the start of the green revolution?

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Thinking About Getting Solar Panels?

by Mistie Dawn

Have you been thinking about getting solar panels for you home? I have. I live in sunny Arizona so it seems wasteful not to put all that sunshine to work for me. In fact I have gone so far as to pick out the perfect location. My garage is South facing, flat and receives a lot of sun throughout the day. It's seems like the perfect place to add solar panels but there is a lot more that goes into a decision to invest in solar panels.

Solar Panel Installation
Here are a few things to consider before buying and installing solar panels:

  • What type and how many solar panels do you need? Depends on your climate. 
  •  What type of hardware do you need to mount your solar panels? Again depends on your climate.
  • What type of wiring do you need for your solar panels? Depends on the size of your home and number of panels.
  • Misc Costs like installation fees, permits, and inspections. 
  • What incentives and deductions does your state offer to encourage alternative energies?
There are a lot of great companies that offer self install solar panel kits, but if you are not comfortable with DIY projects you might want to go ahead and hire a professional who can help you figure out your particular needs. 

Something else to consider is that the price of solar panels has been coming down steadily has China enters the solar panel market so now might be a great time to get low cost solar panels on sale

For more ideas on the cost of residential solar power visit where Rick has some great ideas and information to help you decide on what solar panels are right for you.