This absolutely has to be the silliest endorsement for solar power we have ever seen. There are forces trying out there trying to get President Obama to turn the White House completely green with solar panels but that just hasn't happened yet. We know he wanted to do that eventually but certainly he has had other, more important things on his mind the last four years. Here's hoping Bo's own inaugural party given by Rooftop Revolution will be the hint his owner needs.
Visit the site that planned and provided the party for the First Dog last week. While you are there you can sign a petition to help get those panels up on the White House roof.
It looks like some U.S. solar companies are finally getting it right. California's Sungevity has secured $40 million in venture funding in addition to $85 million for financing residence installation. The company joins SolarCity and other companies that continue to make a profit, helping to improve the energy's somewhat spotty reputation. Potential customers can lease equipment with the results of reducing dependence on foreign oil, easing the planet's carbon footprint and, best of all, costing nothing upfront while saving money in the long run.
We have to admit that the company's Solar 101 video is pretty convincing. Contact Sungevity to get a free iQuote and find out more.
It's never too early to plan for Earth Day, even if the annual event will not take place until April 22. The people behind the org have been busy, most recently sending a letter to Prez Obama and encouraging him to keep up his alternative energy policies. Their efforts have led to over a billion acts of green from supporters.
More than a billion people also participate in the annual event and since its founding in 1970, the group has never given up on its plan to help save the planet. If you have never participated in one, find out what is going on in your part of the country, make a pledge or two and donate to one of the hardest working organizations in existence.
Elenco's OWI Solar Transformer can turn into 5 different vehicles. The Snap Circuits are easy to assemble and change into a car, dump truck, concept racer, concept car and bulldozer. The kit comes with two charging stations that can power up in about 5 seconds after 2 minute solar charge. If you have sun you have at least minute of fun.
New solar products are popping up more often these days and we found the Frostfire LED Outdoor Light that can be used for a garage, shed or as security. With easy installation, it has a 0.6W panel that charges during the day. At a size of 16 x 9 x 4cm, it is motion-activated and turns off 30 seconds after the movement stops.
The Nomad 7 is a small yet powerful source of solar energy that is as simple as it can get. It is about 30% smaller than other panels and Goal Zero promises it is 14 times more powerful. There are 7W of power for charging portable devices on the go or when hanging out, camping or traveling. It only takes a couple of hours to charge via your USB or 12V device. Weather resistant, it comes in a lightweight, foldable case with pocket for your cellie and if the sun is absent, an optional power pack is also available.
If you still haven't gotten holiday lights in time for next week's celebrations, you can get this set of Solar LED Lights that will, after a full charge, go about 8 hours. The 100 multi-color lights are waterproof and can be used indoors or outside with a temperature range of -20°C - +60°C. They feature both flash and glimmer modes and the package includes a ground spike for outdoor use.
Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg showed up on a recent episode of "60 Minutes", explaining to Bob Simon how they plan to make a voyage with their Solar Impulse around the world without using any fuel this spring. They have already taken test flights during the night and experienced both cold and darkness. Pilots Piccard (no relation to Jean Luc) and Borschberg plan to spend 20 days and nights to make the trek, storing energy in the day to get them through the nights. Check out the episode as the training, performance and mindsets of the two is fascinating viewing at the very least.
This holiday season, give back as well as just giving. A Lot to Say is a brand that is helping the planet. For each product you buy, 25 to 100% of the proceeds go to causes such as Stand Up to Cancer, Animal Rescue Foundation and Heal the Bay. For example, their Sandy Relief T-shirts are helping to recover from the devastating effects of the superstorm.
Made in the United States, one shirt is made from 60 recycled bottles, is toxin-free and wears up to 6 times longer than a regular one. A hundred percent of the proceeds go to the Red Cross. Other products include children's clothing items, tote bags, art and pet supplies. So, get over to their site and help others to have a merrier holiday season.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is reporting that October was the 332nd consecutive month with above average temperatures. While a couple of individual countries experienced cooler than usual temperatures, the combination of land and sea temperatures is further proof that global warming exists.
What can any of us do individually to help save the planet? Make sure your next car is energy efficient, ditto when shopping for large appliances. Turn off anything electrical that you are not using. There are many more ways to help on both a local and national level, but a good start is to visit websites like the Union of Concerned Scientists. Start reading books like their Cooler Smarter and viewing movies like an An Inconvenient Truth to become more aware and find ways to reduce your carbon footstep.
As another storm seems to be always brewing somewhere, make an effort to be better prepared even if you live elsewhere. One necessity is a portable lamp that can take you out of the dark like this Camping Lantern. The 8.5" tall lamp comes with a rechargeable solar battery that will give 10 hours of sunlight and 12 LEDs can be partially used for lower light. It also has an adjustable brightness for extending the light, can be hand-cranked in case of extended blackouts and yes, even when camping.
If the extreme weather of late is even partially due to global warming, then now is the time to do your part to help save the planet. When you get around to replacing your light bulbs, start with Philips' AmbientLED 12.5W Bulb. It looks like it is a yellow bulb but when turned on it produces a soft white light. The dimmable light can replace your 60W bulb and be used in any regular socket. The company claims it has a lifespan of over 22 years (25,000 hours) so the savings will be in both energy usage and adding less waste to the planet.
Make your own Solar Oven with this kit that, when constructed, can heat water or melt chocolate to make fondue. Recommended for kids aged eight all the way up to adult, the 3.25 x 8.5" cooker has fourteen interlocking pieces. This would be great for camping or a trip to the beach.
This set of 3 Jack-O-Lanterns will make a great decorative statement this Halloween and has the bonus of being solar powered. At a size of 4 3/8 x 4 ¼", they are made of cold cast ceramic and are connected with a 38" cord that resembles a vine with fabric leaves.
A new documentary will be premiering on PBS' "Independent Lens" on November 5. "Solar Mamas" tells a story about India's Barefoot College, a place for learning alternative careers for rural men and women. The program documents Rafea, a Jordanian mom who takes up solar engineering. We plan to watch it and hope that the school can continue its valiant efforts. For more information, you can hit the PBS link and find out about the Barefoot College here.