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Fossil fuel are any combustible organic material, as oil, coal, or natural gas, derived from the remains of former life. We reached the tipping point with these fuels getting harder to access and more expensive. 
These will have to be replaced, and what better than solar energy? 

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Comment by Masereka Solomon on March 13, 2016 at 7:20pm

Indeed, solar is better. Africa can also be made better through the use of solar, home is crossed directly by the equator and its very hot in the Rwenzori region Uganda but got no solar on the roof. I wish I had a very big panel on the roof at home, using small solar rechargeable lamps. I like them!

Comment by Ronald Murphey on February 17, 2016 at 4:43pm

Hello Joan,

I am fine to be referred as Ronald but friends call me Ron too. I am comfortable. Very interesting group and topics, specially I am a green energy person. Thank you for invitation and having me. I apologies I was too busy off late. Hopefully will be regular from now.

Comment by Ceil on February 14, 2016 at 11:41am

We installed solar panels but not enough to zero out our electric bill so I'm still hanging laundry after just a few minutes in the dryer to get out the wrinkles and doing what I can to conserve (despite my husband's habits).  I hope I would do the same even if we had more than enough solar.

If we had more than enough solar to meet our needs the residual would go back to the grid and we would receive no monetary credit but others would benefit from our production so less electricity would have to be generated with other fuels. 

So, some will go the solar route just to save money, others to save the planet too.  You can also plant a large garden and give away the extra or compost it but it's up to the individual to make their own decision.

Comment by Donald L. Engel on February 14, 2016 at 11:17am

I guess I'm missing the point.  I thought that installing solar panels was the eco-friendly action.  If I'm not using fuel, what difference does it make if I heat my shower water, or heat my home?  It seems that would be eco-neutral.

Comment by Plinius on February 14, 2016 at 5:04am

It makes no difference as to the energy being produced, but I think it's important to educate yourself and learn eco-friendly behaviour.

Comment by Donald L. Engel on February 14, 2016 at 12:53am

Plinius,  I don't understand.  If I am using solar panels, what difference does it make if I use all the electricity being produced?

Comment by Plinius on February 14, 2016 at 12:38am

I mentioned it because of research of people in their new eco-friendly housing: it came out that many of them thought that they needn't be careful any more about heating and hot water, etc. 

That was NOT true! Those people used as much energy as when they lived in old houses.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 13, 2016 at 7:46pm

Ronald, welcome to this group. Do you like to be referred to as Ronald or ? I look forward to your perspective and comments. 

Carl and Ruth, very nice to see you join this group. We can let our imaginations go!

Larry, it seems as though you are an experienced fisherman. I look forward to your ideas. 

Ceil, welcome to you coming to us from Vermont; your comment, "live and let live" is a nice idea and I hope our nation can develop some of that thinking. We have had some tough times as non-believers. 

BIPLAB DAS, I am happy to see our group has a member from India. We need a world perspective. How do you want us to call you? 

  • BIPLAB DAS - WEST BENGAL, India

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 13, 2016 at 5:26pm

I like your response, Chris, "monitor your own behaviour". 

Comment by Plinius on February 5, 2016 at 7:58am

Never forget to monitor your own behaviour - we need the new technology sorely but we also need to want less. Especially less things that use energy. Ask yourself when shopping: "Do I really need it? How often am I going to use it? What is this object going to do for me? Is there another way to get the work done?" Fill in your own questions... you'll buy less, have a bigger piggy bank and feel better. 

 

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