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Honduras Service Project (1)

A Day in Honduras

Overcoming poverty is incredibly difficult, but most experts agree that education is essential. Imagine for a moment you’re among the hundreds of millions in the third world who need corrective lenses, but can’t afford them. Your journey towards education and a better life is halted before it can begin... Our recent posts have explored ecoSolargy’s newly implemented CSR program. A vital aspect of the program is volunteering in our community....
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Grow Your Own Money! (Just Add Solar)

Solar modules can go just about everywhere: satellites, poles, trailers, and most commonly rooftops. The most basic solar installation is the ground mount. As you may have guessed, ground mount systems are solar modules that are secured...to the ground. Now imagine, you’ve just inherited 10 acres of land in the middle of the Mojave!  What will you do with your newly acquired desert paradise? Ten acres isn’t quite enough land to fulfill your lifelong...
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4 Green Ways To Avoid Coal This Holiday Season

Trimming trees, spending time with loved ones, hearing your favorite Wham! songs on the radio - yes, the holidays are once again upon us. While this certainly is a magical time of year, all of the gift-giving, travel, and parties also make it the most wasteful time of year. But what can you do short of cancelling your holiday plans? Well, my fellow (wo)manatees, you’ve come to the right place. This holiday season, we have been blessed with an outline...
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No Sunshine? No Problem! Solar Power That Works At Night!

Using the sun to support our electrical grid has always had one major issue - the sun only shines about half of the time. Critics of solar energy often point to this fact to justify their position that renewables will never be able to replace fossil fuels. This argument is appealing on its surface: we all know that sunlight and wind are intermittent. But what if the sun didn’t have to be shining for a solar power plant to continue generating power?...
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A Day at the Back Bay

As you battle traffic on I-5, it’s easy to forget why you live in Southern California. Since 1970, the population of Orange County has doubled to over 3 million and the “OC” is known as a television show more than it is an actual place. When you look past the rows of luxury cars and palm trees however, you’ll see the natural beauty of Orange County that existed long before civilization arrived. Thankfully, the good people at OC Parks are dedicated...
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IOU a TOU Explanation

If you’re a California business, your electric bill is about to change in a major way. Investor-owned utilities (IOUs) like Southern California Edison and Pacific Gas and Electric are applying a new rate schedule to businesses beginning January, 1 2014. Currently, many business owners pay a seasonal flat rate for each kWh used. IOUs set your rate based on your maximum demand over the previous twelve billing cycles and other factors related to your...
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This Blog Sucks #power

All Hallows’ Eve is drawing nigh and “energy vampires” are once again terrorizing the nation. Well, these plugs actually don’t prefer a time of year and terrorizing may be exaggerating slightly...but that doesn’t make them any less vamp. Or vampirey. Vampiric? I digress… You probably have appliances in your home and office that are plugged in and not in use. Though they look innocent enough, many of these appliances are energy vampires...
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A Day at the Food Bank

Here’s a scary statistic: about fifteen percent of households in the United States are food insecure. Fifteen percent. Even in the world’s largest economy, millions deal with hunger daily. As a group, food insecure households are incredibly diverse. These households include fixed-income elderly individuals, single parent households, individuals with medical emergencies, and the unemployed. Luckily, there are great organizations like Second Harvest...
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Bright Ideas on Display at Solar Decathlon 2013

The 2013 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon begins on Thursday and things are heating up in anticipation. First held in 2002, the Solar Decathlon is a biennial competition that brings together collegiate teams from around the nation. Teams design, build, and operate a solar powered home that combines affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence while maintaining optimal energy production and efficiency. The Solar Decathlon has always...
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Top Tip: Don’t Water Your Solar Garden

If you’ve made it to our blog, you’re probably familiar with the benefits of going solar: lower electricity bills, zero-emissions power generation, and minimal fossil fuel dependence, to name a few. You want to plaster your residence with solar panels, there’s only one issue - you live in an apartment. Or you’re in a home, but the roof is north-facing. Or cutting down your shade trees to install solar strikes you as counterintuitive (it is)....
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