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December 12, 2009 (ZooNooz) 12 Conservation Tips: Bundle up … by wrapping your water heater in an insulating jacket along with putting a timer on the water heater. Set the water heater thermostat to no hotter than 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Change heating and cooling filters every month so they run efficiently and use less power. Caulk and weather strip around doors and windows to keep indoor temperatures steady.

November 15, 2009 (CNBC) Solar Emerges From A Dark Period: The outlook for the solar industry might not be glowing, but its a lot brighter than it was a year ago when financing and demand dried up, abruptly ending what some might consider a golden age. So, if you want a little exposure to the sun, here’s a snapshot of the sector and what’s hot.

October 20, 2009 (Stanford University) Stanford Reporter Study: Shifting the world to 100% clean, renewable energy by 2030 – here are the numbers: Wind, water and solar energy resources are sufficiently available to provide all the world’s energy. Converting to electricity and hydrogen powered by these sources would reduce world power demand by 30 percent, thereby avoiding 13,000 coal power plants. Materials and costs are not limitations to these conversions, but politics may be, say Stanford and UC researchers who have mapped out a blueprint for powering the world.

September 14, 2009 (Science Daily) Looking Deeply Into Polymer Solar Cells: Researchers from the Eindhoven University of Technology and the University of Ulm have made the first high-resolution 3D tomography images of the inside of a polymer-metal oxide solar cell. This gives them important new insights in the nanoscale structure of polymer solar cells.

August 12, 2009 (PsyORG.com) Listening to the Price of Power – New Thermostats Could Save Billions: Berkeley engineers are working on a smart home thermostat that could save energy costs and resources by using settings to crank the air conditioning down at night or when occupants are out. First-generation devices, which appeared during the 1970s oil crisis, are often not programmed because owners find them too confusing.

August 01, 2009 (The Los Angeles Times) Weak economy makes solar panels more affordable to homeowners: If you’re searching for a bright spot in a dismal economic climate, look no farther than your roof. The downturn is helping to make solar panels more affordable.

July 30, 2009 (The Heat Spring Observer) GSHPs: Safeguard against inflationary energy prices: In uncertain economic times, can a ground source heat pump (GSHP) serve to shelter us from the forces that cause our energy prices to fluctuate (and generally increase with time)?

July 28, 2009 (California Solar Initiative): Did you know California currently boasts 97 megawatts of new residential rooftop solar systems? According to the California Solar Initiative Annual Program Assessment issued last month by the CPUC.

June 26, 2009 (Science Daily) Flexible Solar Strips Light Up Campus Bus Shelter: There won’t be anymore waiting in the dark at this campus bus shelter.  New flexible solar cell technology developed by a group of engineering researchers at McMaster University has been installed to power lighting for night-time transit users.

April 21, 2009 (AZ Solar Center) SRP revising solar incentives: SRP is announcing changes to its residential and commercial solar electric system incentives effective June 1, 2009, to allow us to accommodate more customers who may want to participate.

February 26, 2009 (Social Funds) Economic Stimulus Is Expected to Spur Investement in Renewable Energy: The $790 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 recently signed into law by President Obama contains substantial tax and spending provisions for the renewable energy industry, and has been met with enthusiasm by the industry and sustainable investors alike.

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