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Sustainability: With Your Energy Use

Alternative Energy

Fossil fuels are depleting, that's certainly an issue, but even more concerning is the pollution of air quality due to burning fossil fuels. According to the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study in 2013, deaths from air pollution have risen steadily in the past 20 years reaching 5.6 million in 2013. Solar, wind, geothermal, hydroelectric, biomass, ocean, and hydrogen are all energy options that do not burn fossil fuels. Learn more about these energy alternatives and how you can create sustainable energy on this page.  

Books

Thinking About Going Solar?

 

Solar United Neighbors is a national organization that helps people go solar through education, advocacy, and connecting people with solar co-ops (groups of people in a specific area combine their solar buying power to lower the cost of their personal solar systems). Check out their site for Florida specific information on issues in solar. 

Consumer Reports gives an overview of things to consider when going solar such as leasing vs. buying, government incentives, installation, and up and coming new technologies. 

Instructables has a more in-depth article on practical considerations if you're serious about going solar. Should you get crystalline panels or thin-film, mount them on the ground or the roof? Read more to find out. 

Energy Efficiency Project How To Videos

Conserve Energy

Drive less by walking, carpooling, and renting or buying a bike. 

Conserve energy in your house with these tips from the National Wildlife Foundation. 

DIY Energy Efficiency Ideas

Feeling ambitious? Below are links to DIY solar and energy efficient cooking projects.

 Cook meals with very little fuel (a few sticks) using a rocket stove.