In this video essay, Our Changing Climate looks at why solarpunk gives hope for the future in a world ravaged by climate change and climate chaos. Specifically, it answers the question, what is solarpunk? As well as proposes tangible solarpunk solutions like solar cookers and solar ovens, makerspaces, and 21st-century zero-carbon airships. Solarpunk presents a vision of the world that is simultaneously hopeful and worth fighting for. Solarpunk envisions a more just future that incorporates leftist liberatory ideologies into a world that has successfully established a world that is both human-centric and nature-centric. As a result, solarpunk stands in stark opposition to the current capitalist profit-centric world we live in. Solarpunk gives us art, dreams, and culture that are worth fighting for, and it grounds that future in the tools and technology already available.Continue reading
As solar technology improves with years, more homeowners are interested in harnessing the power of the Sun. Nowadays, solar energy is getting more affordable, which means more households can benefit from free energy generated with the help of their solar panels. If you are like most homeowners, you want to make the most of the solar system you installed. Fortunately, there are a plethora of ways to do so, and they range from investing in a couple of upgrades to scheduling regular cleaning and maintenance. Whether you’re looking to green your home or simply want to save some money on your monthly utility bills (or both!), here are some of the best ways to maximize the efficiency of a solar panel.
With growing concerns about the environmental impacts of using gasoline and diesel — including the automotive industry’s carbon dioxide emissions, massive petroleum leaks and destructive mining practices — many drivers, companies and scientists are looking for alternative energy sources to power their personal cars and automotive fleets.
Whether you’re considering buying an alternatively powered car or want to decrease your carbon footprint by renting a hybrid for your next road trip, this will give you an idea of what’s already out there and what’s coming further down the pipeline in terms of green or alternative automotive energy.
Harness The Sun for Energy Efficiency
Solar energy is an outstanding renewable resource you can use to generate electricity as long as the sun continues to shine. In return, this means that using the sun is an excellent way to cut your electricity bill. By taking advantage of the sunlight, you no longer will have to rely on your local electric grid- racking up your costs.
There’s no question as to why solar energy continues to thrive as the world’s fastest-growing energy source. As it continues to grow, eventually solar energy will reduce how much we have to rely on coal power for electricity altogether. States like New Mexico are already beginning to pass clean energy legislation, illustrating how far renewable energy has come.
If you’re looking to learn more about how solar power can heat up your pool or jacuzzi, turn on the lights for your home, and spin your fans to keep you cool, have a look at this infographic about harnessing solar energy for efficiency by The Zebra.
Did you know that more power from the sun hits earth in a single hour than humanity uses in an entire year? Roof Stores wanted to find out how mankind would go about harnessing this energy to produce an earth powered entirely by solar.
It turns out an area equivalent to 1.2% of the Sahara desert is all that would be needed! Realistically, this would cost around $5 Trillion. Which does sound like a lot. But, to put it into perspective, that is the same amount as:
- What the US spent on wars in the Middle East and Asian since 2001
- What the world spend on the military and it’s weapons in just 3 years
- The amount of money Americans spend on fast food over 3 Years
Find out where these global ‘solar farms’ should be located, and the challenges that would face this project by reading the full article.