My name is Stanley Minnick and one of my favorite things to do is educate people (kids and adults) about clean energy. Both in my professional life and during my spare time, I am blessed with many opportunities to learn and teach about clean energy. This is an opportunity to share what has been learned in a fun and unique way.
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30 Clean Energy Facts
According to the US Energy Information Agency over 2 billion gallons of biodiesel were produced in the US between August 2014 and August 2015. Some of the biodiesel was produced using sunflower oil. Biodiesel can be used alone or blended with petrodiesel. It's often used on farms for tractors and other equipment.
Ground Source Heat Pumps (Geothermal)
Geothermal (aka ground source heat pump) systems take advantage of the consistent temperature found a few feet below the Earth's surface to heat and cool a home or business. Depending on the conventional heating source in place, geothermal may use more electricity; this is why many geothermal system owners install solar pv systems to offset the use.
Photo:US Department of Energy
NREL Test Lab
The National Renewable Energy Lab Outdoor Test Facility conducts long term testing on various photovoltaic modules in order to analyze the long term performance in real world settings. This testing assists manufacturers in setting warranty lengths. The industry standard is 80% of original output for 25 years.
Photo:National Renewable Energy Lab
Smart thermostats can automatically adjust to your temperature preferences and schedule. Users can often adjust the settings and customize the system from their smart phone. By adapting and learning from your behavioral patterns a smart thermostat can help reduce energy used for heating and cooling.