Question by –: Why won’t my house work on solar energy but everyone else’s does?
I recently stopped paying my gas, light and water bills because I heard that everything can be powered by the sun during the day. I work overnight so I don’t need any power during that time. Why won’t anything in my house work with this “solar energy”? I am starting to think this is just another Obama lie.
Answer by Bryan You have to buy the solar cells…..Maybe Obama will hook you up with a big fat rebate. Maybe not.
Question by Stan Jasek: Should electric and gas utility companies be allowed to operate as “monopolies?”?
In America we preach the principles of freedom of choice, free enterprise, the power of the individual, and democracy. Yet, when it comes to chosing an electric or gas utility, most Americans only have one choice, dealing with a “monopoly” utility provider. Is this acceptable in today’s world? Most energy providers do not allow the customer to pick whether they want “dirty” energy, “clean” energy, or any other options. We have to accept what they want to provide to us. Is this fair business practice for the 21st century?
Answer by craftyjem719 NO it’s horrible the monopoly they have going.
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Question by Third of Five: When will i get my windmill or solar powered panels for the roof of my car?
That Obama told people about when he was running for President. Where is all that “green energy” we were sold?
Answer by roderick_young I voted for Obama, with full knowledge that change takes time.
In the early 60’s, when Kennedy said we would target landing on the moon, it didn’t happen in 2 years. Not even 4 years. But by golly, we got there.
I see states like California on a trajectory for a healthy percentage of their electricity coming from renewable sources. This sort of thing happens quietly. People often resist change, even when it’s good for them.
There are engineering reasons why it would be impractical to power a car by solar, if that’s what you mean. The amount of energy falling as sunlight on the roof of a car is small compared to the kind of power needed to move a heavy car. If the car was ultra-light, like 50 pounds, then it would be possible, but such a car would not be safe in a crash. We will see full-electric cars soon, and maybe someone will put a solar option on the roof, either to extend the range by a tiny amount, or to provide an emergency recharge for a stranded vehicle. A driver could then just leave the vehicle in the sun for a day, then limp along to an outlet where they could plug in for a real charge.
Question by J. Galt: Is drilling for resources the only thing that can bring down energy prices?
Wind and solar require a government subsidie because companies can’t make money on them. So they tax the taxpayer and give it to an oil company who is making tons of taxpayer money putting up inefficent windmills. Hippies and their laws suck huh. So while we have more “clean energy” our grandkids are paying for it on top of the expensive price they make you pay. Alternative energy should NOT require a government subsidie, recognize.
Answer by acyberwin The markets alone can answer that.
If everything uses oil, then oil is the only thing we can use!
When people start using alt energies, than the money will start pouring into it… At the moment, it is all about oil!
Question by winterburn_98: How much more energy is used to produced a compact flourescent light bulb compared to a standard bulb?
We are being urged to but compact flourescent light buld because theu consume about 20% of the energey of an equivalent incandescent ( traditional) light bulb. No one ever seems to ask how much more energy is used in the manufacture of these “Low Energy” bulbs. Does anyone know ?
Answer by Coldstream Greenie if you ever open a CFL – you will find lots of electronic devices in it – they are costly – but the amount of energy required to assemble the CFL is far less as compared to normal bulbs – why? because the wave soldering machines meant to assemble the CFL runs into few kilowatts only. The robotic conveyor system is used in both the processes – so no difference there. Manufacturing cost of Tubes may be bit higher than ordinary globes.
BUT – after manufacturing of every bulb – it is also tested for couple of times – for example it was tested for an hour. which means a 100 watt bulb wastes 0.1 units of energy,. same way ordinary household CFL(23 watts) will waste 0.023 units for an hour of testing – you can calculate how many ordinary bulbs are manufactured in one day and how much energy was saved in that process.
For example: 85 watts of CFL will produce Light intensity equivalent to 400 watts of normal bulb and it will definately save 80% of electricity.
If you require a 400watt ordinary bulb to lightup certain area for an hour. you will spend 0.4 units. Assuming the unit of energy costs $ 0.30 then you will spend $ 0.12 an hour for lighting up that area.
Whereas with CFL you will use 85 watts of bulb as lumen intensity is equivalent to 400 watts, which means you will spend 0.085 units an hour and total cost shall be $ 0.0255. Now you can calc the savings !!!!!!!!
Question by sklohr101: Why do we subsidize the alternative energy industry?
The oil industry has been subsidized for decades. It’s a constant political hot button issue. If it’s such a bad thing to do, why is the current administration subsidizing “alternative energy” companies with taxpayer dollars? Will this not just enrich a different group of people, effectively doing the same thing that was done for big oil? So far four alternative energy companies are belly up, likely more to follow, where’s the outcry? If I’m not mistaken part of the “excuses” for those that have failed so far is due to foreign, “cheap labor”.
Answer by GABY Very good question! I guess it is like giving money to the endowment for the arts. It is nothing but politicians buying votes and giving other people’s money to favorites. It certainly does not make sense economically or logically.
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Question by Patches O’Houlihan: Since wind farms have killed more people than nuclear power plants, should wind farms be outlawed?
Can it possibly get any better? A sacred “green energy” boondoggle of the left has killed more people in the U.S. than nuclear power plants. Made my day when I heard that.
Answer by Libs, Zero Tolerance As soon as we outlaw planes, trains, and automobiles.
Question by John W33: Can Harry Reid guarantee that his “Clean Energy Jobs” produce something besides a further waste of our money?
What happens after we spend a trillion dollars trying to find this “Clean Energy” on a scale large enough to replace oil? If it does not suceed will the libs take the blame for destroying the country?
Also won’t all the people who work for oil-coal in the US become unemployeed? Basically a gain one job – loose one job approach? How does that help – except for the lib’s who hate oil and coal and could care less about those workers?
Answer by N – Lothringer Bur 1) Do not worry, it probably won’t happen
2) This will precisely be the reason why you destroy your country
3) This will make you the most hated country for the next 200 years
4) Point (3) reduces the chances of survival of the US as a nation
5) You will continue to pay for Saudis… if I were you I would sooner that later convert to Wahabi islam
6) Don’t worry, your grandkids will find a job serving some Sheiks
7) Oh yes, of cours Oiligarchy like people like you.