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Hybrid design makes Geothermal HVAC Affordable

This article was original published for the Talkin’ Green column. Download a copy of the column from the Lake Geneva Regional News Real Estate Guide. Heating, cooling and the production of hot water are necessary components for the operation of most residential and commercial buildings. And according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office

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Is This the Face of YOUR Utility?

Energy monopolies are everywhere… They are the local utility that crushes all competition in the name of status quo and a consistent, guaranteed revenue base. They are the lobbyists who fight on Capital Hill and in State Assemblies to keep the power where it is; fighting hard and running scared of change… Fight for Energy Freedom across the

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Let Solar Grow!

Solar is growing at an unprecedented rate. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, 2014 saw the U.S. Solar industry grow by 34% over the previous year, with the residential market growing by a staggering 51%. And what is this growth telling us? It is loud and clear that communities across the U.S. want solar.

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Solar – the “Hot” spot for Hotels

All else being equal, which hotel would your guests prefer to stay in – a conventional one, or one with solar panels on the roof? If you said “definitely solar,” your hotel guest is in agreement with 47 percent of the business travelers polled in Timetric’s Global Business Traveler Survey 2013, who prioritize staying at

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Net Metering – the Debate Rages On

Today’s Renewable News Top Picks: Tucson Electric Power changes its mind on net metering, Iowa utilities refuse to net meter third-party owned solar arrays, and Report: Net metering policies drive solar growth. Tucson Electric Power changes its mind on net metering Current net metering rules provide TEP’s solar customers with bill credits worth nearly twice

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Go Green at Work: Tips for an Eco-Friendly Fleet

By nature, fleet vehicles are often not the greenest vehicles on the road. Some fleet vehicles are less efficient because of the size required to perform a certain task, such as a large van or truck. Other companies may have a less efficient fleet because of the upfront costs associated with buying and maintaining new

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Bug Prevention – the Natural Way

It’s that time of year when we all find ourselves outdoors as much as possible, enjoying the sunshine doing sports, gardening or just sunning away. However, for most of us, we find the pleasure of the outdoors somewhat compromised by our battle with Mother Nature’s little creatures – bugs! Now there are tons of bug

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What do Mad Max and Buckminster Fuller have in common?

This article was original published for the Talkin’ Green column. Download a copy of the column from the Lake Geneva Regional News Real Estate Guide. The answer is domes. Although dome construction looks like something out of a modern architecture magazine, in reality the Pantheon, built by the Romans in A.D. 123 and still standing,

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A Case for Tile

At its core, tile is a more sustainable option for flooring or wall covering, than most of its competitors. Essentially an all natural product, tile is typically made of earthen clay plus water, that is then transformed by fire. It exceeds the life span of other flooring materials like marble, carpet and hardwood, and it

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