The time is right to get green energy for your Texas home. Bioproducts, green energy and biofuels provide renewable energy and ensure environmental health. Green energy, unlike traditional petroleum-based energy sources, is sustainable and renewable. A sustainable future is a necessary component of a healthy human future. Using biofuels in the home helps to combat CO2 emissions, declining soil-carbon ratios, and even global climate change. According to “Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts,” (2013) new biofuels technology can actually help the earth to absorb CO2 emission! The trend towards producing and using renewable energy is already established: the European Renewable Energy Council (EREC) predicts that half of the world’s energy supply will derive from renewables by 2040.
Purchase a green energy plan. In Texas, you can choose to purchase a green energy plan from a retail electricity provider in deregulated energy markets. This plan will offset a portion or all of your electricity consumption with renewable energy credits purchased from Texas wind farms. Shop for green energy plans at www.texasenergycompanies.net.
Biofuels as green energy for your home. Manufacturers offer a variety of biofuels, including ethanol; photobiologic biofuels, derived from water and carbon dioxide; biomethane bioproducts; biodiesels; and electrofuels, to name just a few.
Biofuels aren’t a new energy source. Henry Ford originally hoped to use ethanol as Model T engine fuel. Ultimately, supply and demand drove the decision to use a gasoline engine for most of the earliest cars. Most of today’s gasoline in Texas is a gasoline-biofuel blend that includes ethanol. Ethanol is usually made from heavily processed corn and plant products. Manufacturers use chemistry and fermentation processes to break down plant sugars and starches. The remaining product is refined to produce biofuel.
Green fuel researchers believe that the next generation biofuels will come from tree saplings or grasses. These plants contain a tough material called cellulose. Cellulose forms plants’ cellular walls, and it is significantly heavier than other plant components. Cellulose biofuel represents a more efficient way to make biofuel while emitting less CO2.
Biofuels as a home heating alternative. Biodiesels can be used to heat the home, according to “Mother Earth News.” Some homeowners combine a small amount of biodiesel to traditional home heating oil at first. Because most home furnace systems require little to no retrofits to burn biodiesel, making the decision to burn clean biofuel at home is easier than ever. Biodiesel (like Number 2 heating oil) gels if exposed to cold temperatures. Storing biodiesel in an underground or indoor storage tank avoids this problem. The ‘pour point’ of biodiesel will vary according to its feedstock and concentration. As petroleum prices continue to rise, choosing to use biodiesel fuels at home can save money. This fact alone may encourage you to get green energy for your Texas home.
Currently, there is a massive effort around the world to develop alternatives to traditional fossil fuels. One source of alternative fuel is ethanol. Ethanol is by and large produced from corn. This has caused the price of corn to soar in recent years also causing a rise in the price of many associated food products. For this reason, many are seeking alternatives to the use of corn in the production of ethanol.
One alternative available is sugarcane. In fact, sugarcane is the crop of choice for ethanol production in both Brazil and the Philippines.The whole story can be Read the rest of this entry »
If you are in the market to buy a new furnace in the near future, then you may be wondering whether it would be better for you to buy a methane or natural gas powered furnace. After all, these are two popular options that are out there for home heating today, and both of them have their advantages and disadvantages. So how can you go about figuring out which is the best choice for you? The best way to go about this Read the rest of this entry »
With the costs of using nonrenewable power continuing to rise, many people are turning alternate sources of energy to heat their homes. Solar power and wind power are the most popular; however, heating your home using biogas from an anaerobic digester offers numerous advantages as well.
Anaerobic digesters use methane, which is created as waste decomposes. Methane is a green house gas, and is thus hazardous to the environment as it is known to affect the ozone layer. Read the rest of this entry »
To answer the question, “Is it wise to produce algae bio-fuel at home”, first we must consider what they need to survive, and whether it can be provided indoors. While algae come in many varieties, colors and habitats, they all require the same essentials for survival; water, sunlight and carbon dioxide. From pond scum to boulder moss, keeping algae alive is a nominal accomplishment. In fact, in outdoor open-pond systems, algae become susceptible to inclement weather and antagonizing organisms which slow its growth and reduce its size. That is the extent of the advantages for cultivating algae bio-fuel indoors. Read the rest of this entry »
While bio-fuels may seem to be just another environmental catchphrase, rest assured that wise implementation of this eco-friendly strategy really does produce the sustainable freedom from fossil fuels that it promises. Bio-fuels fall into to categories; bio-diesel and bio-alcohol. In the case of bio-diesel, while it is sustainable, most engines would have to be modified to use it, which can be a costly endeavor. Bio-alcohols such as ethanol are powerful, clean running, high-performance motor fuels and Read the rest of this entry »
With the movement towards green energy increasing each day, turning to renewable energy sources is increasingly important. The United States has long had a dependency on foreign oil that has cost the country and its citizens in many ways. However, with the recent introduction of renewable energy sources such as biodiesel, things are beginning to change for the better.
For the farmers of America, finding ways to support their agricultural lifestyle and Read the rest of this entry »
Composting is a great way to reduce waste that otherwise would just be thrown away. Unfortunately, composting produces a greenhouse gas called methane that is hazardous to the environment when simply released into the atmosphere; however, improving technology has allowed methane to actually be harnessed as a fuel for stationary generators.
The chosen materials should be mixed with a small amount of water and straw or newspaper to create a mixture called slurry. Animal manure, particularly from chickens or other herbivores, tends to work best, but household compost works as well. The slurry is then placed into an Read the rest of this entry »