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Tribes make Solar Posted at 01/19/10 - 05:35 AM

New Mexico's Jemez Pueblo tribe is working a deal to use their land for solar energy production. They will be the first Native American tribe to use solar energy as a way to make revenue.  The 3,000 members of the tribe are working to harness the energy from their 30-acre site. They plan on setting up over 14,000 solar panels. A plan is now in the works to sell electricity to outsiders from their four-megawatt plant. The completed plant would be able to power about 600 homes.

Author: Greg

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Top 10 Tips to Cut Winter Energy Costs Easy and inexpensive solutions for business or home - Be green, Live Green
  • Maintain air filters and AirCon  Well-maintained equipment runs more efficiently, so change your air filter monthly or as needed and tune up your aircon equipment yearly. 
  • Set your thermostat as low as is comfortable Set thermostat temperatures back by 10 to 15°F before bed and before leaving for work. 
  • Reduce air leaks (can save up to 10% on energy bills) Seal doors and windows with weather stripping or caulk. Consider installing insulated curtains or blinds. Check your air ducts for leaks and seal them with mastic. 
  • Take advantage of the sun’s heat and light Keep your sun-facing windows clean. Open curtains on sun-facing windows during the day and close all curtains at night to reduce heat loss.
  • Add insulation to your attic With the right safety practices, this can be a do-it-yourself project. 
  • Insulate and turn down  water heaters  Most water heaters are set to 140°F, but at 115 to 120°F you’ll still have plenty of hot water. Insulate hot water pipes, if your water heater is over 7 years old, consider a “wrap” to insulate the tank. Also consider timers that use off-peak power for electric water heaters, hot water recirculation loops, and drain-water heat recovery systems.  Think about solar hot water.
  • Fireplace efficiency Plug and seal the chimney flue of fireplaces that are never used. When using fireplaces, keep the damper closed unless a fire is going and make sure the damper is as snug as possible. Caulk around the fireplace hearth. Consider a heat-exchanger system to blow warm air back into the room. When a fire is lit, open dampers or open nearest window about an inch, close doors leading into the room, and lower your thermostat to between 50° and 55°F.
  • Wood and pellet burning heaters Clean the flue vent regularly and the inside of the appliance periodically with a wire brush. 
  • Unplug electronics and appliances when not in use Use multiple-outlet strips so you can turn everything off with one flip of a switch.  Power "on standby" still is power used.
  • Replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) Lighting makes up about 10 percent of home energy costs, and CFLs can save up to 75 percent of that energy. They also last longer, saving money on replacements.
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