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What Are the Benefits of Standalone Solar
Power Systems?

By Joe Springer

An increasing number of people are becoming attracted by the possibility of installing standalone electricity generating systems in their homes or on other premises. There is a number of reasons for this, including the key point that many of the sellers of these systems claim that significant savings can be made and that it means that there is no dependence on a national grid for power.

Indeed, there are many benefits to this type of set-up, particularly those that rely on renewable energy sources such as solar energy. This is a natural resource that is abundant in many areas of the world, although obviously this does not work so well in countries that have a low number of daylight hours throughout the year.

It almost goes without saying that perhaps the biggest advantage of this type of system is that it really can result in savings, although this is generally only over the longer term. Many systems will incur initial set-up costs that can be more or less elevated depending on the technology used and the size of the system.

However, if an upfront cost is something you are willing to bear, then standalone solar power systems may well be the way to go; there are very few costs after the initial installation of the equipment when compared to grid power. On the other hand you will need to pay for replacement batteries for your system, as well as maintenance.

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What Does It Really Mean to Go "Green"?

By Yana Pojidaeva

Let's face it... Most of us, if honest, will humbly acknowledge that we have been thrust into this wave of environmentally focused awareness having only a limited scope of perspective and true understanding of what it means to actually live and function in a "green" society. Various media vehicles such as the Internet, World News, and even in casual conversations among our peers or co-workers have all greatly massaged our need to know more. Long gone are the days of feeling responsible because we separated the plastics from the paper in our recycling receptacles. Oh no... the responsibility has become so much greater. There is an evolving and complex world of a global proportion that begs further investigation.

Let us begin...

"Going green" means to pursue knowledge and practices that can lead to more environmentally friendly and ecologically responsible decisions and lifestyles, which can help protect the environment and sustain its natural resources for current and future generations.

And so, let us delve into these "practices" that are designed to make us more ecologically responsible citizens and truly discover how adopting "green" traditions can change the way we live and ultimately change the world in which we live.

It can be argued that one of the major factors in positively contributing to the environment's vitality is the practice of sustaining what has been given to us as natural resources. The idea of ecological sustainability points directly to the ability of a society to balance the depletion of renewable and non-renewable resources with the exact equivalent substitution of the said same with no discontinuity in between. What this means is that, as we use a specific resource, we have to ensure that the availability of that same resource is afforded the opportunity to thrive thereafter.

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