Category: Energy

Greenspring Energy

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Located in Towson MD, Greenspring Energy specializes in a variety of renewable power sources for home or office. Receive quotes and more information about solar panels, tankless water heaters, wind power, Infared Room Heaters, and much more.

Baltimore is Seriously Going Green!

Wind Power at the Inner Harbor from Planit on Vimeo .

Planit Agency , an advertising company that works with Baltimore City on sustainability marketing campaigns, has begun a fun initiative to raise the media and citizens’ public awareness. Planit’s motto is "ideas transform," and we couldn’t agree more! Their choice of using Baltimore’s iconic Power Plant for this clever, visual way of asking, "Why Not?": priceless.

Elysian Energy LLC

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Elysian Energy LLC, which specializes in energy-use assessment, helps homeowners determine their home’s carbon footprint, gauge its amount of energy-use, and take cost-cutting and eco-friendly steps to curtail wasteful energy practices. With the mantra “Lower bills, lower impact, higher value”, Elysian Energy particulary seeks to offer renewable energy technologies to its clients, as well as carbon impact mitigation. Utilizing their services both reduces local pollution from the energy supply sector and supports a local small business focuses on sustainability.


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This was sent by my someone who works for Kinder Morgan. It was written by a petroleum engineer and sent throughout his company. I thought it was extremely interesting.

I don’t know what you guys are paying for gasoline…. but here in California we are also paying higher, up to $4.oo per gallon or more. But my line of work is in petroleum for about 31 years now, so here are some tricks to get more of your money’s worth for every gallon..

Here at the Kinder Morgan Pipeline where I work in San Jose , CA we deliver about 4 million gallons in a 24-hour period thru the pipeline. One day is diesel the next day is jet fuel, and gasoline, regular and premium grades. We have 34-storage tanks here with a total capacity of 16,800,000 gallons.

Only buy or fill up your car or truck in the early morning when the ground temperature is still cold. Remember that all service stations have their storage tanks buried below ground. The colder the ground the more dense the gasoline, when it gets warmer gasoline expands, so buying in the afternoon or in the evening….your gallon is not exactly a gallon. In the petroleum business, the specific gravity and the temperature of the gasoline, diesel and jet fuel, ethanol and other petroleum products plays an important role.

for more tips read on….


Better Bulb LED Products

drawing by: alyssaBetter Bulb is a Bethesda based center with several sustainable lighting options. You can find, CFL and LEDs in many shapes and sizes. The newest alternative is the CCFL, Cold Cathode Compact Fluorescents, which has a 25,000-hour life, is dimmable and has a fraction of the mercury compact fluorescents have. Attain 30 to 60 cents a square foot in tax credits when switching to a more efficient lighting alternative.  

Solar Panels Plus

photo by: alyssaSolar Panels Plus is a Apricus solar systems distributor located in Chesapeake, VA. Apricus is a global dealer with it’s U.S. branch in Branford, CT and it’s manufacturing plant in Nanjing, China. Solar Panel Plus offers extensive heating and cooling options, as if purchasing panels just to heat your home wasn’t enough you can also consider a solar pool heater, fancy!

Fuel Efficiency for the Holiday

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A message from the Sierra Club. . . .

Memorial Day Weekend is coming and — in spite of gas prices — more Americans than ever are planning to get away by car. (1) But that doesn’t have to cost as much as you think.

There are lots of ways to save gas (checked your tires lately?) but the easiest and most effective way is to slow down (just a little bit). When you add up the savings, it’s like getting paid to relax.

So before you get behind the wheel for the upcoming holiday, show us what you’re made of. Pledge to Drive 55 (or whatever the speed limit is on the roads you’re traveling) for Memorial Day Weekend. Poor Sammy Hagar can’t do it, but we bet you can. After all, even jets are slowing down to save money!(2)

The Union of Concerned Scientists tells us that dropping from 70 to 60 mph improves fuel efficiency by an average of 17.2 percent. Dropping from 75 to 55 improves fuel efficiency by 30.6 percent!(3)

Put another way, in a family sedan, every 10 mph you drive over 60 is like paying 54 cents per gallon more for gas you bought at $3.25 a gallon. (4) That extra cost is even higher for big SUVs and other less-efficient vehicles.

And the time you save by going easy on the accelerator may not add up to as much as you thought. On a 300-mile trip, driving 65 instead of 70 mph would cost you only 20 minutes — but save money and spew less carbon.

Is driving to your destination more fuel-efficient than flying? Take our "How Green Is My Getaway" quiz. You might be surprised.

Our April 29 post about driving the speed limit in our Green Life blog led many to share the wisdom of their personal road trip experiences. You can read all of them here, and share your own.

Have a great Memorial Day,

Greg Haegele
Director of Conservation, Sierra Club