Category: Energy

Thermal Loop Corporation

Mark Tansey The owner of Thermal Loop Corporation has been in the well drilling business for almost thirty years and has extensive experience with pump installation and geothermal technologies. Geothermal technologies is a renewable energy resource that uses heat emitted from the earth’s core as energy for heating and cooling residential or commercial buildings. To those unaware of the potential economic and environmental benefits of geothermal energy, Thermal Loop Corporation, based out of Bel Air, will be happy to guide you.

Glory Energy Solutions

photo by: alyssaGlory Energy Solutions LLC is a woman-owned business formed in 2007 that focuses on lowering home-energy costs. They are based out of Boonsboro, Maryland and offer an Energy Conservation Program that increases a home’s energy efficiency, reduces waste energy and minimizes costs through a comprehensive Home Energy Performance Audit. Glory Energy also offers consulting and technical assistance in solar electric systems that decrease a home’s dependence on the local grid and allow for a potential surplus of energy.

Standard Solar

Standard Solar is a solar home energy services company that provides solar photovoltaic (and solar hot water) systems for the Metropolitan Washington area. Their core business is installing residential solar energy systems. They work to standardize the sale, delivery, and installation of solar home systems.

Chesapeake Solar

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Chesapeake Solar is Maryland’s leading installer of solar energy systems. Their core mission is to transition our energy economy toward greater use of the abundant and clean energy provided by the sun. They accomplish this through educational programs, public policy activities regarding renewable energy, and the design and installation of quality systems.

Earth Hour 2008

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March 29th, 2008 the lights will go out in major metropolitan cities around the world. Join in the peaceful protest of the rising energy crisis. “Created to take a stand against the greatest threat our planet has ever faced, Earth Hour uses the simple action of turning off the lights for one hour to deliver a powerful message about the need for action on global warming.” Sign up on their website and pledge that you’ll turn your lights out March 29th, 2008 between 8pm-9pm or learn what you can do everyday of the year.

WindCurrent / Clean Currents : An Energy Alternate

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Few people dispute that America’s current energy sources create high levels of pollution that we’re all forced to live with. The vulnerability of traditional power plants, coupled with our reliance on foreign oil to generate electricity, has been enough for many businesses and residents to seek alternate energy options. By instead relying on electricity powered by large wind turbines scattered across the country and thereby offsetting electricity that would otherwise come from traditional sources, one is both helping to improve the region’s air quality and stabilize the future price of electricity, all while helping America nudge closer toward energy independence.

Based in Baltimore, Maryland, WindCurrent is a business committed to bringing renewable wind-generated energy to the Mid-Atlantic region, providing Renewable Energy Certificates, or Green Tags, to some of America’s largest Green Power buyers. In contrast to large power plants centrally-situated from state to state, their renewable power projects can be distributed across the state and country. Utility companies appreciate this because “it puts the power generation closer to the end-user, which reduces the need for expensive transmission lines” required by the power plants. Their website offers extensive information on how WindCurrent operates, as well as a video that gives an in-depth look at energy sources and how they differ.

Clean Currents, based in Rockville, Maryland, is a clean energy broker/ aggregator that also offers low-cost, renewable energy to businesses, homes and institutions. Clean Currents offers clients a new carbon neutral electricity option, “Chesapeake-Green”, or “C-Green”, which combines standard electricity from the Mid-Atlantic grid with Renewable Energy Credits from wind farms situated across the United States. In addition to supplying earth-friendly electricity, Clean Currents also takes great measures to see that their own business is environmentally responsible, purchasing energy-efficient computers, lights and office equipment, and recycling all possible materials.

With an attainable source of electricity that creates zero pollution, a decreased reliance on foreign energy, and an increase of jobs in rural areas with high unemployment rates, doesn’t it just make sense?

Save Our Sky Home-Heating Cooperative

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The Save Our Sky Home-Heating Cooperative is an organization that believes that corn, when harvested sustainably, can be used as a climate-friendly fuel source. It consists of about 70 DC-area households which purchase and store corn in an urban grain bin to make it more convenient and affordable to burn corn as a primary heating source. These families greatly reduce how much global warming CO2 they produce, in addition to saving a couple hundred dollars per year.