A Maine Town Cuts Trash Going to Landfills by 50%

August 19, 2010 by  
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The town of Sanford, Maine recently implemented a Pay-As-You-Throw (PAYT) waste management scheme where residents paid for trash removal based on how much trash they threw out.  The result?  The amount of trash headed to the landfill was slashed by 50 percent while the recycling rate grew by 150 percent. Fees for trash services are usually included in a town’s property taxes, so people don’t ever really think of the cost associated with their garbage .  With the PAYT scheme, each week, residents were confronted with the financial, and hopefully environmental, cost of their waste, leading to less headed to landfills and more headed to recycling centers. The town found that through this approach, residents will actually save money.  The 50 percent reduction in trash tonnage will mean a 50 percent savings in tipping fees the town pays to unload trash at the Maine Energy Recovery Company.  That savings — about $250,000 over a year — will be passed on to tax payers

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Are Commercial LED Replacements Ready for Prime Time?

August 19, 2010 by  
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There are increasing numbers of LED replacement products for T8 fluorescent lamps, which are widely used in retail and commercial buildings, but the US Department of Energy is warning that many of these do not yet offer comparable performance and light output versus what is supplied by using fluorescent lamps. Just because they are called replacements does not mean they are going to provide a similar level of performance. Many LED replacement lamps are highly directional, with the LEDs only emitting light in one direction

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Plug-In Solar Appliance Brings Cheap Solar Power to Homes

August 18, 2010 by  
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Solar power company Clarian Technologies has developed a new concept in residential solar power:  the solar appliance.  Just like a refrigerator or microwave, a homeowner can buy the Sunfish solar power system, plug it into any outdoor outlet and start feeding solar power into their home. Whereas most solar power systems require a contractor to install the module and an electrician to connect it to the electric panel through an inverter (to convert the DC power generated to AC power), Clarian says a handy homeowner can install the Sunfish themselves in about an hour. The other major bonus of such a plug-and-play-type system, is the cost.  Let’s face it, that’s the main draw.  The base model Sunfish will cost $799 with the largest running about $4,000, where a typical roof-mounted system costs a minimum of $10,000 and goes steeply up from there.

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