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HOW CAN SOLAR POWER IMPROVE OUR FUTURE?

This article is presented by Solar Action Alliance. Solar Action Alliance is a group of environmentalists who want to spread the word about the most clean, reliable, and abundant source of renewable energy: the sun.

Solar energy has kept our species alive for thousands of years: warmth, light, and crops. However, harnessing this energy to generate electricity is, relatively, a very recent development. As the  Royal Society of Chemistry says, “The amount of energy reaching the Earth’s surface every hour would meet the world’s current energy demands for an entire year… we no longer need to gamble the lifestyles of future generations”. In addition, the technology is constantly being improved and refined. But how, specifically, will solar power be of benefit in our lives and those of the next generations worldwide? Personal benefits There is no denying that the personal advantages are important, especially in tough economic times. Solar currently offers several financial and other pros that will become even more significant over time: 
  • We are not at the mercy of the national power grid and power outages and we can become independent in terms of power
  • While installing solar initially carries costs, we will save on utility bills from month 1
  • In some regions and countries one can feed energy into the grid and receive credits
  • Having solar increases the value of our properties
  • Maintenance costs are very low
  • In some countries one can ‘farm’ solar and be paid for the electricity generated.
 In other words, solar protects shrinking incomes, eases strained budgets, improves the value of assets, and fosters independence. In the not-too-distant future this may be of greater value than now. Furthermore, in our increasingly interconnected world some of these personal benefits are also inevitably good for the communityand area around us. Broader and general advantages 

Solar Energy News: How Solar Power Is Better For The Next Generation  

The most obvious pros of solar energy, as we at Solar Action Alliance point out, are that is that it is abundant, sustainable, free, secure, and reliable. Even in less sunny countries such as the United Kingdom there is enough energy in the rays that reach the surface to generate electricity. However, sunny locations such as California, are ideal for solar. Just as individual households or businesses can achieve independence in relation to power supply, communities and towns can do the same with whole communities living off-grid and being self-sufficient. In a world of limited and strained resources this is a huge advantage… and one that will be increasing important in the future. Small, rural, and / or less affluent communities, no matter how remote, will not have to rely on big energy suppliers and their infrastructures or wait a long time for services to reach them. Solar kits can reach any community and be fitted to homes, schools, clinics, and so on. The fact that solar panels and systems are now available in various sizes, shapes, and thicknesses also makes them far more versatile in terms of applications and where they can be used. New applications are constantly being found and installations being made. There is no reason to believe the future ones will not be even more exciting and liberating. Global benefits Given that many of us have joined the solar family because we care about our planet and our future, the global benefits of this form of energy are paramount… and they are substantial! Firstly, unlike fossil fuels, solar energy does not produce any greenhouse gasses and no CO2, toxins, or carcinogens of any kind are released into the air. Given the severity of air pollution in many parts of the globe solar energy offers us a future of much cleaner air. This makes it a very clean form of energy that will improve the quality of air in the decades to come. With the absence of greenhouse gas emissions comes the fact that solar does not contribute to climate change.

 Solar Energy News: How Solar Power Is Better For The Next Generation

 It may sound unlikely, but solar powered cars, planes, trains, and boats are already in use and / or under development. They will all have important effects as these clean and silent modes of transport will replace the fossil fuel reliant, emission producing, and noisy transport modes we have at present. Unlike so many technological advances and developments solar energy offers huge benefits to rural and undeveloped regions and countries. As solar initiatives are rolled out in the future the advantages will become increasingly marked. Some of the current projects listed by organizations such as Solar Electric Light Fund include: 

  • The broader solar energy industry generates jobs in both urban and rural areas
  • In rural areas the availability of light indoors and at night allows for informal, communal, and home industries to operate
  • Literacy levels increase and young people do better with their studies if they have extended hours of light in which to read and study
  • Solar will see the arrival of modes of communication not previously enjoyed such as television and Internet
  • Water can be pumped, filtered, and heated using solar
  • Power from solar will provide light and heat and replace the candles and kerosene lamps and heating units previously used that give off noxious fumes and present fire hazards.


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Consumer Video: Third row access in the 2024 Lexus GX #shorts

Third row access in the 2024 Lexus GX #shorts
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Third-row access in the 2024 Lexus GX seems easy enough. But once you're back there? Learn more about the Lexus GX at: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/lexus/gx/2024/overview/#pagestop

Published: 11th Jul 2024 04:00:12   By: Consumer Reports

Consumer Video: 2024 Lexus GX Early Review | Consumer Reports

2024 Lexus GX Early Review | Consumer Reports
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The all-new GX SUV is Lexus's most off-road model. It's distinguished by a premium feel, albeit wrapped in a more rugged old-school body-on-frame design, and a solid Lexus reliability record. The GX is about 5 inches longer, 4 inches wider, and gains a couple of inches in height and wheelbase. But the added size and capability come with a downside—incremental fuel economy gains. Join CR at https://CR.org/joinviaYT to access our comprehensive road tests.

Published: 10th Jul 2024 07:00:26   By: Consumer Reports

Consumer Video: Luggage Weight Load Test #shorts

Luggage Weight Load Test #shorts
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You can spend over $1,000 on a carry-on spinner—but our tests find that high-quality bags can be snagged for a fraction of that price. Learn more at https://www.consumerreports.org/money/luggage/best-hard-shell-carry-on-luggage-from-consumer-reports-tests-a2086664350/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT Join CR at https://CR.org/joinviaYT to access our comprehensive ratings for items you use every day. CR is a mission-driven, independent, nonprofit organization.

Published: 10th Jul 2024 10:54:45   By: Consumer Reports

Consumer Video: These Are the Worst Phone Plan Providers #shorts

These Are the Worst Phone Plan Providers #shorts
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The big three providers that dominate the market—AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon—aren’t in the top 5 when it comes to value, customer support, data service, or cellular reception. Learn more at https://www.consumerreports.org/electronics-computers/cell-phones-services/best-and-worst-phone-plan-providers-a7549256764/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT Join CR at https://CR.org/joinviaYT to access our comprehensive ratings for items you use every day. CR is a mission-driven, independent, nonprofit organization.

Published: 8th Jul 2024 07:14:20   By: Consumer Reports

Consumer Video: A $10,000 Robot for Your Home #shorts

A $10,000 Robot for Your Home #shorts
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Yarbo’s robot may be able to take care of your lawn chores and handle other work that requires heavy lifting, like clearing snow from the driveway. Learn more at https://www.consumerreports.org/home-garden/yarbo-modular-robot-review-a1192484202/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT Join CR at https://CR.org/joinviaYT to access our comprehensive ratings for items you use every day. CR is a mission-driven, independent, nonprofit organization.

Published: 8th Jul 2024 01:41:30   By: Consumer Reports

Car Video: Emira vs Evora vs Elise - Comparing the Modern Lotus | Everyday Driver

Emira vs Evora vs Elise - Comparing the Modern Lotus | Everyday Driver
Play Video: Emira vs Evora vs Elise - Comparing the Modern Lotus | Everyday Driver


Lotus has a huge motorsports reputation, and road cars to match. But they remain and alternative choice, rarely mentioned prior to the new Emira. So we gathered the three modern Lotus road cars; Elise, Evora, and Emira to see what remains of the reputation, and if they are being overlooked. No doubt, they aren't like anything else. Be sure you’re subscribed! 00:00 - How did this happen? 1:08 - The only place to start 3:10 - Steering like no other 5:06 - Relearning how to drive 7:20 - Losing the arguments, but winning anyway 11:44 - The Evora's Revisionist History 13:09 - Fun with Superchargers 16:00 - Trying to be a larger Elise 17:38 - Comfort without Forgiveness 20:07 - Replacing Greatness with Newness in the Emira 23:00 - The Evolution of Power 25:24 - The whole car is one setting 28:16 - Three sets of Tires, two sets of wheels. 29:32 - The best of 1995 31:46 - Who wore it best, Styling and Interior 39:18 - Final thoughts (Skip to this and you missed a lot!) #Lotus #Emira #Evora #Elise We’ll post another big comparison right here every month, plus long term updates and big road trips. Subscribe and hit the bell so you don’t miss our Thursday releases. Also watch our other channel: /TestDriveVideos for single car reviews every week! Plus you can find our Adventure Trips, Track days, Twice Weekly Podcast and much more on our website: http://everydaydriver.com Thanks for watching!

Published: 4th Jul 2024 11:16:50   By: EverydayDriver

Car Video: The Future of Track Days and our Video Plans #shorts

The Future of Track Days and our Video Plans #shorts
Play Video: The Future of Track Days and our Video Plans #shorts


Todd discusses the future of Everyday Driver, sister company Hooked on Driving, and the videos planned in the new Lotus Emira. This is part of a larger film where he picked up his Emira and drove it for the first time. Subscribe so you don't miss a video or announcement: YouTube.com/EverydayDriver

Published: 12th Jun 2024 08:00:10   By: EverydayDriver

Car Video: Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid - Update 3 - The Wrong Cayenne? - | Everyday Driver

Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid - Update 3 - The Wrong Cayenne? -  | Everyday Driver
Play Video: Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid - Update 3 - The Wrong Cayenne? - | Everyday Driver


Todd's family has put 20,000 miles on their e-Hybrid Cayenne and have gotten many questions about range, reliability, and other issues. Join Todd as he updates on their experience and talks about owning multiple Cayennes at once. Be sure you’re subscribed! 00:00 - My other car is also a Cayenne 4:47 - Tire choices 8:21 - MPG and Power 12:15 - Pros and Cons and until next time. #Porsche #Cayenne #ehybrid We’ll post another big comparison right here every month, plus long term updates and big road trips. Subscribe and hit the bell so you don’t miss our Thursday releases. Also watch our other channel: /TestDriveVideos for single car reviews Plus you can find our Adventure Trips, Twice Weekly Podcast and much more on our website: http://everydaydriver.com Thanks for watching!

Published: 6th Jun 2024 09:00:21   By: EverydayDriver

Car Video: When Car Lovers get what they Asked for #shorts

When Car Lovers get what they Asked for #shorts
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The Lotus Emira offers most everything internet car loves say they want. Will it be enough to be a success? This Emira is one of our long term review cars with many more videos on the way. Subscribe so you don't miss a video or announcement: YouTube.com/EverydayDriver

Published: 5th Jun 2024 08:00:09   By: EverydayDriver

Car Video: Not supposed to do this - An Analog Car in the Modern world. #shorts

Not supposed to do this - An Analog Car in the Modern world. #shorts
Play Video: Not supposed to do this - An Analog Car in the Modern world. #shorts


The Lotus Emira is unique among modern sports cars, and Todd explains the pros and cons of this approach. This Emira is one of our long term review cars with many more videos on the way. Subscribe so you don't miss a video or announcement: YouTube.com/EverydayDriver

Published: 29th May 2024 08:00:20   By: EverydayDriver

Product Review Video: How to Shop Smarter on Prime Day

How to Shop Smarter on Prime Day
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Now is a great time to save money on laptops, headphones, TVs, and all sorts of electronics, including some of Amazon’s own devices. #primeday #amazon #amazonprimeday #deals #shopping #retail #sale Amazon Prime Day Live Blog: The Best Deals We Found So Far on Tech, Home, TVs and More: https://www.cnet.com/tech/best-prime-day-deals-live-2024-07-13/

Published: 13th Jul 2024 09:30:00   By: CNET

Product Review Video: Why Apple's Not Going to Make a Smart Ring

Why Apple
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Not to mention all the additional e-waste Apple could avoid 😬 #apple #samsung #smartwatch #applewatch #healthtech #wearables #tech

Published: 13th Jul 2024 06:24:25   By: CNET

Product Review Video: My First 48 Hours With Galaxy Watch Ultra

My First 48 Hours With Galaxy Watch Ultra
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Samsung's Galaxy Watch Ultra and Galaxy Watch 7 have a lot more in common than you might think. Here are some quick first impressions after I wore them for 48 hours. The Galaxy Watch Ultra Looks Like an Apple Watch Ultra Clone https://www.cnet.com/tech/mobile/the-galaxy-watch-ultra-looks-like-an-apple-watch-ultra-clone/ 0:00 Intro 0:24 Fit and design 2:05 Quick button 2:50 Sleep and health tracking 3:42 Fitness and cycling features 4:08 Battery and charging Subscribe to CNET on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/cnet Never miss a deal again! See CNET’s browser extension 👉 https://bit.ly/3lO7sOU Check out CNET’s Amazon Storefront: https://www.amazon.com/shop/cnet Follow us on TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@cnetdotcom Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cnet/ Follow us on X: https://www.x.com/cnet Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cnet CNET's AI Atlas: https://www.cnet.com/ai-atlas/ Visit CNET.com: https://www.cnet.com/ #samsung #samsunggalaxy #galaxywatchultra #smartwatch #samsungunpacked

Published: 13th Jul 2024 12:00:11   By: CNET

Product Review Video: What Are Shopping Experts Buying on Prime Day?

What Are Shopping Experts Buying on Prime Day?
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We took a little trip around the NY office to ask our reviewers and experts what they've got in their Amazon carts. #skincare #books #amazonprimeday #primeday #deals #amazonprimeday Amazon Prime Day Live Blog: The Best Deals We Found So Far on Tech, Home, TVs and More https://www.cnet.com/tech/best-prime-day-deals-live-2024-07-13/

Published: 12th Jul 2024 10:55:47   By: CNET

Product Review Video: What NOT To Buy on #AmazonPrimeDay

What NOT To Buy on #AmazonPrimeDay
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Just because it's on sale during Prime Day doesn't mean you should buy it. Here are a few things you can keep out of your cart. #shoppingtips #primeday #amazon #tips #shop #retail #deals Track all the best deals here on the CNET live blog: https://www.cnet.com/tech/best-prime-day-deals-live/

Published: 12th Jul 2024 09:48:50   By: CNET

FTC Video: Estafas después de una emergencia climática

Estafas después de una emergencia climática
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Para más información visite https://www.ftc.gov/EmergenciasClimaticas

Published: 17th Jun 2024 12:00:40   By: FTCvideos

FTC Video: Weather Emergency Scams

Weather Emergency Scams
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Learn how to spot and avoid weather-related scams at https://www.ftc.gov/WeatherEmergencies @FTCvideos #ftc #weatheremergency #scams ************************** The Federal Trade Commission deals with issues that touch the economic life of every American. It is the only federal agency with both consumer protection and competition jurisdiction in broad sectors of the economy. The FTC pursues vigorous and effective law enforcement; advances consumers' interests by sharing its expertise with federal and state legislatures and U.S. and international government agencies; develops policy and research tools through hearings, workshops, and conferences; and creates practical and plain-language educational programs for consumers and businesses in a global marketplace with constantly changing technologies. Comment Moderation Policy We welcome your comments and thoughts about the information on this page. If you do have something to say, please be courteous and respectful to other commenters. We won't routinely review any comments before they are posted (except for ones that contain urls and profanity), but we will delete any comments that: 1) contain spam or are off-topic 2) use vulgar language or offensive terms that target specific groups or contain personal attacks 3) are sales pitches or promotions 4) have urls or links to commercial sites 4) spread clearly misleading or false information or 5) include personal information, like home addresses

Published: 10th Jun 2024 12:00:12   By: FTCvideos

FTC Video: Minimum Payments on Credit Cards - Personal Finance Tips

Minimum Payments on Credit Cards - Personal Finance Tips
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This video shows what happens when someone makes just the minimum payment on a credit card balance. Learn more about Credit Cards and using them on the Consumer.gov website here: https://www.consumer.gov/articles/1010-using-credit #ftc #creditcard #credit

Published: 5th Jun 2024 12:00:59   By: FTCvideos

FTC Video: US FTC ICPEN Presidency – Protecting Consumers | Connecting Enforcers

US FTC ICPEN Presidency – Protecting Consumers | Connecting Enforcers
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The United States Federal Trade Commission assumes the presidency of the International Consumer Protection and Enforcement Network (ICPEN) from July 1, 2024, to June 30, 2025. ICPEN brings together consumer protection enforcers from more than 70 countries. ICPEN members gather every year to share the latest trends and best practices to combat fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair business practices. Together, we’re better able to stop scammers and respond to the expanding digital economy. ICPEN’s Fall 2024 and Spring 2025 conferences will take place in the United States, starting with a meeting in Washington, D.C., at the headquarters of the Federal Trade Commission. Protecting Consumers | Connecting Enforcers

Published: 1st Jun 2024 12:00:16   By: FTCvideos

FTC Video: Weather Emergency Scams

Weather Emergency Scams
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Learn how to spot and avoid weather-related scams at https://www.ftc.gov/WeatherEmergencies @FTCvideos #ftc #weatheremergency #scams

Published: 27th May 2024 12:01:01   By: FTCvideos

DIY Video: Leftover Lids Craft Project | CRAFT | Great Home Ideas

Leftover Lids Craft Project | CRAFT | Great Home Ideas
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We show you a nifty way to keep kids entertained with leftover lids. Welcome to Great Home Ideas, where you’ll find inspiring home makeovers, delicious recipes, quick & easy DIY projects, design & gardening ideas, plus hints, tips, how tos and advice on pets, health, tech and more. Check out our channel & subscribe to see more videos like this one every day of the week. Click here to subscribe: https://bit.ly/3hxN7d5

Published: 14th Jul 2024 11:45:02   By: Great Home Ideas

DIY Video: How to Install Bi-Fold Doors | DIY | Great Home Ideas

How to Install Bi-Fold Doors | DIY | Great Home Ideas
Play Video: How to Install Bi-Fold Doors | DIY | Great Home Ideas


Learn how to install bi-fold doors with our comprehensive guide. Perfect for DIY enthusiasts, we cover everything from measuring and preparing the space to installing the tracks and adjusting the doors for a perfect fit. Welcome to Great Home Ideas, where you’ll find inspiring home makeovers, delicious recipes, quick & easy DIY projects, design & gardening ideas, plus hints, tips, how tos and advice on pets, health, tech and more. Check out our channel & subscribe to see more videos like this one every day of the week. Click here to subscribe: https://bit.ly/3hxN7d5

Published: 13th Jul 2024 11:45:03   By: Great Home Ideas

DIY Video: Create Stunning Stenciled Pots: Easy DIY Craft Ideas | GARDEN | Great Home Ideas

Create Stunning Stenciled Pots: Easy DIY Craft Ideas | GARDEN | Great Home Ideas
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Transform your garden with beautiful stenciled pots! Discover easy DIY craft ideas to personalise your plant containers with unique designs. Perfect for adding a creative touch to your home and garden decor. Welcome to Great Home Ideas, where you’ll find inspiring home makeovers, delicious recipes, quick & easy DIY projects, design & gardening ideas, plus hints, tips, how tos and advice on pets, health, tech and more. Check out our channel & subscribe to see more videos like this one every day of the week. Click here to subscribe: https://bit.ly/3hxN7d5

Published: 12th Jul 2024 11:45:02   By: Great Home Ideas

DIY Video: Retro Guide to Potted Gardening | GARDEN | Great Home Ideas

Retro Guide to Potted Gardening | GARDEN | Great Home Ideas
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Welcome to Great Home Ideas, where you’ll find inspiring home makeovers, delicious recipes, quick & easy DIY projects, design & gardening ideas, plus hints, tips, how tos and advice on pets, health, tech and more. Check out our channel & subscribe to see more videos like this one every day of the week. Click here to subscribe: https://bit.ly/3hxN7d5

Published: 11th Jul 2024 11:45:01   By: Great Home Ideas

DIY Video: Get Your Garden Ready for Warmer Months | GARDEN | Great Home Ideas

Get Your Garden Ready for Warmer Months | GARDEN | Great Home Ideas
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Prepare your garden for the warmer months with our essential tips and expert advice. Learn how to enhance soil health, choose the right plants, and implement effective watering strategies. Welcome to Great Home Ideas, where you’ll find inspiring home makeovers, delicious recipes, quick & easy DIY projects, design & gardening ideas, plus hints, tips, how tos and advice on pets, health, tech and more. Check out our channel & subscribe to see more videos like this one every day of the week. Click here to subscribe: https://bit.ly/3hxN7d5

Published: 10th Jul 2024 11:45:06   By: Great Home Ideas

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