Green-News: Tuesday 12.16.08
- The price of solar panels is about to plummet. Next year, solar modules could fall by 10% to 15% in euros and 25% to 30% in dollars. And by 2012, the entire industry could cut costs in half. Lower prices will increase market share and make solar energy more attractive; Reuters reports.
- With the economy in recession, consumers are ferreting away their money and not spending as much. And eco-conscious products are no exception. Consumers want to go green, but they’re unwilling to shell out the big bucks for things like hybrid cars and solar panels; from Reuters.
- However, many consumers still want electronic devices to be more environmentally friendly. According to a report by the Consumer Electronics Association, 89% of households want things like televisions to be more energy efficient and 53% would pay more for them; CEA explains.
- Heating your home is costly. The U.S. Department of Energy claims households spend 31% of their home-energy costs on heat. But there are simple ways to reduce that figure, like replacing weather stripping and ensuring air ducts are not leaking; The New York Times investigates.
- American oil consumption could collapse over the next 2 years, falling to levels not seen since 1997. The demand for crude oil is down by 50,000 barrels a day this year. Okay, it’s cool that we’re kicking our oil addiction, but expert claims this could signal a depression; via GreenDaily.
- UPS is looking for cyclists to lug around 200 pound trailers for deliveries. For every 3 bikes, the company can save an average of 17 gallons of fuel per day. This means during the holiday season, UPS could save $38,000 in vehicle operation and upkeep costs; TreeHugger explains.
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