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Imagine harnessing the power of the sun to reduce your utility bills. Despite the large initial investment, solar energy panels are a green renewable energy source that can add value to you home and reduce your energy costs paying for themselves over time. This is your Union Plus Green Minute and I'm here to tell you how to go green and save green at the same time. By installing solar energy panels to generate your own electricity, you can save between 400 and 700 dollars a year. You can also install a solar powered.
Water heater and save hundreds more. On sunny days when no one is home, you might generate more electricity than you use. Your meter will run backward and your utility will actually owe you money. Solar energy panels for your home are not as expensive as they seem because you'll get a 30 percent federal tax credit. Most people recoup their investment in eight to twelve years, though that depends on where you live, how much sun you get, what your utility rates are, and other factors. And that's not all. If you use your Union Plus credit card to pay for energy efficient.
Utah Get Your Business Online Utah Solar and Alternative Energy
At Utah Solar and Alternative Energy, we build basically custom alternative energy systems to provide electricity and hot water for homes all over the state of Utah. The successful businesspeople that I was raised around, there's kind of this ethic of, if you're successful, it's important to put back. So I was kind of steeped in that culture. If you were looking at the cost of electricity out in time, it's a continuum, and it's an everescalating cost. We can flatten that cost. This is the right thing to do for many reasons.
You can make the planet a little greener and you can make your house more valuable, make your bottom line a little bit better. And that's powerful stuff. A photovoltaic system is a solar electric system. It makes electricity from the sun. And if you don't use all the electricity that you produce, you push the electricity back through your meter. And what that does, is that allows you to roll those credits to offset your electrical costs. A lot of the people that come to us have already done some.
Research on the internet. And if it wasn't for our webpage, we wouldn't be sitting here right now. The internet is basically what drives our business. We're trying to show folks what we can do and what the technologies are. Our main goal is to get people educated enough and excited enough about the products to get them to contact us. A minute after being on our webpage, they can know what we do, and they can know the relative benefits of it. We can go to somebody and say look, let us design the.
System, let us get it up on the roof. There's going to be an initial outlay of funds. But when we're done, your electrical costs aren't going to go up ever again. These technologies are hopeful technologies. That's what I like about them. That's what gets me up in the morning. Because I have children, and I want to see these things change. I don't believe that we're just in this mire. Being online allows me to foster that change. It allows me to get the information to people that empowers them to make smart decisions about energy.
New Zealands Solar Decathlon 2011 Sales Audiovisual Presentation
The design of the house is based on the Kiwi bach which is the New Zealand holiday home, it's a traditional house that's found throughout the country. we use the bach to showcase the lifestyle that we have in New Zelaand. The values that we focussed on in designing this house were the social nature of the bach the way that it's a really small dwelling but the whole family, the extended family, piles into the same space and using the spaces flexibly so accommodating more people during the day or at different times of the season.
In order to provide all the hot water needs for the whole house in New Zealand for the whole year The house is designed for an older couple, an eco conscious couple, the house is designed for New Zealand, for New Zealanders The spaces have been deisgned flexibly so we can maximise every sqaure metre of the house. This central space is really the heart of the home it contains the kitchen and the dining room its also the entranc enad exit, so in summer the doors can open tot he north and south.
Adn it really does feel like you're living outdoors. So the kitchen's really compact for two inhabitants we've used energy efficient appliances and compact models as well so we can fit them well into the space. We've used a simple palette of metrials but also durable ones Teh primary function fo the study unit is to visually partition the bedroom off fromt eh rest of the spacea dn the peic eof urniture transforsm into a fully functioning study unit If you're not using th eoffice you can actually foldn the table back up intot he unit and that allows for more space in the living area.
The lounge unit is where we can accomoodate temporay guests for a period time, the seat actually pulls out to become a double bed, and then a wall folds back to show a bunk bed So the house has been designed around eneriovnmentally sustainable principles, first and foremost sustainable materials have been used so the owner can be really confident that this is a really low energy sustainably sourced and built home The switches are located around the house to only use the lighting you need at the time to discourage overuse of lighting in the space.
However we've made it really easy to turn all the lighting off as you go out of the house with a master off switch at the door In this type of house and in New Zealand and in the bach we see home entertianment as a more of a human thing so the primary function of the house is really to encourage social interaction dining round the table, gathering, playing board games. We do have a home enterinament sytem and we've kept it nice and simple, all the qiring goes back to a patch panel int eh shed.
Which means you can move you're home entertainment around so we don't have to have the DVD player next to the TV so it can be in a cupboard, it's concealed from view it's not It's not always out but it's conveniently accessible when needed its inviting form the outside, the canopy draws you into the centre of the space and we've worked hard to create a house that doesn't look like it has a lot of sophisticated technolgy in it, it just goes on behind the scenes and when you're inside you aren't aware of the goings on of the house it just looks after itself.
How The Stock Exchange Works For Dummies
What is the Stock Exchange and how does it work The Stock Exchange is nothing more than a giant globally network tend to organize the market place where every day huge sums of money are moved back and forth. In total over sixty trillion 60,000,000,000,000 Euros a year are traded. More than the value of all goods and services of the entire world economy. However it's not apples or second hand toothbrushes that are traded on this marketplace. But predominantly securities. Securities are rights to assets , mostly in the form of shares.
A share stands for a share in a company. But why are shares traded at all Well, first and foremost the value of a share relates to the company behind it. If you think the value of a company in terms of a pizza. The bigger the overal size of the pizza, the bigger every piece is. If for example Facebook is able to greatly increase its profits with a new buisness model. The size of the companies pizza will also increase, and as a result so will the value of its shares.
This is of course great for the share holders. A share which perhaps used to be 38 euros could now be worth a whole 50 euros. When it's sold this represents a profit of twelve euro per share! But what does Facebook gain from this The company can raise funds by selling the shares and invest or expand it's buisness. Facebook for example has earned sixteen billion dollars from it's listing on the Stock Exchange. The trading of shares though, is frequently a game of chance. No one can say which company will preform well and which will not.
If a company has a good reputation, investors will back it. A company with a poor reputation or poor performance will have difficulty selling its shares. Unlike a normal market in which goods can be touched and taken home on the Stock Exchange only virtual goods are available. They apear in the form of shareprices and tables on monitors. Such shareprices can rise or fall within seconds. Shareholders therefore have to act quickly in order not to miss an opportunity. Even a simple rumor can result in the demand for a share falling fast regardless of the real value of the company.
Of course the opposite is also possible. If a particularly large amount of people buy weak shares. Becouse if they see for example great potential behind an idea. Their value will rise as a result. In particular young companies can benefit from this. Even though their sales might be falling, they can generate cash by placing their shares. In the best case scenario this will result in their idea being turned into reality. In the worst case scenario. this will result in a speculative bubble with nothing more than hot air.
Energys Biggest Disappointment This Past Quarter
Sean O'Reilly We've already talked about a few companies that surprised you guys on the upside, flirted a bit with Shell any other companies that disappointed you and made you rethink your previous bullishness Taylor Muckerman This one didn't disappoint me to the fact that I'm rethinking my bullishness, but I was kind of caught off guard in the negative aspect of SolarCity. O'Reilly How did I know you were going to go there Muckerman Down big. I think Friday O'Reilly 20, right Muckerman Yeah. Not because it had anything terrible to say, they're just changing the.
Strategy a bit. They're actually going to be profitable rather than growing like wildfire. They just had so much growth priced in and I think the fact that people probably saw that they're trimming their growth forecast and then forgot about the fact that they're planning on being cash flow positive for the first time. I think that's a benefit long term. Unfortunately, this company has been a giggitygrowth stock since its inception. O'Reilly Wall Street wants free cash flow generators. Why are they Muckerman Fools love free cash flow. That's what we want. Long term I'm still very bullish.
On this company. O'Reilly You are Okay. Muckerman I saw where they said they've installed more solar installations than the next 70 competitors combined. They're doing something right. They're going to continue to growth. They're not abandoning growth. They've stated they're preparing for the reduction in the investment tax credit at the end of this coming year. O'Reilly I'm kind of surprised that's going away. Muckerman It's going form 30 to 10. It's still not nearly as meaningful O'Reilly That's a 66 hit. Muckerman Yeah, because it's only a 10 tax credit. They said that sales is getting more.
Costly because of competition so they're going to focus on reducing the cost of making a sale and focus on lower cost sales and also focusing on the commercial market, which they're only about 8 of right now. They're expanding into new markets, they're just not focusing on residential growth as heavily. Tyler Crowe Like you said, one of the things that was a big red flag for investors, or Wall Street, or whomever O'Reilly Day traders. Crowe Whoever you want to say it reacted so negatively to their release was the fact.
That, if you look at their cost per watt development sales, general administrative costs over that quarter had grown substantially to the point where it was starting to hamper profitability. If you look at the cost per system, the amount that it takes for installation, the procurement of the solar panel system that has gone down rather impressively and has actually beaten their goals so far. However, the fact that their sales had gotten so high Muckerman They were doing a lot of hiring. Crowe Yeah. The cost to acquire was getting to the point where it didn't make as much.
Sense to grow at gangbusters. To be fair, one of the things when you look at their growth targets previously I believe it was somewhere in the high 60s per year O'Reilly And this is just investor presentations, they broadcast it, and yeah. Crowe Yeah. Their compounded annual growth rate they were anticipating was in the 60s. What they had been doing previously was 100. Muckerman Yeah. They'd been doubling over the last five years. O'Reilly But we're still talking about tripling your size every two to three Crowe Right. They've cut from high 60s down to 40. Let's be clear here 40 year over.
High school football teams join together to revamp rundown field
ON A HOMEWOOD FIELD NAMED FOR A PITTSBURGH LEGEND. HOME TO HOMEWOOD BULLDOGS YOUTH FOOTBALL, AN OLD FIELD IN NEED OF A FACELIFT A TASK THAT TAKES A TEAM EFFORT, A TEAM LIKE THE CENTRAL CATHOLIC VIKINGS WHO VOLUNTEERED THEIR SERVICES. WHAT WE DIDN'T KNOW IS THAT THE FOOTBALL TEAM WOULD BE HERE PREPPING. WHEN WE FOUND THAT OUT WE THOUGHT WHEN A GREAT IDEA. REPORTER THE WESTING HOUSE BULLDOGS ANOTHER PROUD FOOTBALL TRADITION, AND FOR THEIR ATHLETES THIS WORK TOOK ON SPECIAL MEANING I GREW UP PLAYING FOR HOMEWOOD. THIS IS GIVING ME BACK TO THE.
COMMUNITY THAT SHOWED ME FOOTBALL AND LOVE. REPORTER CAN YOU TELL WHICH ARE VIKINGS AND WHICH ARE BULLDOGS NEITHER CAN I AND THAT IS THE POINT. WE DIDN'T WANT EVERYONE TO COME UP IN THEIR GEAR. HANG OUT AND GET TO KNOW EACH OTHER AS YOUNG FOLKS. A COUPLE OF CENTRAL KIDS, A COUPLE OF BULLDOGS WORKING TOGETHER SCRAPING, SO I MEAN THEY JUST CAME TOGETHER AND THEY ARE WORKING AS A TEAM NOW. ANDREW BUILDING A BETTER FIELD ALONG WITH BUILDING NEW FRIENDSHIPS. WENDY I HEARD THAT THEY WERE REALLY GOOD AND I.
WAS EXCITED TO WORK WITH THEM. IT'S GREAT TO WORK WITH ANY FOOTBALL TEAM. I LOVE THE SPORT OF FOOTBALL AND THEY ARE A GREAT TEAM AND GREAT GUYS TO BE AROUND. ANDREW MAYBE LAYING THE FOUNDATION FOR A FUTURE ENCOUNTER ON THE FIELD MAYBE WE CAN DO OTHER COMMUNITY EVENTS AND PROJECTS. AS FAR AS MEETING ON THE FIELD, YOU KNOW, WE'LL SEE, MAYBE SOME SEVEN ON SEVEN STUFF. ANDREW YEAH, MAYBE A SPRING SCRIMMAGE. CENTRAL CATHOLIC AND WESTING HOUSE WERE DOING THE PREP WORK TODAY. MORE VOLUNTEERS WIFE SATURDAY TO.
Corrections officer in hot water after making allegations against Dunkin Donut
ONE SHOT AT THE PRINCIPAL. THE PRINCIPLE IS EXPECTED TO BE OK. MIKE A CORRECTIONS OFFICER POSTING CRITICAL COMMENTS ABOUT A LOCAL BUSINESS ON SOCIAL MEDIA. THE OFFICER WAS IN UNIFORM AND IT WAS IN THEM MORNING. FOR SOME REASON , THAT OFFICER MADE ANGRY, ONLINE POSTS THAT WENT VIRAL. IT WAS A SHOCK WHEN IT HAPPENED. THERE WAS A FACEBOOK POST BY THE OFFICER INVOLVED. REPORTER SHE CLAIMS SHE WAS REFUSED SERVICE AT THIS DUNKIN' DONUTS STORE. AND LASHED OUT ON SOCIAL MEDIA. REPORTER I HAVE FIELDED HUNDREDS OF PHONE CALLS WITH AGGRAVATED.
PEOPLE WANTING TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED. THE SHERIFF SAYS THE WHOLE THING WAS MADE UP BY THE CORRECTIONS OFFICER. HE CONCLUDED THE OFFICER WAS LESS THAN TRUTHFUL ABOUT THE TREATMENT AT THE DONUT SHOP. THE SOCIAL MEDIA TIRADE WAS AN APPROPRIATE AND THE SHERIFF MADE A PERSONAL VISIT TO THE SHOP TO APOLOGIZE. IF THERE IS A MORAL TO THIS STORY BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU SAY ON SOCIAL MEDIA BECAUSE MAYBE IT WASN'T MEANT THE WAY IT CAME OUT. IT CAN BE A VERY DANGEROUS PLACE. REPORTER THE OFFICER WALKED.
Worldclass research into renewable energy
A. Hsu The city of Indianapolis recently sent a delegation to Brazil led by the Mayor of Indianapolis, Greg Ballard. The goal of that mission is to attract investment from Brazil into an energy area. It's a business development mission. Mayor Ballard wanted to invite the Lugar Center to participate so that we can both bring our expertise with him, as well as, to show the Brazilian Companies and cities that we have worldclass research, as well as, worldclass work force in the renewable energy area. The Lugar Center of course is first known for its cuttingedge research in the renewable.
Energy area. In addition to research it also has the mission of education, public outreach, and the technology transfer. It has a role in the community to help Indiana and Indianapolis communities to achieve a transfer from a fossil fuel economy to a renewable energy economy. Brazil is a lot more advanced in terms of renewable energy applications than any other countries we have visited. For instance Brazil has over 70 of its electricity provided by hydropower and over 50 of its transportation fuel is provided by sugar cane ethanol both are renewable sources.
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