Finger Licking Good Ideas Fuel our Future by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D. Ok, I admit it - I love the smell of frying chicken. Do you recall how you felt as a child when you got home to your family dinner, and walked into the kitchen to be greeted by that smell, and told to …

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 Competition Causes Conservation  by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D. When I think about what we need to satisfy our society’s basic needs, water is at the top of my list. Not only do we need it to drink, and raise food, and water our lawns, it is a key ingredient to keeping our current electrical generation system …

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Brighter Days Ahead for U.S. Energy Supplies by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D. There are several reasons for optimism about our energy situation as we kick off 2012. Americans have been fearful of a repeat of fuel shortages and economic disruptions ever since the 1970s, when Arab nations cut off oil supplies. And there has been …

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Investing in Energy Savings by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D. One of the largest contributors to making a community poor is to spend big dollars on energy created elsewhere. A dollar spent on coal or oil or natural gas leaves the neighborhood forever and therefore cannot pay for local labor or local services — an exported …

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"Magic Machine" has Many Benefits by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D. Imagine a magic machine that replaces old equipment for very low cost and then puts money in the owner’s pocket for decades to come. Imagine that this same machine could lower the cost of groceries at the supermarket, clothes at the mall, education for your …

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School System Makes "Bio" Gas for its Bus Fleet by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D. The Gaston County school system in North Carolina has developed a program to generate biodiesel for its bus fleet.  This program converts enough waste vegetable oil from the school cafeteria and other sources to fuel all of its buses.  By converting …

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Students Show Blue Ribbon Companies How to Save $89 Million   Climate Corps has found ways for corporations to save $89 million in operational cost while avoid producing over 157,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions by investing in projects which pay back the original investment within 5 years. This is done by using interns on …

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Roundabouts Beat Stop Lights, Reduce Air Pollution 20-30%... by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D. Using “Roundabouts” instead of traffic lights or stop signs has been documented to save as much as 20 and 30% of fuel consumed at these intersections, with corresponding declines in solid and particulate pollutants. [1] One study in Vermont indicated that the …

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Residential Energy Conservation Loan Programs.  The electric utility loans money to the consumer, who buys energy saving home improvements, lowers the electric bill, and pays the loan back in the electric bill.  The consumer gets a home improvement for no out of pocket expense, the utility does not have to build new generating capacity, and …

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