How to go solar without breaking the bank

Solar panel financing

Some people hear the words, “go solar” and picture their savings account wiped clean. Sure, you can still purchase a sweet new 5-kilowatt solar system for $50,000 if you have the means. But a number of start-up operations have opened the doors to other modes of financing. Indeed, they have made solar affordable to the masses.

Hank D and the Bee: Solar + Wind = ____

Hank D and the Bee: Solar+Wind=____

What do you get when you add solar power and wind energy together? A good time and a cleaner future.

Staying lean and green at a pedal-powered gym

Green Revolutions alternative energy generating bikes

How cool would it be if you could power a building from biking? One NYC gym uses its stationary bikes to keep its lights on. The electricity generated by the bikes goes back into the gym’s power grid and, over the course of a month, one room of Spinner bikes generates about 300 kilowatts – enough to light a typical home for half a year.

5 green inventions that are poised to go viral

Green Box pizza box

There are so many cool eco-friendly inventions out there just waiting for their turn to go viral. Most of them won’t, but a few will catch on and spread like wildfire. Brilliant inventions don’t have to be super-high-tech, they just have to change life as we know it…and 1 of these 5 inventions just may.

Hank D and the Bee: Mothers “no” best

Hank D and the Bee: Mothers "no" best

Have you ever wondered how easy it would be to generate your own renewable energy at home? There are kits for installing your own solar pv system, wind turbines, biodiesel, and more…but poor Hank D’s mom thinks she “no’s” best.

Solar-powered Death Star brainstorming session

Solar-powered Death Star

What? Tyrant Jedi dictators can’t live greener too? You know we’re all about inclusivity around here at Eco-Snobbery Sucks. After those pesky rebel scum destroyed the Death Star for the second time, the remaining Storm Troopers pitched their idea to take the new and improved battle station off the grid. I’m assuming their pitch to […]

Did Obama double talk the State of the Union?

2011 state of the union environment and energy

The environment wasn’t the focus of the 2011 State of the Union address, but it sure wasn’t absent either…though several key words were. But does the verbiage really matter? Check out the eco-talking points on clean energy, green jobs, and alternative fuel from this year’s State of the Union.

The Republican triple threat

The Republican triple threat

What do you think? Are republicans the problem as this satirical cartoon suggests by illustrating that big coal, agricultural, and pharmaceutical companies are behind conservative legislation? How about democrats? Is one group solely responsible for all of the poor legislation in the U.S.?

Base jumping from giant wind turbines [VIDEO]

Wind turbine base jumping

If wind farms don’t end up panning out in terms of significant energy production, at least the giant turbines make great base jumping platforms. Enjoy this crazy video in preparation for an upcoming series that will take an in-depth and honest look at our energy sources.

Would you pay $920 for solar-powered cargo pants?

Sivr Lining solar-powered cargo pants

I’m going to go ahead and file this one under WTF?! Solar energy is awesome, and there are definitely some pretty nifty and affordable ways to harness the sun’s energy to charge your phone, iPod, or any other small electronic while you’re out and about…but I’m not sure this is one of them.