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This column has useful links that help groups, individuals and teams save Energy $ / kWh.

Note: To save energy there must be a baseline metric to show where you are today with your carbon foot-print.

To motivate lower energy use, Go to the “Register” link below with your Electric bill and enter your data in this FREE database so you and your family / employees can see the results of their efforts to reduce energy consumption.

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A simple 3 step process guides occupants in the Steps / metrics needed to save energy $/ kWh.

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All of these entities deserve your support and patronage as they have clearly shown how a true commitment to energy savings is good for the environment, business, membership and ongoing client retention – Visit their websites today (below)

Airlie Center (LEED)

Barrel Oak Winery

Brookside Communities

Caretakers Of God's Creation

Chestnut Forks

EarthCraft House(VA)

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Fauquier Chamber of Commerce

Fauquier County Government

Fauquier County Schools (LEED)

Fauquier Livestock Exchange


Great Harvest Bread Co

Highland School (LEED)


Jesse Straight Pastured Poultry

Pearmund Cellars

Piedmont Internal Medicine

Poplar Springs

Red Truck Bakery


The Fauquier Bank

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Vint Hill

Vint Hill EDA

Vint Hill Winery

Windy Hill Foundation


Solar energy—power from the sun—is a vast and inexhaustible resource. Just 20 days of sunshine contains more energy than the world’s entire supply of coal, oil, and natural gas. There are several technologies used to convert the sun's light energy into electricity, including solar collectors and photovoltaic panels.

Direct solar heating allows the light energy to heat a house through transparent windows or to heat a mass of water which can then be circulated to heat the home.

Photovoltaics (solar cells) transfer the light energy into electrical energy by the use of solar panels. You may have seen these panels attached to the roof of a house. Satellites use solar panels for their power needs.

Thermal electric energy uses a huge parabolic mirror to reflect and focus sun light. This reflected light energy can then be used to heat water to create steam which can be used to drive a turbine to produce electricity just like in a conventional power plant. Areas like the southwest United States where the sun shines most of the time and temperatures are seldom very low are the best candidates to use solar energy.

Over the years the efficiencies of solar cells, which in 2013 are still not very high, have been increasing. As these efficiencies improve, solar energy will become increasingly competitive as an energy resource.

One way most of us can immediately begin using solar energy is to replace our battery powered calculators with a solar calculator. That eliminates the need to ever buy calculator batteries, saves energy and eliminates the pollution associated with disposing those calculator batteries.

Reference: Franklin Institute

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