Provide a series of videos, short , easy to watch, packed with information, and appealing enough to share and generate interest.
Each needs to provide REAL solutions to the average person to help them find ways to reduce their dependence on oil, electricity and help the environment.
Need a dedicated team to come up with interesting content, factual information, filming talent, and on screen talent.
A stepping stone to a full television series on either a major network, or a Discovery Communications channel, such as Planet Green
Discuss issues that are important, and can make a big difference, but that seem to not be getting enough attention and discussion
We will basically be a research and reporting service to the consumer and hopefully gain the attention of business and government at the same time for being a think tank that is providing real solutions.
Ultimate goal is to make a difference in reducing dependence on foreign oil, helping the environment, and boosting the US economy.
Why a Web and/or TV Series?
The premise works on the fact that the technologies, vehicles, and advancements are in fact really interesting $h1t!
In Florida it is more to off set air conditioning use 10 months of the year. Double that for a 14 SEER AC to remove that heat. Shoot a 100w bulb with a temperature gun
Porch lights or anything over 4 hours a day? Essential!! If you can only do one, do the light that’s on the most!
Oh and CFL’s last over 4 years on average, versus 6 months for Incandescents
So how much total on 12 bulbs which cost $20 to buy? – will save $12 a year on lightbulbs, $100 a year in lighting electricity and $150 on additional air conditioning. So in 4 years that’s over a thousand dollars!!
Over $20 a month. They pay for themselves the first month!!
What can I do with my old incandescents before they burn out? Save them. Use them in Attics and closets that get turned on less than an hour a month.
Australia has made incandescent bulbs illegal, and America will too by 2014!
Explain that Radioactive coal ash may be leaking into Orange County drinking water. Each bulb you change saves some coal ash from making it into this pile (at the site in eastern orange county. The #1 most polluting coal plant in the US according to EPA data. (Sue Sturgis report of Southern Studies)
Episode 2Electric Car Smackdown
Explain the difference between the different types of electric cars on the market right now.
Most important to the consumer though….price.
Gas has risen from under a dollar a gallon in 1999 to over $4.00 this year. That’s a 12 percent increase per year. Following that pattern, although gas may not stay there, it is possible we will see spikes in the $10 a gallon range this decade.
Why do gas prices rise?Supply and Demand, and there really being no other alternative. If gas went to $16 a gallon by 2016, what would you do?
With an ever tight growing market globally, supply disruptions from terrorism will cause unbelievable price spikes overnight.
Major Appliances like AC, water heater, microwave, washer/dryer
Break down a power bill into a pie chart by appliance
Show how long you would have to pedal a generator bike to power an item for 1 minute, run inverter to run an item for 1 minute, then have the model pedal the bike generator to recharge what was used. Start small then start using the bigger power items. For instance, she will have to bike for 30 minutes to run the air conditioner for 1 minute. Bike for only 10 seconds to power a CFL for 1 minute. Bike for 45 seconds to power an incandescent for a minute etc.
Test battery voltage before/after to determine recharge amount.
Teaser – Next episode we’ll show you how to build a generator bike and power your home!
Focus on Air Conditioning
Least efficient time to use AC? When it’s hottest out. i.e. 4-6 PM
AC vs. Ceiling fan use. Could run a ceiling fan all day and use less energy than the AC for 15 min.
Yet Ceiling fan can make you feel 6 degrees cooler. An AC running from 1-7 pm will not lower temp by 6 degrees.
Make a game: Water heater energy is measured for one week before hand at 4 hosts houses.
Challenge, who can reduce it the most using the tips here.
Winner gets a luxury low flow shower head, and everyone gets eco detergent that says cold wash special detergent!
Episode 29Solar Hot Water
Join in on an install with Jonathan Winfrey and Dioko on a Solar Thermal installation.
Solar thermal is more efficient than a photovoltaic setup by a factor of 3-4 as far as efficiency. Especially in Florida.
Florida freezing is not an issue, so dual system coolants are not necessary (reducing cost)
Natural gas is more efficient than electrical resistance heating, yet most Florida homes don’t have a natural gas water heater, meaning they have the biggest opportunity for payback for 3 reasons:
Episode 30Carbon Neutral trip to the Nations Capital
No….not Powershift. (This time)
This trip will be with 4 GFE/IDEAS Activists to meet with congressmen working on Green legislation, government agencies that deal with energy or the environment, and meet with leaders of the as many of the organizations we can who focus on these issues and have headquarters in Washington, D.C. - Some we may try to meet with are:
Go over the best places in the US to have home wind power: Plains, coast, lakes, mid-west corridor, etc.
Do a self install at the Lake Jessamine house. Plenty of wind off the lake for sure!
Episode 53Let’s Talk Solar!
Solar panels can pay for themselves in 3-8 years, why aren’t the more in use?
Federal and state tax credits up to 70% off photovoltaic systems!
Rooftop solar keeps direct sun off your physical roof, lowering the amount of heat your air conditioner has to work
Can provide power security in the event of outages.
Can sell back to the grid it times of peak use to actually make money
Do an install and determine costs, payback times and how it works.
Perhaps work with Dicor solar on this project.
Episode 54Geothermal Heating and Cooling
The most efficient method of heating and cooling.
Most systems pay for themselves in 2-8 years, with the systems close to a body of water having the least installation cost and also the biggest gains.
Talk about the types of systems and how they are done
Get a geothermal heat pump manufacturer to give a discount on a system we will install and feature on an episode.
After it is running show the watts used with this system compared to another home and calculate the monthly savings
Go over energy tax credits and incentives by utilities and the government.
If we view this as a whole, it may seem overwhelming
Plan: Let’s start with just one. CFL lighting. Let’s make it the best we can, and then see how we feel about moving forward.
If done well it will get shared, blogged, and talked about. Then the goal is to make the next one even better.
If we keep that mentality, this project will make a huge difference with a lot of people and continue to grow
Data and Research on individual vehicles to follow:
Specifically vehicles that are interesting, offer alternative energy, or superior gas mileage.
These will be vehicles we will like to test and feature in specific episodes
Motorcycles and Scooters
These are vehicles we should use to help provide current alternatives to gas guzzlers
We should attempt to have these vehicles donated long term to do a thorough review and help them appear in each episode to help provide awareness for the companies that make them and show how they are practical for consumers today
It’s quite silly actually why people feel they NEED a car when a motorcycle or scooter would satisfy 95% or more of their commuting needs.
I don’t think we will get Americans to sell their cars in mass droves and buy motorcycles, but perhaps we can get them to buy a slightly less expensive car, and use the extra cash to buy a motorcycle or scooter, where they will save many times over in gas how much the scooter cost.
Someone just needs to make the suggestion that it is the right thing to do, and help make it trendy. As well as do the research and make recommendations on what they should get
The new 2012 Fiat 500c with state-of-the-art eco:Drive™ Application demonstrates that an automaker’s environmental responsibility should not stop when the car leaves the production line but rather extend into the actual way customers drive their cars.
Fiat’s eco:Drive Application collects all necessary data relating to vehicle efficiency and, through the BLUE&ME™ USB port, transmits it on to any USB memory stick. Once the driver plugs the memory stick into his or her personal computer, the system presents the driver with the Fiat 500c’s detailed environmental performance, including the CO2 emission level for each trip. In addition, FIAT’s eco:Drive Application analyzes the driver’s style and provides recommendations on how to modify his or her driving style to help reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
Originated in Europe, Fiat’s eco:Drive Application has encouraged drivers to set challenges – CO2 reduction targets for specific journeys or over a set period of time. And as part of a global “eco:Ville” community, the system encourages all drivers to come together and pool their fuel and emissions savings to illustrate how many drivers’ individual contributions help the greater good.
35 mpg vs 16 mpg? More than Double! But it’s better than that. On average police cars get 11 mpg because they sit and idle so much. A hybrid doesn’t use gas at “idle”, so In fact you would save 3 times as much fuel!
High annual mileage vehicles first! Taxi’s, postal vehicles, police cars, delivery vehicles
CNG Hybrid school and city busses. Cleaner, airport shuttle busses. Any vehicle which is in use more than 4 hours a day. Some are in use 12 -18 hours a day. Focus on these first. UPS/Fex Ex trucks, stop and go mail delivery trucks etc…
Fastest American car currently in production except the Chevy Corvette
They need a way to gain interest in their product. The TV show in Orlando with Pro wakeskaters and wakeboarders is the perfect match.
One of the best ideas to gain interest in electric vehicle technology because it is interesting and not mainstream!
Will gain interest of many eco blogs and websites out there and make a name for Nautique and the same time.
Perfect for Lake Jessamine. Charge with solar!
Instead of “fat sacks” extra lead acid batteries to extend range and add wake!!! Brilliant!! We could help Nautique with real world testing and improvements with our knowledge of electrical engineering and electric vehicles.
People to Interview
These people are the best of the best in the industry
Talking to them will get the facts, and others will be interested in hearing what they have to say.
Also speaking to some of these people will let others in the field know we are for real and encourage them to speak as well.
It may be a chicken an egg to start, but will snowball once it gets rolling.
Former CIA Director
Knows more than anyone how dangerous our dependence on foreign oil is.
Part of Set America Free and the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security
The first to write about the importance of energy sustainability in the mid 1970’s.
Head of the Rocky Mountain Institute in Colorado
Can be scheduled as a university speaker through ISB on campus
Can do an exchange, we do a story on him, and he can do a story on us.
Basically the man to talk to
American author, blogger, physicist and climate expert who concentrates on methods of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and global warming and increasing energy security through energy efficiency, green energy technologies and green transportation technologies
Runs the best climate change blog on the web: Climate Progress
A materials scientist, engineer, and Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay graduate who formally ran the Environmental Energy Technologies Division at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where he was also deputy director of LBNL as well as professor of mechanical engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. He was nominated to be the first director of the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) and appointed to that position in September 2009. This position has been dubbed America's "Green Czar."
Arun is a leading scientist is the fields of thermoelectric materials, heat and mass transfer, thermal management, and waste heat recovery. He has published several hundred papers, patents, and conference proceedings, and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
Author of a new book coming out he will want to promote this fall called “The End of Growth”
President of the Center for American Progress in Washington DC.
Former White House Chief of Staff under Bill Clinton from 1998 to 2001
Had a key role in introducing Executive Order 12958 which led to an unprecedented effort to declassify millions of pages from the U.S. diplomatic and national security history
In 2008, published “The Power of Progress: How America's Progressives Can (Once Again) Save Our Economy, Our Climate, and Our Country”
Wants people to drive a Nissan Leaf and then talk about it
Has been very willing to be public with film and internet TV ventures to speak with them about the Leaf
Would be very willing to get us a Leaf and then talk to us about it on a TV show
Brilliant ideas and insight into the future of cars and energy
Dr. David Greene
Greene is internationally known as a transportation energy expert. He has written many authoritative and influential studies on topics such as alternative fuels, oil dependence, energy transitions and vehicle fuel economy.
Greene is a senior research staff member for the Center of Transportation Analysis with Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Energy Division. His work applies interdisciplinary research findings to national transportation energy and environmental policy.
Greene was a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Research Council, and has been designated as a lifetime associate of the National Academies.
One of the biggest concerns for them is dependence on foreign oil and the environment
The Union of Concerned Scientists is the leading science-based nonprofit working for a healthy environment and a safer world. UCS combines independent scientific research and citizen action to develop innovative, practical solutions and to secure responsible changes in government policy, corporate practices, and consumer choices.
Institute for the Analysis of Global Security
Non-profit center in Washington DC focusing on energy security
Projects include Mobility Choice and the Set America Free Coalition
Set America Free
Also known as Citizens for Energy Freedom
Encourages the production of all vehicles to be flex fuel vehicles
Would allow the use of domestically produced ethanol or methanol of any percentage if there was a crisis.
Founding members Anne Korin and James Woolsey
The mission of OurEnergyPolicy.org is to facilitate substantive, responsible public dialogue on energy policy issues, and make that dialogue available as a resource to the American people, policymakers, and the media.
The Alliance to Save Energy is a nonprofit coalition of prominent business, government, environmental and consumer leaders who promote the efficient and clean use of energy worldwide to benefit the environment, the economy and national security.
in 1977, the Alliance was established on the heels of the energy crisis sparked by the OPEC oil embargo and its aftermath.
American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy
“Dedicated to advancing energy efficiency as a means of promoting economic prosperity, energy security, and environmental protection.”
Founded ClimateProgress.org in 2005 as a method of media
Building on the achievements of progressive pioneers such as Teddy Roosevelt and Martin Luther King, our work addresses 21st-century challenges such as energy, national security, economic growth and opportunity, immigration, education, and health care.
We develop new policy ideas, critique the policy that stems from conservative values, and challenge the media to cover the issues that truly matter and shape the national debate.
A Pilot should be brought directly to CAP for assistance in expansion.
Plug In America
Plug In America drives change. We accelerate the shift to plug-in vehicles powered by clean, affordable, domestic electricity to reduce our nation's dependence on petroleum and improve the global environment.
Plug In America is a coalition of RAV4-EV drivers, former lessees of Honda EV+, GM EV1, Ford Ranger and Ford Th!nk City electric cars, and advocates of energy independence and clean air. Prior to 2008, we functioned as a loose network of individuals organized around various websites like dontcrush.com and saveEV1.com. We then coalesced into a chapter of the Electric Auto Association. On January 2, 2008, Plug In America became a separate California non-profit corporation. On August 18, 2008, we became an official 501(c)(3) public charity!
Post Carbon Institute
Post Carbon Institute (PCI) is a non profit think tank which provides information and analysis on emerging responses and strategies to climate change, energy scarcity, overconsumption, economics and other issues related to sustainability and long term social resilience. Post Carbon's Fellows specialize in various fields related to the organization's mission, such as fossil fuels, food, water, and population.
Center for Resource Solutions
A nonprofit based in the Presidio in San Francisco, CA that works to promote the retail renewable energy market in the United States by developing consumer-protection programs in renewable energy, greenhouse gas reductions, and energy efficiency.
More Electric Bikes, Electric Scooters and more to test and feature in episodes
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