Amazing Green Trends to Watch For 2011 – by Eric Carlson
As 2010 comes to a close and 2011 begins there are some definite trends and changes that you are going to want to keep an eye on in the coming year. With most media companies focusing their attention on new gadgets and technologies that are hitting the market in the New Year, there are others that are quietly taking hold behind the scenes that are making huge impacts in our lives. While green technology may be mainstream in the media right now, the work and advancements that are happening are left by the wayside, and these changes are happening in unlikely places such as satellite TV networks and the manufacturing hub of the world.
- Changing The Face Of Power
Over the last year there have been some huge improvements and breakthroughs in the areas of solar power. While this may seem to be trivial to you, think for a moment what this means to your wallet. Traditional power sources such as coal and oil are depleting and though we are in no danger of running out right now, the prices only keep rising. The cost of mining, then producing the power from the resources is getting astronomical and that cost is passed on to us as a consumer. Now what if there was a way to produce large amounts of power for a fraction of the cost that it takes to produce power from coal or oil? That would mean a huge reduction in the costs for the consumer, both in the energy and the service. While nuclear power was supposed to be the power alternative it has proven to be just as expensive if not more so, albeit cleaner energy. This brings us to the huge advances that have been made in solar power. You may have noticed that there are solar panels going up everywhere from peoples roofs to farmers fields. These solar panels are taking them off the grid partially if not completely and providing cheap clean energy. This is just the beginning of the advances in this form of energy and is something to keep an eye on.
- Technological Efficient Upgrades
With this green imitative has come some interesting tends that are helping to reduce the use of energy by making our lives more efficient. Imagine your fridge sending you a message telling you what you need to pick up on the way home from work, so that you don¡¯t have to waste the time and energy later to go out again and get it. While the technology is not completely there right now it is getting there.
Ford has started with the SYNC service in its new cars, which incorporates music, news, weather, GPS, hands free cell phone, and many other features built into one unit in the vehicle. While this may just seem to be a convenience, think about it this way, you will not need to purchase a GPS unit, which saves you money and reduces the amount of resources used in producing that unit. The GPS and weather service, along with the traffic alert service, will help to get you where you need to go in a timely fashion, meaning you are on the road less, burning less gas and helping the environment as well as your wallet at the same time.
- Manufacturing Going Green
The manufacturing hub of the world is going green both in the processes they use in development and the technologies they produce. We are of course talking about China. Being the manufacturing hub of the world has given them an interesting advantage in the green market. They get to implement the technology first hand and lead the way. Also they are making huge advances in the green energy field as well, as they have a high population and not a lot of space to put everyone.
Investing In Tomorrow
With green technology and energy taking off, there have already been some huge investments made, but there needs to be more. Many companies around the world and specifically America have been calling for substantial investments to be made now for tomorrow. Such investors and advocates include Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, and Bank of America Chairman, Chad Holiday. Only with the investments now can we change the face of the world tomorrow.
- Taking Transportation Green
You may or may not remember the electric car. It was a big sensation when it was first introduced years ago, and was also quite the controversy. It faded from media coverage as well as production after only a few years for many different reasons. It has started to make a comeback though and looks like the innovations in the technology are making waves as well. With the Chevy Volt and the Nissan Leaf taking hold in the American market, the rise of the electric car is in motion.
Analysts predict that within a few years as electric transportation develops that most of our public transportation will also make the switch and thus become a cheaper solution to commuting to and from work.
- Changing The Grid
With the advent of green energy, the grids that transport our power have undergone some major overhauls recently. These improvements have not only upgraded the system, allowing for a better distribution of power, but also made them more efficient. These changes are further proof of the advancement in green technology.
- Green Entertainment
At last count there were enough televisions in the United States to put 3 televisions in every persons home and still have a surplus. This is a staggering number when you consider the population of the United States. Television is mainstream entertainment for everyone and everything about it uses an immense amount of energy. From the production of a movie or show, to the distribution and the final viewing of that show, the drain on our power systems continues to rise. There have been many advancements in the technology that the networks and satellite distributers have made that have lowered the energy needed and changes continue to be made all the time.
These are only a few things you are going to want to keep your eye on. With 2011 only just begun, there are sure to be many breakthroughs and great technologies that come onto the market.
About the Author
Eric Carlson is the Publisher of WatchTVOnMyComputerToday.com. He lives in San Francisco, CA with his family. He is passionate about everything to do with satellite TV providers and can often be found discussing the different changes and advancements that the Satellite TV network has to offer. Keep your browser turned towards his blog for an interesting and fresh perspective on the world of satellite TV.