Each year we get more technologically advanced with our green industries.

As popular as green technologies seem to be, they will even become much more popular and mainstream when the performance become better and rivals the fossil fuel powered technology. When the cost of hybrid and green technologies continues to come down in overall cost, then more people will invest in green technologies that will not only help to save the environment, but will also save them money on their monthly energy and power costs.

 

1. Home Wind Turbines

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Wind turbines have become very popular with wind farms sprouting up all over the United States. Efficient wind turbines that are designed specifically for homes use are also becoming more popular. These small wind turbines have been available for many years; however the current technology makes the older models obsolete. Small wind turbines can provide the majority of all power consumption used by a home if they choose the right wind turbine and have it installed properly.

2. Electric Cars


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People everywhere (Except Brazil” are fed up with the high cost of fuel. Production cars that are full electric such as the Nissan Leaf will become even more popular. People do not like the short range (70 Miles Max for Nissan Leaf) that these cars have; however people are beginning to realize they can use electric cars around town and to commute to work without having to ever stop at the Gas Station. If you a have home wind turbine installed you can also charge your electric car for free.

3. Low Cost Solar Panels

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Solar panels have been around for many decades, but in 2013 the performance of solar panels will be at an all time high. Solar panels in 2013 will definitely be much more efficient than the solar panels that were installed on homes in the 70’s.

The cost of solar panels will also continue to go down. Many new laws have been passed that forbid homeowner associations from banning solar panel installations. Many people seem to admire aesthetics over the green functional benefits of solar panels. Current solar panels will begin to become “stylish” in 2013. This is great because perceived ascetics and the functional abilities of solar panels to preserve our environment are combined.

The ease of installing solar panels has never been easier. While it is still recommended that you have a professional solar panel installation company do the installation, it is a job that can be done by most people with basic handyman skills.

4. Electric Car “Gas Stations”


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As Electric cars become more popular there will be more charging stations built. These so called electric car “gas stations” are simply charging stations for electric cars, but the more charging stations than the more electric cars that will be sold. Imagine driving your electric car to work and then it can charge while it is parked with a curbside charger. This technology is here and it will continue to spread.

5. Wood Headphones



Many seemingly innocent products such as headphones are rarely thought of as a threat to our environment, yet that is what many products are when they are made with plastics and other man-made products that can take a serious toll on the environment. Wood headphones have emerged as an environmentally friendly alternative to plastic headphones. In 2013 you can expect to see even more headphone and earphone makers begin to sell even more wood based headphones.

6. Tap Water

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The assault on bottled water will continue into 2013 and beyond. The amount of waste that comes from disposing of plastic water bottles is immense. It is much better environmentally to use tap water and quit disposing of plastic water bottles. If you must use bottled water bottle than reuse the same bottles by filling them with tap water instead of throwing them away.

The plastic water bottles we throw away are a huge burden on landfills across the World. In addition the amount of traditional fossil fuels needed to operate the bottled water factory as well as transport the bottled water to the store is immense. Drink tap water and you help to save the environment.

7. Solar Panel Backpack


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As more and more cell phone towers are being built it is becoming much more easier for people to get cell phone reception when they are deep into the forest hiking and camping. The problem these outdoor enthusiasts now have is that they cannot charge their phones when they go dead. Solar Panel Backpacks help to fix this problem. The solar panels embedded onto the back of the backpack allow your cell phones to charge while you are out hiking. If you set-up camp you can still charge your cell phone by simply placing the pack in sunlight. While this technology is far from perfect, it is a huge advancement for green technology.

8. LED Grow Lights

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People who grow plants and crops in a greenhouse or at home in a closet have traditionally paid a lot of money for energy. Their monthly electric bill has become very expensive. LED grow lights have been around for many years. Although LED grow lights did not work as well as traditional grow lights, the power consumption was far less. Today’s top LED grow lights work flawlessly and will not add a huge spike to your monthly electric bill from the power company.

9. Hybrid Cars


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Hybrid cars such as the Toyota Prius are becoming more common. No longer does a Hybrid car look different. Today’s hybrid cars look like regular cars and help to bridge the gap between using too many fossil fuels and fully electric cars that are severely limited on their mileage range. With today’s hybrid cars you can drive around town without using fossil fuels, and then when you need to drive farther the car can still do it without limiting you to 70 miles.

10. Commercial Wind Farms


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The number of commercial wind farms is continuing to rise each year. The benefits of this green technology are immense. Many farmers and landowners have found an additional avenue of income by leasing parts of their land to allow for wind turbines to be installed. A farmer continues to farm his land as he always has; however now he drives his tractor underneath the massive blades of the huge wind turbines.

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