Friday, April 23, 2010

Alabama Environmental Info

I started researching today for good environmental news in Alabama, but I'm not finding a lot. There are places that recycle basic metals, but it's more difficult to find places to handle the other stuff.
I found a place that recycles lead batteries for cars, boats and other vehicles, but it's in Troy, Alabama which is four hours away.
I'm not saying there are not places closer, but if there are, I have not found them yet. Working on this site will be rewarding I think. I've always tried to be earth friendly, even though we still throw a lot of stuff in the landfill.
My friend Bobbye gave me a good idea for recycling newsprint. She said I should use it for mulch around our garden. That's a good idea that I will implement, but still, we go through a lot of news print.
I can't find the first place that sells solar or wind equipment here locally. I admit that wind would probably not be cost effective except during tornadoes and then you could generate enough power to light up Alabama for a week.
Solar on the other hand I think would work. We get a lot of sun here. I'm not sure what the break even point is for solar panels, but it would really be cool to sell power back to Alabama Power on these hot days instead of my meter spinning like a top.
Anyhow, I won't bore you folks to tears, but I did want to let you know what I'm working on in my spare time.

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