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It’s tough to have a conscience! If you’re trying to live in a way that is sustainable and ethical, you can sometimes end up facing some tough decisions. If you haven’t faced them yet, this should get you thinking and asking yourself the hard questions.

China appears to realize it has a problem on the energy front. It has aggressively been looking into renewable energy. From hydropower projects like the Three Gorges Dam to solar and wind power, the country has taken an aggressive planning stance. Now comes news China will invest 5.8 BILLION dollars in alternative energy platforms. China is primarily focusing on wind and hydropower projects.

Wood is a renewable source, however you need to be careful what type of wood you choose. Hard wood tress such as oak take a very long time to grow and do not grow again once they have been cut down. This makes these types of wood inappropriate to use because it is unsustainable. Pine on the other hand is fast growing and makes a good, durable wood. Pine is very much sustainable. Another type of wood that is catching on around the world is that from bamboo. This doesn’t’ take very long to grow and keeps growing even once cut down. One plant can keep on producing wood for decades. Because there is just a couple of years needed for bamboo to grow to a good size it offers total sustainability. Bamboo flooring is extremely durable and hard wearing too and requires little maintenance.

Photons (energy that light produces) are captured from the sun. Crystalline silicone cells conduct the electric current. Voltage generated by this can then be harnessed for storage in batteries for future use or be harnessed for direct use by connecting it to the home or building requiring power.

The fly-fishing themed film, “A River Runs Through It” was filmed in 1992. The story takes place in Missoula, Montana, and the bulk of the filming occurred on the Gallatin and Madison rivers, near Bozeman.

These designs are readily available online from specialist web sites and the pieces of equipment are available from DIY or hobbyist stores. Once you have made your green energy resources, they are practically maintenance free, although you may have to top up the batteries with sulphuric acid or distilled water.

For wind power, they would need to put together a wind turbine, which they found could be acquired for not a lot of money, but Tom felt the solar energy kit should be purchased first. With the wind turbine, they could get a generator and attach the turbine to it and use both as a back up power source to their appliances.

Naturally, if you live near a large city (we’re talking pollution here), you don’t want to use a cistern for your drinking water. Also if you collect water from your gutters, then you’ll want a clay or metal roof rather than a shingled one for cleaner water. But if you’re in an area where you get a lot of rain, this is a viable option for collecting water for bathing, laundry, watering your garden and even cooking and drinking – provided you have a filter system for your drinking water.