Sunday, July 06, 2008


Ecogeek The state of Hawaii has become the first in North America to require solar water heaters in new homes. The bill prohibits issuing building permits for single-family homes that do not have solar water heaters. . . Conventional water heaters are typically the largest electricity consumer in the average household, gobbling up nearly 40% of consumption. . . Not surprisingly, builders and developers were against the bill, saying it would add too much to the cost of new home constructions. But surprisingly, another opponent was the Hawaii Solar Energy Association. Last April, in a story in the Star Bulletin, Ron Richmond, with the association, said the new legislation would cost homebuyers about $2,100 more to have the solar water heaters installed. The average solar water heater, according to the article, currently costs about $5,250, before rebates.

The orangutan could go extinct according to a study of their two remaining homelands, two islands in Indonesia and Malaysia. The populations have declined 10-14 percent since 2004. There are about 56,000 left.