Saturday, October 3, 2009

VINYL DESIGNS, INC, Sacramento's Window and Siding Company, Helps It's Customers Scam Sacramento County, City and Surrounding Cities, Out Of Ten's Of Thousands In Unpaid Building Permits

Green Earl Exposes Big Sacramento Building Permit Scam, A Dangerous
Policy of Deception, that could cost someone their life. But for sure,
in these hard financial times, are costing the cities of Sacramento
and Sacramento County tens of thousands in unpaid permit fees and unordered inspections._Green Earl

Solar, Wind, Bio, Energy News And Commentary By_Green Earl, 30 year Pioneer In Conservation & Solar Energy

Please let me make this clear, I am only singling out Vinyl
Designs, Inc, because as the form above proves, I have had
first hand knowledge of this policy being in force at their
operations. I'm sure others in similar businesses are
doing the same, and loses to the county and cities of Sac.
must run in the tens of thousands, over the years, perhaps
even more.

Before I exposed this permit policy, I almost contacted each
building and safety department, actually made a list, asking
if their city offered any whistle blower fees for exposing
this scam, because if these BUILDING PERMIT WAIVERS are legal,
and I think you'll agree with me after I explain why and how
they are used, I'd be very surprised.

If you read through such an agreement, and I encourage you to
read this one completely, if you hold a position at any building
and safety department of any California city or any other city
in the nation. What you read seems to be a pretty straight
forward document and notification to the customer. Hell the
document even says Vinyl Designs, Inc encourages all homeowners to obtain all permits required to complete the
work contracted.

But it is a lie. More on what is and what is not being told the
customer below.

Let me make this clear, Vinyl Windows, Vinyl Siding, Patio Covers
and Fiber Stucco Coatings, like TEX-Cote, and Entry or Patio
Doors are a big profitable businesses across the United States
and Canada, and no doubt around the world, in developed countries.

There is more than enough profit from a $8,000 to $10,000 vinyl
window job to do the job right and pull a permit to see that safety
issues of the homeowner are protected and have been addressed.

So the question is, IF like I say, a possible dangerous situation
exist, and most homeowners would not even realize it, and the
contractor is so aware of that situation that he mentions it in
the Permit Waiver, yet goes a head and installs the job without
making the necessary alterations, required by law and most
building and safety departments of any city, and does this
without pulling permit or inspection, would you say that is
careless, unforgivable, illegal or just a total disregard for
the homeowners and their families safety? Or all the above?

I say all of the above and more, if someone has actually died
because of these policies, or does, after they are made public,
they should, and no doubt would, become a criminal matter too.

Let me make it clear right here and now, I have no love lost for
city building department permit and inspection processes, been
there, done that, but they are not called Building And Safety
Departments for nothing. They actually do serve a purpose, but
I am suggesting, it's time they realize what's going on, and if
they already know, then it's time they start addressing this,
because someone could die in a fire, and it is likely it would
be a small child, and it could all be fixed at the time of the
new window install, and if the contractor does not have enough
pride in the job they do to address it, then it's the city and
counties job, (maybe even the states) to see that it is addressed.

So I have posted above enough information that most building
departments worth their salt, can understand what's happening
out there in the field and how the contractors are getting away
with it.

For the sake of my readers and blog visitors, I will add to this
post and add more details so that they fully understand the
reasons I say, this is a potentially deadly combination for any
customer doing work with any contractor who Waives The Building
Permit Process and helps or even encourages (In spite of what
the BUILDING PERMIT WAIVER agreement says at the top of this
article) helps encourage the customer, not to pull a permit or
not to have a safety inspection, at all.

You read it first, from a customers point of view, then come
back soon and I'll have the WAIVER interpreted for you by then

Thanks For The Visit_Green Earl

Ok, I'm back as promised. Let me include another link to the
Waiver above for you to view, as I go through it with you or
just open another browser so you can follow along with me. just copy and paste.

Someone once said your imagination is usually far worse than the
actual happening. But this Building Permit Waiver has the
customer imagining very bad things happening to them when the
big, bad, building inspector comes to inspect their window,
siding or patio cover job. Who wants building and safety depart
poking around their property, discovering that illegal addition,
shed, (usually legal) out buildings and other potential problems?

Why do you hire a contractor anyway? So that you can rest
assured the job will be done right, within all codes and
restrictions, so that any future liability that might arise
is hopefully addressed.

Then why would you ever agree such a BUILDING PERMIT WAIVER?
I mean if your families safety, your home and your integrity
don't matter, now or at resale perhaps, why not just do the
dang job yourself.

So here we go....First
Paragraph: Vinyl Designs Inc, wants you to release them
from ALL responsibility to obtain any and all BUILDING
Why would
you want to release them, they're the contractor, shouldn't
their work and pay upon completion be releasing you from
All responsibility?

So your going to take on
the responsibility for this licensed, bonded, insured and
trained, certified, award winning contractor, your going
to take over their permit processing department and pull
a permit for them, on your job? Isn't that part of the
work, your hiring them for?

Next line: Here's the crime taking place, ok my choice
of words, Vinyl
Designs, Inc will install all windows as per existing
openings. You the homeowner have been made aware of all
egress (should say ingress and egress)restrictions and

Your agreeing "you've
been notified, of all egress codes and restrictions",
but have you really been? Example, Mr Lane: When your
home was built, in the sixties, the code allowed the
bedroom windows to be only 24" inches high and a xox
window like yours to be in three pieces of only 24"
each, the windows today do not meet new building codes
and restrictions because they are located so high up
the wall and so small of opening that you, your wife,
and for sure your children would find it difficult to
even reach the opening, let alone exit the room through
them in event of a fire, also help from the outside,
your neighbors or even firemen would also have trouble
reaching them.

Now please if you would, sign this waiver, admitting
that your too damned cheap to give a damned about your
family and we are admitting to you in writing that all
we care about is slamming in your windows and getting paid
and moving on to the next job, to worry about your kids
burning alive, trapped in a fire, while you watch.

Well would you sign it?, if it was explained honestly to
you, that way, or would you see that the company pulls a
permit and expands the window opening, to code, so that
your family or the family after you don't ever get trapped
in such a spot? Because I'll tell you for damned sure, the
building and safety department of your county or city will
make that contractor lower and expand that window opening
and assure the safety of your family, if a permit is pulled.

Vinyl Designs Inc knows it, and every window contractor
out their knows it. The only ones that do not, are their

For this to be an honest document, one that might actually
stand up in a wrongful death suit, or manslaughter charge,
I, and I'm far from an attorney, but I believe, it would
almost have to be explained, in the document, that clearly.

All I'm saying, before anyone is asked, legally to sign
away their rights, they should have to be told exactly what
rights their giving up.

That is why I say, If documents like these are legal they
should not be, they should be outlawed right now. The fact
that anyone would encourage such a document to be signed
is exactly why permits are needed and should be required
on ALL window replacement, Vinyl Siding,Tex-Cote stucco
sealing jobs and Patio covers.

Roofers are required to pull permits and many times are
required to actually rip off existing roofs, when this
might not always be the best thing for the roof, but at
least the roof can be inspected for dry rot and other
potential structural problems down the road. Many of
these older homes have entire walls of glass, sometimes
around patio doors. Wouldn't you as a customer want to
be assured that those walls of glass are replaced and
replaced with tempered glass? instead of maybe just
double-strength, I mean if your grandchild rides through
a 7 foot high window on his tricycle?

Now the contractor will try to tell you what a hassle the
permit process is, when actually now, with the internet,
they can easily order a permit online, or even a city license
for that matter (wonder how many are not doing this when
they work in your city).

Contractors that would have you sign such a document, want
one thing and one thing only, your check at completion.

Don't let them get away with it. Tell them, you want the job?
Then you sir, must do the entire job, and pulling permits is
just part of the job. You don't want to do the job? Perhaps
a take and bake pizza shop would be a better profession for
you. No, I take that back, if you mishandle the meat, you'll
poison everyone. Just retire, get out while the gettens good.

Thanks For The Visit_Green Earl

Friday, October 2, 2009

CEO wary of green jobs, market The Workplace exec addresses role of economic recovery on employment opportunities By Richard Lee

Solar, Wind, Bio, Energy News And Commentary By_Green Earl, 30 year Pioneer In Conservation & Solar Energy

CEO wary of green jobs, market
The Workplace exec addresses role of economic recovery on employment opportunities
By Richard Lee

STAFF WRITER For The Newstimes

Updated: 10/01/2009 09:04:18 PM EDT

An economy bolstered by jobs focused on improving the environment offers promise for Connecticut, but the head of The Workplace Inc. in Bridgeport wants to be certain there is work for its program's graduates.

Using federal funds to train the unemployed or under-employed is an option, Joseph Carbone, president and chief executive officer of the career development organization, told 65 attendees Wednesday night at "Green Jobs: Preparing for the New Economy," hosted by Soundwaters at the Stamford branch of the University of Connecticut.

"We have to make sure those jobs will be there. In many respects, we have to wait for the market," Carbone said.

Green jobs are occupations that preserve, restore or improve the environment and result in saving energy, advancing new energy-efficient technologies, and fostering a more sustainable regional and national energy system, according to The Institute for Sustainable Energy at Eastern Connecticut State University.

The Workplace is using funds from the Environmental Protection Agency for brownfield remediation job-training programs in Norwalk and the Naugatuck Valley towns of Ansonia, Derby, Seymour and Shelton. Previous programs were conducted in Bridgeport, Stamford and the Naugatuck Valley.

The program has graduated 147 and many have found jobs in the field.

The Workplace recently received a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, administered over three years, to provide training to
military veterans to pursue employment in positions such as weatherization technician, energy auditor, renewable energy technician, asbestos supervisor and hazardous waste technician.

On Tuesday, The Workplace applied for $4 million in federal funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for green job training that would start with basic education needs.

"We're putting a lot of this money in high-poverty areas," Carbone said.

Although the Obama administration has said green jobs will play a role in reviving the economy, there has to be a need for those products and services, Carbone said.

"The economy starts with us. Folks in the community have to be conscious of that," he said. "The market has to be the generator. Creating opportunity and the jobs will follow."

In July, The Workplace issued a report on preparing the work force for green-collar jobs and the training needed to give people the best chance at finding work.

William Leahy, chief executive director for operations at the institute, told the audience that 42,000 jobs could be created in Connecticut through green job-training efforts.

"We need to promote domestic, renewable energy resources and advanced technologies. This is a good place for domestic jobs," Leahy said, noting that manufacturers in the state must "get up to speed" in creating green products.

Connecticut has become a leader in fuel-cell development through United Technologies Corp. and Danbury-based Fuel Cell Energy Inc., while Fairfield-based General Electric Co. is a key player as a wind-energy finance source and developer, he said. Solar-energy technology also is growing rapidly in Connecticut as a business segment.

The goal is to create long-term, stable jobs that cannot be exported, Leahy said.

"The economy side of it is very important, but on the other side, we're doing it because it's the right thing to do," Carbone said.

It is important that the rhetoric Americans are hearing about green jobs results in a boost in employment, said Adam Hinman, Stamford program coordinator for the Student Conservation Association, a national organization that provides young people with hands-on conservation service opportunities.

He said he was pleased to hear Carbone and Leahy define green jobs, cautioning that it can become a buzzword used by businesses to market their products and services.

Green-job creation hinges on market

Thanks For The Visit_Green Earl

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[TexasforObama] RE: cornyn - greenhouse gases - Texas ranks s7th IN THE WORLD for these emissions
Wednesday, September 30, 2009 11:42:16 AM
""Cheryl Coon" "
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He is correct IF we do not get the renewable energy parts right, in part because we are one of the dirtiest, most lax states around, ranking SEVENTH in the world in greenhouse emissions - that is right up there just behind the US, china, brazil, etc. we need to clean up our act here more than many states.

but there are also studies that we pay a HUGE cost for our dirty air - around $63 billion per year in the DFW area alone due to the effect on people.

From: Mark Anthony Adams []
Sent: Wednesday, September 30, 2009 1:16 PM
To: Texas for Obama
Subject: [TexasforObama] John "MAGGOT SHIT" Cornyn

The health care / insurance reform WAR isn't even any where close to being over; as it has really in fact just begun - And here comes the so FRIGGING eager beaver John "MAGGOT SHIT" Cornyn moving on to ENERGY - He must really want to be the Poster Child for the PARTY OF NO!
September 30, 2009


Raising oil-industry taxes would cost jobs in Texas

The following op-ed by Senator Cornyn was published in the Houston Chronicle, and can also be accessed here.
The oil-and-gas industry helps power the U.S. economy, especially here in Texas. More than 300,000 Texans work in the industry. They generate nearly 7 percent of the wages in our state, despite being only a little more than 3 percent of our workforce.
More than 90 percent of the wells in our country are operated by small and independent businesses, and even the major energy companies rely on small businesses as suppliers and contractors. Together these workers and businesses help reduce our dependence on foreign oil and contribute to the diversity of energy resources that we will need for decades to come.
Domestic oil and gas production is part of America's energy solution, but many in Washington see the industry as part of the problem. As a member of the Senate Finance Committee, I heard the Obama administration testify this month that our domestic oil-and-gas industry actually reduces our long-term energy security. In their view, our industry is guilty of overproduction, at a time when 60 percent of our oil comes from foreign sources.
To attack overproduction, the White House wants to repeal nine oil and gas incentives that encourage our entrepreneurs to develop America's natural resources and create new jobs. By doing so, the administration would impose more than $30 billion in new taxes over 10 years.
Texans would pay the biggest share of that bill, and some might pay by going out of business. For example, independent refineries must make the same large capital investments as their global competitors, while operating on much thinner profit margins. Raising taxes now could end their ability to compete and send more Texans to the unemployment line.
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Texans understand that we must develop all potential sources of energy, and we also understand the right way to do it. Thanks to economic incentives and private investment, Texas now has more than 8,000 megawatts of installed wind capacity, more than twice that of any other state.
We've also strongly supported the construction of new nuclear power plants, which emit zero greenhouse gases into our atmosphere. The entrepreneurial spirit, rather than government command and control, remains the key to technological innovation, as well as greater job growth for all of us.

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Now From Alaska

City unveils plan to reduce winter natural gas use

CONSERVATION: Campaign is launched to encourage residents to curb fuel use at peak times.


Published: September 30th, 2009 03:33 PM
Last Modified: October 1st, 2009 09:47 AM

Cold showers, chilly living rooms and microwaved cuisine could be in store for Southcentral residents this winter as local utilities and government leaders search for ways to conserve natural gas.
City and utility executives embraced the conditional use of those tactics and more in announcing a campaign Wednesday aimed at trying to get residents to use less power during winter's peak demand periods, when the mercury plunges deepest.

Under the new scheme, city officials, working with the utilities, created a three-tiered alert system advising consumers how they should help conserve fuel to cut back demand in cases where the system faces an overload.

"I do not want, under my watch, for half the population of the state to not have heat and not have lights," Mayor Dan Sullivan said. "Two of the last three winters we were in situations for several weeks on end where we were at 10 degrees below zero.

"We wanted to be prepared in case there's a problem moving that gas from producers to customers in the extreme situations."

The written plan revealed Wednesday notes that gas supplies are believed to be sufficient to meet Southcentral needs this winter and delivery problems are not anticipated. The plan, however, contends it is "prudent to plan for contingencies."

Last winter, the gas distribution system on several occasions nearly reached its limit. Utility leaders say the problem isn't a lack of gas, it's keeping the lines pressurized during the periods when demand is at its highest.

Here's the new system's color-coded advisory setup, which asks more and more of consumers as conditions worsen:

• Green: Normal operation. Residents are asked to "use energy wisely."

• Yellow: Residents are urged to set living-area thermostats at 65 degrees; 40 degrees in garages. They are asked to lower water heater settings to "warm."

• Red: Thermostats should be set to 60 degrees in living areas and water heater gas valves set to "pilot." Household activities should be consolidated into as few rooms as possible and people should use the microwave for cooking.

It is up to the utilities to initiate a call for more consumer sacrifices but the city manager will issue a new advisory, city spokeswoman Sarah Erkmann said. Many different factors could lead to a potential crisis so there is no set threshold for each alert level, she said.

Asked whether a red alert would have been implemented last winter when the temperature lingered below minus 10 degrees at length, Sullivan said he didn't think so, though a yellow alert might have been possible.

Sullivan said there will be a test of the system Oct. 21 from 6-8 p.m., in which consumers will be asked "to curtail energy use" under the terms of code yellow to see how much power is saved.

At the press conference, Sullivan said officials plan to launch an advertising campaign urging people to adjust their habits if needed, though he acknowledged there was no way to force people to comply. However, executives from Enstar Natural Gas Co. and Chugach Electric Association said their customers are willing to make sacrifices.

"We've actually done surveys to answer that question," said Chugach chief executive Bradley Evans. "Generally speaking, we had about a 70-80 percent reaction that said that they would do voluntary action to reduce the load."

Bob Pickett, chairman of the Regulatory Commission of Alaska, said he thought creating the plan and getting the public on board was "a very responsible effort" that could help avert a potential crisis in the darkest, coldest months.

"I think it's fair to say that the deliverability issues are real and this has been a situation that's been a long time in the making, a lot of reasons for it," he said. "This is real and the actions of conservation on a short-term emergency basis could actually prevent the problem from happening."

Southcentral uses up to an estimated 400 million cubic feet of natural gas a day in winter. Most electricity generated in Southcentral comes from natural gas-fueled power plants -- about 90 percent of Chugach's kilowatt hours and about 85 percent of Municipal Light and Power's come from burning natural gas.

The gas fields in Cook Inlet have long supplied the demand, Sullivan said, but as gas has been extracted the reserves and pressure have declined. And dropping pressure means less gas can move through the lines.

To keep it flowing, the utilities have added compressors to give the gas a push into the Enstar system, ML&P general manager James Posey said. But if a compressor fails, as happened several times last winter, supply might not be able to keep up with demand.

The plan announced Wednesday -- which also includes partners Homer Electric Association and Matanuska Electric Association -- seeks to reduce demand when it is likely to be at its highest. That would be accomplished through the terms of the colored alert system and other voluntary actions like asking commercial operations to reduce their exterior lighting or generate their own power.

It also includes steps the utilities could take to limit demand. For instance, Seward and ML&P could start making power on their own with diesel generators, though that would be more expensive.

Utilities could also curtail power sales to Golden Valley Electric Association and divert gas from the liquefied natural gas plant on the Kenai.

"It's not the volumes of the gas, it's the deliverability," said Colleen Starring, president of Enstar. "During any situation that would require us to become worried that we're going to have an issue, the LNG plant automatically diverts."

In a worst-case scenario, which Sullivan said was unlikely to happen, utilities could implement rolling blackouts around town lasting from 20 to 30 minutes for residences and gas curtailments for commercial accounts.

Asked how long Southcentral Alaskans could expect to find themselves under a warning, Sullivan said it depended on whether the trend of cold snaps seen in the past few winters continues.

"If that continues this winter, next winter, you could be in the yellow situation or maybe even moving into red for a week to 10 days, maybe two weeks," Sullivan said.

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School tells all parents their children are absent (AP) Top
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AP - Call it a case of Christmas creep. A young mule deer in Montana is ushering in the holiday season early. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks game warden Kevin Cook says the buck got mixed up with a string of Christmas lights and now they are hanging from his antlers and body. The agency started getting reports about the decorated deer near Fort Harrison last week.

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« Does Anyone Have Solar Power?

Why Is That The Solar Power Equipments So Expensive.? »

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ANSWER (Long term financing, like your utility bill is now.)_Green Earl

Actually this depends on where you live, and how much electricity you use.
obviously if you live in an area that has a lot of mostly sunny days, the Solar panels are more cost effective than where I live.

where I live we get 80 to 100 inches of rain a year, so we only get about 75 non-rainy or cloudy, or foggy days a year.

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also our utility company is a Co=op, so our energy bills are reasonably low.
however if you live in say Ca. either central or southern, with rebates and incentives, you should be able to recoup the cost of you solar panels in 15 years or less. (Sooner, if you add thermal, hot water, space heating and solar
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1. Hannah's Grandpa Says:
October 1st, 2009 at 8:32 am

Not for a long time.
Remember that if you decide to install a solar water heater you are not only paying for a water heater but you are paying the total cost for the system that harnesses that energy.
Every time you hit a light switch that is connected to a supplier you are only paying a tiny amount that contributes to the cost of harnessing that electricity.
It is a personal choice. Untill governments have the balls to increase power by an awful lot it will never be cheaper to pay for your own systems of energy generation.
2. napper Says:
October 1st, 2009 at 8:32 am

As far as I know solar power is still not cost-effective when you consider the cost of installation with the energy “payoff”.
Several years ago the government was giving generous rebates for homeowners installing solar power.
That program needs to be continued.
Also, consider installing a geo-thermal system. I understand this is an extremely cost-effective way of providing home energy.
3. seaeagle Says:
October 1st, 2009 at 8:32 am

It depends on what you want to use the solar power for and what you mean by solar power and where you live.
For example, there are solar panels which generate not electricity but are used to provide heated air for homes in the winter. Some even come with a small solar electric panel to drive the fan that takes the cold air out of the house into the solar space heating unit to be heated by the sun and then back into the house again. A small home with a south facing wall or roof can have one installed for around $3,000 and then receive it’s heat during the day for free!
The next best use I come across is using solar panels to heat water. What is the heated water used for? Not just for hot water in the house but also for radiant heating where the heated water goes through various tubes under the floors of the home which then heats the house rather than using electric or forced air natural gas / home heating oil during the day.
Depending on the price of natural gas (doubled in the past 12months) and home heating oil, the cost to heat a home is rising while through mass production and increasing government grants (depending on the government in power) the cost of solar heating is / will be going down.
Hope that helps,
4. Dan_DHRT Says:
October 1st, 2009 at 8:32 am

Let me start off by saying we (my family and I) live completely, 100% “off of the grid and are completely self sufficient”
The house is built utilizing natures natural elements, in the shape of an octagon with 8ft wide arch doors on every wall to catch every angle of wind (typical 4 sided homes have half the chance as one with 8 sides. A circle being the most efficient design). Woodburning stoves, solar chimney, solar AC, solar heating, solar water heating (pool and home), solar stove, solar power, wind power, hydrogen powered back up generator, hydrogen back up water heater, hydrogen stove, 2 hydrogen powered trucks, 1 EV (electric vehicle) and satellite internet.
There are no utility lines, no water lines, no roads, tv, cell service, etc. on our ranch. EVERYTHING needed is produced here. All electricity comes from 27 solar panels, 2 main wind gens and a back hydrogen generator if needed (typically we can last 9 days with all luxuries of sunless windless weather, hasn’t happened yet). Water is caught and storaged from the rain. Hot water is made with solar batch water heaters with an on-demand hydrogen hot water heater as backup. Even our vehicles use alternative energy (2 hydrogen trucks, 1 EV electric vehicle converted). Because of this we have no bills, no debt and no mortgage.
The fallowing steps were taking directly out of a DIY guide I offer to those who would like to run their homes on solar power safely, reducing their monthly utility bills or even selling power back the the electrical companies. The entire guide is available at www agua-luna com. Its pretty simple but if you have any problems feel free to contact me directly I can walk you threw the process.
Materials you will need
A sheet of copper flashing from the hardware store. This normally costs about $5.00 per square foot. We will need about half a square foot.
Two alligator clip leads.
A sensitive micro-ammeter that can read currents between 10 and 50 microamperes. Radio Shack sells small LCD multimeters that will do, but I used a small surplus meter with a needle.
An electric stove. My kitchen stove is gas, so I bought a small one-burner electric hotplate for about $25. The little 700 watt burners probably won’t work — mine is 1100 watts, so the burner gets red hot.
A large clear plastic bottle off of which you can cut the top. I used a 2 liter spring water bottle. A large mouth glass jar will also work.
Table salt. We will want a couple tablespoons of salt.
Tap water.
Sand paper or a wire brush on an electric drill.
Sheet metal shears for cutting the copper sheet.
The first step is to cut a piece of the copper sheeting that is about the size of the burner on the stove. Wash your hands so they don’t have any grease or oil on them. Then wash the copper sheet with soap or cleanser to get any oil or grease off of it. Use the sandpaper or wire brush to thoroughly clean the copper sheeting, so that any sulphide or other light corrosion is removed.
Next, place the cleaned and dried copper sheet on the burner and turn the burner to its highest setting.
As the copper starts to heat up, you will see beautiful oxidation patterns begin to form. Oranges, purples, and reds will cover the copper.
As the copper gets hotter, the colors are replaced with a black coating of cupric oxide. This is not the oxide we want, but it will flake off later, showing the reds, oranges, pinks, and purples of the cuprous oxide layer underneath.
The last bits of color disappear as the burner starts to glow red.
When the burner is glowing red-hot, the sheet of copper will be coated with a black cupric oxide coat. Let it cook for a half an hour, so the black coating will be thick. This is important, since a thick coating will flake off nicely, while a thin coat will stay stuck to the copper.
After the half hour of cooking, turn off the burner. Leave the hot copper on the burner to cool slowly. If you cool it too quickly, the black oxide will stay stuck to the copper.
As the copper cools, it shrinks. The black cupric oxide also shrinks. But they shrink at different rates, which makes the black cupric oxide flake off.
The little black flakes pop off the copper with enough force to make them fly a few inches. This means a little more cleaning effort around the stove, but it is fun to watch.
When the copper has cooled to room temperature (this takes about 20 minutes), most of the black oxide will be gone. A light scrubbing with your hands under running water will remove most of the small bits. Resist the temptation to remove all of the black spots by hard scrubbing or by flexing the soft copper. This might damage the delicate red cuprous oxide layer we need to make to solar cell work.
Cut another sheet of copper about the same size as the first one. Bend both pieces gently, so they will fit into the plastic bottle or jar without touching one another. The cuprous oxide coating that was facing up on the burner is usually the best side to face outwards in the jar, because it has the smoothest, cleanest surface.
Attach the two alligator clip leads, one to the new copper plate, and one to the cuprous oxide coated plate. Connect the lead from the clean copper plate to the positive terminal of the meter. Connect the lead from the cuprous oxide plate to the negative terminal of the meter.
Now mix a couple tablespoons of salt into some hot tap water. Stir the saltwater until all the salt is dissolved. Then carefully pour the saltwater into the jar, being careful not to get the clip leads wet. The saltwater should not completely cover the plates — you should leave about an inch of plate above the water, so you can move the solar cell around without getting the clip leads wet.
now place in the sun with the magnefied on top.
The solar cell is a battery, even in the dark, and will usually show a few microamps of current.
That’s it it’s that simple. If you’d a more detailed process and some pics (ouldn’t put them here) it’s available along with some other DIY alternative energy projects at www agua-luna com
Hope this helped, feel free to contact me personally if you have any questions if you’d like assistance in making your first self sufficient steps, I’m willing to walk you step by step threw the process. I’ve written several how-to DIY guides available at www agua-luna com on the subject. I also offer online and on-site workshops, seminars and internships to help others help the environment.
Dan Martin
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October 2nd, 2009 at 1:19 am

BS….Thermal is cost effective right now, with rebates and tax grants, savings and increased home market values. Only difference is financing, if you take your average utility bill, add 10% per year for the next 10 years,(solar should last about 30yrs) you’ll see the $100K or so you’ll be spending (over time) for PG&E. Solar is a steal, with the right financing…I suggest, new first at 6% over 30 years._Green Earl

You’ll get about 1/2 back in CA…In cash withing 60 days, putting you into a positive cash flow forever..Make sure you have a solar space heating option, with hot water and solar air conditioning option, if you need it, with electric…Address the entire utility bill that way.

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MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis., Sep 30, 2009 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- KSS | Quote | Chart | News | PowerRating -- Today Kohl's Department Stores (NYSE:KSS) marks the grand opening of 37 new stores that have created more than 5,200 jobs across six states.

"We are proud that Kohl's is in a position to grow and add more than 5,000 jobs to the economy," said Kevin Mansell, Kohl's chairman, president and chief executive officer. "We have used our financial strength during this downturn to expand in key markets, such as California, as well as invest in our existing store base in order to gain market share at a time when customers are looking for value more than ever."

Growth & Expansion

Among the 37 stores opening today, 35 are former Mervyn's locations, 30 of which are in California. With the addition of these stores, Kohl's now has 121 California locations, a 33 percent increase in the state. This translates into more than 4,200 new jobs in California.

In addition to the new California locations, Kohl's is opening stores in Florida, Louisiana, Nevada, Texas and Utah. During spring 2009, Kohl's opened 19 stores, including its first Alaska location. In total, the retailer opened 56 stores in 2009, and now operates 1,059 stores in 49 states. Kohl's is also remodeling 51 locations nationwide this year.

More Ways to Save on World-Class Exclusive and National Brands

Kohl's offers shoppers a variety of ways to get great values on the brands they love. There are no merchandise or brand exclusions when using offers like Kohl's Cash coupons or Kohl's Charge Card discounts. In addition, customers can layer on these discounts and maximize savings during special promotions and sale hours. Every store also offers an industry-leading return policy, gift cards, gift registries, convenient store hours, centralized checkouts and the Kohl's Cares for Kids(R) cause program.

Kohl's commitment to customer service has been endorsed by the National Retail Federation, which for the past four years has recognized Kohl's on its list of retailers that offer the best customer service. In addition, Kohl's has ranked among the top retailers in the University of Michigan's customer satisfaction survey for six consecutive years(1).

Kohl's wide range of world-class exclusive and national brands is another way the retailer offers great value and convenience to customers. Brands include Simply Vera Vera Wang, Dana Buchman, ELLE Contemporary Collection, Chaps, Abbey Dawn and the new Abbey Dawn Girls designed by Avril Lavigne, Hang Ten, Tony Hawk, Mudd, Jumping Beans, apt. 9, American Beauty, Food Network, Nike, adidas, Levi's, Carter's, Gloria Vanderbilt, Cuisinart and KitchenAid. In addition, Kohl's is now the exclusive U.S. retailer for LC Lauren Conrad, a new contemporary lifestyle brand for women designed by Lauren Conrad.

Committed to Environmental Responsibility

As a leading environmentally responsible retailer, Kohl's green initiatives include the construction of green buildings, a dedicated recycling program, a commitment to energy efficiency and the use and support of renewable energy sources. The company was most recently ranked first among retailers on Newsweek's list of The Greenest Big Companies in America and was named one of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) 2009 Green Power Partners of the Year.

All 37 stores opening today feature green operational enhancements. These include high-efficiency heating and cooling systems; occupancy sensor lighting for stockrooms, break rooms and offices; and a recycling program for cardboard boxes, hangers and packaging. In addition, the Plantation, Fla., location is one of 64 Kohl's stores nationwide built according to a store prototype that has received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) initial certification at the Silver level from the U.S. Green Building Council. The store's green attributes also include recycled and locally obtained building materials and water-conserving plumbing fixtures.

Kohl's is proud to be the largest retail host of solar power in the world, with 78 solar locations nationwide, including 58 in California. Kohl's expects that once activated, the Point West location opening this fall in Sacramento will be Kohl's 59th solar location in the state. In addition, more than 300 Kohl's stores, more than 60 in California alone, have earned EPA's ENERGY STAR label for superior energy efficiency and environmental performance.

Editor's Note
New store locations opening today include:
Citrus Heights
Huntington Beach
San Diego (3 stores)
Rancho Cordova
Redondo Beach
San Luis Obispo
San Rafael
Sun Valley
Los Angeles
Mountain View
Redwood City
Lake Charles
Las Vegas (2 stores)
El Paso
Salt Lake City

*All new Kohl's stores in California, Nevada, Texas and Utah are former Mervyn's locations.

For more information, visit Additional detail about Kohl's California locations is available at

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Information

This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Kohl's intends forward-looking terminology such as "believes," "expects," "may," "will," "should," "anticipates," "plans," or similar expressions to identify forward-looking statements. Such statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, which could cause Kohl's actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to those described in Item 1A in Kohl's Annual Report on Form 10-K, which is expressly incorporated herein by reference, and other factors as may periodically be described in Kohl's filings with the SEC.

Kohl's Department Stores

Based in Menomonee Falls, Wis., Kohl's (NYSE: KSS | Quote | Chart | News | PowerRating) is a family-focused, value-oriented specialty department store offering moderately priced, exclusive and national brand apparel, shoes, accessories, beauty and home products in an exciting shopping environment. Kohl's operates 1,059 stores in 49 states. A company committed to the communities it serves, Kohl's has raised more than $126 million for children's initiatives nationwide through its Kohl's Cares for Kids(R) philanthropic program, which operates under Kohl's Cares, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kohl's Department Stores, Inc. For a list of store locations and information, or for the added convenience of shopping online, visit

(1) The NRF Foundation (NRFF) is the research and education arm of the National Retail Federation. A non-profit foundation created in 1981, the Foundation conducts industry research, develops education and workforce development programs, professional certification programs and promotes retailing as a career destination. The National Quality Research Center (NQRC) at the University of Michigan Business School is a research and teaching center focusing on the measurement of customer satisfaction and the study of its relationships to quality, customer retention, profitability and productivity for private and public sector organizations, for specific industries and for national economies.

Editor's Note:

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SOURCE: Kohl's

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