Saturday May 16, 2015 is Armed Forces Day

Most people think of Memorial Day as May’s holiday for the men and women who have, do and will protect our country. Don’t forget about Armed Forces Day! In fact, the entire month of May is the USA’s National Military Appreciation Month. 2015 Armed Forces Day Poster

Saturday May 16, 2015 is Armed Forces Day. So: please thank and keep good thoughts for our US service men and women (and their families) this weekend. (Find out more about Armed Forces Day and how to help our sailors, soldiers and marines and their families below). Continue reading

Don’t Want to More Internet Sales Taxes, Act Now!

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Keep the Feds out of State Taxes. Protect Consumer Choice. Stop the “Marketplace Fairness Act.”

If you do a lot of online shopping and don’t want to pay higher prices, you really need to learn about the proposed Marketplace Fairness Act.

This is a proposed Federal law that would require online stores to tax all customers: regardless of current state laws.

Right now, very large companies (such as Walmart or Home Depot) have to charge sales tax. However, the vast majority of companies that do business online are small businesses that will be really harmed by this legislation. 

And except for sales within their own states, most stores can sell their products tax free. If the Markeplace Fairness Act (and we don’t think it’s fair at all) the prices you pay online will rise unless the store opts to re-incorporated in one of the five states that have no income taxes. (And frankly: that’s not so hard, so most states won’t get much more money. They’ll just lose jobs.)

And guess what? Odds are you’ll indirectly be paying two sets of sales tax. Here’s why, and what you can do to stop it. Continue reading

Veterans Day…A Day to Remember. Best Charities to Support

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No sales for us this Veterans Day. And, unless you really REALLY need something, please consider making a donation instead to a valid agency that works to help our Veterans, Service Men and Women, and their families.

Unfortunately, we’ve seen a lot of ads from stores that say a percentage of their products go to Vets. No names, but we think a lot of the products aren’t great and bet very little of the “proceeds” help Vets or Active Service Men or Women.

Below are several highly reputable charities according to the US Armed Forces and which all get an “A” rating or better from the American Institute of Philanthropy. Continue reading

Recommended Reading: 3 Reasons to Hate the Internet Sales Tax Bill

Internet_Sales_Tax_Washing_Money_AwayWe were going to write a post on this, but decided to recommend this well argued post about the looming Internet Sales Tax.

It’s a bad idea, we think, and geared to help bigger stores and online shopping sites, as well as the local Mom & Pop small businesses.

As 3 Reasons to Hate the Internet Sales Tax Bill from the Motley Fool points out:

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Solar Incentives Still Available: Where to Find Them and Why to Use Them

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Solar lighting makes sense for many applications, particularly areas where there is no existing power lines. Retrofitting energy lamps or street lights with solar fixtures are two practical ways to be good to the environment and save on utility bills.

True, there aren’t nearly as many renewable energy incentives today as there were 18 months ago, particularly at the federal level. But, many incentives still are available for solar lighting throughout the US at the state, county and city level. Some incentives are tax deductions, others are cash to help purchase and install via grants or low cost loans.

If you’re interested in these, act fast. Grant funding is snapped up quickly and while tax incentives for solar lighting is on the books for 2013, who knows what the future holds? Continue reading

Energy Facts, And A Few Fibs, On Display At Presidential Debate (From Huffingtonpost.com)

2012 "Town Hall" Presidential Debate

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Our Note: The bulk of this article, and the first photo, is taken from a HuffingtonPost.com article published on October 16, 2012. In some instances, we have added facts, links and videos that we have found on our own that provide greater more information on what is stated in the article.

Article: Energy Facts, And A Few Fibs, On Display At Presidential Debate

“A question from a voter at Tuesday evening’s town hall debate — regarding whether it was within the purview of the government to control the price of gas — sent President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney into a war of words over energy policy, and neither actually answered the question.” Continue reading

Recommended Article, Solar: The Best of Times; The Worst of Times”

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We didn’t write this, but we like it and recommend that you read it. It was originally published on September 11, 2012 on RenewableEnergyWorld.com in an article about the opening session of Solar Power International 2012.

It opened with a panel discussion on the state of the industry and Dickens’ novel “A Tale of Two Cities” was aptly quoted:

‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness.’

“Even in the worst economic times, our industry is growing,” Resch said. The U.S. achieved its best quarter in history for the utility solar sector in the second quarter of 2012, according to a report released Monday by GTM Research and SEIA. Currently, over half of the states have more than 5 MW of solar installed, and the majority of the U.S. population lives in states that have more than 50 MW of solar on line, Resch said.

However, the “worst of times” could be yet to come for the solar industry. “Our industry is under direct attack,” Resch said. “Conservative super packs are attacking clean energy.” Over $1 billion is being spent on negative advertising against clean energy during the presidential campaign, Resch said.” Continue reading

Recommended Article: Obama Spars With Romney on Energy in Swing State Pitches

Article from Renewable Energy World, Aug 15, 2012

Meow! It sure is shaping up to be one of the “cattiest” (no offense to our feline friends) campaigns in many years.

We like to share articles that we think would be of interest to our readers. Since the Democratic and Republication Presidential tickets have polar opposite approaches towards energy, we found this article “Obama Spars With Romney on Energy in Swing State Pitches” from RenewableEnergyWorld.com interesting.

We hope that you will look into the positions of both candidates as you make up your mind this coming election.  For the record, we are for the… Continue reading

Elections Coming: “Don’t Let Renewable Energy Become Collateral Damage!”

Renewable Energy for Cleaner EarthSolarLightingSmart.com is committed to helping people making their voices heard about solar energy and other renewable energy sources.

We try to share important information when appropriate and today we got an important email about the elections and renewable energy we want to share that includes a link to  http://www.energyfactcheck.org/ and links so you can contact your US Congressional Representative and your US Senators. Continue reading

Recommended Article: “The Pending Subsidy Cliff, And the Way Out”

Now and again we recommend articles that we like. Here’s one published April 19, 2012 by RenewableEnergyWorld.com: “The Pending Subsidy Cliff, and The Way Out.”

Again, we remind you that your state and federal senators and congressmen/women need to know how you think and that you vote.   Contact your US Senators by clicking here for email addresses and your congressperson by clicking here. And since many programs will be at the state level, don’t forget about contacting your local representatives and governors!

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