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It's safe to say our next guest is a strong advocate of going green for the past couple years he has spent his sound and his money remodeling has.
To create a complete environmentally.
Friendly living space.
Joining us from studio city California bill.
The science guy bill thanks so much for being here.
Good morning day and -- I've read out a lot on what you've done -- -- and I want you to explain some of the things but.
You're lucky though because you live an incredibly sunny part of the country that arguably you don't even need.
Hate it in the winner is that a huge advantage other people don't.
Yeah but here's the thing is since I do live here I have to take advantage of that stuff.
Now as far as solar hot water for example like you could do that anywhere.
It's just a little less trouble where you don't have that many cold nights and we freezing nights we have you know three or four year.
California but in this part of California.
But this is technology that exists as they say about solar hot water in this one example.
It's just plumbing.
But it's not that it's not rocket surgery OK -- -- this could be done so apparently in the 1930s.
And a place like Florida.
There were solar hot water systems on every roof everybody had -- and but oil got so cheap as you guys were discussing earlier well got so inexpensive.
That people -- sort of abandoned that technology the technology it's a black box with tight senate for granola and -- -- This is -- kind of thing that that we should all be doing I think we all -- want to be doing in the future and I hope somebody goes into business.
Providing these systems and I -- somebody gets rich.
But bail you out you also produce so much electricity ride from the your solar panels that you can saw -- out of it back I didn't read.
And you and your -- your own food.
So you're an and you ride your bike a fighter by countless sit there I know that you read your bike this today to the studio.
-- -- -- But I think that these kind of things though that everybody in this country can do and if they can't and that riding a bike or even those solar -- And vice extreme and -- -- but solar panels are are fine are great.
And there if you're an enthusiast you know they're they're just big fun there's nothing like watching your electric meter run backwards which it does all day almost every day.
It does every day but almost all day every day.
And so I make a lot more electricity than -- -- and I use a lot less electricity than when I first moved in the house.
Because I've done these fundamental things you've heard people talk about this all the time compact fluorescent lights.
The squiggly lights -- just a very difficult thing.
For most people to grasp.
That if everybody used.
Electricity for four lighting than they do now -- -- about 40% less overall.
Then you don't have to build another power plant if you're the power company is really it's really hard to believe that.
These individual actions can affect you the electric grid like this but it does it is as you accountants like say -- topic and it's it's quite remarkable but -- the real opportunities I think for business people are.
These new old ideas solar hot water.
The Smart electric grid where the grid would be -- -- -- much more sophisticated.
Where we move energy around.
Block by block or even house by house instead of now Barbara county by county almost.
You know the best way to store electricity that we have right now.
We have right now is a hydroelectric -- he keep the water behind a damn.
What's hard to have dams everywhere we damn pretty much.
All the rivers that are well suited.
Many many years he -- -- new storage opportunities but if we get this crazy idea.
Where everybody's car has a battery big enough to store energy for everybody.
Then the grid if -- were the electric grid if it were sophisticated enough.
Could manage the energy all around North America or all around Europe as the sun moved across the sky be quite it quite an astonishing thing.
And we done it would be done.
By doing more with less that's the big ideas so you -- have pictures -- I can't see what's going on but.
My Pargo this is a cover over the patio and keeps the patio much cooler than ever used to be.
Instead of being made of conventional -- lumber.
Was largely made of recycled plastic lumber of these things have the same dimensions.
And if -- talk talk to somebody like my father.
That would be someone older than I am but this material would be extraordinary this material would be hard to believe it you don't have to paint it ever.
It's estimated -- -- last 300 years.
And its main -- stuff.
That is trash.
Traditionally it's made from milk jugs and white plastic grocery bags.
And so this is -- -- of that kind of opportunities this is just a few guys going into business producing this material from.
With the waste stream in the recycle -- what just think what you could do.
If you really did fundamental -- search if you got a society together really focusing on -- on new opportunities.
Until that moment through touches on that's it may change the world.
-- -- touches on something that I wanted to ask you if we work quickly if -- -- better on science in this country and knew more and more advanced.
Wouldn't we it would it dramatically have already changed our consumption behavior.
You have my concern everybody's concern.
The business of science education.
Is that it's we're just doing so little so late that's what everybody worries -- but of course the longest journey starts to put a single step.
In daily opportunities are huge.
-- I just remind you guys you all we all love business if somebody were in the wind business and it were subsidized.
At any reasonable fraction of the way the oil industry is subsidized.
We would have five.
At least five times as much energy as we need.
In renewable sources in the United States.
That we've we've it was wouldn't have to -- import this kind of oil that this these qualities bill it was -- we've got to wrap up power or where you take a breakthrough by throwing.
Dollars at fundamental or search so -- Exploit these things right now.
One example would be nano tubes right where the solar panels going from ten per 15% efficient went to 45%.
We just wouldn't have these oil from Louisville area and I hit -- by investing in fundamental or certain.
Bill thank you so much for being here you've covered so much ground that you run the -- thank -- -- bill -- The science guy and this doesn't need and the -- season when something that Boone Pickens certain Osgood faced -- thought about Boone Pickens there.
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