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In the course of the Presidential Campaign, energy has been an issue addressed by both candidates on several occasions. Both President Obama and Governor Romney have outlines plans to help decrease our energy costs and move to more sustainable forms of energy. In Focus Martin Sheen understands how important the issue is to viewers both on the TV program and online at www.infocusptv.com.
Researchers and engineers around the country are working to develop viable alternative energy sources. In the Midwest, windmills are beginning to spring up on the open plains that are harvesting the powerful energy of nature. In focus PBS is watching to see how these windmills are cutting energy costs and doing so in a way that is environmentally friendly.
In the past several months the TV show has also announced new reporting covering the home of the future. These homes have many advances that are saving on energy bills and some are even contributing to the energy supply. By employing smart technology, homes are more energy efficient by communicating with smart power grids. This allows the home to regulate its power usage during peak hours.
In looking at the home of the future many of them also include an unusual feature on the roof. Solar panels are taking the energy of the sun and converting it to electricity. Many homes are equipped with batteries that can store the power for use after dark.
In some cases, the most efficient solar panels can actually take in more energy than the home can use. Some homeowners are reporting selling back some of their electrical power to the power companies and making money instead of paying money for electricity each month.
The producers of In Focus with Martin Sheen can be reached at (561) 826-0675 so that viewers can tell their own stories about how they are making their homes more energy efficient. In the future the public television series will be highlighting more important innovations that can save you money on electrical bills.