The first two questions face anyone who cares to distinguish the real from the unreal and the true from the false.
Even among those dedicated to living sustainably, minimizing carbon footprints, and getting out of debt quickly, there is often an attitude that their decision to have a child is not merely a decision but an inevitability that weirdly deserves special treatment and sympathy for the extra costs that housing and raising a child entails.
This is especially true living in rural Virginia where conservative values leave very little room for discussion or consideration of something like reproduction as a choice. Reply Meeper December 11,7: More than that, most people are happier with a companion around. Reply Jim December 7,2: In the UK, offices have dishwashers instead of using paper plates and cups.
Old refrigerators are used, when more efficient models are available on craigslist that would pay for themselves in under 18 months. The analysis of the convenience is often the first step in identifying a more efficient way. I think that is often glossed over in consumer driven society.
Mr Crazy Kicks November 24,1: My friends and neighbors however are starting to notice me being around more working in the garden or riding my bike around the neighborhood.
Some friends even are starting to take some interest. This gives me encouragement, because I would love nothing more than for my friends to also have plenty of free time to hang out and follow their passions. Reply Stockbeard November 24,2: The best thing we can do is lead by example Steve Divicent November 25,1: Reply Jimmy Tweenr November 30, Reply Katatonic November 26,4: Dec 16 is my last day at my corporate gig.
Over 28 years with this company, plus a decade of other jobs prior, and freedom is finally within reach. Reply Nancy November 27, Would I look for another job? But they all wanted to know how I did it. There were several answers that they could understand without me being preachy.
My mandatory expenses are low. With my bills so low I saved up a pile of cash. This they were astonished by. Because although I have advantages of living in a great bike commute city, with free city buses, great farmers markets, reasonable housing prices, etc, they do too and have not chosen the same path as me.
The other thing they all wanted to know, and actually I think this is where some people are fearful, what are you going to do with your time? They loved that answer, somehow that answer hit home with them.
I think we have to talk about our choices, if for no other reason then to save our soul and those of our friends and family. Soul is not used in a religious context, but a self context. FI November 28,1: Do you mind if I ask where you live?
Your city sounds great! Nancy November 28,8: Many of my colleagues and friends are curious, we are an unusual bunch in this culture. I tell them anyone can do it, once you get over the barrier of unexamined materialism.
Reply MNK December 4,6: We are in our mid-late twenties, and had enough savings to take a few years off. We were able to spend time reconnecting with family that lived far away and then volunteered for a few months in Europe. We also did a lot of hands on things: Kortney December 9,3: Best of luck in the years ahead.
Mustard Seed Money November 24,2:efficiency of organic solar cells are above 10%  and it is widely regarded that the lower operating efficiency of organic solar cells compared to that of typical silicon solar.
Organic Solar Cells. 2 Outline Motivation Solar cells Organic solar cells Background Working of organic solar cell Highest efficiency solar cells with ηηη~% in Spectrolab A big surge in solar cells research & development is underway.
6 1mm. Semiconductors Without the Quantum Physics (Or not so much that you would notice). An organic solar cell or plastic solar cell is a type of photovoltaic that uses organic electronics, a branch of electronics that deals with conductive organic polymers or small organic molecules, for light absorption and charge transport to produce electricity from sunlight by the photovoltaic effect.
This article reviews the basic working principles and the state of the art device design of bulk heterojunction solar cells.
The importance of high power conversion efficiencies for the commercial exploitation is outlined and different efficiency models for bulk heterojunction solar cells are discussed. Furthermore, the electronic properties of the fullerene acceptors can be tuned by proper adjustment of bridge structures between fullerene cages or introduction of multiple bridges to fix the desired conformation which in turn have an impact on the charge carrier .