Our home guzzles up a lot of energy and though you may be living a greener lifestyle taking public transportation or carrying re-usable bags at the shops, there are still a lot to be done at the domestic department. Many studies now prove the devastating results of carbon emission on global warming and as carers of this planet, we must do our bit to guarantee the safe conditions we’ve had for the future generation. Read the rest of this entry »
Archive for June, 2011
You may have been told that a heat pump is the way to go for your home. Heat pumps are more costly than standard heating furnaces and air conditioning units. They may be a good idea for you, they may not. A heat pump is one unit as opposed to two separate systems. Is spending extra on a heat pump up front, or financing the appliance over time a wise idea, cost wise and energy efficient?
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On Thursday, June 23, 2011 the Strategic Petroleum Reserve of the United States released approximately 30 million barrels of oil, coordinating with the International Energy Agency, which released another 30 million barrels. This had the impact of pushing the price of oil futures down by more than 4 percent to $91.57 per barrel. The low point reached was $89.69 per barrel, but the price quickly recovered to its current level.
For those who love hot showers and sustainability. There are two choices when it comes to solar-powered water heating systems installed on the roof of your home: active and passive. Read below to help decide whether an active system heater or passive system heater better suits your needs.
Animals have been part of man’s life since the beginning of time. We are intrinsically linked to our animal friends, and while we may not personally interact with them on a daily basis, we rely on them for our most basic necessities. Our reliance on animals is not without consequence, and their presence can and does produce ecological waste that is damaging our environment. When we speak of our impact on the environment, too often we forget tertiary contributors such as animals. By understanding the scope and causes of the animals’ impact on our environment we will be able to better solve the problems they present. Read the rest of this entry »
Technology continues to increase and in turn we find ourselves with more and more ways to be eco-friendly in our homes, offices, and schools. The world is going paperless and we have technology to thank. With the insane amount of things you can accomplish on the internet, e-vites, e-books, digital cameras, and smartphones, we find ourselves surrounded with tree saving alternatives.
Keeping our planet healthy is something we should all be trying to do. We need to reduce our carbon footprint and recycle just about everything. Coal and oil are finite resourses and should be used accordingly. There are many other ways to produce clean, unlimited energy that we can use to start making the planet healthy again. One of my favorites is the solar updraft tower. This could replace the unsafe nuclear plants and the dirty burning of coal. Solar updraft towers are efficient and easy to build.
People all over the world are becoming more and more interested in ‘greening’ their homes and getting a healthier lifestyle for themselves. Awareness of what we are doing to the planet is making us look at what we are also doing to ourselves, our lifestyles and the health of the planet seem to run in parallel. Read the rest of this entry »
The Internet industry has a dirty little secret: there’s a huge environmental cost to pay for running all of those server farms, data centers and communications nodes that we all take for granted. Every web search, email and YouTube video must be supported by an immense electrical infrastructure that isn’t always sourced from the cleanest of sources. The question then becomes one of how to make the most ecologically ethical choices when selecting an Internet service provider. Is there a way for you to peek behind the curtain and get a full appraisal of how a company runs its business from a green perspective?
The June 2011 National Sustainability Summit, a national conference on sustainability issues aimed at green business leaders, was held this year in Detroit, Michigan. Not surprisingly, the featured speakers included VPs of Productions and Environmental Design and Sustainability managers from Chrysler, Ford, and General Motors, but the event included presentations from sources as diverse as the Environmental Protection Agency, owners of small sustainability consulting firms, and students. The conference featured a variety of interesting and compelling speakers, a wealth of new ideas and techniques for promoting sustainability, and plenty of networking, but one thing seemed to be crystal-clear to everyone involved: that environmental sustainability has become a huge business, worth billions of dollars, and the consultants and executives in attendance wanted to learn how they could get a part of it.
Environmental awareness began to develop as a movement in the early Sixties, because more and more people were choosing to spend their vacation time in the outdoors. There was shift in attitude from living off the land to having minimum impact on our environment. It was during this time that the Sierra Club and the Bureau of Land Management began advocating minimum impact principles.