Thursday, October 7, 2010
We use lot of water every day, but one way that we can save some is by using rain water to water our yards and gardens. It is pretty simple to build a rain barrel and they don't take up too much space. They can easily be placed in a corner of your yard, or even under the deck. There are many different designs and most use household items. When you want to use the water, you just dump it out out or use a hose. If you live in a place that is really wet place where it frequently rains, you can build a bigger system or a smaller one if it is a dry place. This is just one idea to save energy.
Here are some office energy saving tips:
- Consider removing excess fluorescent lights and installing reflectors.
- Turn off lights that are not being used especially unoccupied areas.
- Lower the height of lamps to increase usable light.
- Keep vents closed in unoccupied areas to prevent heating and cooling of storage areas.
- Turn off printers, monitors, computers, and lights at every night.
Energy saving curtains are one of the newer energy saving appliances you can now get. Eclipse is a company is one that is starting to make them. With a percentage of 33% of heating and cooling energy loss happening through windows, energy saving curtains can save you now only energy, but also money. You can save so much money in utility bills by using these types of curtains. You can save 25% of heating and cooling costs just by switching. In the summer you leave the curtains closed so the maximum amount of air-conditioning and cooling can be saved, not continuously losing it to direct sunlight. In the winter you also keep them closed so you can keep the heat in. These are how the energy saving curtains can help you.
Many people do not realize that when they plant trees they are helping to conserve energy. The key to saving energy with trees is planting in the right place. Planting in the right place can provide shade, wind blocking, cool air, and the complete any landscaping. Trees that lose their leaves can provide shade for energy conserving because they conserve the use of the air conditioner. Pine and evergreen trees block the harsh cold winter winds from entering your house. Both types of trees directly cool the air in the summer because water evaporates from leaf surfaces cooling the air around it almost like when we perspire. Planting trees in the right place provides relief from the winter winds and the summer heat and also saves you money!
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
In Indianapolis a student has discovered how to use solar panels outside of just racing vehicles in that he has made the first successful solar powered motorcycle. When you are stopped the panels will fold out in order to charge the electric powered vehicle. The only problem with this vehicle is that it can only travel a few miles before having to charge up.
With all the things you do to save energy, it saves you a lot of money. Insallation, for example, saves money on your heating and cooling bill. It traps the heat in your house instead of going through the walls. Vice versa with the cold. The energy saving lightbulbs uses less electricity which saves on your energy bill. There are so many other energy savers that save money. You can save money and the world.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
The Green Roof is a great resource to use in a warm environment such as California, or Arizona. The advantage is it will keep your home or building at a cool temperature in the summer. The disadvantages are it costs a little more than you would think. About 100$ per square foot, but it will save alot of money on air conditioning. Green roofs are mostly common in New York City where there are many big office buildings. Overall, the green roof is a great investment, if you have the money, and the time to manage it.
More and more people are turning green and staying that way. Some of these people are simply putting aluminum cans in recycling cans and washing their clothes in cold water instead of warm. Of course, there are also these people who recycle in new, crazy ways. Look at these different recycling ways to find out some new ways that you can recycle.
- Designers have discovered a brand new way to recycle: making clothes into carpets. These designers simply stitch the shirts and coats together to make a cool, easy to use carpet that you can cut into smaller pieces to fit anywhere.
- A company called Remarkable has made brand new school suppilies from recycling other objects. These school supplies have information about their origons on their covers. For example, there is a notebook that says 'I used to be a juice carton...' on the cover with a picture of an arrow pointing to the juice carton and the word 'Recycle.' This makes shopping for school much greener in the fall.
- For a more fasionable way to go green, Italian designer Marcella Foschi recycles dying or dead technology into interesting fasions. Her cassette tape coin purses are cute and collectible as well as functional.
These ways to recycle are interesting and can inspire many different, insane ideas to go green with recycling.
For more creative recycling ways, go to http://ecoble.com/2008/03/12/10-unusually-creative-ways-to-recycle-ordinary-objects/.
Monday, October 4, 2010
The Taichung Convention Center in Taiwan has finally been announced.
The whole property has buildings designed to look like volcanoes, except they're white. The even better reason that I put this in the blog, is these buildings are enviromentally healthy. These buildings don't look like it- but they are covered in solar panels.
The ruler was buried with hundreds of treasures and is said to be one of the most well preserved mummies of all time. The mummy was a woman, and was covered with many detailed tatoos.
Archeologists thought that only men ruled the Moche society, until now. Maybe she was a queen or warrior princess, the archeologists considered.
Archeologists guess that the woman must have lived around 450 A.D and lived to be in her 20's. Whoever she was, she must have been special in her community.
They are not sure exactly who she was, but are determined to solve this mystery. Her remains and tomb are helping experts re-create what her life was like.
By Rhyan Montgomery
As long as it's giving off light it doesn't really matter. Well, it does.
The placement and type of lighting in your home can help save energy. For example, if you place a lamp in the corner of a room instead of on a flat wall the light will reflect off of two walls instead of just one, so that you only have to have one lamp instead of two. And if you choose lighter colored lamp shades the light will come through easier and that way you can save energy.
Liquid Petroleum Gas is a byproduct of petroleum refining. It's made of hydrocarbons that are vapors, rather than liquids, at normal temperatures and pressures. It's main constituent is propane.
Barbecue grills and portable heaters run on liquid pertroleum gas. Most of the alternative fuel used in the United States. Liquid petroleum gas is safer than gasoline. it's also cheaper than gas in most places. Because this gas enters the engine as a vapor, it doesn't wash oil off cylinder walls or dilute the oil when the engine is cold, and it also doesn't put carbon particles and sulfuric acid into the oil. Everyone should switch to this energy efficient liquid petroleum gas.