Thursday, May 26, 2011
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
- Setting Your Thermostat-Install a programmable thermostat compatible with your heating and cooling system. Make sure to set it comfortably low in the winter and comfortably high in the summer.
- Lower Your Water Heater Temperature- Follow the thermostat on your water heater to 120 degrees farenhiet.
- Using Power Strips-Plug your electronics into power strips. When turning off these electonics, power down using the power strip to prevent stand-by mode from drawing electricity unnecessarily.
- Washing Clothes or Dishes- Follow the full load guideline. Never use the dishwasher or washing machine unless it houses a full load.
- Power Down Computers and Monitors- Turning off monitors and computers when they are not being used can save energy and do not damage the computer.
- Drying Dishes-Air dry dishes rather than using the heated drying cycle.
- Washing in Cold Water-Wash your clothes in cold water. This decreases heating bill and is better for your clothes as well.
- Use Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs-These lightbulbs do not use less energy but they do last longer.
- Take Showers-Take short showers instead of baths. Also, use cold water to take a shower.
- Look for the Energy Star Label- Buy products that have an Energy Star label.
- Throw the old water from a pet's bowl onto trees and plants instead of dumping it down the drain.
- Wash your pets on the lawn to water the lawn and wash your pet.
- Make sure fountains, swimming pools, and ponds are equipped with recirculating pumps.
- Set a kitchen timer for when you are watering your lawn so you do not overwater your lawn.
- Soak pans and pots instead of using running water to wash them.
- After steaming foods, use left over water to make a soup or cool down water to drink it to get your eight glasses of water.
- Ensure outdoor lighting is off during the daytime.
- Clear out your car; extra weight can decrease gas mileage.
- Cover hottubs when not in use.
- Remember, it pays to invest in energy saving. Try to install solar panels to save money and save energy.
- Don't buy a refridgerator or a freezer that is too big for your family's use.
- The microwave uses 20% less energy than an oven so heat your food in your microwave.
- Recycle your printer's toner cartidges.
- Use fans to cool your home instead of overusing your AC to cut on electricity in your home.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
More at http://www.popsci.com/environment/article/2011-05/preparing-climate-change-chicago-adapting-itself-warmer-weather
Monday, May 23, 2011
- Use rechargalbe batteries, instead of disposable ones.
- Use rags and hand towels instead of paper towels and napkins.
- Plant leftover Christmas trees in your backyard.
- Refill your bottles of water and continue to use them to reduce the use of plastic bottles.
- Use public transportation.
- Recylce your engine oil.
- Collect rainwater to water plants after the rain stops.
- Try to wait to turn on lights until the sun officially goes down and it is dark.
- When you are on vacation, turn your thermostat down to 60 degrees.
Friday, May 20, 2011
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Monday, May 16, 2011
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Monday, May 9, 2011
BY RHYAN MONTGOMERY :-)
The greenest states in America might have surprised you, but what about the greenest cities in America, and what makes them enviroment friendly?
The top ten greenest cities are:
New York City,NY
Los Angeles, CA
These cities each have to show that they conserve water, use green resources, use some soloar power, and save energy in other ways. Denver, Colorado is number 19 later down on the list.
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Many people are talking about energy effiecent homes but they never seem to focus on specific rooms like living rooms or bedrooms. Here are some ways that you can make your bedroom green.
1. Paint it green. duh
2. make sure your walls have good insulation
3. use natural or compact fluorescent lights
4. install a ceiling fan
5. make sure your windows don't leak air ... caulk them.
6. use organic cotton bedding
There are many everyday objects that can be recycled, such as paper, plastic and aluminum. However, there are also many other common objects that can be recycled that most people don't know about.
- Athletic shoes. If you have any brand of worn-out tennis shoes, Nike will recycle them through their Reuse-a-Shoe program. You can just drop off any tennis shoes at any Nike or Niketown store to recycle your shoes.
- Old technology. When you have too many old VHS tapes and cassettes, you can just give them to GreenDisk, a company that recycles those old pieces of technology. All you have to do is mail in the technology, and GreenDisk takes care of it in an eco-friendly way.
For more information, please visit http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/21642033/ns/today-green/
Monday, May 2, 2011
Trees can be energy efficient in many ways. let me explain using a list.
1.Plant trees next to south and west facing windows. That way the shade lowers your cooling costs.
2. Place leafy shade trees to the south and west and plant evergreens towards the north.
3. Try to plant trees closer together instead of spread out to save on water.
4. Intead of watering your trees once a week with a large amount of water try using a small amount each day.
5. Don't plant trees too close to sprinkler systems because it will risk damaging them.
Saturday, April 30, 2011
Friday, April 29, 2011
Which states do you think are the greenest? The top enviroment-friendly states might surprise you.
The top states are:
All of these states have high recycling rates and a low carbon rate. Colorado rates #13.
There are many different things you can recycle and reuse in everyday life. Some of these are:
Turn old milk cartons into bird feeders. Birds honestly don't care if they have a fancy feeder or one made of a carton. Just cut the milk cartons, hang them, and fill them with seeds for the birds to eat.
Organize with tin cans. You can wash out tin cans and cover them with different colored paper. These cans make great containers for pencils, crayons, paintbrushes, and other art supplies.
Reuse old paper. Use the reverse side of paper for kids' art projects as well as notes for later. You don't have to get rid of paper just because it has words or markings on it, so you can use it for many other things.
For more information, please visit http://www.howtodothings.com/home-garden/how-to-recycle-everyday-objects
Thursday, April 28, 2011
People often take the energy they use for granted but do you realize how much energy the average person wastes? Lets show the consumption on a small scale by showing how much the average American teenager uses while getting ready for school.
1. They use electricty to keep their alarm clock running
2. Their phone is usually charging.
3. They wake up and turn the lights on.
4. They take a shower
5. They may use a hair dryer and or hair curler.
6. They turn on water to brush their teeth.
7. They turn on another light in the kitchen.
8. They use the toaster/oven/ microwave
9. They may watch some TV
10. Many get a ride to school
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Monday, April 25, 2011
Nuclear power is sustained nuclear fusion. Nuclear power can generate heat and is useful for other jobs. Power plants, ships, and submirines use nuclear power to heat water and produce steam. Nuclear power is used in 6% of the worlds energy. One problem is it can cause serious injuries and sometimes DEATH. So don't try to mess with nuclear power kids it can cause DEATH.
For more information on SWEEP go to:
more info at http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2011-04/new-fog-harvesting-devices-could-provide-clean-drinking-water-worlds-poor
Friday, April 22, 2011
To learn more about India's energy efficiency efforts go to:
Because of all of the spring wind lately, it seems like a good idea to talk about wind energy and how it works. Using wind turbines to generate energy is a fairly simple process. First, wind energy is picked up by a turbine and the turbine converts the wind's kinetic energy into mechanical energy. From there a generator turns the mechanical energy into electricity. While wind energy is relatively easy to find an change into electricity, building wind turbines can be expensive and the wind doesn't blow all the time and everywhere.
For more information on wind energy and wind turbines, please visit http://www1.eere.energy.gov/windandhydro/wind_how.html
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
-Decrease your carbon footprint by finding alternative fuels to run your car.
-Turn the thermostat down as much as 15 degrees. This can save you up to 10% on heat bills per year!
-Insulate your attic.
-Keep the hot water heater at 120 degrees farhenheit and install a hot water heater insulationg banket.
If you follow some of these ideas, You'll save lots of money!
Monday, April 18, 2011
Friday, April 15, 2011
The building would produce as much energy As it uses in one year. The building will maintain its historic qualities and it will install the newest technologies.
The building will install energy saving geothermal heating and cooling system and solar panels to meet the energy needs of the building. They will also install state of the art lights and wireless controllers, along with windows with solar control film that control how much sun is needed.
Any of the excess energy that is created will be sent to grand junctions electrical grid.
Additional information from: http://coloradoenergynews.com/2011/03/grand-junction-site-of-countrys-first-net-zero-energy-historic-building/
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
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Tuesday, April 12, 2011
- Grab a wrench and fix leacy foucets.
- Cover lawn with shrubs, dirt, and rocks so you don't waste water.
- When you doing laundry, match the water level to the size to the load.
- Teach your children to turn off faucet tightly.
- Remember to check sprinkler valves periodically. Keep sprinkler heads in good shape.
Friday, April 8, 2011
Thursday, April 7, 2011
- Use safety in all unused outlets.
- Hire an enviromental consultant to asses your residence for hazards.
- If your home has a large, single-paned picture window, use heavy draperies during the winter to help hold back cold air.
- Reflective window film can help reduce heat gain during the summer, and it will keep furniture and carpet from fading.
- Check window to see if they need new glazing. If the glass is loose, replace the putty holder holding the pane in place.
Monday, April 4, 2011
Friday, April 1, 2011
- dark colors attract heat and are the best for winter or cold times
- more coats of paint can also attract heat
- light colors are ideal for summer because they don't attract too much heat
You also need to change your painting ideas if you live in a regularly hot or cold area. Obviously, if you are normally very hot, then dark colors will hinder you more than they will help you. This makes normally cold areas perfect for dark colors because the heat isn't really a problem.
One last thing you need to keep in mind is that your home may have a very specific color that makes it unique, so you don't want to change your entire house's design and style just to be more energy efficient.
Wind energy is similar to energy from water. When water or wind moves fast enough it creates kinetic energy. That makes the turbines move and then it generates electricity. Then the turbines store that energy for later use. To understand wind energy you also need to understand wind. Wind is created when the sun heats up the ground. Then the warm air around it rises and mixes with the cooler air to create wind.
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Monday, March 28, 2011
Some people change their lightbulbs when they get the slightest bit dim or really dim. This is bad. If you just dust off your lights, you will get more time and save more energy and more lightbulbs, glass, and other pollution/other harmful things.
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Friday, March 25, 2011
1) Loose Fill Cellulose: this is made from recycled newspapers, formaldehyde-free and treated to be fire resistant.
2)Spray-in Soy foam: Typically made from natural soy, they act like other spray-ins, but do not contain formaldehyde, are environmentally safer thanb their conventional spray-ins.
3)Batt or blanket insulation: Usually made from natural fibers, such as wool and cotton, and can contain recycled-material such as old blue jeans.
These can help insulate almost anywhere in your home to help save energy!
Citation:Green Now! Here's How.
- Recycle. This tip is hardly needed to say, but you have no idea how much energy it can save to recycle. It takes much less energy to recreate an aluminum can than it does to create one for the first time.
- Take showers instead of baths. An average shower uses 20 gallons of water, and an average bath uses 37 gallons.
- Open windows when the weather is nice. This eliminates the need for an air conditioner in the spring and fall, and can save a lot of energy and money.
For more easy green tips and information, please visit http://cashmoneylife.com/frugal-money-saving-energy-tips/
Thursday, March 24, 2011
- Use safety plugs on unused outlets. These are prime places for outside air to leak into your home
- Hire an enviromental consultant to asses your residence for hazards.
- If your home has a large, single-paned picture window, use heavy draperies during the winter to help hold back cold air.
- Reflective window film can help reduce heat gain during the summer, and it will keep furniture and carpert from fading.
- Check window panes to see if they have new glaze. If the glass the loose, replace the putty holding the pane in place.
- If drafts sneak in under exterior doors, replace the threshold.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Her are some facts about wind energy you may our may not know. Many people overlook wind energy as a potential alternative energy source. Wind power should not be over looked. wind energy is a form of solar energy, and therefore, is renewable. wind does not need to be produced so there will be a constant supply of it. but right now wind is one of the least used renewable energy source so let make it our new energy.
Once upon a time there was this guy. You know that one guy with the face? Yeah, that one. Anyway, there is this ocean (the one with water) and its just sitting there. And up on the shore there is a gym for people to work out. Turns out that this gym wastes a lot of energy and isn't very useful. They keep the lights on all day and they pay for electricty for the machines. This gym happens to have a lot of customers and there are people there all day. It takes a lot of electricity to keep a gym open that long. So my idea is, "Why don't we just use the man power from people on the exercise bikes to power the lights?" That way people would get a good work out and save electricity. Their memberships would be cheaper because the gym doesn't have to pay for all that power.
Now that we're past the bad part, I have an idea. It probably wouldn't work, but, what if, with all the radiation on free-range, there was some kind of machine that enabled the radiation to be harnessed, and used for energy in, say, homes' electricity. Everyone could put one on their roof or something, and in times like these where radiation poisoning is a factor, the machine could suck the radiation out of the air and use it. Just a thought.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
A recent study in the UK shows that people are more willing to save energy to when their area is in risk of a flood. The study found that Britian has had many severe floods in the last ten years and there are more to come due to climate change. Awarness of the climate change could help citizens reduce the energy demand in the region. This study proves the first solid evidence that peoples experience with climate related events will promote higher awarness of the issue and suggests new ways for getting people involved with environmental issues. With extreme weather affecting the globe, citizens need to have energy efficency in their thoughts to possibly reduce the impact of climate change.
Monday, March 21, 2011
Thorium is much more abundant in nature than uranium and can also be used to provide nuclear energy. India is the only country that sponsers major research on the use of thorium for nuclear energy. Thorium is a slightly radioactive material that was first discovered in 1828 by the Swedish chemist, Jons Jakob Berzelius, he origianally named it Thor after the Norse god of Thunder. It has been discoverd that Thorium can be used as a nuclear fuel like uranium and can be used in a closed fuel cycle. With more research maybe eventually we can use Thorium as a safer nuclear energy alternative to Uranium.
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Thursday, March 10, 2011
- Lighting accounts for 15% of a typical house's energy. Turn off your lights when not in use.
- Electric heating adds extra heat that an air conditioner has to cool off in the summer.
- Replace incadecsent lightbulbs with energy saving compact fluorescent lamps.
- Install dimmer switches to save energy and make light bulbs last longer.
- Install low-voltage lighting for outside illumination.
- Look for the Energy Star label when buying appliances.
- Use electric pans or toaster ovens when cooking small amounts of food instead of oven or microwave.
- Fruits and vegatables take less time to cook when they are in smaller peices.
- Foods cook faster and use less energy when they have a lid on them.
- Preheat the oven only when the recipe calls for it. Boilers do not need preheating.
- Save energy by cooking an extra dish or cooking a whole meal in the oven.
- Let hot foods cool down before putting them in the freezer or refridgerator. They work harder and longer having to cool down hot foods.
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
During the summer you usually see people working in their yards. Some people think that its a nice thing to have music playing while doing hard work. I agree. Some people try to bring radios out but the house may not have a power outlet on the outside. Others bring battery powered radios but the batteries tend to die really fast. A great solution to this is just to use a solar powered stereo. During the summer there tends to be less clouds and more sunshine. So it all works out in the end. Thats what makes the earth go round. :)
Insulation and Caulking
- More half than heat you use is lose through uninsulated floors, roofs, and walls.
- Insulation keeps heat in the winter but lets it go in the summer.
- Inspect your home HVAC duct system to be sure they are properly connected, sealed tightly, and well insulated.
- Caulking and weather stripping your doors and windows is an efficient energy saving tip.
- Seal cracks in your basement walls and floor to keep heat in and cold out.
A very new and cool way to reuse things is to redecorate them and make them simple art, containers or gifts for your friends. Here are some ways to be green in decorating old objects to make them new.
- Cover chair cusions with old sweaters. This looks kind of cool and will fit with any style of room.
- Melt down old candles. You can melt old candles into small flower pots and stick in a ready-made wick to make brand new candles.
- Make a tiered tray. Collect three plates and two cups that you aren't using and glue them together.
- Use Altoid containers as supply tins. You can give the covers different looks to make them fit your office's style, or you can just seperate the supplies by flavor.
For more information, ideas, and steps to make your home or office greener, visit http://www.wholeliving.com/photogallery/eco-chic-on-the-cheap?lpgStart=1¤tslide=14¤tChapter=1
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
His name is DK and he is the future of robotics. He isn't an inventor, isn't a designer, he is in fact the product. He doesn't have a bionic leg, not a bionic arm but, he has literally never been living. This "man" is completely made of metal, wires, and other non living material. This is the first non Japanese model and is German. The Chinese creator used revolutionary robotics on the face so it could carry human characteristics. Here a comparison of it with and without the fully done face.
Monday, March 7, 2011
- Space heating and cooling accounts for about 45% of your utility bill and this offers the greatest opportunity to save on energy costs.
- Adjust thermostat in small degree changes.
- If your home is heated electrically and you live in a moderate climate like Southern California, then consider installing a heat pump to save 30 to 40 percent on heating costs.
- Cranking up the thermostat on a heat pump system may turn on the back-up resistance heating strips and adding greatly to your electical bill.
- Installing a progammable thermostat that will automatically adjust the temperature according to your schedule and will pay itself in about a year.
- Changing your furnace filter once a month can save energy.
- Turn off the TV, VCR, stereo or radio when not in use.
- Turn off the dehumidifier on dry days when it's not needed.
- Install low-flush toilets to save water.
- Turn off water while brushing teeth or shaving.
- Don't use toilet as wastebasket or ashtray.
- Cancel orders on printed items instead subscribe to online versions.
- It takes 1,000 years for plastic to decompose so don't use plastic.
Saturday, March 5, 2011
Information From: http://www.greenburials.org/FAQ.htm#What_are_the_benefits_of_a_green_cemetery_over_a_traditional_cemetery
Friday, March 4, 2011
NO. of lamps used over 10,000 hrs.
Cost per KWH-0.085
Electricity cost per 10,000 hours
Total life cycle cost
Savings with CF- $45.20
Most people know why you should recycle batteries but most people dont know how they are recycled.
this is the process broken down so its possible for the average human to understand.
1. the batteries are shipped away.
2. they are heated up so much that the chemicals leak out and the plastic is vaporized.
3. the metal is melted down.
4. then that melted metal becomes a new battery.
end of story
- Using a fireplace sends valuable heat up the chimney. Reduce the loss by installing glass doors.
- Have the chimney checked and inspected reguarly and burn only fully dried hardwoods to produce the most heat output.
- Provide an outside air source to fuel the fire in your fireplace to prevent sucking out conditioned room air.
- Keep your fireplace damper closed in the winter when not in use.
- In the summer, open the damper to create a natural cooling draught.
- If you don't use your fireplace, plug the chimney with fiberglass insulation and seal the doors with silicone caulk.
- Use grates made of C-shaped metal tubes to draw cool room air into the fireplace and circulate warm air back into the room.
Thursday, March 3, 2011
- Plant a tree. One well-placed tree can reduce 25% of cooling costs.
- When planting trees, place leafy shade tree to the south and west, and evergreens to the north.
- Use cellular shades for your home or office.
- A ceiling fan should blow down in the winter and up in the summer.
- Set your ceiling fan to on rather than auto.
- Make sure your window air conditioner is proper size.
- Vacumm registers and vents regurlary.
- Raise the thermostat to about 78-80 degrees when you go to bed or leave the house.
- If your home can't accomodate central air conditioning, try a whole-house attic fan.
- During the winter, remove window air conditioning and seal the windows with caulk and weathering strips.
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Monday, February 28, 2011
- When running a bath, plug the tub before turning the water on, then adjust the temperature as the tub fills up.
- Walkways and patios provide space that never needs to be watered. Use that space wisely.
- Collect water from roof and use it to water plants
- Use a water bottle and wash it every three days to cut glasses used and plastic bottles.
- Don't use automatic sprinkler system. Instead, check amount of moisture 2-3 inches under grass.
- Install a rain sensor on your irrigation contorller so your sprinklers won't run while it rains.
- Defrost food in refrigrator.