Friday, February 18, 2011

Universal, Energy-Effiecient Adapter

By Allana Bochmann

This universal power adapter is the new solution to losing cell-phone chargers or any other electric charger. When an electronic device is hooked up to the power source it will recieve the exact voltage that it requires and no more. This is an improvement to electric chargers that usually supply more energy then needed.

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Ways to Conserve Energy Part-2

by: Morganne Williams

Another place you can conserve energy is in Your Yard.

1. Avoid useing leaf blowers or other dust- blowing technology.

2.Use an electric lawn mower instead of a gas one.

3.Leave grass clippings on the lawn because when they decompose they become fertilizer for the soil.

4.Instead of mulch use recycled wood chips to keep weeds out.

5.Only use the required amount of fertilizer and not more.

6.Try not to use pesticides.

7.Turn your yard into a wildlfe habitat; not only can you help the environment, but you would have a lot of fun doing it.

8.Rent or borrow things that you don't use a lot instead of buying them.

9.Use non-hazardous components to take action like planting marigolds in your garden instead of pesticides to get rid of pests.

10.Create a compost pile with fallen leaves and other yard debris.

Energy Saving Tips

by Tori Riggs

Here are some energy saving tips for going green in your household
  1. Run full loads of dishes in your dishwasher. Only washing full loads saves water and soap for when you need to wash your dishes again.
  2. Use higher watt bulbs. Higher watt bulbs give more light and can replace several smaller and lower watt bulbs, thus saving energy.
  3. Turn off lights that are not in use. This can build and save up a lot of energy which can lower your electric bill.

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Landfill Drainer

By: Noah Turner

Is your house full of plastic grocery bags you don't know how to get rid of? Are you afraid to overflow the landfill with your plastic bottles? Well, you're in luck. Recently, Japanese inventor Akinori Ito introduced a machine that will return petroleum based objects back to petroleum. Even better this petroleum can be used to fuel houses and possibly even some vehicles.

Ways to Conserve Energy- Part 1

By: Morganne Willams

There are many ways that we can conserve energy in many different places.

One place that you can conserve energy is In Your Home.

1.Clean or replace the air filters on your air conditioner at least once a month.

2.If you have central air conditioning, do not close vents in unused rooms.

3.Lower the thermostat on your water heater to 120.

4.Wrap your water heater in an insulated blanket.

5.Turn off or shut down your water heater if you are going to be away for an extended amount of time.

6.Turn off uneeded lights in all rooms even if you are only leaving for a second.

7.Set your refridgerator at 36-38 and your freezer at 0-5.

8.When useing an oven minimize the amount of times that you open the oven door, because it reduces the temperature by 25-30 degrees.

9.Clean the lint filter in your dryer after every load.

10.Unplug appliaces that are rarely used.

11.Use a microwave whenever possible instead of a conventional oven.

12.Wash clothes in warm or cold water when possible.

13.Reverse indoor ceiling fans n the summer and winter as reccommended.

14.Only use electric appliances when you need them.

15.Use CFL's to save money and energy.

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Motion Sensored Lights

By Kaila Thieman

Most people in their home have motion detecting lights that turn on and off when someone walks by, because it is convient and they are easy to find. But how does that help the enviroment? Because it is saving energy. Even when they are still plugged into there power source it isn't using electricity. Often you forget to shut off the light when you walk down the hallway or out of the garage but with a motion sensor you don't have to worry about it because it will shut off automatically when it doesn't sense motion for a while.

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5 ways to Conservre Energy

by Ivy Long

1. Turn your refrigerator down. Refrigerators account for about 20% of your household electricity use.

2. Set your washing machine to the warm or cold setting not the hot. Switching from hot to warm can save about 500 pounds of CO2 per year.

3. Make sure your dishwasher is full when you run it and use the energy saving button if you have it.

4. Use less hot water by installing low-flow shower heads which cost $10 to $20 each. They save about 300 pounds of CO2 per year.

5. Wrap your water heater in an insulating jacket to save about 1100 pounds of CO2 per year.

Europes 25% Energy Cut

According to a draft created by EurActiv, a reduction of 25% of emmisions is achieveable by 2020 for the European Union (EU). It provides a twist to the current energy efficency debate in Europe. The EUs goals are to improve energy efficency by 20% by 2020 and reducing emmisons by 20%. The curve in this debate is whether the economic crisis has made the reductions realiseable. The document states that the EUs energy saving goals will reduce emmsions by 5% more. The paper says that neccesary reduction requires a 25% reduction in 2020. A commsion source told EurActiv that there are proposing new exercises, models, and measures to reach the reduction target. If the energy efficency plan works out, then over the next 40 years, Europe can save tons of money on fuel costs.

School Is a Waste

By Mallory Coats

A lot of students think that school is a waste of our time. (Ithink so too, but dont get me wrong, we still need it) Anyway school wastes a lot of energy. Like every morning the buses have to take kids who live far away to school. It would just be easier if they built another school that was closer so that they could walk. And Even in the classes at school i use about 5 pieces of paper per class. There is 8 classes so thats 40 pieces. and there are 700 kids im my school so thats 28000 pieces of paper in just one school in one day. Dont get me started on how many schools that there are. All im saying is that we need to change how we teach our students today. Ipads anybody?

Monday, February 14, 2011

Potty Pork

You may have heard (Or Not!) in Taiwan, pigs have been potty trained to eliminate filthy runoff. These "potty pork" are cutting runoff by 80%.