Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Green Bedroom

By Mallory Coats

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

Energy Awareness At School

A way to get energy saving awareness at school is by putting posters all around the school. There's many different designs you can play around with. If you're creative and use bright colors then it will draw attention to your poster and will get people interested in the point you're trying to get across. This strategy also works at work too.

Walmart Solar power

by Ivy Long

Walmart is taking steps into the fields alternative energy. In 2007 Walmart joined the enviormental defense fund. Walmart was hoping to have thin film solar panels. the advantage of these solar panels are they are less costly ,are light weight ,and easy to put up.

Recycling Common Objects

by Tori Riggs

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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

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Monday, May 2, 2011

Bacteria gets A Promotion

Usually, we try to get rid of waste by keeping it in sunlight and letting bugs and bacteria eat away at it, but that takes a long time for us to be able to do anything with the nasty filth. Good thing though, there is a much quicker way to dispose of the stuff! It just costs 2 million dollars. Although, scientists are currently testing a new idea for getting rid of the waste quickly for a lower cost- two hundred thousand dollars. It only has been recently released, so there isn't much info on it... yet.

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Trees Trees trees :)

By sawyer

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.

An Expert Solar Power Harvester

Did you know that the common Oriental Hornet that we find in our gardens use solar power? The hornet utilizes solar power and produces electricity. If we could discover how it the hornet manages it, it would make things easier and revolutionize future solar power harvesting. A research team at Tel Aviv University have been researching the insect, and trying to mimic it's solar power qualities. They have learned that the exoskeleton works by converting the abdomen of the hornet into small solar cells. Other studies indicate that the hornet's harvesting capacity is based on the amount of intensity from the sun. Temperature, humidity and solar radiation are factors in what makes this hornet more active during the afternoon. They've found that UB V rays are one of the reasons that the bug has different activity levels during different parts of the day. Researchers have tried to duplicate the body structure of this hornet to harvest solar energy for electricity producion, but they have been unsucessful. Efforts are continuing to create a model and find a way to use the insect for power solutions.