Buying brand new furniture can be a real chore because of the large selection out there and the high prices associated with most items. One thing that you really should think about looking into is how sustainable the furniture you are buying really is. By purchasing a piece of furniture that is made using precious wood, you may be harming the environment without even knowing it. Looking for this type of furniture might make shopping a Read More »
There are a number of ways that people can do their part for the environment. Oftentimes the best work that can be done is work on one’s own home and local environment. Indeed, one of the best initiatives that can be done revolves around clean energy. Powering one’s home through green processes is a prime way to do just that.
A number of different energy solutions exist in today’s world. There’s wind power, hydroelectric, geothermal, and a number of others that are developing as we speak. Read More »
Last year, my brother told me a little about renewable energy credits, or RECs. I researched RECs and saw that my business could save money by supporting green energy.
The “C” in RECs can stand for credits or certificates. Both attest that a customer has purchased green energy- clean, sustainable power.
Each REC proves the purchase of one megawatt-hour of renewable energy from sources such as solar panels, wind turbines, or flash steam geothermal power plants. In reality, though, you have no way of knowing if your business ever actually used any of the power Read More »
If you have been looking around energySavings.com or the like then you’re probably looking for all kinds of ways to curb the cost of rising energy prices. It’s a situation many Americans find themselves in and, as we move forward into the future, more and more of our precious consumable resources are being depleted and the cost is only rising. Lucky for you, there may be a way to help alleviate some of the cost and consumption in your life without having to give up all those precious little things you hold dear – heating, hot water, etc.
It’s called solar energy.
The first thing to understand is that 1) solar energy can make a difference in your life and 2) there are, in fact, two kinds of solar energy and two different ways of utilizing them.
The first type of solar energy we will talk about is Passive Solar Energy. Passive solar energy is gathered through passive means and basically just requires the sun to be shining on the implements. Materials that utilize passive solar energy are greenhouse glass and specially built spaces in the wall with insulation that trap the heat.
Active Solar Energy requires the use of solar cells and panels to capture the sun’s radiation to channel into hot water or fuel for the stove.
You can consult with a contractor on the matter or you can look into it yourself and remember that while these additions might seem costly, the amount you’ll save in the long run can more than make up for it.
Many people, particularly those that live far away from large cities, are looking for ways to curb their electricity consumption. Living at the whim of power companies, which may decide to raise their consumption charges at any time, can put a strain on personal budgets.
Portable generators are available in several sizes and prices. Usually the more power output a buyer needs, the higher the price tag. Units that would provide plenty of power for large homes may be quite expensive and out of Read More »
Disposable batteries are among one of the most environmentally unfriendly items we buy. They use around half of the mercury in the United States and, when disposed of improperly, this mercury creates toxic emissions when burned. As a culture, we have made a great step in the creation and common use of rechargeable batteries in our devices. Computers, phones, digital cameras and portable dvd players all make use of this technology. We are an on-the-go culture and our portable gadgets have become something Read More »
Many people drink bottled water, but many of them do not know where it comes from. Many people would be surprised to find out the truth about their favorite bottled water.
One thing that may be shocking is the source of the water. There have been reports by various new sources that state that more than half of bottled water comes from the tap. Consumers that find out are normally enraged. Lots of people pay the huge sums of money for bottled water Read More »
When it comes to lighting your home there are many environmentally- responsible options, all equally viable depending on the needs of yourself and your family.
The cheapest and more environmentally-friendly form of lighting is natural sunlight, leaving windows and skylights open is free. Of course, eventually it will get dark. So choosing the correct kind of light bulb to put in your fixtures is important. Currently there are three major options: Incandescent, Compact Florescent (CFLs) and Light-Emitting Diode (LED) bulbs.
Incandescent bulbs are the classic light bulbs everyone grew up with. They use Read More »