Today, I wanted to talk about some of the latest technological improvements in the energy solutions industry. People are largely unaware of the improvements made to create clean energy, lower emissions, and reduce our ecological footprint. This lack of education is what leads people to be wasteful, because they don’t realize there is more to life than what corporations have to offer them. Thus, I wanted to take the time, and list out some of the improvements made that go a long way in helping restore our environment.
With more and more people becoming environmentally aware, more work is being done to find sustainable, renewable, and clean energy, that doesn’t produce waste or harmful, destructive chemicals. To that end, green technology has made huge leaps and strides in the past twenty-five years. However, we still have a long way to go. Our work in solar, wind, and hydrothermal technology has come a long way, but improvements could still be made. However, environmental solutions are not just limited to these fields. Scientists all over the world are pioneering new ways to go green, and help you lead a cleaner life, some of which are more interesting, and some of which are downright bizarre.
The European Union’s recent pledge to reduce emissions by thirty percent has created a buzz in the international community. But their proposal has met a lot of criticism, as well as positive response. This is no surprise, as the goal this political organization promises seems to fall short of actual environmental promise. After all, the proposal allows for coal factories and age-old power plants to continue operation until the 2030 deadline. Energy activists however, argue that expanding the energy market will not only reduce emissions by over forty percent (see the EU’s numbers above), but it will also provide jobs to over three million Europeans.
As a naturalist I feel it is very important to be sparingly with the resources mother nature gave us. The most important resource on our lovely planet earth is water.
I bet you are thinking, but there is an abundance of it. Well you are totally right! But what are we with that abundance if we soil it and our water resources become undrinkable? Or in the worst case water becomes hard to get because of climate warming.
You see nowadays that big companies such as Coca Cola and others buy natural water sources such as Chaudfontaine. They know that water will become scarce in the 21st century. It will be the gold of the 20th century.
Well first of all being frugally with water is a habit that most people will have to learn. Not leaving the tap open while brushing your teeth is one of the examples I could give you. But there are many other examples of us humans spilling water.
You can lead a cost effective home life not only by controlling your water usage. But also by making sure you have no leaks in your house. A lot of old houses spill water this way. This way not only your water bill will rise, but it is also not good for our environment because water is becoming more scarce every day. So make sure you let a professional do leak detection. If this is the case (like with me), then you will have to fix it unless you don’t care about the bill and the environment.
I bought an old house to be honest so a lot needed to be done. Because I’m a naturalist I wanted to spare mother earth as much as I can. This means that I turned my house together with a contractor into a passive house. Because of this I don’t really need a lot of central heating. I wanted to go further than just the heating & ventilation part. I also wanted to do the plumbing myself and make it eco-friendly.
To be crystal, I didn’t know anything about plumbing. However I searched the internet and enrolled in a course. It took some time but I got the hang of it. Today I’ve done all the plumbing work that was necessary in my passive house. I didn’t only save a lot of money this way (the course I followed was a lot cheaper than the money I would have spend on a plumber working in my house), but I also did it the green way. I only used degradable plastic tubes and put isolation foam around them. This way there would be less heat loss when hot water was going through the tubes.
However I did learn a lot with this course and I really liked doing it. I made my house environmentally better because of my plumbing skills and I’m thinking of trying this out as a job so I can make sure other houses also go for a green solutions.
If you want to make sure you live eco-friendly then doing your plumbing work yourself is a good start. Don’t hesitate, just follow in my steps and live your life greener. There is only 1 earth and we need to take care of it.
Now a day, the world is consumed with pollution. Everywhere you go, there are always evidence of how the earth is being abused; garbages here and there, smoke belching, oil spills. These are just a few examples of how the environment is treated. As a result, this pollution has help create a negative impact not only to mother nature, but our health as well.
Thankfully, our government units are becoming more aware of the consequences if the environment is not taken care of. They are currently starting programs that educate people about the things that they can do to help avoid adding pollution. They are taught how to reuse, reduce, and recycle things. In fact, these are being taught at school, which is a positive action as it teaches the children at a young age to be conscious in caring for the environment.
Keep in mind that caring for the environment needs teamwork and dedication. It is not just for one person, but for everyone, for it to be successful. If you want to be a part of the team that takes care of the environment, you can start at your own home. Here are some tips on how you can achieve them:
Reduce using plastic materials. Unlike paper, plastic cannot be recycled and materials that cannot be recycled is bad for the environment. Therefore, whenever you go to the grocery store, make sure you bring with you a canvas bag that is big enough to carry your items. Also, if you are currently hosting a barbecue party, use paper cups and paper plates instead of the plastic ones.
Reuse bottles and cans. Instead of throwing them away, you can reuse them. For the bottles, you can use them as a flower vase. To make it look more presentable remove the labels by soaking it in water so that it peels off easily and add accessories on it such as beads. Another idea is to use paint to make it more colorful. For the cans, you can use them as flower pots.
Recycle paper. Instead of throwing papers, you can recycle them. Ever heard of paper mache? It is a great way to recycle paper and make it into art crafts for kids, i.e. masks, animals, etc. You can check the internet for more ideas.
Install air purifiers in your homes. Air purifiers help clean the air environment in your home. It reduces the pollution, thus enabling your family to breathe a more fresh air. Since the environment outside our homes are polluted, our required oxygen intake is not easily met. As a result, you might feel stressed out and easily tired. With air purifiers installed in your homes, you can be more relaxed and energize. You can search the internet for reviews about air purifiers. It can help you decide which one you should get for your home.
With all these tips on living an eco-friendly environment you and your family are contributing a lot to make the world less polluted. You can also share these tips to your friends or work colleagues. The more people know about eco-friendly living, the less polluted our earth will be.
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It is very important to keep the relative humidity of your home between 30 and 50 percent. Human health can be impaired from exposure to moldy indoor air. Dry air can crack your skin and make you a slave to a litany of moisturizing products, with their own eco hazards attached. In addition dried out mucous membranes can make you more vulnerable to upper respiratory conditions, such as asthma from flaring up.
Choosing a humidifier or dehumidifier with an Energy Star label will save you $20/year , and will use less energy over their lives. Those without the Energy Star label, while working as well, will use more energy. A built in humidistat can monitor the humidity and automatically allow the machine to be turned off when not needed., which will also save you money.
The more air you are dehumidifying, the more energy you are going to burn. Residential stand alone dehumidifiers can draw from 300-700 watts of power when in operation.
If you are anything like me, each month when you sit down to budget your money, you're searching diligently for ways to save a buck here or there. When it comes to cooling my home especially during the summer months I found some economical solutions that save you a buck or two.
In today's modern society, cleanliness and living 'green' is key to a healthy lifestlye. Cleaning the air in your home is one easy step toward healthy living. There are several environmentally friendly air purification solutions to choose from.
Live plants are the cheapest and most aesthetically pleasing air purification method available. Plants absorb toxins in the air through the leaves, similar to how we would breathe the toxins in through our mouth and nose.
Charcoal, which is made from burning organic matter such as wood and plants, can be used to purify air. In many water filters such as the Brita, a carbon material such a charcoal is used to absorb toxins. Linen bags filled with bamboo charcoal can be placed around the house to absorb moisture, reduce toxins, and eliminate foul odors.
Properly ventilating your home is another easy step toward purifying the air. Opening windows to allow a cool breeze not only gets rid of stagnant air, it can help reduce your energy bill! You should also check to be sure your ventilation system is working properly.
In my view, it is extremely important to minimize your expenses at home. The more you spend on unimportant things the more you need to earn, and reducing expenses is a great way to reduce your impact on the environment.
Some people assume that to be green you need to spend a lot of money. Of course it’s quite possible to do that and many people do exactly that by installing solar panels on the roof, which has an environmentally friendly impact by reducing greenhouse gases from coal fired electricity production, but is not cheap.
However there are many other ways you can be green without cost. For instance an obvious one is growing your own food. This is both cost effective and healthy as homegrown food has much greater nutritional value than store purchased food.
Another example would be composting. Rather than throwing away your garden waste compost it to return it to the garden. And if you are growing your own food the compost will do wonders for your vegetable garden.
Many people who wish to have a small environmental footprint do not have a large income, and so would be unable to afford more expensive investments such as solar panels.
For these people there are also some other options, one of which I’ve been pursuing myself. I’ve been working from home earning some extra income from home pursuing my environmental hobbies.
There are many websites discussing matters related to going green and being environmentally friendly. I have developed a new career as a freelance writer, working from home, writing articles about my experiences with low-cost environmentally friendly practices.
There are some huge advantages attached to working from home. I don’t need to run my car to get to work which reduces my impact on the atmosphere. If I work from home I don’t need to buy all the fancy working clothes which regular employees need reducing my reliance on the cheap labor used to manufacture clothes.
And there are also financial advantages to working from home, for example I have now removed the cost of commuting to work from my weekly budget.
Of working at home as a freelance writer might not be perfect for you, however if you would like to reduce your impact on the planet and work from home then there are many other options that you could consider. Here is a good place to start: http://www.aussieinvestigator.com/10-genuine-work-from-home-opportunities-for-australians/
The Internet has been a huge bonus for many people who wish to work at home. For instance many people can earn a living at home working as a virtual assistant, others can work at home doing call center jobs or data entry.
And friends that I have in the green community are now earning an income from home as photographers photographing the green projects in the area and selling these photographs online.
It’s not easy trying to reduce your environmental footprint. However there are ways to reduce the cost of doing so and there are also ways to earn some extra money from home at the same time.
I encourage you, if you are interested in environmental matters, to research the ways you can reduce your environmental footprint at very low cost or no cost, and also research ways you may be able to improve your income working right at home.