First of all, what exactly does it mean to have a green roof? Also known as a living roof, a green roof simply means you are protecting your building with overhead protection, but doing it in a cost-effective, green energy efficient way. More times, a green roof also has actual green vegetation on it as well, often referred to as a rooftop garden. In fact, this is a super common strategy for green roofing. However, even having a simple, easy non-vegetation roof can carry most benefits that actual garden, green roofs have too. Continue reading
The notion of solar cells is widely known nowadays. They are used in solar panels and change solar energy into electricity. Solar energy, also known as photovoltaic technology, is an alternative to the fossil fuels one; it is renewable and safe for our environment, and as far as solar energy can be changed into the electricity, solar panels can be established and utilized for the houses. However, as any other invention, it cannot be an ideal one, so there are some advantages and disadvantages, which should be mentioned and taken into consideration when you decide whether to use it. Continue reading
Environmentally Friendly Ways to Keep Your Home Warm This Winter
Can you believe it? Winter is fast approaching! The weather is quickly changing, and it seems like fall is already a distant memory. If the experts are right, we’re in for an unusually cold winter. That means heating bills will be on the rise as we seek respite from the chill. You’re no doubt familiar with the traditional methods for heating the house: cranking up the furnace, turning up the thermostat a few degrees, or breaking out the old space heater. These methods are fine, but perhaps you’re interested in caring for the environment while heating the house this winter. If so, you’re in the right place! Read on for helpful suggestions on how to be more green with your energy! Continue reading
Green energy lighting has become a more and more prominent feature in our day to day lives as of late. Since the rise of noticeable effects to the planet cause by global warming, people have rapidly changed their thinking on the subject and are now always looking for ways to live in a way that is more environmentally conscious, from carpooling to work to using recycled paper. For a long time, lights remained a contentious issue because of the energy that they consume in order to work and weren’t easy to recycle or do away with once they bulb had popped or stopped working. However, this is no longer the case; green energy lighting is everywhere these days and is becoming more commonplace as time goes on. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits that green energy lighting offers us. Continue reading
By taking the time to recycle, you are saving more than space in your garbage cans every week and earning a couple extra bucks at the scrap yard. There are countless benefits to the environment by doing this. Some forms of recycling helps to create renewable green energy, benefiting everybody. Take a look at some of the most important reasons to begin recycling now, and know how these small simple changes can make a huge impact in the way we live.
Of course recycling is beneficial for the environment, but it can also be a huge help to your local community as you make the effort to help people out. By recycling the items in your home, and even taking your scrap metal to the scrap yard, you are helping out more people close to home than you may even realize. Continue reading
Let’s take a look at recycling: What it is, why some don’t do it, why you should do it and how to do it.
Recycling is part of the waste hierarchy which is in use to keep us from neglecting valuable materials and energy which would otherwise be dumped or incinerated.
Many items which are regularly thrown into landfills can be reclaimed and broken down into raw materials which are then used to create new items. Without recycling the earth would become a very toxic place. At some point humanity would not be able to live or survive on earth. This is why every human should make an effort, when it comes to recycling. Not just to save other species but to save ourselves. Continue reading
People in the Western world waste an astonishing amount of food every year. Some of this simply can’t be helped – we buy stuff like vegetables and because we are busy or life just gets in the way, we don’t eat them before their use by dates. Add to this the general waste associated with actually using our veg, for example all the potato peelings and apple cores, and that is a lot of stuff just going in the bin. What many people are realizing now, however, is that rather than putting this waste in with our general trash, we can actually make it work for us in the form of free energy and also help the environment in the process. All it takes is to create your own compost heap. Continue reading
Low-tech solutions will always be popular in developing countries because the materials are easy to get a hold of they are easier to manufacture and if it breaks for whatever reason it’s easy to fix or cheaply replaced.
If you’re from a developed country when you think of low-tech you’re thought’s float back to the days of big thick chunky televisions, massive mobile phones and yellow stained PC’s with desktops that even goliath would have wrestled with.
But no, it’s simpler than that, when low tech is being discussed it’s usually referring to technology such as solar power and other renewable power sources. Solar energy is the most popular low tech system in developing countries in arid or very sunny climates. Continue reading
Not only are inefficient appliances bad for the environment, but they can also rack up your electric, gas, and water bills faster than anything else. There are a few appliances that you should switch to more energy efficient models as soon as possible to save energy, as well as money. The financial investment you put forth to get these items replaced will be nothing compared to the money you will save in the long run.
These green energy options in most cases are usually close to the same initial price as other options, but cost far less over time. There have been major changes to the way home appliances are designed and used in the last thirty years, and even in the last five years. If you have an older appliance, it is a good idea to get it checked to find out your other options. Look for those appliances that have the EPA’s Energy Star. This labeling was developed in 1992 to help determine which products are the most energy efficient. Continue reading
No longer is ‘green living’ a niche trend. We are all beginning to realize the importance of an eco-friendly lifestyle in order to preserve our environment for generations to come. Changing the way we use fossil fuels is one of the biggest priorities across the world; although the most powerful changes can only be implemented by governments and global corporations, there are small things that everyone can do – to include switching to solar panel energy. Continue reading