As more energy prices rise and interest in natural resource conservation grows, more households are looking for ways to cut costs and save the environment. Fortunately there are many hidden ways to save energy in every household.
One very easy way to pick up extra savings on the electric bill is to ensure that all appliances are unplugged when not in use. Even though an appliance may be switched off, electricity may still flow through its circuit. Many homes leave televisions, computers, kitchen appliances, and cell phone chargers plugged Read more »
A solar water heater can save you hundreds of dollars each year. Nowadays, people hook their water heaters up to their electric, gas or propane. Because of this, it can be difficult to save money when it all seems to be going towards your gas bill at the end of the month. Water heaters do use up a lot of energy when they are in constant use. Because of this, it is so important for you to understand just Read more »
When you recycle your household trash, you are positively contributing to environmental conservation efforts. Teach everyone in the family the importance of recycling. You should have a trash container that is labeled as the recycling bin. When you start your recycling program, start with simple items such as milk cartons and soda cans.
Show your children how to rinse these items out before placing them in the recycling bin. Paper products are also a good starting point for your family’s recycling program. You should save all of your paper products and shred any papers that contain Read more »
Lots of people are looking into green reliant energy these days and many homes even come built for the potential of green energy applications. Even today, you can find houses built specifically for the purposes of utilizing both passive and active solar energy. You might be wondering how this works, which is why I have written an article detailing how these green homes are helping homeowners save a lot more green, every day.
Most of these green homes that utilize solar energy have their specialized equipment and material built into the south side of the home since that is often the side that gets the most sun. Passive solar energy is capture through specially constructed windows (like greenhouse glass) and material in the walls that help trap the heat and ventilate it throughout the home. Active solar energy is captured solar radiation obtained through solar panels and cells. This harnessed energy can be re-purposed and used directly to heat water and air, and even cook.
And while solar energy may not be the most reliable standard on the market when it comes to renewable energy, homeowners who implement these measures have saved thousands of dollars and, more importantly, helped save the environment.
The weather phenomenon which began as a tropical storm is now slated to become Hurricane Alex. This news comes at a crucial time in the oil recovery process, as BP wants to step up the siphoning capacity. With some companies pulling workers from the site, it will be difficult to increase or even maintain the current level of recovery. Those companies include Shell Oil, Exxon Mobil, and Anadarko Petroleum.Alex’s path will take it away from the Yucatan Peninsula and move it south, out over the Gulf. It is then expected to move northwest, away from the extraction sites, and make landfall in the north of Mexico around the middle of the week. While the storm should not damage current recovery systems, the presence of 12-foot waves would force a halt in the construction of a third oil-capture system later this week. BP insists, however, that they are still on schedule in their plans for two wells which it hopes will stop the leak by August. Read more »
Now, more than ever, people want to know about the foods going into their bodies. It’s also easier than ever to “eat green”, thanks to plenty of resources online to help guide you to a healthier you. But when the holidays arrive, you have no choice but to make exceptions, right? Not with a little bit of digging.”Planet Green” offers access to many guides for cutting out excess at holidays and get-togethers. If you’re a vegan, “Vegetarian Kitchen” offers many delicious Thanksgiving recipes like Jerusalem Artichoke Salad, Pueblo Corn Pie, and Old-Fashioned Potato-Bread Stuffing. This offers an interesting alternative to the traditional holiday meal.Of course, you can still enjoy a turkey, so long as you purchase an organic one from retailers like Shelton’s. Shelton’s believes in keeping their poultry in a traditional barnyard setting, giving the animals freedom to move and grow at their own rate. It may take longer than in smaller, cost-efficient cages, but it’s worth the wait for both the birds and for your dinner plate. Shelton’s also avoids growth hormones in the feeding of their birds. Read more »
Scientists have discovered a new way in which avian influenza viruses, or AIVs, are transferred. The oil glands which waterfowl use to stay waterproof naturally attract AIVs from the water. The birds then spread the viruses over their own or others’ bodies by preening. But just what else do we know about this virus?Transmission of the particular AIV, H5N1 influenza, is highest in Asian countries, with the first outbreaks occurring in Korea, Vietnam, Japan, Thailand, and Cambodia. In 2009 there were at least five deaths from the virus in Vietnam, while three more cases were confirmed in Egypt. However, in that case, all three infected patients recovered. Read more »
It was previously thought that during times of intense ecological stress, such as hurricanes and pollution, organisms engage in less competition in order to survive. However, scientists now believe that the level of competition, as gauged by observed microscopic organisms, remains relatively level. The researchers introduced disturbance with sound energy and then separated the organisms into different levels of competition, based on how many different species were in each system. The results of the study showed that species continued to compete even as disturbance levels were increased, when such competition often led to extinction.Scientists have been studying competition in other ways as well. Some have observed how systems of three species interact. In each case, one species is stronger than another, but is always eliminated by the third species. This suggests that the two stronger species will die out while the weakest competitor survives, and these results have been borne out in bacteria studies at LMU. Read more »
Canada has traditionally been known for not focusing enough on the environment. Tellingly, their greenhouse gas emissions have risen constantly for the last twenty years. But that could change thanks to a new plan to eliminate coal-based power plants and replace them with natural-gas sites.Environmental Minister Jim Prentice made the declaration on Wednesday, and the plan is expected to be finalized by early 2011. While older coal-fired plants would be eliminated, newer ones could be allowed to remain so long as their greenhouse-gas emissions were lowered to the same levels as natural-gas plants. Emissions not only keep heat in the atmosphere, but certain ones, like fluorinated gases, can also contribute to ozone depletion. Read more »