Archive for October, 2009
Is a solar panel right for your home?
Posted on: Saturday, October 31st, 2009 at 4:11 pm
When we think about solar panels, the first thing that comes to our mind is to get it installed on our rooftop. Although it is the best option, you can also consider other places that receive maximum exposure to the sun for most part of the day. Even shade from a small object like a roof vent significantly decreases the final output. Also, try to keep the panel as close to the meter as possible, this will lower the amount of lost power from cabling. Although the solar panels are not really dangerous, they create high voltage and thus, should be installed at a place which is not a high traffic area.
If there is not a suitable place for the solar panel on your roof, then you can also go for ground mounting. You may also use a detached garage or a shed if it is quite close to your house. You should also make sure that there is enough room in your house for the huge solar panels, including their wiring, mounting and enough area surrounding it.
Solar power computers
Posted on: Saturday, October 31st, 2009 at 2:34 pm
Desktop computers consume a lot of energy and even more if the hardware installed is heavier. The usage of power also goes up if you keep your computer on all the time. A couple of years ago, a computer that runs on solar power was launched by a major computer manufacturer which was proved to be very successful in its purpose. It was a light weight model which consumed only 45 watts of energy and could also run on the solar panels.
As far as the appearance of the computer is concerned, it looked nice with 4 GB of RAM and 750 GB of space. But it is also a fact that you do not need to dispose off your desktop computer and buy the one that runs on solar power. You can do this by purchasing 2-3 solar panels and put them to use to power up your house. The cost of a single solar panel is far less than the cost of a new computer.
Energy efficient interior decoration
Posted on: Saturday, October 31st, 2009 at 12:21 pm
While decorating our home with all the necessary items that make our life comfortable and luxurious, we usually forget about our environment. Here are some energy efficient interior decoration tips that will not only help the environment but will also save you a lot of money. If you are repainting your room, then try to use paints that have no solvents. While purchasing wooden products for building structures or for flooring, make sure that the wood has been cut from the local forests only so that carbon emissions do not take place during long distance travels.
As far as saving energy is concerned, install only energy efficient electrical and lighting equipments. Apart from using biodegradable building materials and products, using energy efficient equipments in your interior design is also a very popular trend these days. The first step you have to take is to replace all your old fluorescent bulbs with the new LED lights which is a common practice. Also look for energy efficient appliances for your household like air conditioners and refrigerators.
Arctic pollution and the seabirds
Posted on: Saturday, October 31st, 2009 at 9:41 am
It has been recently found that sea birds play a major role in polluting Arctic environment. This is done as the sea birds carry contaminants such as plastic to the Arctic, thus contribution to pollution in the area. The Canadian scientists conducted a recent test in which organic pollutants like phenyl was found in the samples and the major thing to note is the contaminants were only found where the sea birds existed.
The contaminants get released into the ocean and birds which come to it for feeding their young ones also carry contaminants. So, even the farthest area on the earth is not safe from dangers like environment pollution and global warming. The human activities still remain the major source of pollution since the chemical residuals from the industrial processes get released into the sea. The birds searching for food only carry these pollutants present in the sea to the Arctic land.
Reducing smog pollution
Posted on: Saturday, October 31st, 2009 at 6:21 am
Smog pollution is a major environmental problem which needs urgent attention. One of the primary factors that contribute to smog pollution is the burning of fossil fuels. Every time we use our car or use electricity, we burn fuels that emit harmful chemical into the environment. The chemicals that are present in smog are sulfur oxides, nitrogen oxides and carbon monoxide. Therefore, car pooling can prove to be very effective in reducing smog pollution in which you use only one car instead of using 3-4 cars.
We should make sure that tail pipes of our vehicles are not emitting smog and the best method to do it is following the DMV regulations. The cars also need to be checked for smog at least once in two years. The car should also be taken good care of so that it runs smoothly on the roads, emitting less harmful chemicals and carbon dioxide. One of the simplest ways to reduce smog in our environment is to use good quality fuels only in our cars.
Recycling old mobile phones
Posted on: Friday, October 30th, 2009 at 2:11 pm
Keeping in view the people who change their mobile phones frequently to stay up to date, several companies have come up to recycle these unused phones. These companies are there to purchase these phones, recycle them and resell them out to the needy. The mobile phones that you have discarded can either be used to repair other mobile phones or they can be resold to people who are looking for a second hand phone.
You can also recycle the mobile phones for the purpose of charity. These companies take the discarded phones from the owners and dispose them off to provide help to the charities by donating some part of the profits they make. The consumers can also donate the entire value of the recycled phones to the charity, if they wish to. Therefore, it will not be wrong to say that recycling old mobile phones is relevant to the society also.
Posted on: Friday, October 30th, 2009 at 11:31 am
Since electronics consists of different materials including metals and plastics, recycling them is quite complex. Valuable metals like gold and copper present in electronics can be used in creating new products and harmful things like lead and mercury can be properly disposed off.
Basically, there are two major ways of recycling electronics: recycling center and reuse. In the first method, you take the electronic products to the recycling center where the experts will properly recycle and dispose off the equipment. This is a more feasible option if the equipment has been broken and cannot be used any longer. In the method of reusing, the equipment that is still in working condition can be repaired and put to use again. You can also donate it to a charity or give or sell it to someone who needs it.
No matter which method you choose to recycle electronics, the main thing is that recycling it is better not only for you but also for the environment.
Environment friendly small business ideas
Posted on: Friday, October 30th, 2009 at 9:22 am
If you are planning to start a small business of your own and at the same time want to do something for your environment, then one of the areas you can look for is the green apparel. Now, more and more people are looking for green clothing which is made up of organic materials like cotton with the use of eco-friendly dyes. Another small business that you can consider starting is installing the solar energy products. As people are looking to use maximum amount of solar energy, you can become a service provider who works in the market to install products that run on solar energy like solar panels, solar geysers, solar cookers and solar air conditioners.
You can also start a small business which teaches other companies about how to make eco-friendly choices in their business. In this way, you will become a company that advises other companies that want to enter into the green market but want a little guidance.
Choosing eco-friendly promotional products for your eco business
Posted on: Friday, October 30th, 2009 at 7:33 am
Using promotional products has become a must for all businesses and in today’s world that is more conscious towards its environment, companies have started using eco-friendly promotional products. These products not only contribute towards the promotion of the business but also save the environment from harmful effects of usual promotional products. It has been seen that most of the promotional products, including pens, show pieces and bottle openers are made up of plastic, which is undoubtedly very harmful for the environment. So, you can use PLA which is a plastic like material made from the corn scratch. So, you choose an eco-friendly promotional product for your eco-business.
Apart from that, if you have chosen to give out a promotional product made up of glass, like a mug, then it would be wise to choose the one made up of recycled glass. In this way, you will gain more good will in the market and your customers will really appreciate your distributing the eco-friendly promotional products.
Bioethanol: the fuel which propels a green car
Posted on: Thursday, October 29th, 2009 at 4:20 pm
One of the bio-fuels is the bio-ethanol, which is ethyl alcohol or ethanol of agricultural origin, the same that is found in the alcoholic beverages. This fuel is made by transforming vegetables that contain sucrose like beetroot and sugarcane and by fermenting sugar that is extracted from sugar plant. It can also be obtained by enzymatic hydrolysis of starch that is present in the cereals like wheat and corn.
Bio-ethanol is used as a bio-fuel in the petrol engines as it allows better combustion by increasing octane mix rate. There are numerous advantages of using bio-ethanol, one of which is reducing the emissions of greenhouse gas emissions. Consuming bio-ethanol substitutes other problematic and exogenous energies like nuclear and fossil energy. So, using bio-ethanol, even on a very small scale, contribute very significantly to the safety of the earth’s environment. Harmful emissions from the cars have a very negative impact on our environment and thus, it is widely suggested to use bio-ethanol for propelling green cars.