Archive for September, 2011
Advantages of green roofing
Posted on: Wednesday, September 28th, 2011 at 12:16 pm
Primarily, you should understand that green roofing is a form of covering the roof with vegetation on a water proof membrane wholly or partially. Established around 30 years ago in Germany it finds its popularity more in Europe than in US.
The following can be listed while counting on the benefits of green roofs:
• Environmental advantage: As it exists on the roof i.e. on the top of a house or building it helps generating good quality air replacing the layer of pollution in the air. It acts as an anti-storm agent, minimizing the damages from storm. Also it helps the surroundings look beautiful.
• Advantage to Bio-diversity- experiments have shown that green roofs help in increasing the number of rare species found around plants.
• As it creates stable temperature, the need for air conditions as well as heater in summer and winter decreases, hence lowering down on the energy consumption enormously.
Give your office an eco friendly feel with a green design
Posted on: Sunday, September 25th, 2011 at 6:55 am
Do you want to give your office a fresh and green eco friendly design? Well then it’s not a tough job provided you have several sensible options. Office is a place from where a person takes immense amount of resources that greatly shape his personality and attitude. So choosing the right kind of furniture should be your primary goal.
Stick to buying woods from stores that maintain sustainable forestry and avoid stuffing up your office with hard woods furniture. Always search for eco friendly furniture that could be recycled and come with a FSC tag and don’t spend your money over VOC furniture that causes rapid air pollution.
If you really want to keep your office environment clean with full of fresh air to breathe then don’t invest for hybrid materials such as plastic coated board or tables because these elements would harm your work environment in a major way for its chemical and carbon ingredients.
Why switching over to green construction material is a good idea
Posted on: Wednesday, September 21st, 2011 at 10:07 am
You can switch over to using green construction materials and reduce the cost of building your house. Using green materials for house building has its own advantages. You become more eco friendly and at the same time minimize the costs. Use solar roofs, LED lights and water efficiency kits to aid in the process.
The water efficiency kits help you to convert rain water into toilet water. Solar roofs can be expensive but once you invest in it, you can use it for 20 years minimum if not more. You can also repay the cost incurred in 10 years. Your house should be built in such a way that it has good draft protection. This means that the air infiltration rates will be low. Also your house should have the highest R values.
Using energy efficient products like SIPs or Structural Insulated Panels, Spray Foam Insulation, Photovoltaic- Solar Energy etc are really good. You can use energy efficient windows too.
Go green, say yes to compost
Posted on: Saturday, September 17th, 2011 at 2:51 pm
Today, go green is the new mantra and everything should have an eco-friendly aspect. Mother Nature has been enduring the torture by humans, since ages. It is time to take care of her and do everything that will inflict minimum pain to her.
Composting is a very simple way to do well to the environment by reducing the percent of solid waste. You can compost all the vegetable wastes and scraps from kitchen to give the microorganisms a good deal of composting work. The kitchen wastes like stems, potato peels, tips of carrots etc will eventually get decomposed and turn into great organic fertilizer. They can be used to provide nourishment to the soil.
Yard wastes like leaves, weeds, withered branches, clippings of grass etc can become a part of the compost heap. So, the garden waste will be sent back to the garden itself to make the place greener and full of flowers and fruits. Hence, say yes to compost and start the never ending green cycle.
Renewable energy solution for you
Posted on: Tuesday, September 13th, 2011 at 3:22 pm
For the last few decades, the human race have used up almost 50% of the oil reserves present all over the world. Simultaneously, the coal and gas reserves are also getting depleted at a rather faster rate. Thus, it is essential to find an energy source that is renewable and is easily replenished after usage. Such accessible energy resources are solar, wind and water. If these sources can be harnessed in a proper way, they can illuminate the entire world.
Wind is one of the most crucial elements in this field and can rotate a wind turbine to generate almost up to 85% of the electricity of that time. The solar energy, if used properly, may be used in numerous ways, like fuel for solar cars, lighting up your home, and many more. Similarly, hydro-electricity has also gained much significance these days. Transportation via steam engines had started gaining importance since its invention long ago.
Learn to make green energy at home all by yourself
Posted on: Friday, September 9th, 2011 at 1:28 pm
Apart from having plants and flower around your house you can invite a lot of other green energy to your home as well. If you do not have plants or a garden that is the first thing you need to work on.
You can opt for making solar panels. This saves energy as well as money. The important part of making green energy is reducing the polluting elements; let’s see how you can do that:
• You should check the working of your heating/cooling equipment regularly, as the problems might enhance the regular usage of electricity. Also if they are above 15 years old, then you should really consider buying a new one.
• When it comes to using of lights, apart from strictly switching on and switching off as required, you also need to check their wattage. They might be of 100 watts, where only 60-70 watts would do. Use compact fluorescent lights for places where the light keeps burning 24×7.
Lean to plan a green wedding for yourself
Posted on: Monday, September 5th, 2011 at 4:55 am
With so much environmental concerns growing, green weddings are the new hot thing in the town. From green receptions to recycled invitations, everything looks just so amazing. There are many ways on how the bride and groom can have a less negative impact on the planet due to their wedding. They can very well use recycled gold as diamond mining have a wrong impact on nature.
You can also use recycled paper for your invitations. In fact you can even make your own paper if you want to give a personal touch. Rather than printing your cards, you can get it written by a calligrapher. Also emailing can be the best option.
Use candles, not only do they look romantic, but they also are energy efficient. Use bamboos and other less unnatural things. You can definitely get organic flowers for the décor. Use local caterers; this will cut down on the fuel cost. Donate the leftovers and avoid using disposable items.