Category Archives for "Green Living"

Food Waste Fuels Climate Change

Green Living

In the U.S., we’ve become accustomed to excess in every form. The supermarkets overflow us with more calories than any one of us could ever need, the shopping malls with more clothes than any one of us will ever wear. But all of that goes unnoticed as we hurry about our busy lives. Who has time to try and grind the wheels of corporate consumerism to a halt?

But the problem of waste is one that will not go away unless each of us has something to do with it. Waste and loss along the road from plow to plate result in up to 40 percent of our food finding its way to the trash instead of our hungry mouths.

This issue represents tremendous expenditures of energy and water, plus dangerous and unnecessary greenhouse gas emissions. Fortunately, the solution to this dilemma is within our grasp — simply raising awareness, spurring common sense changes in our shopping, and encouraging more efficient eating and disposal habits may one day be enough to convince our culture to shift away from such self-destructive practices of consumption.

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Solar Power Bank – Free Residential Power

Alternative Energy , Green Living

The most important benefit of having residential solar power is that it reduces your high energy bills. Nobody likes to pay much for residential electricity. Check out also this Canadian Gabriel Parent-Leblanc video who is heating his small house with an amazing solar air heater that serves as a solar power bank. He has built this small house to prove that it is possible to live year-round in a small house, even in the harsh Canadian  northern climate:

Gabriel Parent-Leblanc heats his tiny house with an awesome solar air heater. He built his tiny house to prove it was possible to live in a tiny house year-round in a northern climate.

Most people have gotten used to paying for electrical bills as long as the cost was reasonable. In the period 970 – 2016, however, the cost of electricity has increased tremendously year after year.

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Biomass Pyramid – Balance is the Key in Alternative Energy

Alternative Energy , Green Living

Biomass is a type of renewable source that is from biological materials that are obtained from the recently living or living organisms like animal-based materials, vegetables and plants. Other materials like animal manure, slurries, straws, husks, poultry litter, trees, and agriculture can also be used to produce biomass. So when it comes to Biomass Pyramid – balance is the key in Alternative Energy!

In simpler terms, bioenergy is the fuel that is provided by recently living materials that are produced naturally such as animal fat, wood or plants. In a more complicated or scientific explanation, utilizing bacteria that are genetically modified so that it will create cellulosic ethanol can also produce Bioenergy. Oil and coal are also organic matter but they are not considered as sources for bioenergy since they were not living things in the first place.

One of the major impacts that bioenergy will have in our lives is that is can replace our existing diesel and petrol with little or no changes or modifications to the engines. Bioethanol and biodiesel are already making their names known that even some notable vehicle manufacturers are already pledging to support this discovery. Plus, with the go green movement, news about biodiesel and its positive impact on our environment have become more widespread.

There are different types of bioenergy and they can be produced in different ways and they also have different uses.

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Solar Energy Solutions

Alternative Energy , Green Living

Harnessing the sun’s energy makes sense because it is clean, green, and saves money in the long run. But the reality is that the cost involved with installing panels and collectors is still out of reach for the vast majority of homeowners. Fortunately, there are some cheap and easy ways to make the sun work for you. See these solar energy solutions, also for beginners:

Passive Solar
Passive solar means simply using or blocking the sun’s rays to heat or cool your home. This means that using your window coverings wisely can save you a ton on your power bills. Simply closing or angling your blinds to keep direct sunlight out can drop the interior temperature by 10 degrees. Try closing the window coverings on the south side of your house when you leave for the day during the summer months.

Without the sun’s hot light shining in the windows, your air conditioner won’t have to work as hard. And in the winter, of course, doing the opposite can help heat your house. There tons of great looking blinds, awnings, and window films to help you harness or block the sun’s powerful rays.

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Climate Change Jobs – How colleges must take on a leading role

Alternative Energy , Green Living

A still relevant report from a few years ago is urging higher education leaders not only to engage in preventing climate change but to prepare for and respond to its impact. So let’s see – when it comes to climate change jobs – how colleges must take on a leading role.

The report, “Higher Education’s Role in Adapting to a Changing Climate,” compiled by the Higher Education Climate Adaptation Committee, states that many colleges and universities have taken some steps to mitigate climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

But these institutions “are having a key role to play when it comes to preparing our society to deal with the impact that climate change disruption across the globe” the report states. The discussion must shift to include prevention and adaptation, the report states, and colleges and universities have a unique opportunity to push that change.

The report recommends climate change-focused curriculum, research, risk management, and community engagement. It points out that colleges have the opportunity to serve as “hubs” in their local communities for climate change adaptation strategies.

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Green Life – How to green up your home

Green Living

So many people believe that living “green” is time-consuming and difficult. It couldn’t be farther from the truth! Just check out this post in the category Green Life – How to green up your home. By using some common send and making some simple changes, you can see improvements in energy usage, water conservation and lowering utility costs.

Saving energy can be so simple and may remind you of things your family did in generations past. Think about this: Instead of using your dryer during summer months, use the sun. There is simply nothing better than the smell of clothes dried outdoors.

By drying clothes outside, you’ll save on electricity as well as laundry chemicals and have the benefit of getting to spend time in nature. While you are thinking about sources of energy, turn off lights in rooms that have banks of windows unless you really need them. Simply shutting off lights can decrease energy usage in an amazing way.

Also, consider doing your chores later in the evening. Instead of running the washing machine or dishwasher during the day, set them to run as you go to bed. You’ll pay less for the energy and put less strain on the electrical grid system. Conserving water can also be simple. Instead of pouring half consumed glasses of water down the drain, use them to water pots of plants or pour them into your outdoor rain barrel.

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Global Warming Meme

Green Living

Much of the technology and ingenuity required to seriously reduce the threat of global warming already exist. This includes solutions that are going to stimulate the American economy because they will be creating jobs, saving consumers and government money, and will be helpful to protect our national security. The Global Warming meme is on and the key is sustainable or renewable energy.

By committing to and investing in renewable energy and, just as important, the energy efficiency of appliances we use and the cars we drive, we can take significant steps towards minimizing our dependency on fossil fuels. We know that our consumption of oil is contributing to the threat of global warming.

We should (and are capable of) use energy much more efficiently and benefit from much more renewable energy sources, including wind, solar, geothermal, and bio-energy. We must rapidly work towards a significant reduction of emissions of heat-trapping gasses, like carbon dioxide (CO2) methane, and nitrate oxide. We need well-educated executive managers who are ready to go all the way.

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Let’s be Stewards of the Earth ~ Just Like the Lorax!

Green Living

I’m always amazed at how beautiful our Earth is ~ it really never gets old to see pictures of the Earth or watch a television show or a YouTube clip like Petie put up in his latest blog, seeing the Earth in all Her glory.

The mountains and rainforests, the rivers and streams, the majestic deserts, the beautiful hills and valleys, and all the magic Mother Nature shares with us ~ this brings me to a place of awe and gratefulness.

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Sustainability Jobs – Teach Your Kids!

Green Living

If you would like to be a good example and role model for kids on sustainability, be it at home, in the classroom, or for your nieces and nephews, you can start by teaching them how to respect nature, to be mindful of all the waste they’re creating, and so on. Their future will have plenty of sustainability jobs – so teach your kids!

In short, there are so many ways to teach them all about our planet, how to treat it respectfully, and how to best deal with sustainability. And at the same time, they can have fun learning it and doing it.

Take a look at a few quick pointers to do so. Here are five tips to get started with teaching children about sustainability, and this is all geared towards  younger audiences:

1. Lead by giving the good example
2. Make learning about sustainability fun
3. Get all kids really involved
4. Read about sustainability to them
5. Volunteer in a sustainability program together with the kids

For more mature audiences, the Center for Teaching at Vanderbilt University has produced some pretty good suggestions on how to best teach about issues concerning sustainability:

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Small Solar Panels – Use them for your home

Alternative Energy , Energy , Green Living

Getting solar panels for your home can dramatically affect your electricity bill. If you are used to paying hundreds or thousands of dollars per year for your electricity bill, be prepared to pay much less. So check out this post about small solar panels – Use them for your home!

You can offset the cost of electricity or even eliminate your bill altogether through the use of solar panels. The most popular set up for solar panels is having the panels attached to the roof. This gives the panels the biggest coverage area and exposes them to the most rays of the sun.

What kind of money can you expect to save? Your average solar panel system will save you around 50 dollars per month on your electricity bill. If you get a bigger system, one that’s designed to take on the full force of your electrical needs, you can expect to eliminate your electricity bill altogether. Incredible!

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