The word green has become synonymous with intelligent decision and design; something that identifies you with caring about the environment. What’s interesting is when we combine green with technology. Ways we can conserve, improve, salvage and enjoy our surroundings, while making life a little easier and maybe a tad more fun.
When there is little water available for plants to grow, their roots form alliances with soil microbes that can promote plant growth even under water-limiting conditions, according to research published Oct. 31 by Daniele Daffonchio and colleagues from the University of Milan, Italy in the open access journal PLOS ONE.
The frigid temperatures, falling snow and fierce winds of the season can cause all sorts of mishaps to visit your dwelling, from a persistent draft to a near-biblical flood. Consequently, many homeowners should start preparing their homes to face this year’s frost well before the snow starts falling. By doing just a little work now, you can save yourself and your house a lot of grief later.
Green chemistry, also known as sustainable chemistry, is the design of chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use or generation of hazardous substances. Green chemistry applies across the life cycle of a chemical product, including its design, manufacture, and use. The 12 Principles of Green Chemistry, originally published by current EPA Assistant Administrator Paul Anastas, Ph.D. and John Warner, Ph.D. in Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice (Oxford University Press: New York, 1998), provide a road map for…
Sustainability is poised on everyone’s lips from the government right through to individual homes. Protecting the environment is becoming impossible to ignore what with the new methods of waste disposal and recycling etc. Therefore energy saving lighting is just an extension of this. Follow this explanation to understand all-things associated with energy saving lighting. Energy saving light bulb wattages and brightness In order to understand energy saving lighting, it is necessary to know how light is measured and the terminology.…
City leaders aspiring to transform their cities into models of sustainability must look beyond city limits and include in their calculation the global flow of goods and materials into their realm, argue researchers in the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences journal Ambio.
Taking on a do-it-yourself home renovation can be a rewarding challenge, but it may also present unseen dangers. This is especially true of older homes that were constructed with materials that are considered to be health hazards today. The level of danger will be variable depending on how old the home is, but the homeowner should take every possible precaution to avoid or limit exposure to dangerous chemicals.
Cost-effective home-improvement ideas are always helpful, like these that have been provided by guest writer Anna Hicks. 1. Upgrade Your Kitchen The kitchen is the first thing many prospective homebuyers look at. If you’ve got an old kitchen with outdated features, your otherwise spectacular house may not be worth as much to some buyers because of the kitchen. You don’t have to go crazy when it comes to upgrading the kitchen – even small, simple things can make a big…
“To date, state programs have been inconsistently and incompletely integrated into regional and national networks,” they write. “In this era of reduced financing and increased threats, better, more consistent coordination of state-based efforts is increasingly necessary to maximize the effectiveness of limited conservation funds.”
The sad reality is that many businesses and offices still leave their lights and computer systems switched on through the night, wasting energy and adding to their costs. These issues are easily addressed – a memo asking employees to switch off lights and computers as they leave, is a simple solution, and the first step in making a change in the collective thinking of everyone involved.
As the holiday season approaches, here is some green gift-making advice from Sashka Many people don’t realize just how unfriendly traditional candles can be to the environment. They are made with paraffin wax, a petroleum by-product, and the soot from these candles contributes to indoor pollution. The scented varieties are especially toxic because the fragrance oils used in production are petroleum-based synthetics. Candles that are made from beeswax, soy wax, or palm oil are eco-friendly alternatives to traditional candles. There…
The benefits of going green with your home styling are twofold. First and foremost, it’s better for you, your family and the environment. Secondly, going green always saves you money over your home’s lifetime. Here are some of the basic financial benefits of having a green home.
If you’re not a lighting professional, the language used to describe energy efficient lighting upgrades isn’t the most user-friendly. Being unfamiliar with the terms can make the choice of what type of lighting project to employ for your facility seem daunting. Relight, retrofit, 1-for-1 replacement, deeper retrofits – what is the difference and where do you begin?
Managing pests used to simply be a case of finding the right chemicals from the closest hardware store and having at it. Now, this is no longer the case due to increasing concern for the environment and human/animal welfare. In order to help adapt to these changes, many scientists recommend using an ‘Integrated Pest Management’ strategy, or IPM for short.
It also turns out that solar panels can benefit from green roofs. Solar cells tend to perform better and convert more sunlight into electricity under cool conditions. Heat is also generated as a result of solar radiation, which is why high-performing solar panels often have the need for extra cooling. If solar panels are positioned on top of a conventional roof that consists of gravel or bare waterproofing membrane, even more heat is generated.
One neat thing about the new invention is that the “porous” layer of glass is not formed onto the glass substrate through an expensive high-heat process, as you would expect when combining liquid with solids, but it actually forms at room temperature.
Geothermal power offers the best green deal for home heating currently. The power comes from a range of different underground sources, including shallow ground, warm underwater springs and liquefied rock in the form of magma that lies far beneath the earth’s crust.