When most people think of using solar energy in their homes, they envision massive arrays of solar panels attached to the roof and complete detachment from the traditional power grid. Unfortunately, harnessing the sun’s energy to the point of being able to go off the grid is still cost-prohibitive for the average homeowner, particularly if they own an existing property. There are ways to help offset these costs, but there are also a number of ways to utilize solar power in the home without a complete overhaul.
With the earth’s resources becoming increasingly strained it’s more important than ever before to think about how each of us can help. Reducing the amount of wasted water each household is responsible for is one way to make a difference. The place where the biggest difference can be made in your household is in the bathroom. Here are a few quick tips on how to reduce water wastage in your bathroom today.
Guest Post: Why You Should Use a Certified Solar Installer in The UK – Quality Installations, Tariffs and Grants
If you are having a solar power system installed in the UK, it is important to look for an MSC certified installer to carry out the work. Doing so will ensure that you end up with a good quality solar system that really is suitable for your home or business.
There are two main kinds of green roofs: intensive and extensive. An intensive green roof has strong structural support, allowing it to house bushes, trees, paths, and benches, functioning as a rooftop garden. Extensive green roofs, on the other hand, require less support and little maintenance, support only ground cover for environmental benefits.
Using detailed regional climate models and geographic information systems, researchers with the Climate Change and African Political Stability (CCAPS) program developed an online mapping tool that analyzes how climate and other forces interact to threaten the security of African communities.
SPS is seeking, on an annual basis, approximately 88,705 MWh of “other” renewable energy generation as defined by the New Mexico Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), or an equivalent amount of biogas of approximately 665,300 MMBtu (one million British thermal units) to be in commercial operation no later than January 1, 2015. SPS prefers that the biomass resources be located in New Mexico.
GE successfully tested a world-class traction motor for hybrid and electric vehicles that could help extend the range EVs and hybrids can travel before recharging or needing gasoline. Pictured is one of the prototype motors developed by GE researchers at their lab in Niskayuna, N.Y.
With growing interests in hybrid cars, organic foods and greener living as a whole, some homeowners have taken the stance that it is time to make upgrades to their living situation to lower monthly costs and reduce their carbon footprint.
In simple words, they aim to eliminate the need for public recharging stations, which aren’t yet that common. Using the vehicle to recharge itself while running is the most amazing addition to the electric vehicle world. The plans to implement this technique were first adopted in Japan at the Toyohashi University of Technology lead by Takashi Ohira, an electrical engineering professor.
But a notable new study from the Consortium on Financial Systems and Poverty presents some of the first real evidence of microfinance impacts and indicates that the true returns of expanding access to credit are much more complex. Some of the greatest benefits to alleviating poverty, the study suggests, may be in the impact the programs have on driving up wages.
Quick Cleantech News Roundup (via Clean Technica) Just a reminder that we are publishing numerous posts to the “Quick Cleantech News” widget and category that do not show up on the CleanTechnica home page. If you haven’t been keeping your eye on those posts, here’s a quick roundup of recent Quick Cleantech News posts: Solar Flexible Solar…
The solar gadgets on the market today are interesting, fun, and tend to pique your curiosity about how sunlight can actually make things operate without much effort at all on your part.
In December 2011, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced that Lake Mead – the main water source for Las Vegas – could lose about 13 feet of depth by early 2013. Dry winters have a negative impact on the man-made reservoir, which is comprised mostly of water that began as snowfall in Wyoming, Utah and Colorado.
Helping to save the planet doesn’t have to mean marching in a protest, never flying on a plane or solely wearing itchy hemp clothing. Doing your bit to be greener doesn’t even mean making huge changes to your lifestyle. The smallest things can make a big difference, from lowering your heater by 1 degree to sealing a tiny crack around your window. There are many tips to help lower your energy consumption within your home, each one of which may seem minor but aids in reducing global energy consumption, which ultimately makes our planet a greener, healthier, happier place in which to live.
Have you missed an important call or appointment because while shopping all day long your cellphone runs out of battery and there’s no available electric outlet wherein you can recharge it? Have you ever wished you can bring your electric outlet (at home) to your camping site so that you will have no problems cooking your favorite camping foods?
“The argument that somehow non-wood construction materials are ultimately better for carbon emissions than wood products is not supported by our research.
“Trees removed in an environmentally responsible way allow forests to continue to sequester carbon through new forest growth. Wood products continue to benefit the environment by storing carbon long after the building has been constructed,” he added.
News on hydrogen from Tina Casey at Clean Technica. New Hydrogen Catalyst Takes off Like a Rocket (via Clean Technica) The next generation of low-cost fuel cells could take your home off the grid and free your car from the gas pump with clean, renewable energy, and researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have brought us one step closer to that future. The team has deployed a biomimicry-based hydrogen…