Home repair and maintenance is one of the most important changes you can make to reduce your family’s environmental impact; but it can be intimidating if you’re not an experienced DIYer. Fortunately, many of the big offenders in your home are easily and cheaply fixed. Here are a few solutions for the biggest energy wasters in your home.
Improving a home’s energy efficiency or adding alternative green energy sources is a smart way to help the environment, reduce monthly utility expenses and enhance occupant health and comfort. However, the initial cost of “going green” can put a financial strain on the homeowner, especially in a down economy. How can individuals fund their “green” home improvement projects? Consider the following tips.
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.
For those addressing food issue on a crowded planet, this is exciting news. Japanese homebuilder Daiwa House has introduced a line of prefabricated hydroponic vegetable factories, aimed at housing complexes, hotels, and top-end restaurants. Called the Agri-Cube, these units are said to be a first step in the industrialization of agriculture. Instead of farm or garden land,…
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.
Putting the “green” back in the Green Mountain State, Vermont’s Eagle Creek Renewable Energy, LLC recently acquired the development rights for two hydroelectric facilities from Blue Heron Hydro, LLC. This acquisition marks the first pure development project for Eagle Creek, and is scheduled to be built on Army Corps of Engineers dams in southern Vermont….
According to an analysis from USA Today, the average electric bill is $1,419 a year. Homeowners are looking for new and proven ways to cut their bills. Many of those homeowners are buying green lights and taking other initiatives to cut their energy consumption. However, they often overlook one of the biggest energy sinks in their home: water heating.
According to Carney, when these fuel cartridges are used to provide electricity, the only emissions are water vapor and a benign by-product, sodium silicate – a desirable energy solution that emits no greenhouse gases or toxic byproducts, from supply chain to application. And once the powder in a NaSi cartridge is depleted, both the cartridge and remaining material can be fully recycled.
Renewable Portfolio Standard legislation mandates that utilities derive a specific percent of their electricity from renewable energy generation sources and often includes requirements for solar energy deployment known as “solar carve-out” programs. Instead of building solar power generation facilities themselves, utilities can meet their solar generation requirements by purchasing SRECs from homeowners and businesses with solar systems, which helps offset the costs of residential and commercial installations.
The LED lighting revolution has stepped out of the home and made its way to the streets as more cities across the globe are realizing the cost and energy savings that can be realized when traditional street lights are replaced by energy-efficient LED counterparts. Unfortunately, many cities have been held back in the switch to LED lights due to financial constraints that make it difficult to complete the initial transformation.
As people become more concerned about the state of the environment, all industries are making efforts to go green. Though progress has been made across the board, architecture is an industry that has enjoyed significant success. All over the world, cities are building eco-friendly structures and renovating their existing buildings in order to lessen the…
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.
New research is being conducted on more energy sustainable residential combined heat and power systems (resCHP). The research is being conducted by Pike Research which joined Navigant’s global Energy Practices on July 1, 2012 which provides in-depth analysis of global clean technology markets. The systems are small generation systems that produce electricity for residences while also capturing heat that would normally go to waste.
The Adelanto Solar Power Plant ties into a switching and converter station at the southern terminus of LADWP’s Southern Transmission System, which links Southern California with wind farms and the existing Intermountain Power Project, a power-generation facility in Utah capable of producing 1,800 megawatts of electricity.
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.
As products are developed to be internationally used, it is important that they can be made from local products, wherever they are needed, affordable in those locations, and sustainable in all aspects. Many of these products take years to develop but are a necessity for the future of underdeveloped and overdeveloped areas. One such product,…
Today, DOW POWERHOUSE announced a major new collaboration with Imagine Homes, a San Antonio-based homebuilder leading the nation in new high performance green building technology, to offer the cutting-edge DOW POWERHOUSE Solar Shingle roof system to all new homebuyers in Imagine Homes’ six San Antonio area residential communities. Additionally, DOW POWERHOUSE will be a standard feature on all homes in the Willis Ranch community, scheduled to open in September 2012.