Decades ago, people turned on their taps without worrying about what pollutants or organisms could be in their water supply. But even though the United States has some of the safest drinking water in the world, we now know that tap water can pose health risks, especially in homes that rely on well water.
The Environmental Protection Agency oversees and monitors municipal water supplies but not private wells. Private wells can become contaminated by agricultural or industrial runoff. Regardless of whether your drinking water comes from a well or a city water treatment plant, the following information may help you decide what drinking water is best for you.
Tap Water Safety
If your tap water looks cloudy or tastes a bit “off,” that’s usually nothing to worry about. You may have hard water, which just means your water contains high concentrations of certain minerals.
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In the past few years, the numbers of electrical appliances in use have led to a substantial increase in the total amount of energy consumption in the average home. This trend is recognized in most Western countries as well as emerging nations. The costs associated with this higher energy usage have also increased. This has created a scarceness of fuel resources, which has led utility companies to raise prices to meet this new demand. It is essential to maximize the total amount of power gained from the entire electrical grid. This will ensure that consumers' utility bills are kept in check and that the carbon emissions are lowered. This means that greater effort toward creating energy efficient appliances for home use is extremely important.
With the introduction of induction cookers, these goals are beginning to be reached. An induction cooker uses heat generated by electro-magnets for cooking. This is a much more energy-efficient method of cooking than traditional electric cookers found in typical households. Additionally, the heat used is completely generated by a process of induction instead of (Read More....)
We often hear the term "Energy Star" in commercials for appliances and home improvement stores, but what does it actually mean when a product is Energy Star qualified? Here's an overview of Energy Star specifications and what they mean for the environment and for consumers.
What is Energy Star?
Energy Star is a voluntary program established by the Environmental Protection Agency in 1992. The goal of Energy Star is to increase energy efficiency while helping businesses and individuals protect the environment and save money, with an aim to raise the standards of efficiency for all manufacturers. Energy Star's goals are to reduce energy consumption, create efficient products, encourage people to act conscientiously, reduce pollution, create jobs, and stimulate the economy. Energy Star combines partnerships, objective measurement tools, and consumer education to encourage people and businesses to adopt energy-efficient products, services, and behaviors.
What is an Energy Star label?
The Energy Star label is a sign that the product has met the energy efficiency requirements and product specifications of Energy (Read More....)
Hybrid technology has played a large role in decreasing the cost of public transportation and reduces costs of running personal vehicles. Cities all across the nation are honing in on the benefits these cars offer.
Hybrids Rear their Heads
In North America, Vancouver was the first city to officially start using hybrids in the taxicab industry. The Prius led the way, clocking over 206,000 miles before it was officially retired. From there, the trend has really taken off. San Francisco now leads the nation. 50% of it’s taxis are hybrid. New York City taxicabs are 45 percent hybrid vehicles.
The U.S. Joins the Movement
The United States first offered hybrids as part of their taxi services in 2005. The Ford Escape was introduced in San Francisco in small numbers. A total of 15 vehicles were paving the way for the major changes to come. By 2007, the Clean Air Taxi Grant encouraged cab companies to put even more vehicles of this kind on the streets. As the numbers of hybrids increased, New York and California began adding the Lexus RX 400 and (Read More....)
Waste Vegetable Oil (WVO) is the grandfather of alternative, natural fuels in the eyes of many. Before biofuels were seriously coming under public scrutiny, thousands of individuals were converting their VW bugs and vans to run off this excess cooking material. Enthusiastic and environmentally conscientious motorists were making their way across the country, stopping to fuel up at whatever diner there was off the edge of the highway. Vegetable oil works well in diesel engines when the viscosity is correct, but it can serve as an alternative fuel for heaters and other machinery as well.
WVOs are extremely friendly to the environment because, unlike fossil fuels, they do not release hydrocarbons and carbon dioxide into the atmosphere as the substance is burned. This method of powering engines is also green in nature because it eliminates waste. The (Read More....)
As the fastest growing fossil fuel, coal has added almost as much to the world's absolute energy supply in the last ten years as all other sources combined. Burned gratuitously by the gigaton, coal power plays a dominant and still-growing role in generating the world's electricity.
(Picture Credit-Coal miner Lee Hipshire in 1976, shortly after emerging from a mine in Logan County, W.Va., at the end of his shift. A few years later, Lee took early retirement because of pneumoconiosis, or black lung disease. He died at 57.)
Coal is a widely distributed energy resource. Reserves can be found on every continent aside from Antarctica, although they are heavily concentrated in a handful of nations.
The countries with the largest known reserves are the United States, China and Russia, collectively possessing about half of the world's recoverable tonnage. These three—along with Germany, India and Australia—account for about eighty percent of economically viable deposits globally.
The United States has far more underground than any other single (Read More....)
The demand for greener home goods is rapidly growing, and air conditioners are no exception. When remodeling a home or purchasing a new appliance, most homeowners seek the newest efficient, environmentally friendly models. These new products are safer for the environment and they use less energy, which means homeowners are left with a lower energy bill.
Why are Older Models Harmful for the Environment?
Old models of air conditioners used a type of CFC coolant now known to cause serious damage to the ozone layer. For that reason, newer air conditioning systems use different coolants. While even the newest air conditioners may have an adverse effect on the climate (according to the New York Times, despite the switch to refrigerants that have less of an effect on the ozone layer, gasses produced by new air conditioners still affect climate change), homeowners looking to go “green” will be happy to make do with the newest technology available.
At the very least, air conditioners are far greener now than they have ever been. For those who live in a hot climate, living without air conditioning is a (Read More....)
Authored By Dave Webb
The world's farm land appears to be turning into deserts. With all of our science and all of our learning on crops, why?
I think it is because of the dismissal of rules of common sense and from the Bible.
Factory farms are just plain wrong.
The Bible basically states we should rotate crops. Those crops should rotate and land should be allowed to recover once every seventh year. That means letting it grow wild on the seventh year.
Every once in a while we need to have a Jubilee year where everything goes back to the way it started.
Basically that is what the Bible says. To me it is a handbook on how to run Planet Earth.
When you go against the basics, then things fall apart.
The biggest failed experiment in history was the use of land prior to the great depression of the 30s. The result was a wrecked ecology. The dust storms of Oklahoma need no comment.
We have gotten away from those basics with the factory farms. Factory farms are not efficient, contrary to what people think. (Read More....)