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 (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 (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....)