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.
The EPA offers free (Read More....)
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....)
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....)
Over the past few years, environmentally friendly cars have become more affordable for the average American. While there have been many improvements recently in green technology, car manufacturers still have a long way to go before they can produce a car that is one hundred percent free of fossil fuels.
Since natural gas hit the car market eleven years ago, the number of natural gas vehicles in use today exceeds eight million around the world. Tighter government emissions standards and pressure that's being put on manufacturers has helped the natural gas movement come a long way. This is especially true in the semi-truck industry.
Low carbon fuel technology is now being used in semi-trucks and has been estimated to emit as much as thirty percent less greenhouse gas than diesel. Because manufacturing costs have been severely reduced due to the large expansion of natural gas vehicle production, green-friendly semi-trucks are becoming more affordable. This is good news for truck drivers and transportation companies alike because current fuel costs show that CNG costs as much as (Read More....)
Many people want to believe that their home will never be victimized, but that's not what will keep burglars away. It's impossible to know when or how intruders may strike, and what threat that poses to your home and family. The only way to reliably defend yourself is by installing preventative features that will turn intruders away before they cause any harm.
Home security comes in a number of different forms. In addition to practicing safe habits like locking doors and windows and keeping an eye out on your neighbors' homes, you'll also want to install some features on your home, and in some cases multiple changes might be beneficial. Here's a quick guide to outfitting your home to be more secure against outside threats.
A Home Security Kit
Home security kits are the most commonly known home safety measure, and they're very effective. A good system uses pass codes to arm and disarm the security system, which can send alerts to local authorities whenever doors, windows or other openings are breached -- even if not (Read More....)