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....)
Keeping your floors and air clean might feel like a burden until you realize that keeping your house clean
can save you money in the long run, especially when it comes to purchasing the right kind of vacuum. And you’re not just saving money; vacuums help eliminate potential health hazards in your own home, including allergens and toxic particles like mold.
So what vacuum cleaners should you purchase? Consider these tips when investing in a vacuum that will keep your home clean and your budget down.
Photo Credit- Dyson Vacuum on Amazon
Areas To Clean Is your house fully carpeted? Wood floors? Rugs? Regardless of your (Read More....)
Any business owner dealing with a physical product must not only get comfortable with the workings of distribution (and all of the paperwork and costs therein), but also work constantly toward improving the system. Minor changes in the distribution process can save money and reduce a company's carbon footprint,
which is excellent for both branding and the environment. Below are four ideas, from fuel management to electronic route planning, that are changing the way products get to the shelves.
1. Measure first. Before making changes, conscientious business owners get baseline figures to work from. By using numbers from the accounting side, management can determine exactly what percentage of the budget currently goes toward distribution. Combined with an accurate measurement of the business's carbon footprint, these figures give business owners concrete data -- data that, according to one study, show
companies’ immediate, actionable (Read More....)
If you are trying to decide whether to pick a hybrid or electric car, it may pay to slow down and compare them side-by-side. There are pros and cons to every vehicle. Although the environmental impact may be your first concern, you will also want to consider the financial impact as well.
(Factory Converted Electric Hybrid of the Chevy Silverado) Photo Credits Here
If the environment is your number one priority, you will want an all-electric vehicle. The only other vehicles with zero emissions are natural gas or hydrogen prototypes. When shopping, be aware that there are only a handful of true all-electric cars. Electric models include the Nissan Leaf and the new Ford Focus Electric.
Electric car prices may approach $40,000. The price may be offset by a tax credit and by a savings of $1,500 or more on fuel. For many, the all-electric price is still too high, especially for a car that can't (Read More....)
Driving a car doesn't seem inherently green-friendly, and make no mistake: there are many other options that will prove much more effective in reducing your carbon footprint. Unfortunately, driving a car is unavoidable in some circumstances, and for people who aspire to a uniformly green way of living, this can be a frustrating reality.
But if you can't find a way around using a car -- at least in certain situations -- you can still make your driving habit less destructive to the environment. Read on to find out how you can instantly go green while still cruising around on four wheels.
Stop warming up the engine
Yes, driving in the winter is cold, and it's much nicer to go out, turn on the car, and then come back in side for 10 or more minutes while the heat finally kicks in and warms the interior to a livable temperature. But while you're trying to escape the cold, the earth is choking on your fumes. The extra time spent idling in the (Read More....)