For the rural parts of the United States, implementing solar arrays are not seen as a cost-effective solution for power demands. As costs of photovoltaic equipment has been decreasing steadily since the middle of 2012, the argument that rural areas can't have a renewable energy solution is seemingly more and more moot. There is a variety of ways that these sparsely populated areas can implement solar technology without upsetting the community with hiked rates.
1. Piecemeal - Solar arrays can be installed a piece at a time. An entire 1.5 gigawatt station doesn't need to be constructed immediately in order to quell some of the problems that the rural communities experience. In some areas, brownouts are so frequent that many have to buy back up batteries in order to prevent damage to computer systems. Even if the cooperative power company installed a handful of small panels at a time to alleviate some of the brownout issues, it could go a long way to improving customer service. Eventually, solar panels will drop so low that nearly everyone can afford them and those who are unhappy with his or her power company could eliminate that monthly bill all-together.
2. Billing Adjustments - Depending on the number of people within the cooperative power company's region, even the slightest of increases could help develop a solar array for the benefit of everyone. If the company was to put it to a vote from the population after delivering the benefits of the solar array, even a small one to two-percent increase in everyone's bill could begin developing a smarter and greener future for everyone. In smaller areas, saving enough money to begin construction could take a while unless the co-op company could develop a strategy to maximize funding.... read more
I like to read the newspaper, but I seldom buy newspapers because of all the waste that accumulates. I've taken to reading the majority of my news online, but it doesn't offer the same experience that reading a traditional newspaper does.
I recently downloaded PressReader onto my iPad and I'm loving it. It is the best newspaper app I've used to date. It really looks like a newspaper and it feels like I'm reading a newspaper - without the garbage, without the blackened fingertips, and as many newspapers as I want to read fit right inside my iPad.
The Massachusetts DEP has released their “Master Plan” for solid waste management in Massachusetts. The major components in the plan include increase in recycling, reduction in overall waste, monitoring and enforcement of waste bans, and modification to the incinerator moratorium. The proposed modification of the incinerator moratorium would encourage the use of alternative technologies, such as gasification, for converting waste to energy or fuel under certain conditions (nma.org).
The incinerator moratorium was introduced in 1988. At that time there were fourteen applications at DEP for new incinerators to be built. Fourteen were way too much for the DEP to handle. Having that many incinerators would mean our state would be burning all trash/MSW. Possibly hurting municipal recycling programs. ... read more
Hybrid vehicles combine the best of both worlds, providing drivers with extended driving range while reducing their environmental impact. Fuel efficiency isn’t the only criteria when making a purchase decision, although it is significant. Practical considerations such as affordability and travel range need to be taken into account.
2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid
This fun-to-drive hybrid is a sturdy alternative to the traditional SUV. While there is lots of room for passengers, it comes up short on cargo space. However, it does boast an impressively powerful electric-gas system that gets 47 mpg, whether you’re driving in the city or out on the highway.
Along with impressive gas mileage, this vehicle offers quick acceleration, responsive handling, and a smooth ride. The interior is quite sophisticated, and although the base model offers many standard features, there are many options available. MSRP from $25,200.... read more
Increased awareness of the environmental challenges facing the world mean that more and more business owners are searching for ways to reduce the environmental impact of their businesses. For many, the desire to improve their environmental performance goes hand in hand with the pressure to save money – energy-efficiency is the key both to reducing carbon emissions and to keeping electricity bills manageable in an era of rising costs.
For businesses with public lavatories, such as restaurants, pubs or theatres, hand drying can be a major source of carbon emissions. The same is true for office buildings or public spaces, where high traffic in lavatories means many users drying their hands throughout the day. Although traditional hand-drying methods can have a significant environmental impact, recent advances in technology now offer businesses a chance to cut down on their carbon footprint, as well as saving on energy bills.
Business owners have always had to make the choice between the hand dryer and the traditional paper towel dispenser. This debate has usually been framed in terms of expense – dryers are usually more expensive initially, but towel machines need to be constantly restocked. Additionally, towel dispensers create large amounts of waste and require more regular attention than dryers. On the other hand, a dryer can add to a business's energy bills. Cloth towels are still seen in some lavatories, but users often avoid these, citing hygiene concerns. For most businesses, hand dryers and paper towels are the only practical options.... read more
As research continues, we are more aware about green issues than ever before. For this reason, a large majority of people have made changes to the way that they live to ensure that they are being more energy efficient. Some people care about the impact on the environment, while others are more concerned about the financial benefits of being green. However, regardless of the reasoning, using steel in construction is just one of the things that can be done to make a difference. In fact, there are a number of reasons why this is a much better material to use than many of the others from an environmental perspective. Here, we will explore many of the reasons why steel buildings are green.
It is important to understand that steel buildings are much more sustainable. One of the main issues that the planet is facing at the moment is the fact that we are losing too many trees, which is obviously not an issue with steel. When using this material, there is hardly any waste because all steel is manufactured based on the project that is taking place. Therefore, you can be sure that you are ordering the right amount with a steel building.... read more
Thanks to developments in the energy industry, it has become possible for households to generate their own energy from renewable sources. Such methods most commonly include using solar powered panels, but can also include the use of a wind turbine in exceptional cases. If your household does not use all of the energy you produce from your renewable source, you can sell the excess back to the energy company that supplies you. In order to do this, you must have certain terms in place with them. These terms will vary according to the company you have a retail energy agreement with, as well as the area of Texas you live in.
Selling Distributed Renewable Generation (DRG) Energy
DRG has risen in popularity across Texas in recent years. DRG is natural resource reliant energy; this means it appeals to those who love to be sustainable, as well as those attracted by saving money in the long-term. The amount of energy you will use will depend on your household activities, and you may find that there are some months when you produce more than you use.... read more
Think about how much trash you throw into your recycling bins at home each month. Now think about how much trash you produce in your office. Can you image how much garbage your office throws out could be recycled? If you think that recycling in your workplace would not make a difference, think again.
Each year, businesses throw away tons of garbage that could be recycled. It’s such a waste of resources and money, and it overruns our crowded landfills. Make the change to start a recycling program in your workplace today.
Make a Plan
It’s easy to say “we want to recycle in our office,” but it’s much harder to make a program that actually makes the workplace more efficient. Before you implement a recycling program, take a few minutes to make a plan. Be sure to decide:
What items you want to recycle
Who will head the recycling program
How you will dispose of waste
Each of these steps is very important because you need to stay focused in order to keep track of your results to see how much of a difference you are making with your new program.... read more
Choosing paper or plastic at the grocery store or opting to bring our own reusable bags, taking the plastic cup offered at the coffee shop or bringing our own with us, or deciding whether to fly or drive on our next business trip or family outing — life is full of everyday decisions that can have quite the environmental impact. It's important that we take the time to evaluate these choices carefully, then make the one that works well for our needs, as well as for the environment.
Flying is often faster than driving, allowing us to get from Point A to Point B much more quickly. When an important business deadline (or Aunt Norma's Christmas ham) is at stake, it seems like it's a no-brainer to just go ahead and book the flight.
But how do driving and flying impact the environment? If we plan out our trip a little more carefully, can we make a greener decision that will get us to our destination and also benefit the planet? Let's take a look at the facts about road trips versus flying so we can learn which the better option is for our individual circumstances.... read more
Electronics are constantly developing in technology and are becoming increasingly replaceable as new models become available on the market. For example, mobile technology has taken enormous advances even in the last five years! The idea of accessing so much content on-the-go was unthought-of and although this technology is incredibly useful to us; it always has a dramatic effect on the environment and the world we live in. Statistics show that over 2 million tons of unused electronic devices are disposed of each year and approximately 128 million phones are discarded every year. By recycling your unused equipment you are keeping the toxins out of landfill and this benefits the environment.
First and most importantly it is essential that you delete everything that is on your electronic device. Laptops or PC’s can easily store bank details so it is vital that you wipe your hard drive. Batteries can be handed into local PC hardware stores and placed into special battery bins.... read more