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How To Buy An Organic Mattress For Your Home

When it comes to green living, not many people consider the kind of mattress they are sleeping on.

They will change most other things in the house to be more eco-friendly and forget the one place where they spend most of their time, the bed.

But there are environmental hazards and personal health dangers lurking in traditional mattresses. These dangers are also in some of the extremely popular home-delivery mattresses like the recently-famous Casper mattress, Saatva, and Tuft & Needle.

The primary culprit is that many mattresses today are made from synthetic foam or fibers. Even if they are made from wool or cotton, then they most likely are full of pesticides and other chemicals added during processing.

Some of these chemicals are potentially carcinogenic.

A good example of a dangerous artificial bedding material is the polyurethane foam used in most mattresses. Made from petroleum, polyurethane foam tends to release volatile organic compounds (VOCs). VOCs are linked to a range of health problems.

Another common culprit is in the flame-retardants used by manufacturers. To keep mattresses safe from fire, most manufacturers use polybrominated diphenyl ether better known as PBDE. This chemical, banned in some countries, is associated with health problems such as brain damage, low sperm quality, cancer and thyroid levels.

Fortunately, a new breed of mattresses promises better and healthier sleep. They are called “organic mattresses” in the industry, and they are made in a completely different manner than traditional bedding made by more popular manufacturers like Serta.

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Drones Are Making Agriculture A Little Bit Greener

For several years now, advocates of the use of drones have cited precision agriculture—the management of crops that uses big data and GPS —as a method of boosting profits and crop yields while resolving food and water crises.

There are drones for sale today being used for agriculture in a wide variety of countries including Brazil, Canada, Australia and Japan.

drone flying over field

Ag drones save farmers money by preventing the unnecessarily overuse of resources such as herbicides, fertilizers and pesticides and at the same time reduce the amount of runoff that flows into the streams and rivers that are close to their farms.

Unfortunately, all the hype that has been surrounding the use of drones has not had a substantial effect on the agriculture business in United States, at least, until recently.

American agriculture is incredibly resource intensive, particularly dependent on petroleum products that are processed into nitrogen rich fertilizer. Water use is also incredibly intensive. Continue reading


Alcohol Based Fuel Additives Made From Sources Other Than Corn Starch

Ethanol made from corn starch sources requires a sizable amount of farmland resources as close to two-thirds of the total corn cultivated is dedicated to produce ethanol for biofuel and animal distillers grains [refer to National Corn Growers Association].

In other words it requires close to 60 million acres of farmland dedicated mainly for ethanol production in order to manufacture around 15 billion gallons of ethanol per year, which is about the amount needed to fulfill ethanol as a 10 % by volume fuel additive to gasoline. It is claimed that ethanol is needed as an oxygenated fuel additive in order to raise the octane number of the fuel and reduce carbon monoxide emissions.

In addition, world wide organizations have asserted that corn production in the United Stated for the main purpose of providing it as a fuel additive to gasoline has caused world food prices to rise dramatically and has also contributed to world food shortages. It is asserted then that the US should come up with alternative renewable fuel production methods that would not compete with the food supply but also be energy efficient in method too.

This essay is dedicated to show that there are alternative alcohol production methods available not only for ethanol but also for higher molecular weight alcohols.

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Improving The Energy Efficiency of Appliances With AI

It is amazing to see how the internet, computers and software are entering every aspect of our lives, automating and simplifying daily tasks like never before.

For more than 100 years, technology has been marching steadily into home appliances at every level, from information processing to electronics and production.

However, recently the use of on-board intelligent software capable of analyzing, scheduling and triggering tasks autonomously has been taking off in home electronics and appliances. From automatic vacuum cleaners to robotic pool cleaners, coffee makers and bread makers, artificial intelligence (AI) is being applied to almost every household chore.

One of the greatest side-benefits of the AI appliance revolution is in energy efficiency.

Are you ready for the intelligent, energy-efficient home?

Here are examples of modern high-end home appliances that have recently been incorporating on-board AI software to produce energy efficiency advantages.

Washers and Dryers

Unlike traditional washers and dryers that need you to constantly keep your ear out for task-completed alarms, today’s washer-dryer combos are mostly self-guided.

Today’s cleaning machines have intelligent systems that can perform rinsing, washing and drying without being monitored. They also have delay features that can be used to schedule tasks so that cleaning is completed just in time.

The advantage of these appliances is that tasks are performed even in your absence without any problems.

Bosch WKD28350GB automatic washer/dryer

Bosch WKD28350GB automatic washer/dryer

There are several intelligent dryers produced by manufacturers today. A good example is the Bosch WKD28350GB automatic washer/dryer, which features foam detection, safeguard monitoring, Aquatronic washing and begin-wash delay among other things. Such dryers are excellent at conserving energy because they let the clothes tell them when to finish – rather than a timer.

Smart refrigerators

Samsung’s RH2777AT HomePAD

Samsung’s RH2777AT HomePAD

Also known as “internet refrigerators”, these  units are designed with state of the art technology to replenish themselves with food products.

A smart fridge uses a barcode recognition system (or RFID scanner) that scans and keeps records of items being stored in it. The fridge also keeps track of restocking patterns and notifies users whenever there is an item that needs replenishing.

Some examples include Samsung’s RH2777AT HomePAD and Zipel e-Diary, LG’s Digital DIOS, GR-D267DTU and ThinQ LFX31995ST.

Outdoor grills

There are several automated grills and smart concept grills on the market today. These new designs feature software systems that access internet databases to identify correct recipes including cooking methods and timing.

Intelligent connected grills have preprogrammed systems that eliminate guesswork and use fine recipes to produce the best meal at the lowest possible energy use.

Lynx concept grill

Lynx concept grill (animation courtesy

For instance, the Lynx concept grill allows activation via voice instruction and has many other incredible capabilities.

Robotic pool cleaners

Swimming pool owners no longer need to pay pool cleaning wages. Robotic pool cleaners like Dolphin Nautilus and Aquabot Pool Rover are designed to effectively clean swimming pool floor, walls and cloves.

dolphin nautilus robotic pool cleaner in action

Dolphin Nautilus robotic pool cleaner in action

The smart thing about the latest models is that cleaning is totally automated and can be scheduled to happen after specified periods of time to ensure your pool is ever clean. The newest systems literally read their environment and eliminate redundant cleaning paths, lowering the time it takes to clean your pool and saving a ton on energy.

Robotic vacuum cleaners

Like robotic pool cleaners, robotic home vacuums are programmed to utilize a combination of cleaning procedures and special cleaning features such as spinning brushes.

iRobot Roomba

iRobot Roomba

They can be set to perform cleaning at given time intervals in the absence of anyone. Robovacs sometimes also incorporate data from other systems such as security cameras and intercoms. The iRobot Roomba vacuum cleaner is a good example.


The incorporation of smart applications and on-board software has resulted in convenience, higher energy efficiency and improved productivity/performance.

It is however important to purchase such appliances from reputable dealers because the added complexity comes with a support cost. Intelligent appliances are definitely here to stay, and promise to simplify our work and eliminate energy waste on every home task.


Energy-Efficient Alternatives to a Wood-Burning Fireplace

There is nothing better in winter and autumn in relation to heat, smell, and the crackle of a wood-burning fire in your home. It is an ancient, enviable and intimate family ritual for many.

The Problem With Burning Wood

Unfortunately, while wood-burning fireplaces are charming, they’re not all that great on the budget, your lungs or the environment! They can also be dangerous.

Conventional hearth chimneys waste about 90% of the heat a fire creates and siphons off some of the heated atmosphere of your house, as stated by the EPA. Not efficient.

Inhaling burning wood smoke is also as dangerous as smoking cigarettes; wood smoke is loaded with carcinogens like benzene.

Burning wood fuels global warming, too. Worse, the leftover soot is a heat-trapping pollutant.

Wood-burning hearths need a lot of maintenance, including a professional cleaning every other year along with regular ash clean-ups.

Three Energy-Efficient Alternatives

Electric Fireplace Insert

There are three popular alternatives to burning wood: gas fireplace inserts, alcohol fireplace inserts and electric fireplace inserts. All are great alternatives whether or not you are in possession of a working chimney and hearth. Continue reading

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Surprising Facts About Solar Panels For The Home

The number of people acquiring solar panels for the home has been increasing gradually.

This is being driven by the desire to have green or cleaner energy. Solar energy is also renewable and does not pollute the environment. However, the uptake of solar panels especially in the home is still quite low. This is being experienced despite the mass campaigns.

The following are some reasons why investing in a solar panel is beneficial:

1. Durable

Great strides have been made in solar panel technology. A few years back, the photovoltaic panels were not very strong. Actually, many would rarely last for more than 10 years. However, modern panels are quite sturdy. They feature stronger material and designs. Most of the solar panels found today can easily last for 40 to 50 years.

2. Cheaper

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Power from the sun – clean and unlimited

Solar Energy: The ultimate energy source

It provides the earth with light, heat and radiation. Every hour the sun radiates onto the Earth more than enough energy to satisfy global energy needs for an entire year.

When sun’s energy is harnessed and made useable it is called solar energy. While many technologies derive fuel from one or the other from form of solar energy, there are also technologies that directly transform the sun’s energy into electricity.

Solar energy is our earth’s core source of renewable energy since generating electricity directly from sunlight does not deplete any of the earth’s natural resources and supplies the earth with energy continuously.

Solar energy generating electricity

Photovoltaic devices produce electricity when sunlight strikes them. Electricity generation relies upon chemical. When sunlight strikes a PV cell, chemical reactions release electrons, thus generating electric current. Using PV is a cheaper option than new electric lines for providing power to remote locations.

Solar Power Plants – generates electricity when the heat from solar thermal collectors is used to heat a fluid to produces steam that is used for power generation. Use the sun’s heat to generate steam to drive an electric generator.

Solar energy for lighting

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Climate Change

Climate change isn’t just about a few degrees variation

The Earth’s environment is changing faster than we can possibly predict the consequences. The debate is not whether changes are coming but how severe they’ll be.

Global Warming

Global warming is the gradual raise in temperature of the Earth’s surface that has aggravated considerably since the industrial revolution. Over the past two decades the effect has become more than noticeable. The global average temperature has increased 14 to 18 degrees C since the late 1800’s. Many experts estimate an additional 14 to 18 degree rise in the average temperature during the next 100 years.

We have upset the balance

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Green Living

Benefit Your Health and Preserve Planet Earth

The definition of “green living” is something more than choosing paper instead of plastic grocery bags, recycling beer cans and newspapers, driving a fuel efficient car, eating organically grown food.

These activities certainly contribute to keeping our planet Earth and our personal health in good shape… But understanding “green living” and what exactly does it have to do with improving personal health and energy brings us to a broad definition of green living: Green Living is any action or activity that results in a positive impact, to any degree, on the environment so that the planet can continue to support the generations to come.

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Guide to buying a carbon Offset

If you are environmentally aware and you plan on taking full responsibility for your own actions that may be affecting the environment, then buying yourself some carbon offsets is the best new option.

But if you plan on buying some carbon offset, then here are the things that you first need to look at before you start looking for a provider.

Firstly, you need to figure out what the sources are in your life for the emission of carbon dioxide. For the average man in America, the most common source of carbon Dioxide emission in your daily life has to be your driving the car or any other vehicle. There are other ways which might be sources for carbon dioxide emissions as well, for example many household products emit carbon dioxide on their use and even traveling by air will add up to that. Firstly, you must calculate your carbon footprint. This is how much total of carbon dioxide you cause to the environment through your daily activity. In fact you can just try out one of those online carbon footprint calculators that will just make your job of finding out your carbon footprints easier.

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