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 the fire creates and siphons off some of the heated indoor air of your house, as stated by the EPA. Therefore, NOT an efficient method of heating your living space.
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
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 have a working chimney and hearth inside your home. Let’s learn more about these options.… Read More
It is impressive 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) are 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 onboard AI software to produce energy efficiency advantages.
Robotic Pool Cleaners
Swimming pool owners no longer need to pay pool cleaner wages – or waste an hour a day sweeping pool steps.
The best robotic pool cleaners like the Dolphin Nautilus and Aquabot Elite are designed to effectively clean swimming pool floors, walls and cloves using sophisticated AI algorithms that reduce energy and spend less time cleaning.… Read More
The issue of climate change is a hot topic across the globe, and many countries believe that they should take action to combat it. Many studies indicate that climate change is a result of global warming that in turn is caused by human activity.
Activities like industrialization and the use of fossil fuels in different sectors across the economy contribute to the emission of greenhouse gasses. These gases form a shield over time in the space and trap heat which leads to warming of the earth. The phenomenon of global warming has adverse effects such as rising seas, droughts as well as floods in different parts of the globe.
The aspect of climate change can pose a severe threat to the lives of humans, animals and the environment at large. It is against this background that in December 2015, the United Nations (UN) member states signed the historic Paris Agreement accord on climate change.
The Paris Agreement is a framework upon which different member countries can draw their environmental policies to combat the challenge of climate change. All the member states pledged to fight climate change by maintaining temperature rises below two degrees Celsius.
The International Labor Organization (ILO), a UN organ believes that a green economy can combat the challenge of climate change. ILO’s 2018 report on World Employment … Read More
Wind turbines play crucial roles in generating power for various domestic and commercial uses in different sectors. The devices operate well in entirely open spaces meaning that they experience all weather elements. The turbines run continuously as long as there is sufficient wind to turn the blades.
The major issue with wind turbines is that blades or other components can develop cracks or other forms of anomalies in the long run. When you want to prevent this scenario, it is essential to inspect the blade using imaging methods since the device is always in motion. The measure is to avoid extensive damage to the turbine and to lower repair costs.
Cop testing, drones, and ground cops are some of the methods previously used to inspect the device for faults. The problem with these inspection methods is that they only focus on the exterior surface of the blade for the issues. However, problems that develop into big problems are often deeper inside the blade.… Read More
Many concerns can keep us awake at night. We worry about finances, work-related stress and family woes. We consider the state of the world, politically and environmentally. What we don’t always realize is that one solution for improving our environmental conscious is right beneath us as we sleep.
We could swap out our mattress for something a little more eco-friendly. For example, a movement towards inflatable beds could dramatically reduce the number of petrochemicals consumed in memory foam mattress construction. There are a few more ways to do this. While some favor the idea of latex foam, others see greater potential in PVC-free inflatable beds, bamboo, and even wool.
This guide will look at the following issues and solutions for greener mattresses.… Read More
The fight against climate change requires everyone to do their bit – from individuals to major corporations. It is widely acknowledged that improved energy use, renewable energy sources, recycling and other green initiatives can help with carbon neutral goals. Much of the focus here falls upon homeowners and big business.
We sometimes overlook the fact that massive facilities like universities, airports, and hospitals need to go green too. Thankfully, many hospitals have heard the call, and a select few are ahead of the game. Some impressive medical facilities across the US offer some valuable lessons.
So Which Are The Greenest Hospitals In The US Right Now?
Five facilities come top of the list right now. They are West Kendall Baptist Hospital in Miami, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Helen Devos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids and Providence Newberg Medical Center in Oregon.… Read More
Eco-Friendly SolarRoof And Powerwall 2
The need for sustainability and eco-friendliness has led to inevitable revolutions and developments in some industries. In the solar industry, for example, building integrated photovoltaic technology (BIPV) has seen a gradual but steady increase in attention.
Unlike traditional solar installations (also known as building applied photovoltaic technology, BAPV) BIPV aims at saving costs by incorporating photovoltaic modules into the building material rather than as an after-construction addition. … Read More
Green homes are the pinnacle of modern living for many eco-friendly homeowners. Some are happy enough with green energy, water recycling and other green solutions within a modern home.
For others, the idea of the eco-friendly hobbit home is more appealing. This design comes from a company in the US called Green Magic Homes, although others are sure to follow suit. The appeal increased with the added promise that it is highly eco-friendly and will be up in just three days
A house in three days sounds too good to be true. Let’s break this idea down into those three components to understand the situation better.… Read More
With recent global campaigns against the use of fossil fuels, it is no surprise that countries are now investing in alternative renewable sources of energy. A global investment of $241.6 billion in 2016, 23% less than in 2015 brought 138.5 gigawatts of new renewable power capacity.
Up to 8% more power was generated when compared to 127.5 gigawatts in 2015. The significant rise in global electricity produced by renewable sources averts an estimated 1.7 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide discharges. This is according to a report released by the United Nations Environment.… Read More
The key to green electricity production in America lies in the profitable, accessible generation of renewable energy.
For many, this means increased reliance on solar power, the most obvious, affordable and available option. However, there are various other types of green energy out there, which is the reason behind ignorance of geothermal resources.… Read More
Each and every day the sun’s rays provide energy sufficient to satisfy the energy needs of the entire planet for approximately twenty-seven years.
This solar power is just one of the alternative renewable energy solutions available to the householder. Wind turbine power and geothermal power are the other kinds of alternative green energy that are also available.
This article will hopefully provide you with some information on the options mentioned above. The main reason you should take a look at alternative energy is the fact that supplies of the conventional fuels we use are rapidly in decline and will eventually be used up.… Read More
Finally, it is here; the historical and incredibly groundbreaking Block Island Wind Farm, Americas first offshore wind farm has completed its testing phase and is ready for action.
Based in Rhode Island, the sole purpose of this offshore wind farm is the delivery of clean, reliable energy to the New England power grid on a continuous basis and the nation could not be more excited for this first of many offshore wind farms to be up and running.
Deepwater Wind, as well as their team of engineers and technicians, are the brains and brawn behind this amazing project. Thanks to their incredible innovation and ingenuity, the Block Island Wind Farm will be spinning its five massive turbines for years to come, alongside many other wind farms that will be built along the East Coast.… Read More
The tropical island of Ta’u has gone an extra mile by getting rid of diesel fuel as its primary source of energy for powering homes and business premises and made full use of the South Pacific scorching sun.
With more than 5000 solar panels and another 60 Tesla power packs in place, the small South Pacific Island in America Samoa now boasts of efficient electricity supply. Despite having made it through, the process was full of ups and downs.
Lying about 4000 miles away from the West Coast of the United States, this tiny island of Tau has relied on over 100, 000 gallons of diesel for survival.… Read More
Tidal Power Benefits
Today, everywhere around the world, more and more people are paying closer attention to the conservation and preservation of the environment. One of the effects of the increased environmental concern is that there is a greater demand for renewable and sustainable sources of energy.
Indeed, there is a great urgency to identify renewable and eco-friendly alternatives to fossil fuels (e.g. coal, petroleum and natural gas) which are slowly getting depleted. Experts have identified hydropower as one of the best alternatives to non-renewable sources of energy.… Read More
Electrical appliances account for over 30% of the energy bills charges you receive on monthly or annually basis. Many home appliances manufacturers, as well as the government, have shifted their focus into saving energy. Thus, they have invested in producing energy efficient appliances.
These appliances include refrigerators, air conditioners, water heaters, lighters, dishwashers, clothes washing machines and dryers, and other electrical items used at home or workplaces. These items are used for purposes such as laundry, cooking, and making the home a comfortable place. Therefore, they are important in our homes.… Read More
DOE Solar Decathlon 2017 Competition Announced By Department Of Energy
The DOE Solar Decathlon, which is an initiative by the U.S. Department of Energy, is a competition that aims at encouraging the construction of houses that are energy efficient, cost-effective and at the same time, aesthetically pleasing.
The competition is driven by the need to convert to the use of renewable energy in homes as well as the need to produce the energy required for the home with great efficiency. The solar decathlon also has the goal of creating awareness about the cost benefits as well as the environmental benefits that accrue from using clean energy and clean designs in housing.… Read More
Is Solar Industry At Risk?
Climate change and the need for eco-friendliness have triggered demand for sources of alternative sources of energy. One such source is the sun. Without a doubt, solar energy is becoming more popular among people.
Unfortunately, solar energy is facing one major challenge; the complexity associated with installing solar panels on the house’s roof. Many times, people do not even have the option of installing solar panels on their roofs simply because of three reasons; wrong direction, too old or too much tree shading.… Read More
If you have a home swimming pool or are thinking of getting one, solar powered swimming pool cleaners are an excellent option for making pool maintenance both cheaper and more efficient.
Your pool is probably positioned in the sunniest part of your yard so it would be silly not to harness the power of the sun for natural and efficient cleaning.
There are a wide range solar powered pool cleaning products on the market; from robotic pool sweepers to full pump and filtration systems.… Read More