Monthly Archives: January 2013

100 Ways to Conserve Water

#2
When washing dishes by hand, don’t let the water run while rinsing. Fill one sink with wash water and the other with rinse water.

#3
Some refrigerators, air conditioners and ice-makers are cooled with wasted flows of water. Consider upgrading with air-cooled appliances for significant water savings.

#4
Adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk, or street.

#5
Run your clothes washer and dishwasher only when they are full. You can save up to 1,000 gallons a month.

#6
Choose shrubs and groundcovers instead of turf for hard-to-water areas such as steep slopes and isolated strips.

For the other tips click the following link
http://www.wateruseitwisely.com/100-ways-to-conserve/index.php

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Town of Prominence-An example of Eco Freindly Construction

I can’t find alot on the Town of Prominence, just two short links- here’s one http://www.destinspaces.com/
“Homes and commercial space at Prominence use geothermal heating and cooling. Hydro-Temp earth-coupled heat pumps use the Earth’s heat to warm homes during the winter and pull heat from the homes during the summer……Low-maintenance native plants abound, especially those that are drought-tolerant, saving water, and pest-resistant, reducing the need for chemicals.

War on Science (psss……the science is not settled)

Global Warming Climate Change has been occuring for millenia and will continue. My ammunition stores are deep and broad, trust me. There are those that if they hear the lie often enough, they will believe it. So I welcome a healthy debate.

Historical analysis of wildfires around the world shows that since 1950 their numbers have decreased globally by 15%. Estimates published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences show that even with global warming proceeding uninterrupted, the level of wildfires will continue to decline until around midcentury and won’t resume on the level of 1950—the worst for fire—before the end of the century.

Claiming that droughts are a consequence of global warming is also wrong. The world has not seen a general increase in drought. A study published in Nature in November shows globally that “there has been little change in drought over the past 60 years.” The U.N. Climate Panel in 2012 concluded: “Some regions of the world have experienced more intense and longer droughts, in particular in southern Europe and West Africa, but in some regions droughts have become less frequent, less intense, or shorter, for example, in central North America and northwestern Australia.”

As for one of the favorites of alarmism, hurricanes in recent years don’t indicate that storms are getting worse. Measured by total energy (Accumulated Cyclone Energy), hurricane activity is at a low not encountered since the 1970s. The U.S. is currently experiencing the longest absence of severe landfall hurricanes in over a century—the last Category 3 or stronger storm was Wilma, more than seven years ago.

Intreasting Trash to Energy Cycle that has been so succesful it’s failed…….

In order to continue fueling the waste-to-energy factories that provide electricity to a quarter of a million homes and 20 percent of the entire country’s district heating, Sweden is now importing trash from the landfills of other European countries. In fact, those countries are paying Sweden to do so.
Full article at http://www.pachamama.org/blog/models-of-sustainability-sweden-runs-out-of-garbage
(I know it’s a little old, but so am I and real slow)

Recycle your Celery Bases and Grow your Own

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Pretty Cool article about saving a lil bit of money at teh grocery store or farmers market and gorwing your own celery

Wind Lens

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“A surprising aerodynamic innovation in wind turbine design called the ‘wind lens’ could triple the output of a typical wind turbine, making it less costly than nuclear power.”

 

More @ Wind Engineering Section at Kyushu University research institute for applied mechanics (RIAM). 

 

Make your own oxygen

Indoor plants remove toxins and  volatile organic compounds and allows you to  make your own oxyygen . Click link for TED presentation from Kamal Meattle: How to grow fresh air