Monthly Archives: June 2013

TEXAS- Capitalist , Conservative, Right Wing, Gun Carrying Christians – Leaders in Renewable Energy!!!!!

I know that this post will cause derision for some rather closed minded folks whose perception of reality is skewed by their opinions. As I have said in the past and firmly believe, Capitalism is the way to Green.

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“If it were a country, Texas would also rank sixth in wind power, after Germany, the U.S. as a whole, Spain, India and China. While U.S. wind-power capacity grew by 43 percent in 2007, in Texas it rose by 57 percent. All told, the state’s turbines now produce more than 8300 megawatts of electricity, enough to power about 2 million homes; nearly 3000 are produced in Sweetwater’s Nolan County alone. In comparison, Vermont produces 6 megawatts; Oregon, 1408. Even California generates just 2781 megawatts from wind power, and it built its first wind project nearly three decades ago.

And that is the curious paradox of Texas: While seemingly more virtuous states labor over environmental impact assessments, Texans see a business opportunity and grab it–and so could very well end up leading the nation in clean energy. “In Texas, because we don’t care about the environment, we’re actually able to do things that are good for the environment,” says Michael Webber, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. “It’s the most ironic, preposterous situation. If you want to build a wind farm, you just build it.”

Curb Appeal

“in terms of time-on-market, there is no doubt landscaping can make a difference—especially if you hope to fetch top-dollar for your home. And let’s face it: Time is money. Good landscaping not only will help sell a home faster, but also could help increase the value of the home by up to 25 percent. “

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Green Stackable Housing

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This is pretty simple in concept, but with all things, execution is difficult.

Stackable living units that are movable.

http://www.behance.net/gallery/Portable-housing/447219

 

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Mowing is an Environmental Hazard and we are DOOMED!!!!!!!

One more reason to reduce your lawn!!
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Alright, the above headline is a bit of a marketing ploy and doomsayer speak, but the statement, in it’s essence is true.
“According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a new gas powered lawn mower produces volatile organic compounds and nitrogen oxides emissions air pollution in in in one hour of operation as 11 new cars each being driven for one hour.”
It is estimated that 5% of the pollution in the USA is from mowers. In using 800 million gallons of gas per year for mowing, we spill over 17 million gallons with the refueling of the various lawn equipment. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a new gas powered lawn mower produces volatile organic compounds and nitrogen oxides emissions air pollution in in in one hour of operation as 11 new cars each being driven for one hour.
for information go to http://www.peoplepoweredmachines.com/faq-environment.htm

Green Roofs

Benefits of Green Roofs
Excellent insulators
Cost
Sound proofing
Aesthetics
Diminished Urban Heat Island Effect
Creating Habitat

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Lots more pictures @ http://www.inspirationgreen.com/green-roofs-in-the-country.html/

Solar Water Bulb

Here’s an interesting ingenious idea of “rethinking resources” to come up with a solution that saves money and helps with environmental issues.
http://m.phys.org/news/2011-09-bottle-brighten-millions-poor-homes.html

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“Little Gem” Magnolia

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The “Little Gem” Magnolia is one of the small trees I specified for my latest planting job. It’s a hearty Florida Friendly plant that is a beautiful tree with fragrant flowers and large, deep green leaves. Will not get as big as a typical magnolia and makes for a great small tree. More information can be found at http://hort.ifas.ufl.edu/database/documents/pdf/tree_fact_sheets/maggrae.pdf