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  • Mark Piazzalunga

    DESERTEC project, Sahara Sun could power Europe by 2050

    By Mark Piazzalunga

    Sahara desert climate is hot and arid, everybody knows it. So how can this simple and well-known fact become the idea to power a continent like Europe? Let’s start from the principle: renewable energy is the future of energy; we assume that this sentence is true since all facts gets to this point. Second principle: European territory is restricted and allows the construction of a few plants that could use renewable energy. Paradoxically, countries like Africa have renewable sources, particularly solar, in abundance but scarce funds to make the best of these resources. Now find the connection. Is it possible to produce huge amounts of solar energy in Africa and transport them to Europe through energy infrastructures? Apparently yes, according to DESERTEC project developers and supporters. And what is DESERTEC? It’s an initiative of the Club of Rome (a global think tank that has its headquarters in Switzerland) started in 2009. Directly from the official website of the project (Desertec.org): "The DESERTEC concept was developed by a network of politicians, scientists and economists from around the Mediterranean, from which was born the DESERTEC Foundation. Demonstrates a way to provide climate protection, energy security and the development of sustainable energy generation from sites where renewable energy sources are at their most plentiful." In practical terms? Connect renewable energy power plants in Africa to Europe through a network of HVDC (High Voltage Direct Current) systems. The Foundation target is to build several renewable power plants of various types (mainly wind, photovoltaic and solar concentration) throughout North Africa. To support the project financially, the Foundation and other 12 companies (including Deutsche Bank, E.ON, RWE and ABB) created an industrial initiative: Dii GmbH. The construction project would continue until 2050 and for that date, the cost is estimated at € 400 billion, which means $ 546,720,000,000, approximately seven times Bill Gates’ fortune. It’s little bit expensive (life on Mars seems cheaper) but the entire network could provide Europe with the 15-20% of electricity that it needs. We must also consider the drastic decrease of pollution, direct effect of the project. This project isn’t just an idea but it seems an accurate and long-term plan. This could be an opportunity to connect two continents and to give them economic opportunities and jobs. There could be some problems like the wars and the instability of some of North Africa countries or how to get all 40 nations to agree to an arrangement for subsidizing the green electricity. There’s also the possibility to build the plants in Europe, just $ 54 billion more, and doing some math it brings to a shocking number: €2 per citizen per year to keep tens of thousands of jobs in Europe -- and to prevent Europe from becoming dependent on foreign countries for its electricity. Well, the project just started and it has the funds to go forward. We can't wait to see the results. Photo from Desertec.org
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  • Megan Bonetti

    Conferencing Climate Change: Teamwork or Tug-of-war?

    By Megan Bonetti

    India. Culture, cows and rubbish. As an Aussie living for a short time in India it is such an intriguing country. Indians love their diverse nation yet they use the streets like rubbish dumps. Even my friends here tell me it’s ok to throw my paddle-pop wrapper out the car window. I can’t… so I just hold it tight and wait till I get home. Growing up in Australia, those ‘emu hunts’ in primary school have willed my littering days away. Yet I suspect that even my household trash bin will just be dumped across the road for the cows to eat or worse still, burnt on the street…for the cows to eat. This is India. Love it or hate it. (#tii) As an Australian social worker volunteering with an NGO in Southern India I witness the large divide between the rich and poor of this incredibly colourful nation. I work with many children whose whole families have had to migrate from various parts of India due to the rapid effects of drought on their land and the significant urbanisation of major cities in the last 10 years. It turns out India has seen a boom in it’s industrial and technological trades a little later than it’s western neighbours and they are loving it. But India’s urban boom is threatened with westerners telling them they have to stop producing and polluting. The earth doesn’t like it. Sorry India…We made our big capitalist bucks, but you don’t get that chance. Just when things are getting good and you’re developing astronomically, your main source of energy is being taken away. It turns out fossil fuels are the cheapest form of energy for the developing world, especially as they try in earnest to develop the same standard of living as we have. So as one the most formidable countries in the developing world, India not only has the pressures of navigating a massive population but also has to figure out how to go green on the cheap. It’s interesting that the Turnbull government has reluctantly agreed on a 5% reduction in carbon emissions in the next five years. “Phew! Glad we got through that one boys.” They wipe their sweaty brows while developing countries are drowning, burning and trying to survive on scant resources. These countries are just trying to make a crust, while Eurocentric nations are slowly turning a baguette into organic multigrain sourdough (and throwing the crusts to their hobby cows). If the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris is truly the last attempt for international cooperation, leaders cannot just show and tell their contribution and sit back with folded arms. But how can mere human individuals promote serious teamwork? This brings me back to the children I work with here in India. Every day their parent’s lives are tied to corrupt building associations. They are bonded labourers—gypsies moving from construction to construction. These families have no hope of returning to their now desolate homeland and are not provided social security measures that protect their livelihood. Then there is India’s neighbour, low-lying Bangladesh, experiencing saltwater intrusion that poisons whole water supplies for entire villages. In our own backyard we see Australian farmers shooting all their cattle only to turn the gun on themselves under the shadow of unprecedented drought. This is human impact. Global warming is not just about penguins and polar bears. Climate change is a social justice issue. We live in a globalised world. The industrial revolution brought us here; and climate change is the consequence. No longer do we just neighbour cities, we neighbour nations. The leaders of Australia must be held accountable to all their neighbours including the ones just trying to keep their head above water. It simply won’t do for wealthy nations, such as Australia, to show the world their own country’s carbon reductions and sit back down. This summit can’t work as a set menu; it has to be a potluck dinner, a time for sharing, understanding and safeguarding. For the sake of our beautiful earth and the many diverse cultures of the human race, this time I hope and pray that the leaders of the world provide a resounding voice for the marginalised. This summit and our government must not stop at figures, but uphold the basic democratic and human rights principles that cradle modern society. The United Nations was created so that man-made and worldwide calamities could no longer grasp our world with such authority. Well, it turns out a world war with Mother Nature is knocking on our doorstep. Will we listen and respond? I hope so.   For more information please visit the below links. They offer great insights into climate change realities and are positive and accessible resources for engaging the conversation. The reality of climate change | David Puttnam | TEDxDublin https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBjtO-0tbKU India: Climate Change Impacts http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/feature/2013/06/19/india-climate-change-impacts Climate Change and the End of Australia http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/climate-change-and-the-end-of-australia-20111003 The Critical Decade: Climate Change and Health (Australia) http://www.climatecouncil.org.au/uploads/1bb6887d6f8cacd5d844fc30b0857931.pdf GoPro: Climate Change and the Optimistic Future https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sT6jtTtsG_M Paris Climate Conference: COP21 Explained https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-qd8YCaoQ4 Why is the Paris UN climate summit important? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnztR5JllA4 Adam asks new PM Malcolm Turnbull on climate change in Question Time https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqXtKt-Is54 Morgan Freeman's Powerful Climate Change Short Film https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YQIaOldDU8  
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  • Joseph Ramondeli

    Black Friday Promotes Over-Consumption and Waste

    By Joseph Ramondeli

    Black Friday Promotes Over-Consumption and Waste               Every year Thanksgiving weekend is overshadowed by Black Friday and in recent years Cyber Monday as well. Thanksgiving is supposed to be a time when families can get together, even if it’s just for a day or dinner, to talk and reconnect. However every year more American’s are focused on shopping. Stores are now open by 8:00 pm on Thanksgiving Day resulting in people sitting at the dinner table with their families while browsing on their phones for the best deals that they hope to buy in a few hours.  This is just another example of how our modern, technologically advanced society is constantly becoming more materialistic. Aside from Black Friday overshadowing an American holiday and tradition, it is an annual example of how Americans over-consume and by doing so are very wasteful.  A huge fraction of purchased goods during Black Friday and Cyber Monday are things that people don’t need, they are things they think they need. Advertisements and social trends play a big role in the impact of this event (I refuse to call it a holiday) and in our consumption behavior in general.             Companies are tricking and forcing us to buy un-needed goods through the use of planned obsolescence and perceived obsolescence.  Planned obsolescence is disappointing because it refers to how companies purposely make products to only last a few years and by doing so force consumers to by new products from them every couple of years. The most common example of this is electronic devices. Apple creates a new IPhone every year so that once yours break “accidentally” there’s a brand new, more expensive one to purchase as a replacement. Not to mention that such companies stop making old models, forcing you to buy the newest model. On the other hand, perceived obsolescence is promoted by companies but ultimately results from our own social actions. Companies, through advertisements, constantly throw the promotion of new goods in our face. It’s almost impossible to go anywhere or do anything without seeing an advertisement of some sort. These advertisements tend to increase around the holiday season, hence the origin of Black Friday. The main reason such advertisements work is due to the social pressure we put on each other and ourselves. Everyone wants the next new model or brand and once a friend or family member purchases something then we are pressured and attracted to buying it as well. The biggest example of this is the fashion industry, where new trends come and go each season resulting in constant purchasing of new, unnecessary clothing. These companies are clearly getting the better of us based on the success of such events as Black Friday and Cyber Monday.             So why is over-consumption such a bad thing, why should we care if people waste there money on unnecessary goods? It’s simple: overconsumption leads to waste! One of the downfalls to the technological advancements of today’s world is that we create materials that cannot be found in our natural world. This means that when we throw something out in the garbage it will never decompose. Purchasing many of today’s consumer goods is bad enough because most cannot be recycled and will sit in landfills, but over-consumption takes this once step further in that we buy more than we need! We buy new clothes or new phones before our old ones are worn our or broken. By doing so we are creating more waste because we constantly thrown away products that are still functional and contribute the ever-growing amount of waste humanity has created on this planet. In order to help reduce the waste we create of course we should recycle and reuse as much as possible. However, I believe that the creation of waste should be stopped at its source, and that’s our consumer purchasing. Buying less and using goods to there fullest is a sure way to decrease waste. Resisting social pressure and advertisements is key to getting this accomplished. So next year put the phones away and turn the TV off at the dinner table during Thanksgiving, you don’t need them. Joseph Ramondelli  
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    Almost everyone in our modern world is using shampoo almost once every day. It has become one of the things that we have accepted as a necessity without even questioning if we really need it or not. Not using it would make one seem like an outcast, not to mention that they would feel deeply self-conscious about themselves because they would then begin to imagine things that other people might have already been saying about them pertaining their hair. The truth is that people are usually better off just thoroughly washing their hair than use most of the brands in the market today. Check out different blogs about this marketing strategy that plays with human insecurity for lots of good info.

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    In fact, the very first little iteration of shampoo formulations was still not great for the hair. The wonders of marketing and convincing people that they have problems that need addressing was and is apparently very effective. Conveniently for them, they have found the opportunity to create a new product that would address the problems caused by shampoo. This secondary item is what we refer to as conditioner. Conditioners make the hair soft, shiny and beautiful, something that shampoos have claimed to do some decades ago. In truth, we are simply duped by this shampoo and conditioner use. The sulfate in shampoo may eliminate gunk, something that can be done with water, but it also eliminates the natural oils in the hair. This oil comes from the scalp and provides the hair with the shine, softness and beauty that conditioners promise. It's essentially a carrot-on-a-stick method that most people don't bother to refute.

    Even though there are now a handful of shampoo and sulfate free conditioner, almost all big manufacturing companies stick to their sulfate-laden formula because a sulfate-free shampoo will not sell their conditioners. Consumers have to be a little bit wiser, especially since information these days are readily available courtesy of the internet. This information is reinforced by numerous studies so it's highly recommended to check this one out.

    Amidst all this underhanded marketing by large companies, it's undeniable that people who have been using shampoo and conditioner have developed some sort of dependence on it. Their scalp has adapted to the harsh treatment from the sulfate in shampoo, thus making it produce less or more oil than it should. Fortunately, the habit of using shampoo and conditioner doesn't have to be stopped altogether. As previously mentioned, there are shampoos and conditioners made by companies that are creating products with the consumer's best interest in mind. These products are usually made with natural ingredients, or active ingredients that are mainly from natural sources. On top of that, these shampoos are enriched with herbal essences, thus guaranteeing that it has no adverse effects of traditional sulfate shampoos, but can effectively make hair stronger and softer. It's basically what shampoo should ideally be. Check this site here for lots of detailed information on natural shampoo.

  1. Who doesn’t dream of owning a luxurious car? Just about everyone has daydreamed about owning their dream car, but most people are scared off by the outrageous price tag. For those not scared away by the price, they may want to consider the cost to keep it on the road each month: the cost of insuring it. The following ten cars are the most expensive to insure out of all cars currently sold in the US according to insure.com which compares the insurance rates from 6 of the largest car insurance companies. For the purposes of this list, the insured is a 40 year old male with a squeaky clean driving record, a 12 mile daily commute, a 100,000 dollar injury liability for one person, 300,000 dollar injury liability for all injuries, 50,000 dollars for property damage, and a 500 dollar deductible for collision and comprehensive coverage. In other words, these insurance costs could be much higher.

    10. Mercedes GL63 AMG. This seven passenger SUV costs $2,609 to insure for one year.

    9. Jaguar XKR Supercharged. This luxury sports car boasts 510 horse power. But it will cost $2,854 to insure for 12 months.

    8. Audi A8L W12. Big, expensive, and European, it meets all the criteria for an expensive-to-insure car. One year of insurance will set you back $2,869.

    7. Mercedes G63 AMG. Almost exactly like number 10 but more specialized and more expensive to insure. Insurance for this one costs $2,887 for 12 months

    6. Audi R8 5.2 Spyder Quattro. This car can reach a top speed of 200 mph. Perhaps insurers assume drivers will be tempted to push the limits. This supercar costs $2,917 to insure.

    5. Porsche Panamera Turbo S. At $2,970 to insure, this Porsche is the most expensive of all porches to insure, probably because of the extra doors and seats in the back.

    4. Mercedes SLS AMG. While not the most expensive Mercedes money can buy, it does cost $2,986 just to insure it.

    3. Mercedes-Benz CL550 4Matic. The first on the list to top $3,000 to insure, this is the most expensive-to-insure Mercedes at $3,019 for one year.

    2. BMW M6. At 560 horse power and an MSRP topping 100,000, this is the only BMW to make this list. Insuring this car for 12 months will lighten your wallet to the tune of $3,065.

    1. Nissan GT-R Track Edition. Known by the endearing name, “Godzilla,” this supercar is the most expensive car to insure currently sold in the US at $3,169 for just 12 months.

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  2. As geoengineer promoters enter Trump organization, arranges progress to shower sun-reflecting chemicals into environment 

    A ring around the sun, is seen over Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Friday, May 17, 2002. The corona is an uncommon impact on the sun brought on by a layer of ice precious stones in the environment refracting light from the sun. Photo: Lou Toman/AP 

    Harvard engineers who launched the world's greatest sun oriented geoengineering research program may get a hazardous lift from Donald Trump, ecological associations are cautioning. 

    Under the Trump organization, excitement has all the earmarks of being developing for the dubious innovation of solar geo-designing, which expects to splash sulfate particles into the air to mirror the sun's radiation back to space and diminishing the temperature of Earth. 

    At some point in 2018, Harvard engineers David Keith and Frank Keutsch plan to test showering from a high-height expand over Arizona, keeping in mind the end goal to survey the dangers and advantages of arrangement on a bigger scale. 

    Keith crossed out a similar planned experiment in New Mexico in 2012, however reported he was prepared for field testing at a geoengineering discussion in Washington on Friday. 

    "The setting for talking about sunlight based geoengineering research has changed considerably since we arranged and subsidized this gathering almost one year back," a discussion instructions paper noted. 

    While geoengineering got little support under Obama, abnormal state authorities inside the Trump administration have been long-term advocates for planetary-scale control of Earth frameworks. 

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    David Schnare, a modeler of Trump's Environmental Protection Agency move, has campaigned the US government and vouched for Senate for elected support for geoengineering. 

    He has required a multi-stage plan to reserve research and lead certifiable testing inside year and a half, send gigantic stratospheric splashing three years after, and keep showering for a century, a term geoengineers accept would be important to dial back the planet's temperature. 

    Geoengineers contend that such strategies would be a cheap approach to diminish an unnatural weather change, yet researchers have warned it could have calamitous results for the Earth's climate frameworks. 

    Logical demonstrating has shown that stratospheric splashing could definitely shorten precipitation all through Asia, Africa and South America, bringing on serious dry spells and debilitating nourishment supply for billions of individuals. 

    "Obviously parts of the Trump organization are extremely eager to open the way to heedless plans as keith David, and may well have unobtrusively given the gesture to outside analyses," said Silvia Riberio, with innovation guard dog ETC Group. "Worryingly, geoengineering may develop as this present organization's favored way to deal with a worldwide temperature alteration. In their view, constructing a major lovely mass of sulfate in the sky could be an immaculate reason to permit uncontrolled fossil fuel extraction. We should be focussing on radical outflows cuts, not risky and vile technofixes." 

    A White House provide details regarding environmental change research submitted to Congress in January required the first run through ever for research into geoengineering. 

    Inside Republican positions, previous House speaker and Trump partner Newt Gingrich was one of the first to begin freely supporting for geoengineering. 

    "Geoengineering holds forward the guarantee of tending to an unnatural weather change attentiveness toward only a couple of billion dollars a year," he said in 2008, preceding propelling a geoengineering unit while he ran the conservative research organization American Economic Enterprise. "We would have a choice to address an Earth-wide temperature boost by remunerating logical advancement. Bring on American resourcefulness. Stop the green pig." 

    US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has additionally seemed to bolster geoengineering, portraying environmental change as a "building issue." ExxonMobil's subsidizing of the atmosphere refusal industry is under investigation by lawyer commanders in the United States, yet it's less outstanding that ExxonMobil researchers under Tillerson's rule as CEO were driving designers of geo-building innovations like carbon dioxide evacuation. 

    Gotten some information about answers for environmental change at an ExxonMobil shareholder meeting in 2015, Tillerson said that an "arrangement B has dependably been grounded in our convictions around the proceeded with development of innovation and built arrangements." 

    "We are not unalterably dedicated to doing the test," said David Keith on Friday. "We're going not far off of doing that, yet relying upon what a counseling panel says and what we realize in fact we're positively ready to stop. Our long haul objective is to construct a practical exertion in sun based geoengineering research that permits us to say more in regards to ways it may really give open advantage." 

    Faultfinders like Riberio call attention to that the individuals who don't trust in human-initiated environmental change may even now bolster geoengineering, which can be exhibited as a strategy to manage the results of a warming planet without halting the consuming of fossil powers. 

    The Harvard test may contradict a ban on geoengineering embraced in 2010 by the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, which was reaffirmed in December in Mexico. The United States is one of only a handful couple of nations to not approve the UN tradition, making a potential escape clause for tests. 

    The examination's site in Tucson, Arizona may likewise summon issues of jurisdictional debate with Mexico – stratospheric winds can explode to 200 miles for each hour, and the outskirt is just 75 miles away. 

    Other geoengineering tests like cloud whitening may proceed in the United States, and also tries bolstered by the administrations of China and Russia, however both are signatories to the UN ban. 

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  3. We know that home improvement projects are important decisions that need thorough planning. Good thing http://www.sortfix.com/ is already here to help you find the best contractor that can do the job for you. They know that home projects can be risky if you entrust the work to just anyone that comes along. That is why it pays to check on this website and explore the help that you can get at this link. Surely, SortFix will always have something for you.

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    On the other hand, there can be a very thin line between renovating homes through a DIY project and employing experts to do it. Renovating will favor you in both financially and personally. When selling the property, this will increase its market value and personally, it offers comfort during your stay. However, we can’t deny the fact that some renovations can be very costly while some only creates a very small profit. That is why a building inspector is important before you start doing your work. This is important since it divulges surprises and help you adjust well in your renovation project. You have.

    You have to check the property’s meter box. This way, you can evaluate if it comes up with reasonable utility bills. Also check the property’s foundation. Check the state footings and piers. Look if they are in good condition, original or decayed. Check the roofline and the walls for their load bearing and other important information about your home.

    If you want potential buyers to notice your property then work out your landscaping. This will not only get the attention of passer by’s but it also jelps you enjoy a cooler weather during summer season. You may also add rooms to increase the value of your property. After all, large familes would opt for more rooms to accommodate each memebr of their households. Sometimes, they even wanted to convert one of these rooms as their home office. This is true when they wanted to do some office works even in their homes.If your roofing needs some fixing then do so. Better yet, perform roof replacement if this will increase the value of your home. These days, roofs come in various colors. Hence, this will give your home a new look as well. Additions of garage may also be necessary. Besides, everyone wants to have a safe place to keep their automobiles. There are other necessities that you need to look into as well such as your home’s septic system and many others. And failing to look into this part may affect the value of your home.

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    Now more than ever is the right time to go green at home. You probably heard the news: 2014 was the hottest year on record. If each one of us does not make some sort of effort to reduce our carbon footprint the results for our children and grandchildren will be disastrous. Huge tidal waves. Droughts. An increasingly un-livable planet. I mean, let’s face it; the Mars One mission to colonize Mars is not feasible. What we need is short-term, simple steps to help us continue doing what we love on Planet Earth. Here are some steps we can take right now:

    1. Buy Energy-Efficient Light-bulbs

    The production of incandescent, inefficient bulbs has been phased out, so really at this point you don’t have a choice. Instead of waiting for your old light-bulbs to die or break, seize the moment to replace every incandescent bulb in your home with an energy-efficient alternative. There are several options available. The primary debate revolves around which is a better choice, LED or CFL. LED bulbs cost more at the outset, but they don’t contain mercury like CFL’s do, and they last longer. On average, a 15 watt CFL will cost $1.20 a year to power and will last 10,000 hours, while a 12 watt LED costs $1.00/year and will last 25,000 hours. Don’t want to leave the house because you’re too busy optimizing it for energy-efficiency? You can order either kind of bulb here.

    2. Make Your Own Cleaning Supplies

    The temptation is to simply buy the standard, inexpensive supplies that “get the job done.” But the factories that make these supplies are part of the problem—they consume lots of fossil fuels and they don’t pay their employees enough for them to go green. Also, disposing containers generates more waste. Instead, take advantage of common, inexpensive goods. Lemon has acidic and antibacterial traits. You can mix lemon juice with salt to make a great sink-cleaner, or just soak the faucet in lemon juice and let it sit to loosen mineral deposits; to get rid of stains on garments, rub fresh-cut lemons on the stain and leave the clothing to soak in warm water for a couple of hours, then wash. Try using baking soda on counter-tops and in toilets; mix with vinegar for an especially strong cleaner. Try putting together some home-made laundry detergent: use one bar of shaved, organic bar-soap, a cup of borax, and a cup of washing soda. Stir for 5 minutes or so and put it to work!

    3. Greenify and Optimize Wash Cycles

    A good green practice is to wash whole loads, whether they’re loads of laundry or dishes. And use cold water when you can. About 90% of energy consumption from washing is a result of how much electricity it takes to heat the water. Air-dry your dishes and, if you have the space, hang your laundry out to dry on a clothes-line. If you’re going to ignore the earlier advice and buy laundry detergent (we only have so much time!), buy it in bulk and find the brand(s) with minimal packaging. Same goes for dishwasher detergent. If you’re buying detergents, make an effort to purchase products manufactured locally or find the ones manufactured closest to your home.

    4. Head Towards the Light

    Yes it makes sense to buy energy-efficient light-bulbs, but you should take advantage of natural light whenever possible. Use light-colored wall-paints to reflect natural light better in any room with windows. Avoid turning on lights in your home whenever you can and turn them off whenever you leave the room. Put your favorite reading-recliner and your office-desk beneath windows.

    5. Minimize Appliance Power-usage

    Plug appliances into a power strip, and when you’re not using them, turn the power strip off. Or, just unplug appliances when you’re not using them. When you’re buying appliances, consider buying from companies that partner with Energy Star to offer rebates, a list of which you can find here. Take advantage of your computer’s power-saving mode, and, if you’d like a free way to analyze your computer’s power usage, download Miscrosoft’s Joulemeter.

    These are just some of the ways you can easily go green at home. Do you have any other suggestions, tips or tricks for greening the home-space?

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    If you haven't heard of Brexit then you are probably living under a rock. Most of the financial world was rocked this Friday as British voters decided to leave the EU. The pound dropped to it's 30 year low, and American stocks tanked as a result.

    What it means for small businesses is that there is likely to be some ripples across the pond," said Richard Williams, director for regulatory studies at George Mason University. He also believes that some of the ripples, at least, could be good for American businesses.

    A deep dive into why the EU referendum ever happened was British frustration at Brussels. Brussels is where all EU regulation is written and decided. A lot of British small business owners were fed up with choking regulation that made it hard to smart and maintain a business. I'm sure small business owners in America can relate.

    The hope is that US Congress will see the signs and perhaps reconsider some business-killing regulations that they are either considering, or have already passed.

    There is also a definitive downside to Brexit for a lot of American businesses unfortunately. A lot of analysts are worried about what the affect will be on Europe's economy as a whole. With an already weak economy, it won't take a lot to stall growth and put most of Europe into an economic recession.

    JJ Kinahan, a strategist at TD Ameritrade, believes that the weak markets in Europe could easily transfer over to the US. When such a huge economy starts to stumble, the effect is usually felt worldwide. As Europe buys less, many US companies sell less, and the result is a worldwide recession.

    As a small business owner in America it would be a good idea to understand the driving forces behind the world markets. There are a few key points to watch on the US stock market, that if broken could signal a long economic downturn. Technical analysis teaches us that if the S&P 500 breaks below a certain number this year, markets will likely tank as sentiment turns bearish. That point is about 182. As long as markets can stay above that key figure, chances are that our economy will recover relatively quickly.

    As a small business owner there are a few ways to react to current conditions. One is to adjust your audience. If you are focusing on Europe and England in your sales efforts, it may be time to start looking elsewhere. The pound has lost a lot of value in the last 76 hours and buying just became a lot more expensive. Looking at the euro, there is a good chance of the same happening.

    The best thing you can do, however, is not focus on Brexit. As a small business there are millions of things to worry about and stress over. Chances are decent that Brexit will not affect you as much as you think, and there are definitly things to worry about more.

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    A chance to cure all your mental stress, emotional problems; in today’s world people tend to get worried emotionally for simple problems and they may choose bad conclusions for that problems. All people thinks that suicide is only rectification for our problems but it is not like that we have many different solutions available in the earth which can help us to lead a normal life. Today for healing those conditions many scientists and technologists had invented different solutions that help a common man to forget his problems. One way of curing those problems is counseling it is a process of talking of talking to affected victim and allowing him to speak about the problem and later the counselor gives solutions to the problems by thinking him as the victim. This process will help the person to solve his problems and he learns to lead a normal life. Hypnotherapy is the process mesmerizing a person and makes him to reach his subconscious stage and collecting the information, this may helps the person to forget all his worries and pains and become fresh again. Naturopathy is the herbal treatment which can cure patient’s disorder with the help of natural techniques like acupuncture and other herbal techniques. And the last technique which of invented by Japanese is reiki which is palm healing where the victim hand is kept on the counselor hand and can give hands-on healing.

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    Many people who suffer from anxiety, mental disorder and other problems should choose counselling as their cure because it provides variety of solutions to the people and they learn how to resolve those problems easily in their own way. Hypnotherapy is used to alter their thoughts, character, altitude towards living and this can help them to rectify the problems easily and make them to lead a happy and normal life. Naturopathy is used to heal many diseases like chronic disorder, colour change, cancer treatment and body pain etc this will give a person a new birth to life. Reiki is a practice used to induce self healing in our body and it also provides energy to our muscles and strength to our bones and makes our body enhance its power. Thus all those practices will help people to cure their disorders easily without any side effects. Follow us on Google+

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    there are many people who are practicing those natural methods and only few are known to give good results to the people Counselling Sydney is best known for its counselling treatment and the techniques they use has saved many lives. Hypnotherapy Sydney is a best in town that can reduce our anxiety and makes us completely new. Naturopathy Sydney is a very useful to the people and it had cured many dangerous diseases in people. Reiki Sydney an oldest form of medicine is now saving many lives of the common people. These methods are boon to humans and they can cure any type of diseases with those healing methods.

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    Pinterest is a fairly new global sensation that has become a marketing tool used by several companies. Millions of pins promote companies around the world, and many of them are successful at bringing in business. Until now, it has been difficult for companies to determine whether or not their pin advertisements actually bring them business, but according to TechCrunch, Pinterest is preparing to launch a new marketing program that can track business that comes straight from pins on Pinterest. This new program will let companies know which pins are the most appealing to their customers, which products are the most popular, and which pins drive the most sales. So how do companies become part of this new program?

    So far only a few third-party marketing companies have been selected to try out the new program. While Pinterest intends on having its own free analytical marketing program for all companies, third-party marketing companies currently help keep track of consumer data, and therefore Pinterest has decided to first team up with them to see if the new program will actually be successful. The marketing technology companies involved with the new program are Salesforce (Exact Target Marketing Cloud), Hootsuite, Spredfast, Percolate, Piqora, Curalate and Tailwind. If businesses currently use these third-party marketing companies, they are able to test out the new Pinterest marketing program. If the new program proves successful, Pinterest will then open up the program to all companies, and each company will be able to customize the way they market using Pinterest.

    One of Pinterest’s major goals is to promote business for companies. In order to achieve their goal, it is not only important for companies to see how much revenue is generated through their Pinterest advertisements, but for Pinterest to see those results as well. Through this data, Pinterest will be able to see which terms are searched for most frequently, helping companies know how to phrase their ads. Pinterest wants to be able to help companies see which marketing tactics are most successful. The more companies who use Pinterest to market will also bring in more Pinterest activity from consumers, making Pinterest a successful site.

    Benefits of marketing through Pinterest

    Companies like Target and Wal-Mart have put Pinterest to use in their stores. Special items are tagged as “most popular on Pinterest,” ultimately drawing in consumers who are frequent Pinterest users. The familiar Pinterest logo is enough to attract any Pinterest user roaming through the store. This also shows companies that there is a way, though it might be difficult, to currently track how successful Pinterest advertisements actually are. It is no secret that Pinterest is a successful marketing tool. Even though receiving actual marketing data might be a challenge at this time, companies should start taking advantage of the free marketing through Pinterest. Eventually it will be possible to see exact consumer data from Pinterest, but even until then companies have access to this free and popular marketing tool.

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  6. If you're someone who loves taking care of your face and body, then this is for you. There are a lot of things that you can do to look good and stay healthy. One of which is to maintain a healthy lifestyle to avoid unpleasant occurrences like having dark circles under your eyes. When you look around today, you'd see a lot of people with this problem and only a few are actually aware of the problem. There are a lot of factors that can cause these ugly dark eye circles and the best thing about it is that it is under your control. Eye gels are also famous products in getting rid of those circles, check them out at buyerreview.com. Apart from using eye gels that work wonders, you can also do other things.

     

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    So what are the things you can do to prevent this from happening? Here are some tips you can try.

    Stay away from alcohol. Sure, it feels great to be in parties while sipping on your favorite booze. But it's not a pretty sight to see when you have deep and dark circles around your eyes because of too much partying. Alcohol consumption is okay every once in a while, but if taken excessively and frequently, it may cost you those lovely eyes.

     

    Drink enough water. This habit will not only prevent eye circles, it will actually revitalize and improve your whole body's condition! Apart from having dry skin, dark circles around the eyes can be seen when you don't drink enough water for the day.

    Cut back on caffeinated drinks. Coffee is almost everyone's favorite. This, along with other caffeinated drinks can really have some unpleasant effects on your skin, especially to the area under your eyes. Cut back on these types of drinks and see the difference.

     

    Have sun protection. Sun block should be worn day in, day out. This isn't something you just take on the beach. Having enough protection to your skin will prevent hyperpigmentation and lessen the chances of rapid skin aging and dark eye circle development.

     

    Get enough sleep. The most popular problem of the world - have an effective sleeping pattern. If you sleep well, you'd notice better skin. This is because you get to rest and maintain the normal or optimal functioning of your systems.

     

    Quit Smoking. This isn't new to any of us. Smoking has always been known to cause bad effects. One of them is bad skin. This can reflect through those dark circles under your eyes.

     

     

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    Public Parks as a Necessity

    Moving into the other city happens for many reasons. Some people are in search for the better job and career opportunity, others look for the numerous leisure and culture experiences. And still others, who are keeping a high profile lately, want to find not just a standard place to live but also a place to admire. That means it has to be beautiful and ecologically safe. In order to achieve such effect, a big amount of public parks is essential. Why is it so important? Well, not everybody has enough money to afford oneself the desired backyard. Actually, the cost of living in major US cities  may take its toll on the personal budget.

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    Practical Benefits

    At the same time, people tend to gravitate to spending time outdoors, playing games, riding a bicycle and simply trying to find a harmony with nature. Therefore, an acute needs for the free public parks appear. Moreover, such need is scientifically proved. Researchers from the BMC Public Health found evidence that physical activity outdoors is more advantageable by comparison with the synthetic environment like a gym. More specifically, it was showed to reduce stress, anger and burnout. Such objects as benches, fountains and gardens are already accessible in the most of the USA cities.  Surely with the help of green tips that save you money, it is possible to live a greener life despite your location. However, let's find out which cities are the "greenest" anyway!

    Represented in our top cities were chosen on the basis of the 2015 City Park Facts Report and 2014 American Community Survey. These are 3 American municipalities with the most public park acres per 1,000 households. By "parks" all kinds of parkland within city area are meant.

    Top 3

    1. Fremont, California

    City Area: 49,516 acres

    Parkland: 25,109 acres

    Parkland per 1,000 households: 343.9 acres

    Stationing itself 40 miles southeast of City and County of San Francisco, Fremont's green half of land is pretty impressive. It was nominated "Tree City U.S.A." since 1996 by the National Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters.

    Because of the physical proximity to the Silicon Valley, the cost expenses may seem to be exaggerated but 0.34 acres or about 15,000 square feet of public parkland on the each household definitely pay its own way. Moreover, there is often a possibility to spare, advice can be found on the financial advisor blog.

    P.S. For the record, usual college basketball court is near 5,000 square feet.

    2. New Orleans, Louisiana

    City Area: 107,655 acres

    Parkland: 27,208 acres

    Parkland per 1,000 households: 178.1 acres

    New Orleans is widely famous as culture and historic center. Its museums, cuisine, architecture and music delight connoisseur of art. But public parks are very popular as well. It is completely understandable, cause these pieces of nature are absolutely worth looking at. Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge is a sixth largest park in the USA and City Park is the nation's sixth oldest one. This park even offers space for the throwing birthday parties and holding weddings. Besides, there are located Botanical Garden, Sydney and WaldaBesthoff Sculpture Garden and  New Orleans Museum of Art.

    3. El Paso, Texas

    City Area: 159,763 acres

    Parkland: 29,767 acres

    Parkland per 1,000 households: 136.5 acres

    This city can be called as the most available hiking site in the USA. All that it takes - to enter the Franklin Mountains State Park, nation’s largest metropolitan park and to have some fun. The plan of creation a park out of the Franklin Mountains appeared in 1970 and was brought to life in 1987. Now it became a wide center with a complete range of things to do, from rock climbing and camping to the annual history musical, Chamizal National Memorial, Wilderness Park Museum and many other attractions.

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    Drones have always been into a limited field of army and defence but slowly and steadily it has entered the mainstream. Now these smart bots are being used everywhere from conservation to photography, the uses of these drones have widened its horizon.

    But there are pros and cons attached, let’s take a walkthrough of how the drones have affected the environmental factors, and are this camera robot a threat or it’s just a mere robotic machine flying in the air.

    Drones and their Uses –

    Well if we have a strong understanding of how drones are being used, it gets easy to conclude on the pros and cons. The Defence system proved the monitoring abilities of this machine when further this camera bot was used, the spectacular aerial images opened new horizons for its usage. Now photographers and videographers are among the avid buyers of this gadget. The continuous use of aerial photography and monitoring opened gates for new ways of conservation and protection. The wildlife, agriculture and energy projects have started using drones.

    The more it is being used in different sectors the debate over the pros and cons have begun, so let’s have a look, how are these drones impacting the environment.

    Agriculture – The farmers have started relying on the robotic vehicles in order to collect information and take actions accordingly. When a drone identifies a type of weed growing in a specific area that area is then sprayed with a pesticide that helps in unnecessary usage of pesticides in the field.

    Wildlife - Monitoring and keeping a check on the wildlife animals and plants is now an easy business. Now at very cheap costs and with almost no manual task-force wildlife conservation tasks can be taken care of.

    Energy Plants – Maintaining big machinery, how to check if they are functioning properly, what are the areas that got affected and so forth. But with this little camera vehicle, almost all are problems being solved.

    Pros

    Low Cost – If used effectively then this vehicle will be a cheaper option than other alternatives.

    Accuracy – Unlike the old and traditional ways of surveillance, drones are accurate and require minimal staff. They are quiet and vigilant machines that give an accurate information.

    Longer Operational Hours – Humans can be saved from continuous long work duties because these flying vehicles will enable to look/spy/watch for longer hours.

    Life Saving- Spying or keeping an eye becomes an easy affair via losing any life.

    Aerial mapping & Monitoring – These little vehicles are best for aerial photography and videography, they are ideal and with a 5 kg drone you can easily fly for several hours and get exquisite images.

    Disaster Relief – In difficult times, drones act as saviours and are perfect for surveillance and providing aid to the affected zones and the people.

    Wildlife Protection – This little vehicle is able to capture pictures and videos of hard reach areas, which plays a crucial role in conserving the environment.

    Sustainable Agriculture –  UAV’s are now more precision agricultural instruments and are at a quick speed replacing a lot of old school methods. It is now becoming an invaluable tool for farmers.

    Cons

    Limited Abilities - Yes, no matter how much we talk about them, some manual actions are always needed to give directions to these gadgets.

    Easy to operate – The easy operations of the drones are making it an accessible mode, which will be a concern ion near future.

    Drone Strikes – Drone strikes and munitions are sad to be harmful to public health because of their chemical content.

    As we look towards the advances of the growing usage of drones and affordable prices we are sure to see more of these flying machines. There are cons but better benefits quick deploy, clear images and with upcoming technological advances, we can see a win-win situation for these UAVs.

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    If you are into business, you must keep a lookout for new strategies, tactics, and tools that can have a positive impact on your business. This is necessary to ensure that you stay ready to face the challenges of doing business in your specific era. Holding fast to the tools and tactics of yesteryear will only accelerate your demise. For those who are into the sales type of business, it is wise to invest in a point of sale system for retail.

    Your checkout point is now better placed to take on a whole new set of tasks and challenges thanks to the improved appreciation of the retail environment’s dynamics.

    What Can A Point Of Sale System For Retail Do For You?

    • Accelerate transactions giving customers a fast service
    • Run your promotions, offer discounts, create vouchers etc.
    • Link you to your business via mobile phone
    • Keep track of your inventory levels for you
    • Produce financial reports to help you manage the business.
    • Give you video monitoring of your business
    • Give pertinent information on demand such as sales per employee, inventory levels in any branch, employee attendance records etc.
    • Give you jaded features such as fingerprint identification for customers.
    • Give you the flexibility to pursue other interests away from your business

    New and improved points of sale software are constantly being churned out with Nova 4.5 being among the latest. You can get a better appreciation of the full benefits of such software by looking at the Nova Point of Sale software features.

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    1. Shop at second-hand stores. 
    2. Use reusable bags and containers.
    3. Shop items made of recycled materials.
    4. Always dispose garbage properly, sort recyclable and compostable products and empty the contents into labeled containers.
    5. Buy products which are reusable, returnable or refillable.
    6. Buy in bulk, not individually wrapped items.
    7. Purchase liquid cleaning products, windshield washer fluid and antifreeze in concentrated forms.
    8. Compost food and yard waste. Food leftovers, tea bags, tree leaves and trimmings can be stored in a compost bin.
    9. Reduce the amount of promotional mail in your letter box. Ask for online invoicing.

    Thank you!

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    It’s springtime. You’re ready to get outdoors and start your gardening. It’s also when termites and other pests begin to be lively. Here are some tips for successful pest control and keeping an environmentally friendly back yard.

    Let’s start with termites! It’s relatively common, yet quite unnerving, for termites to live in one’s backyard, including the garden. Use Pyrethrum pesticide or other natural insecticides, such as a liquid soap and water mixture, for termite control in the garden. Then, turn your attention to the house.

    It sounds simple, but the most natural termite control is prevention. Take away the invitation for termites to come into your home, and you should effectively keep them out.

    First and foremost, keep stacked wood away from your house.

    Secondly, build wooden decks, steps that lead to your house and raised gardens out of wood that is naturally resistant to termites, such as redwood, cypress and cedar. Use pressure treated wood for even more years of termite control. You can also use a non-toxic anti-termite coating on your wood.

    The third thing you can do to ensure you are not inviting termites is to check regularly for excess moisture around and under your house. Leaky pipes or bad drainage can let water into crawl space, creating a haven for termites. Leaky downspouts can fail to take water far enough from the foundation of your house.

    If you already have termites, you need an exterminator. Ask for the organic solution of nematodes, or roundworms, which act as parasites to termites, killing them within a few days. If that solution isn’t enough, ask for a pesticide. Be assured that modern pesticides are less harmful to people than the pesticides of the past.

    Garden pest control is similar to home pest control, in that prevention is the best solution. Here are some prevention tips for garden pests in general:

    1. Keep your garden clear of decaying plant life, debris and weeds, all of which attract pests.

    2. Use healthy organic soil.

    3. Don’t plant all your seed of any kind in just one area of your garden. This will help protect your garden from plant-specific pests. They are less likely to find the whole crop of anything that is dispersed.

    Also, there are several non-toxic and homemade remedies for killing pests in the garden, such as those mentioned above.

    By being diligent in prevention and using natural remedies for extermination, you can have a healthy garden while maintaining a safe back yard and home.

    Happy Gardening!

  10. Studying abroad is not about getting a degree; it provides a wide range of experience and will change your life, more than you think. You will have to adopt yourself to the new culture, food and people. Let us look at some of the things that will change your life.

    Independent

    You will become more independent than you were before. Now you will be on your own and you have to tackle the problems on your own. In the new country, you have to wash your clothes, do the cooking and budgeting. You will now understand on how you manage the time. It would be difficult initially, but you will used to it. You will even get to order research papers for sale from various sites online

    Diversity

    As you study in a foreign country, you have options to mingle with variety of people of different nations. You get to know more about people and relationships. you also get to know about the culture. You will start now to respect diversity and it improve your career in future.

    New language

    You will now have the chance of learning a new language. This will be a new experience for you. You will automatically understand the people’s mindset and their culture and know affordable paper writing services. You might also experience a new way of thinking. This will improve and help you get more friends and learn new skills. Check http://www.researchpapersforsale.org/ on how to do so.

    Explore the country

    You will now experience to explore the country during the weekends. You can visit the tourist places and enjoy your time. You will spend more time walking and relaxing, which is good thing.

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    If animals and nature are your passion, then environment work is for you. It is indeed a good possibility. You can satisfy your passion and get money at the same time. Besides the joyful feeling of the own contribution to the Earth preservation. So how do you get a dream job in the area? It is equally difficult for the qualified candidates as well as for the people without proper training or education. The first thing to remember: job searching is a big deal and it requires a clear plan. And also a lot of effort, time and energy. Here are a few tips for that.


    Social Networking Is a Friend


    All of us should remember about the extreme importance of the social networking. It is a huge advantage but only if using it right. Researchers proved that LinkedIn is the most popular network for the recruiters to search for a fitting candidate. Because of that LinkedIn profile plays a significant role and it is worth to make sure it plays into your hands. For the powerful and appealing profile, it is advisable to address to the LinkedIn profile building service for professional help. 


    Crucial Point of the Resume


    Many CVs stay without the wanted attention because of the very important detail. People give a description of their working experience considering worthy to mention the only name of the company, position, and work responsibilities. But it is not enough. What comes first are results. Namely, what have you done for the company? Which of the actions made me useful and indispensable? Just occupying the position doesn't mean someone was good at it. Written job results make the resume outstanding and memorable all at once. 


    Create Personal Brand


    Unfortunately, it doesn't mean posting a selfie every day. In creating a personal brand social media do big work but using them carefully and in an intelligent way is a key. If someone wants to land an environmental or green job, he should create a certain image of him. Social media should reflect that image. Showing what you care about makes a dedicated and passionate candidate. And just posting and reposting about environmental problems is not enough. Showing what you are doing about it makes a difference. Photos can help with that. If you are photographing nature, post photos. Going hiking? Again, show it. Actions always are more valuable and believable than words.


    Volunteering Is a Work Experience


    Well, formally it isn't but many recruiters consider so. Although there is no pay, it doesn't mean there are any benefits. Volunteering in numerous organizations shows the high interest in the area, which in its turn gives grounds about the job seeker's reliability. Besides this, it is a matter of practice. Volunteering is testing of the ideas in the field environment. And it shows that you are not looking for the royal road and ready for the not so pleasurable circumstances. It gives a recruiter a hope that you will not run away after the first work days. And one more profit from the volunteering is a possibility for the building connections. And connections open many doors.


    Always Learn


    Conservation career requires knowing about the latest and breaking news of the environment. Therefore it is highly essential keeping oneself in check. Luckily, out there are many choices. It could be TED talks or YouTube videos of the experts. It could be a scientific magazine as well. Even research papers won't hurt. Another great alternative is different workshops and training. Most of them are open for everyone, regardless of the education.

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    The innovative approach to achieving project goals, allows its clients to get the results they are looking for achieve their sustainable business goals and also minimize compliance, and ongoing monitoring costs.

    Today’s ever changing economic landscape continually forces companies to start looking at new ways to do business to achieve their goals, while keeping their costs to a minimum. This is today’s reality in operating within a global economy, and surviving among tough competitors.

    Also the recent developments in expanding technology, and making it accessible, and approachable, have allowed companies to further explore new ways of doing business. Ways that were not possible just a few years ago.

    “Our model track record in serving public and private clients and providing responsible services and our knowledge of regulatory environmental regulations help our clients meet their particular challenges, whether in capital works delivery, or in environmental compliance and monitoring.” Project Specialist, Julia Scott said in an interview. “We also specialize in providing project management services to client to achieve their results on their capital works projects.”

    “We provide a no obligation consultative session to each of our perspective clients to assess their needs, and in order to find out all the specific details and about their project. Once we all are clear on their specific project criteria, we will put together an approach to achieve their deliverables. We also provide free support to our client on their facility and production until they actually achieve their results and receive their approval.” Scott said.

  12. Humanity’s effect on the environment is pretty high up on our list of things to worry about. Rarely a week goes by without some new information about the increased rate at which Polar ice caps are melting or waste is piling up or natural disasters are occurring. So what can we do to help prevent irreversible damage to our planet?

    Making your life more sustainable is easier than you think. Just by taking your own bags to the grocery store, cycling rather than driving the odd journey and thinking more carefully about the energy you use, you could greatly reduce your own impact on the natural world.

    These seven great iPhone apps are designed to give you a helping hand when starting a more sustainable life:

    SolarChecker
    Solar panels can reduce your energy costs and provide a cleaner form of power. This app can help you to decide whether solar panels at home is a good idea. The app can measure solar radiation in different areas around your home and tell you whether investing in solar energy is right for you.

    JouleBug
    JouleBug offers a social way to go green. You win points and badges for the various sustainable activities you engage in throughout the day. That could be cycling to work or using a reusable coffee mug. You can take green inspiration from friends and compete with them to be the most environmentally friendly. This app also allows you to see how much you are saving in energy bills by being more careful with how you use your gas and electricity.

    Carma Carpooling
    If you have no other option but to drive to work, make your journey less damaging to the environment by carpooling. This app helps you to find neighbours looking to share a ride and reduce carbon emissions, traffic jams and your own costs in the process.

    HowGood
    Shop more consciously with HowGood. The app allows you to input a grocery item and discover details about its manufacturing process, the way it sources ingredients, its treatment of workers and the waste it produces. Each item is given a HowGood score that acts as an indicator of the item’s social and environmental impact, helping you to make informed shopping decisions on the go.

    Your Garden At Home
    This is a great app for those wanting to grow their own food at home and reduce the carbon impact of growing and transporting produce across the world. The app offers information on different plant varieties, advises you on when to grow and harvest them and how to take care of them.

    PaperKarma
    If your heart sinks at all the junk mail you get coming through your letterbox, PaperKarma could be the answer. The app allows you to take a photograph of any junk mail you receive. Once submitted to PaperKarma, the app will contact the various mailing companies and take your name off their mailing lists.

    Recyclemore
    This app helps you to find the nearest recycling centres for your recyclable waste products. Whether you’re looking to get rid of batteries, clothes, appliances or garden waste, this app can help you to find the right place to take it.

    Going green is made that bit easier with these great iPhone apps. And if you really want to live more sustainably, you should ask yourself if you really need that latest iPhone upgrade. Discarded electronics are piling up in landfills around the world and tons of emissions are produced by manufacturing new ones. Buying second hand and unlocking the handset is a great way to reduce your carbon impact.

     

     

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  13. There are numerous renewable solutions for water conservation that are easily implemented by businesses and in residential areas. Five renewable solutions for water conservation include:

    ·         Rainwater Harvesting

    ·         Dedicated residential water containers

    ·         Energy efficient water-saving sprinkler systems

    ·         Water conservation monitoring systems

    ·         Green landscaping initiatives
     

    Rainwater Harvesting

    Harvesting rainwater is not a new idea. It has been around for centuries in rural and urban areas where water supplies tended to be less abundant. The Mayans built their entire agricultural economy on this concept. Rainwater harvesting, as the name implies, is simply rain water collected and reused for farm crops and landscape purposes. Today's rainwater harvesting systems are adapted for commercial, industrial and residential use. 

    Many new structures include a rainwater harvesting system to reduce the cost of municipal water supplied to homes and buildings. Water is collected into rainwater harvesting systems from moisture in humid indoor air and roof and gutters. This water is transferred through a filtration system to an underground storage tank equipped with a pump and an outlet for reuse of collected water. New York City has over 140 of these rainwater harvesting systems.

     

    Dedicated Residential Water Containers
    In many residential areas, homeowners purchase water containers to collect rainwater. This is similar to large municipal water tanks seen in most every town. The difference is the size. Dedicated residential water containers are generally conical or horizontal tank shapes. They hold from 500 to 2400 gallons of collected water and are made from polypropylene or plastic. Some are attached to exterior residential structures or are built indoors in a basement, depending on the sources from which water is collected.
     

    Energy Efficient Water-saving Sprinkler Systems

    An energy efficient sprinkler system is cost-effective and the biggest benefit is a renewable solution to conserve water. Recent developments in technology have improved the efficiency of sprinkler systems in both energy consumption and water usage.  For example, Smart Rain’s Smart Controller can detect weather patterns and turn off sprinklers when precipitation makes watering redundant. The Smart Controller also detects broken sprinkler heads or irrigation lines. This prevents unnecessary waste of water, and can result in 15%-30% savings and possibly tax benefits. For larger water sprinkler needs in farming and large landscaping, drip systems can save 30,000 gallons of water per year or more.
     

    Water Conservation Monitoring Systems
    In many municipalities, water conservation monitoring systems are used to gauge overall water volume conserved through local water saving initiatives. Some of these are "remote" monitoring systems for greater vigilance. 
     

    Green Landscaping Initiatives
    With the growth of the professional landscaping industry, green landscaping initiatives include training in water conservation from one landscaping project to the next to ensure cost-effective, timely residential and commercial landscaping.

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    Predicted that if things do not change, there might be soon extinct of energy sources. Our coming generations may not be able to use any of the energy sources we have used. With our combined efforts, we can stop the wrong practices and save energy. By saving energy we don’t only save resources, but can stop major environmental hazards like Ozone layer depletion and global warming.

    Here are a few tips that will help you save energy:

    • Turn your computers off when not in use. You might think keeping in power save mode will help, but it will also take lots of energy.
    • Change your incandescent light bulbs with the fluorescent bulbs. Changing even one bulb also reduces your energy use to a greater extent. So get a new CFL bulb with the advice of an expert electrician.
    • As we all know how hazardous plastic usage is, so better take your own bags for grocery stores.
    • When you leave your home, precheck that all the light bulbs , AC’s and fans are closed.
    • Use public transport instead of cars or scooters while going to college or work . Walking is better option when the distance is less and if the weather permits.
    • Use natural method of drying by hanging them instead of using a clothes dryer.
    • Fix immediately any leakage you see in wash basins and toilets, a small leakage can also waste a lot of water.
    • Reduce the usage of packaged foods instead make a habit of eating home cooked foods with natural ingredients.
    • Save paper by paying all your bills through online and also do not ask for a receipt every time you withdraw money from ATM’s.
    • Stop drinking bottled water , instead get a water filter fixed at home , since bottles are not recycled properly.
    • Never throw your old toys or clothes, donate them to people who need. This would recycle your products.
    • Use both sides of the paper for printing purpose to save paper.
    • Unplug all your electronic devices like phones and laptops , when they are not in use. Also do not leave your charger button on after the phone is unplugged, this will also consume energy from socket.
    • Buy energy efficient home appliances like fridge , washing machine and microwave oven, which are now available with star ratings .
    • Regularly take your vehicles for pollution check , this will help reducing the emissions.
    • Switch to eco-friendly products that are available in the markets now, they might be a little expensive, but will help you in a long run.
    • Planting trees in your house will add shade and will produce natural air . The use of AC is reduced.

    These re few tips to save energy and as well us the environment. If you are planning to get your home an energy efficient electricity connection, then contacts Emergency Electrician Sydney 24/7.

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