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  1. Going green is becoming more of a priority for many companies around the world. While it might seem like a hassle, making your business as eco-friendly as possible is also going to improve the efficiency of your day-to-day operations and potentially save you a quite bit of money. While you probably won’t be able to completely eradicate your company’s carbon footprint, there are a few simple steps that you can take to reduce your business’s impact on the environment. Keep Your Building Well-Maintained Commercial buildings require quite a bit of maintenance. Often, managers want to minimize the maintenance, but that can end up causing more harm than good in the long run. Machinery, equipment, and systems that aren’t running at peak efficiency can end up requiring more power to do the same amount of work, costing both you and the environment. The occasional service call is going to help you catch any potential problems early so that you can avoid some expensive problems down the road. If you have a boiler room, then you should schedule a burner service call at least once every year. As for the HVAC system, you will need to schedule two service calls a year if you want to steer clear of catastrophic breakdowns and skyrocketing energy bills. Implement a Recycling Policy Many of the materials that your business uses can be recycled multiple times before they are no longer usable. Implementing a strict recycling policy will help you minimize how much waste your company produces each day. At the very least, you should set up recycling bins throughout your business and ask all of your employees to use them. You can also hold recycling days once every few months so that your employees can properly dispose of old office supplies and electronics. Go Paperless In the average office, each worker produces just over two pounds worth of paper and paperboard every single day. Over the course of a year, that adds up to be nearly 10,000 sheets of paper per employee, and most of that material goes straight to the landfill. To reduce those numbers, you can switch over to digital documents whenever possible. That includes options such as digital receipts, paystubs, employee paperwork, and faxes. Reduce Commuting Miles Your employees could be driving hundreds of miles a week to get to work, and that is going to wreak havoc on the environment. That is why many companies are now offering incentives to employees who carpool to work. You can also give some of your employees the option of working from home a few days a week if their jobs can be done remotely. In addition to reducing your overhead costs and improving the efficiency of your company, going green could also boost your brand image. Many consumers love to spend their money at eco-friendly businesses that are attempting to improve the world around them.
  2. Electronics, although useful, don’t last forever. In fact, you’re more likely to replace your electronics than your car. As time goes on, it’s not uncommon for electronics start to lose efficiency until they become useless. Once your electronics start to go up, you may opt to recycle them. However, there are a few things you need to do before you recycle them. Here are three things to do with aging electronics before you recycle them. Wipe the Memory Before even thinking of electronics recycling, the first thing you need to do is erase the memory. Unfortunately, some people often get rid of their old electronics without formatting the system first. If you’re recycling something like an MP3 player, then there’s really no need to wipe the system. However, if the electronic you’re recycling is a phone or a computer, then it’s an absolute must. Phones and computers save every piece of personal and sensitive information through cookies. Recycling one of these devices without wiping the memory clean opens the door for many problems. If the wrong people get ahold of this information, they can steal your identity or hack into your personal accounts. In most cases, formatting the system should be located in the settings or control panel of the device. Take Out the Battery Once you’re done formatting the system’s memory, the next thing you need to do is take out the battery. You may be wondering why removing the battery is relevant. It’s important because old batteries can be hazardous. Old batteries are more prone to damage, which can cause the fluid to leak out. The battery fluid is highly flammable and can also cause explosions. Even if it doesn’t cause those sorts of problems, battery fluid is harmful for the environment, so ensure that they’re disposed of responsibly. Review Your State Laws Last, but not least, make sure to check out the laws of your state. Some areas, like New York City and California, have a rule where it’s illegal to throw away electronics. If you are caught breaking this law, you might have to pay a massive fine. Furthermore, it’s important to stay attentive when disposing of your electronics. You don’t want to accidentally put them in the trash. Look carefully for places that have electronics recycling and dispose of your old electronics there. You can never be too careful when recycling electronics. If you do need to dispose of your electronics, make sure you do it the right way.
  3. We’ve all heard that going solar can save you money by reducing, or eliminating your electric bill. Homeowners can sometimes get a rebate for installing a grid-tied solar system. However, how much do you know about the different types of home solar systems? Grid-tied Solar Systems A grid-tied solar system is tied to the electrical grid maintained by your local utility company. As your solar panels produce energy, it’s sent back to the grid. Your home may not necessarily use the electricity your solar panels produce. Instead, you would get credits for the amount of energy your home produces. A grid-tied solar system is what you’ll generally receive a rebate for installing. That’s because it directly benefits the utility company. It can reduce your electric bill to zero, as long as your panels keep putting out enough energy. The Shortcoming of Grid-tied Solar Systems You may have heard that during natural disasters, although people had solar panels, they still suffered from a power outage. Often, that’s because all of the electricity their solar panels produced was sent to the grid. When the grid went down, their power went out too, despite the panels on their roof. Solar-Plus-Storage System If you want your home to be energy-independent, you need a storage system. That means, you need solar batteries to store the energy your solar panels produce. You can still send power to the grid, and also, store electricity in your batteries in case of a grid-down disaster. A typical car battery won’t do, you’ll need what is called a deep-cycle battery. Deep cycle batteries are designed to be charged and recharged, over and over again. Deep cycle batteries can be lead-acid, like your car battery, or lithium-ion, like in your rechargeable electronics. Most home systems use lithium-ion batteries. They hold a charge longer than lead-acid, as well as a longer life span. However, they’re more expensive. Making Solar-Plus-Storage Work in Your Homeowner The first thing you’ll need to decide is how many solar batteries you will need. You’ll need to calculate the energy use of your home, and then purchase enough batteries to store that amount of energy. Next, you’ll need to decide where to put the batteries; solar batteries can take up quite a bit of room. The garage is a good place to place them. Please do your research, to calculate how much battery you will need, as well as the different types and brands available.
  4. In this era of environmental crisis, we all must do our part to reduce waste. Reducing food waste is something everyone can do to benefit the environment. The sad fact is, more than one third of all the food produced in the word goes to waste, and one billion people could be fed by the food wasted in Western Countries alone. Many people, especially those in heavily urbanized areas, are extremely ignorant when it comes to knowing where their food comes from. In one survey, the majority of urban dwellers did not know that their meat and dairy products came from living animals. Unfortunately, the survey did not query the respondents as to where they did think meat and dairy foods came from, which could give valuable insight on how to improve public perception about food production and consumption. Reducing Retail Food Waste One area of concern with vast room for improvement is retail food waste; the amount of food thrown out by grocery stores and restaurants is tremendous. If you work in a grocery store, you could convince the management to donate unused or out of date food to a food bank. Likewise, if you own, or work in a restaurant, consider purchasing equipment that conserves resources, such as hamburger moulder equipment that measures precise amounts of food so that you don't use more or less than you need. Also, at the end of the day, you could offer prepared, perishable, unsold food to those in need. Eliminating Food Waste at Home There are many ways to reduce or completely eliminate your home food waste. First, don’t buy food you’re not going to eat. Sometimes, for our health, we think we should eat something we really don’t like. Be honest, even if you buy it, you probably won’t eat it. Second, if you have children, be mindful of their portions. Children probably waste more food than adults, simply because they can’t eat a large portion. Many children are also picky eaters, and will refuse to eat food they don’t like. Another way to reduce food waste is to compost; composting involves turning vegetable food waste into healthy garden soil. If you have a yard, consider starting a compost pile. It will not only help to reduce food waste, but it can also be used to grow your own organic vegetables. Another healthy strategy for reducing food waste is to make your own bone broth; rather than throwing out your chicken or beef bones, you can boil them down into an incredibly nutritious broth. This broth can be used in many different healthy recipes. It’s up to us all to take action, and reduce food waste in any way we can. The environment depends on it.
  5. While many of us can easily recycle our paper, glass and plastic waste, recycling electronics and batteries is not as easy. However, recycling these items might be even more important than recycling more common household waste. You may not know this, but both old electronic items and batteries can leach harmful chemicals into the soil and groundwater. Recycling Electronics According to the Environmental Protection Agency, 2.84 million tons of electronics were thrown away in 2017, with little more than 1 million tons recycled. The rest mostly ended up in county landfills. Unfortunately, electronic devices often contain hazardous heavy metals, including barium, lead, silver, chromium, cadmium, and mercury. These can easily leech into the soil and groundwater, poisoning the environment. The good news is, recycled electronics can often be refurbished and resold or donated to people in need. Likewise, some of the valuable metals, such as copper, silver, and gold, can be recovered and reused. Battery Recycling Batteries contain large amounts of toxic heavy metals and chemicals and simply tossing batteries in the trash can easily contaminate the soil pollute the water. The good news is, the Environmental Protection Agency reports that 99.1% of lead-acid vehicle batteries are recycled. This is because when you get a new battery for your vehicle, the auto shop already has a line to recycle all of the old batteries. Unfortunately, batteries from our electronic devices are not responsibly recycled. More often than not, people don’t know how to recycle such batteries and simply toss them. However, many electronics retailers have battery recycling drop-offs, and there are battery recycling services that collect batteries from your business or office. Reclaiming Valuable Metals Both electronics and batteries contain valuable metals that can be recovered. Recovering these metals not only keeps them out of our landfills and our environment, but it also reduces the need for strip mining. It’s a sad fact, but many of the metals used in batteries, such as lithium, are mined in third-world countries, often using child labor. To prevent future shortages of lithium, cobalt, nickel, and other rare earth metals, recycling for lithium batteries is essential. Recycling retrieves not only nickel, cobalt, copper, lithium, and aluminum from old batteries, but also valuable graphite and manganese. The good news is, recycling can recover anywhere from 25% to 95% of the materials from a lithium-ion battery. Putting paper, plastic, and glass out on the curb for recycling is easy. However, with a little bit of forethought, recycling electronics and batteries will take very little effort.
  6. For years now, people have been taking steps to help save the planet in their everyday lives. But the fault of our dying planet lies not within the average individual, but within massive industries. It is time for factories to take action to lessen their environmental impact. Measure Your Carbon Footprint In order to lessen your carbon footprint, first you need to know the size of your carbon footprint. Measure how much damage your factory is doing by taking a Greenhouse Gas Emissions Assessment. From there, you can develop a plan to shrink that footprint. Use Green Technology Ever since the industrial revolution, factories have been using fossil fuels, like coal. These nonrenewable sources are disposed back into the air in the form of greenhouse gasses. It’s time to ditch these outdated processes and embrace technologies such as solar panels, wind energy and LED light bulbs. Factories can seriously benefit by switching to renewable energy sources. Recycle Materials You probably have pieces of scrap steel laying around from previous equipment or projects. Call a scrap metal collector to come and pick up the pieces. Collectors use your waste metal to recycle them into new projects. One of the best ways to protect the environment is to use what we already have. Steel production admits greenhouse gasses into the air and dangerous pollutants into surrounding water sources. But recycling already-made steel leaves a much smaller carbon footprint. Recycling scrap metal also keeps mining away from wildlife, takes less time than extracting new metal, and keeps waste out of our ever-multiplying landfills. Dispose of Waste Responsibly Factories’ haphazard waste disposal has led to the pollution of the surrounding soil and local water sources. As seen in the Flint Water Crisis, contaminated water can cause serious health problems for humans and animals that rely on that water. Sometimes the contaminated water is absorbed into soil where crops are planted. This further spreads the contamination to large supplies of food. Many strategies to reduce and dispose of manufacturing waste have been developed recently. Being more mindful about where your waste goes can lessen damaging effects. Be Adaptable The companies that have survived the longest are the ones that are most willing to adapt to the current times. And currently, people are concerned about the planet. We have wizened about how we impact the environment. And with the rise of the internet, consumers are more aware of than ever before where their products come from and how they are made. Generation Z, in particular, likes to spend their money on products that are ethically made. Change may not always be easy, but it is extremely necessary. Be open-minded about changes. After all, the changes you are making are beneficial for the whole planet.
  7. If you’ve invested in solar panels for your home, then you’ve made the first step toward reducing your energy bill. When your solar panels work effectively, they produce energy for your home to use throughout the day. To ensure that your panels are working at their optimum throughout the winter months, here are four common practices you’ll want to implement. Clear Off Excess Snow When you get a snowstorm, you should go out and clear off your panels. This will allow them to get direct sunlight sooner than waiting for the sun to melt the snow. There are various special squeegees out there that can assist you in removing the excess snow from your panels without damaging them. You must take precautions when using any tool to remove the snow from your solar panels as you don’t want to damage the panels while doing so. Mind Your Battery Bank Your solar energy system has a battery bank that must be maintained properly throughout the winter months to store your solar power. In most cases, you should have these batteries installed indoors to keep them free from the outdoor elements. However, some homeowners have their batteries installed outdoors. If this is your scenario, be sure that your batteries are properly insulated for the cold winter months. Assess Your Panel Angle During the winter months, the sun is at a lower angle than in the summer months. For your panels to be as effective as possible, they should be directly facing the sun. In the wintertime, this is going to be about 15 degrees. Many adjustable racks will easily allow you to alter the angling degree of your solar panels so that you can make them as efficient as possible depending on the path of the sun. Wash Them Regularly The winter snow can bring a lot of debris to your solar panels. That debris gets stuck on and creates a dirty layer that can hinder the performance of your panels. Do yourself a favor and wash your solar panels regularly throughout the winter months. This way, they stay free from debris and work effectively. Having solar panels installed at your home can be a great way to reduce your wintertime energy costs. However, you want to ensure that you’re getting the most of your solar system throughout the wintertime. The above are four practices that you should be implementing when winter rolls around.
  8. Solar power is not a new concept. Ever since ancient times, people have used skylights and windows to light their homes, used passive solar collectors such as stone or cement to warm chilly nights, and located rain barrels in sunny areas to heat water for bathing. More recently, technology has produced new and efficient ways to collect, store, and use solar energy to power individual homes and businesses. Solar energy has many benefits. Here are five of the best. Lower Utility Bills A solar system can begin lowering your power bills the day it is installed. Even a small system will take a solid bite out of your electric bill, and a properly sized and installed system can provide nearly three quarters of your home’s power. That is free energy that no one can make you pay for. Solar photovoltaic systems can last as long as 30 years or more and typically pay for themselves within 5-10 years if you live in a state that offers rebates or credits for solar power installation. Even if your state does not participate, the federal government has generous programs that help offset the cost of a new solar power system. Increased Home Value Solar power is one of a small set of home improvements that can actually raise your home’s value by more than its own cost. Additionally, a solar system will make your home more attractive to potential home buyers, giving you a distinct advantage over other sellers even in a tight housing market. To sweeten the deal even further, most states will not increase your property taxes when you install a solar power system even though your home’s property valuation will almost certainly go up. Check out Legend Solar for more information about solar power in Utah. Clean, Effort-Free Energy Solar panels require little to no maintenance because they have no mechanical parts to break down. Once your system is installed, there is not much for you to do but sit back and enjoy the security of knowing that you will have environmentally responsible, quiet, free energy for many years to come. Independence from the Power Company For years, you have been at the mercy of the power company’s whims. If they decided to raise rates, you paid more of your hard-earned money. If they took days or weeks to restore power after an outage, you waited patiently for their employees to get around to your neighborhood. With solar power, your electric bill can be reduced to a fraction of what you pay now. Even better, many states now allow you to save the excess energy your system provides during peak hours and use that energy later. A large number of states even allow you to sell your extra power to the power company. These strategies can result in a zero balance on your utility bill month after month. Sustainability Solar energy is an incredibly abundant resource. Solar does no damage to the earth or its inhabitants. It is the ultimate in renewable resources. When you choose solar power, you are not just providing a more solid financial future for you and your children, you are also preserving the earth and its limited resources for your children and grandchildren. Thanks to modern solar technology, you can now harness the sun’s power to an extent that was unimaginable throughout most of history. Installing a solar photovoltaic system is more than just a wise financial decision. It is also an investment in your own future and the future of all humans.
  9. You don’t have to sacrifice convenience or live off the grid to help the environment. Just by switching to environmentally-friendly products, you can make a significant difference. Here are tips to help you make the transition. Cleaning the Green Way Many cleaning products contain harsh chemicals. The good news is that it is easier than you think to avoid these. A paste of water and baking soda, for example, can be used when you need a slightly abrasive cleaner to clean countertops or filthy pots and pans. White vinegar makes an excellent glass cleaner and it can also be used to dissolve soap scum. If homemade cleaners are not enough, you can find a variety of green cleaners at many grocery stores. Switching from the old cleaners to eco-friendly products is usually a seamless process and you won’t sacrifice a clean home. Using Non-Toxic Pet Products Using non-toxic pet products benefits both the environment and your pet. Like other cleaning products, pet hygiene products often contain harmful chemicals that end up in the water supply. Even pet shampoos can contain ingredients that interfere with nature’s delicate balance. By switching your pet’s skin care products to natural ones like Roxy’s Remedies, which contain only environmentally-friendly ingredients, you reduce the negative impact on the environment. Some ways to reduce fleas include vacuuming pet bedding and using vet-approved topical products that are absorbed into the skin instead of sprayed on the coat. Avoid flea foggers, flea carpet sprays and similar items that contain harsh pesticides. Reducing Single-Use Plastics Plastic water bottles and other single-use plastic items stick around long after they are thrown away. It isn’t enough to try to recycle these things because the recycling process itself uses energy. A better step to take is to eliminate these items and switch to reusable containers. Use stainless steel water bottles in place of disposable water bottles, and use canvass totes to replace plastic shopping bags. Pack the kids’ sandwiches in hard-sided plastic sandwich holders to avoid disposable plastic sandwich bags. Lighting Efficiently Efficient lighting like LED and CFL bulbs help reduce energy usage. However, you can employ other methods in addition to buying energy efficient bulbs for your home. Installing dimmer switches, for example, allows you to adjust lighting according to need and eliminates some energy waste. Using Energy-Efficient Appliances Energy consumption increases your carbon footprint. Each time you upgrade to energy-efficient appliances, you reduce your energy consumption. Whenever you buy new appliances, such as air conditioners or washing machines, for your home make sure you choose the energy-efficient option. As your home becomes more environmentally-friendly, you might also notice side benefits such as lower utility bills. You can also be assured that as you reduce your use of toxic products, you are reducing their impact on your health and not just the environment. Switching to greener products just makes sense.
  10. A good year to work on reducing your toxic gas and carbon dioxide emissions is this year. As a manufacturer, reducing your negative mark on the environment is good for the environment and good for business. You never know how much far your efforts will go if you do not try. Learn about at least five ways that manufacturers can reduce their emissions in 2016. Use of Energy-Efficient Products Using energy-efficient products is the easiest way to cut back on emissions. Manufacturers start by listing the appliances that consume the largest amounts of energy, such as a boiler or engine. For every item listed, there is an energy-efficient alternative that exists. Energy Conservation Conservation is the use less of a product that consumes a lot of resources. One way that manufacturers conserve energy is to use less of their vehicles. Their employees rely less on vehicles that emit large amounts of toxic gases. They drive less, manufacture fewer products and use fewer factories. To create fewer products, manufacturers rely on recycling and reusing materials that have already been used, such as paper and metal. Use of Natural Energy Manufacturers use energy that is derived from natural sources and does not contribute significantly to pollution. This type of energy comes from the sun, the wind and the water. More manufacturers are using solar energy as the technologies become more advanced, such as solar panels. They are working in buildings that are rated according to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards. Catalytic Reduction Systems Many manufacturers are using catalytic reduction systems that work with the use of chemistry. The process involves inserting urea into the exhaust gas and reducing the emissions of gases into the air. Find catalytic reduction technologies being used extensively in cars and ships. These systems are installed on commercial boilers and known to reduce most emissions. Many suppliers, like Nationwide Boiler, have both new and reconditioned efficient boilers available. Progress Monitoring There is no point in creating a plan if you do not know the results. All sensible manufacturers keep track of the progress they are doing to save the environment. If they buy one new energy-efficient appliance, they at least check the energy bill to see if there is any difference. Companies are investing in the future by investing in the environment. Manufacturers are building fewer factories, making fewer products and reducing their emissions by more than half. They know that without the environment there is no source of the products they sell in the stores. There are more than enough ways to start making these investments right away.
  11. The infrastructure of a community has been important since the beginning of time in all civilizations. Ancient builders in the Indus Valley created a system of indoor pipes and covered street channel to funnel away waste water. The ancient Romans perfected a transportation infrastructure. In modern times, the United States has developed an aviation infrastructure allowing for efficient global travel. Let's look at five key infrastructure areas. Transportation Communities have to move goods and people from one place to another. Roads play a big role in this endeavor, but road systems must also use bridges and tunnels to get past natural obstacles. In addition to roads, communities use a system of trains and airplanes for transportation. Infrastructure such as airports, runways, train stations and train tracks must be built and maintained. Solid Waste Generating trash is part of daily life, but that trash cannot be allowed to pile up lest disease and filth take over. An infrastructure to collect and manage waste is essential in any community. Garbage trucks, recycling plants and landfills all must be acquired and maintained to keep the community running efficiently. Water and Waste water Providing clean water to residents and removing used water is an important service. Communities must install sewers, drains and pipes to move water from one location to another. Some areas may find they need systems to contain or maintain the volume in nearby bodies of water. Water transfer systems and dams help to meet this need. Companies such as T. Luckey Sons, Inc. are invaluable in providing repair solutions for projects like this. Energy Citizens in all communities use energy to power devices in their homes, businesses and daily lives. Transporting that energy safely is a must. Electricity poles and wires connect to virtually every modern structure that exists. In some of those structures, we also find natural gas pipelines. Each system must be designed and maintained by professionals to ensure safety. Telecommunications In our modern era with its use of computers, smart phones and other digital devices having a telecommunications infrastructure is imperative to keep a community running efficiently. Cables and cell phone towers provide a constant ability to remain connected. This ability to exchange information instantly allows communities and their citizens to make decisions on a moment by moment basis. Clearly, ensuring the smooth operations of a community requires more than just willing citizens and well-meaning government officials. Every community requires multiple infrastructures to operate efficiently and to provide a safe living environment for everyone.
  12. Our homes are expressions of our personalities and anchors of our place in the world. We innately strive to make them beautiful and fitting to our style. Remarkably though, many of us are so focused on cosmetic appearances, that we overlook things that make a home truly enjoyable. True comfort in a home is directly linked to its functionality. Making smart home improvement choices can reward us with more than surface pride but give us a deep sense of contentment. A Better View Consider choosing energy-efficient windows instead of single-paned, uninsulated windows. Environment control becomes much easier and cost-effective to maintain, no matter if in cold or warm climates. Since double and triple pane windows also require sturdier frames, designers are able to create larger areas of glass without compromising structural integrity. Outdoor visibility and natural light become major players in day-to-day life. A feeling of openness is achieved, while maintaining consistent, comfortable temperatures and even lessening the need to flip on a light switch. The right windows from Window Planet can make your home more beautiful and eco-friendly. Standing Strong Another element that plays a huge role in the aesthetics of a home is our choice in flooring. Because of its warming effect and hypoallergenic nature, wood is very popular. Among the seemingly endless varieties though, bamboo clearly stands above the rest when considering efficiency, durability and style. Because bamboo grows so quickly, up to three feet in a 24-hours, it is merited with being a top eco-friendly building material. It can tolerate a much broader span of environmental differences than most of it counterparts whether they be wood, stone or tile. Each of which is more sensitive to humidity and temperature changes. This adaptability and today's every increasing selection makes bamboo a winner. Wooly Warm As wonderful as bamboo flooring may be, there are those who simply prefer the soft and cushiony feeling of carpet. Instead of committing to installing wall-to-wall carpet, try large area rugs. Wool offers the warmest and most eco-friendly production process and is wonderfully sound reducing. It is a particularly good for those living in colder climates because a wool rug may make a room feel warmer. A Steady Stream One area that simply cannot be ignored when creating an efficient yet stylish home, is how we get water. Faucets and shower heads are the jewelry of our kitchens and bathroom, but are also the hardest working fixtures in a house. When the flow of water is inconstant or messy, it is not only annoying but also wasteful. Steady more even water steams that use less water can be achieved with low-flow fixtures that have aerator adapters. The Best Flow The mention of water usage automatically brings the massive amounts required for toilets to mind. This is one of the major areas that can be made more efficient. One of the easiest ways to do this is by installing a toilet with an eco-flush system. These use less water for liquid waste but allows for larger amounts when needed for solids. They have been mainstream in Europe for years and have become much more readily available with suppliers in the United States. Making a home both beautiful and efficient has many pay-offs. Not only will it be a joy to live in, but with just a bit of attention and forethought, it can be functionally and economically efficient as well as beautiful. Ultimately, it is well worth the conscious effort for a better more comfortable home.
  13. Two problems the human race faces today are global warming and pollution. To ensure that the Earth remains habitable for people and animals, changes must occur. Thankfully, some people are taking the initiative to encourage a greener future. Below are six such examples. 1. Farmers Starting Wind Farms In years past, farmers could only produce income by raising livestock and growing crops. Today, however, farmers all across the Midwest have been farming wind. This is done by giving permits to energy companies to install giant wind mills with high tech wind turbines on their land. This profits both the farmers as well as the environment through the production of clean energy. 2. Environmental Groups Cleaning Up Contamination Pollution can ravage a local ecosystem and make the area unsafe for humans, plants and animals. Thankfully, pollution can also be reversed. One way to learn how to remove contamination and hazardous waste from a site is by taking a course from National Environmental Trainers. They can teach people how to safely remove contaminants from the environment. Taking this training can teach you how to safely make a site inhabitable again after it has been contaminated. 3. The Auto Industry Moving Away from Carbon Fuel Currently, nearly all of the large automobile manufacturers are investing in research to make completely electric cars the standard of the future. While hybrid vehicles and electric cars are indeed currently available, they have yet to make a real impact on the market. However, with finer tuned technology and better infrastructure, that will soon change. 4. Recycled Steel Framed Houses Recently, construction companies that build homes have begun moving away from using wood frames. The wood required to build the frame of a house can mean the loss of up to 50 trees. Instead, metal beams created from recycled steel are being used as a replacement. The steel is, of course, much stronger and sturdier as well. 5. Energy Efficient Smart Appliances Appliances are becoming increasingly more efficient. Part of this is because of the implementation of smart technology that can allow a home owner to control and program appliances via a WiFi connection. They can be programmed to only run during certain parts of the day and to stop when energy consumption benchmarks have been passed. 6. Fisheries Fighting Extinction In many areas of the world, certain species of fish are quickly reaching the endangered status. The traditional method of catching many species of fish is probably not sustainable. One way some in the food industry are counteracting this is by starting fisheries on land so that the fish in oceans and lakes can be preserved. To overcome the problems presented by global warming and pollution, everyone in every sector of society needs to make a change. Thankfully, changes that could lead us to a greener future are in the pipeline.
  14. There has been so much advancement in the world of agriculture that the techniques of yesteryear have almost been put to shame. So many of these use the technology that has been advancing at a whirlwind pace. SensorsOne such technology that is available are air and soil sensors. These allow an understanding of the air and soil conditions in a real time setting. Forest, farm, and water conditions would be among the conditions it could tell us as well. Vertical FarmsAnother technology that is being experimented with is the ability to grow vertical farms. These would be farms in skyscrapers or other urban settings, growing on the various levels and up instead of on the ground and out. In this kind of a farm, spacers (IE the little shims that are placed behind something to keep it off a surface) would be useful for keeping the sprinkler systems effective or for keeping a growing table level. Phoenix Specialty uses state-of-the-art technologies and Agriculture Manufacturing process to produce custom components for the industry. In-Vitro MeatWhile this one is being tested and played around with, it has yet to be approved for use in the market: in-vitro meat. This is meat that is essentially grown in a test tube, almost like they show in some science fiction movies. However, the meat is never part of a living animal. The concept might be mainstream and available for public use in the year 2027. It's still in the early stages of experimentation and being perfected. New Strains Of Plants And AnimalsAlongside this concept is the concept of new strains of plants and animals that have been genetically designed to better serve needs. However, this is not going to follow the pattern of GMOs (or genetically modified organisms). These plants and animals would be designed from the ground up. This would be a large advantage due to how much food is not kept intact during the manufacturing process that a lot of modern day food goes through. Smart SystemsSmart systems for home gardens are another technological advancement that has recently taken place. These consist of stakes that are placed in the ground. They are solar powered. The stakes monitor a variety of different things in the garden like rainfall, ground state, plants, air temperature, and even soil temperature. All of the information is sent to the gardener's smart phone, and the updates allow problems to be addressed as soon as possibly feasible. However, there are so many other technologies that have been added to the agricultural world. It all varies, but it is all useful in today's world.
  15. It is important to have an efficient home today. Good efficiency will keep your energy bills low and help the environment by conserving resources. Improving the efficiency of any home is not too difficult. There are six ways to get started: Insulate the Home and Seal GapsStart by improving or replacing the insulation in the home. Put in some modern insulation like loose fill. You can insulate attics and the exterior walls. You also want to go around the home and seal any gaps you find using weather-stripping or caulk. Install and Use Ceiling FansA large heating and air conditioning system can waste a significant amount of energy every year. A more energy-efficient solution is to install and use ceiling fans. These fans can make every room feel more comfortable without using a massive amount of energy while running. They can be used in summer and winter depending on the direction of the blades. Use Occupancy Sensors or Motion Detectors for LightsYour lights use a good percentage of your electricity. Install occupancy sensors or motion detectors in the most common areas of your home and in hallways. These sensors will turn the lights on and off automatically depending on whether someone is in the area. Maintain Your Plumbing and FixturesOld, corroded or damaged plumbing can make your home less efficient by wasting hundreds or thousands of gallons of water every year. This is true even for the smallest leaks. You will want to call a professional to have any bad plumbing in your home fixed, say the experts at C B Lucas Heating & Air Conditioning. This will make your home much more efficient and could lower your water bills. Plant Trees to Block Wind and SunPlant trees near your home to block sun and wind. Place the trees near windows, but far enough away from the home so it doesn't cause damage. The trees will keep the house cooler in the summer by creating shade. Install Storm WindowsIf you do not want to replace your existing windows, then you can install storm windows to make the home more efficient. Storm windows add an extra layer of insulation. They can keep your home feeling comfortable all year long without the added costs. You want to focus on efficiency in every part of your house. Do not ignore the small things like a leaking pipe or malfunctioning appliance. Make changes and repairs whenever you can. An efficient home is more economical, comfortable and environmentally friendly.