It has been known for a while that the world is on a shortage of fossil fuels. This talk of the energy crisis has been heard over the last few years. With that being said there has been an increase with the amount of renewable energy sources that are being used. This is currently the solution that is being used for the energy source issue.
There are currently 3 types of alternative energy sources that are being used right now, and they are:
- Solar energy
- Hydroelectric power
- Wind generation
Solar electric power
There are many different electricity providers who are now offering their customers solar electric power alternatives as a resource to run the electricity in their homes. The energy of the sun is the main resource that is used in this case.
We are now seeing lots of solar panels outside of businesses, used for their energy as well as for technology gadgets. However, just because this form of resource is available doesn’t mean that everyone is utilizing it. Sadly only a small fraction of the population are taking advantage of this new type of trend for natural energy.
It really isn’t too difficult to make the switch over to natural energy, but it does require different types of equipment in order for it to work properly. Rechargeable batteries and as mentioned above, solar panels are needed to take advantage of gaining energy from the sun.
The good thing about this type of energy is that it is free, and even though you have to invest in buying the equipment you will still save money in the long run.
Hydro-electric power is quite popular and used by many people. It is actually probably used more than the solar electric energy. Wide scale generation is basically when this type of energy is used the most, such as for operating machinery that run dams to generate the running water. In small scale situations this type of power is not advised to be use because of the cost. The only downside about using this type of energy is that it has a negative effect on flora and fauna.
Wind energy is another renewable energy that is used but can only be used in locations where the wind is plentiful – such as Australia. For many years we have used windmills and wind generators for electrical and mechanical energy. The wind is plentiful and where there are generators this energy will always be available and useful. If you live In Australia, you can read more about Renewable Energy Australia here.
Interestingly, it was widely expected that the legal adoption by the European Union of the environmental assessment standards prescribed by the 2006 Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) declaration would lower the reliability of many electrical appliances and components which had normally depended on environmentally unsafe substances for reliable functioning, this has turned out to be pretty much an urban legend. The environmental screening is nowadays carried out swiftly everywhere with the aid of a cutting edge handheld analyzer capable of performing on-the-fly, real time, precise alloy analysis of any electronic or electrical parts or components.
As opposed to the forecast of extensive failure of this component and reduced reliability, during the first anniversary of RoHS’s, the reliability of many appliances and components, extensively tested and debated at the time, passed with only small elaborations. Everyday across the globe there are millions of compliant products, which are used by different people worldwide. The majority of these products are electronic equipments. Such electronics that comply with RoHS standards include Apple’s iPod music player, Nokia mobile phones, Dell and Hp home computers and servers, Motorola mobile phones, and Panasonic televisions among other electronic appliances.
Various companies that are dealing with electronic products are showing off their RoHS status on their official websites. For instance a company such as AMD has stated on their website that:
Even though lead that contains lead substances cannot be completely removed from all the electronic appliances, AMD engineers are working on developments to produce efficient technical solutions to eliminate lead content in microprocessors and chips to comply with RoHS. This is to reduce the cost of producing the products and improving good product features. There is no changing of fitness, functionality, and performance of the specifications. Reliability and quality standards comply with RoHS regulations and all products are expected to be similar as compared to present packages.
Technologies such as RoHS print circuit board finishing are outdoing the traditional formulations in thermal fabrications, solder paste printings, aluminum wire bonding and contact résistance. These have improved performance and are taking it to next level.
There are great benefits of lead-free solder being used to prevent failures and breakdowns under unfavorable conditions. Such properties include high temperature flexibility.
If you and your family have decided to go on an adventure of camping out, it’s time to find a family tent that will be large enough to comfortably accommodate the family as well as supplies.
Everyone knows that you can save a ton of money on hotel bills by simply finding a camping facility near any tourist locations that you want to visit. So even if you spend a quite a bit of money in the beginning, you’ll only have to buy that tent and permanent supplies once.
Something to keep in mind when shopping for your tent is that manufacturers of camping tents typically overestimate the amount of people that can comfortably fit in them. Therefore, the first thing you need to do is add 1 or 2 people when estimating what size tent your family needs. For example, if you’re camping with 2 adults and 3 children, get a tent that will sleep 7 or more people.
High quality tents are available in 2 categories: 3 season and 4 season. Usually, a 3 season tent is all you’ll need. They can handle most weather conditions and are made for comfort during warm weather as well as colder weather. Tents that are made for 4 seasons fight off the cold and heavy snow.
Next, you’ll need to decide what tent shape will work best for your family. Cabin and dome tents are the most common. Cabin tents look like a house, are roomy, and lets an average size adult stand up inside of them. Dome tents are igloo shaped and usually don’t allow for standing room. Both tents typically come with zip down dividers that offer some privacy.
If you’re looking for ease in setting up your family tent, it’s important to know that dome tents are easier to set up. They just need stakes in the ground to attach the tent to. Their shape holds in high winds better than cabin styles, which are also more difficult to set up. While they provide more room inside, they take longer and more practice to get them in place.
Whatever style of family tent you decide to get, always practice at home before trying to use a new tent on your camping trip.
There are a few different ways to get fit while being eco friendly and they all help in different ways. One thing you can do is simply to replace short car journeys with cycling or running where ever possible. This cuts down on your carbon footprint and gets you fit at the same time so you can get fit the eco way. Around 20 Minutes of cycling can burn 100 calories and can raise your metabolic rate meaning you take the pounds off, and keep them off.
Another idea is to exercise for charity. There are many cycling and running events our there to help various causes so get involved in them more rather than signing up to a gym. If you do sign up to a gym, don’t drive to it! Try to find a gym closer to home and run or cycle in to it to cut down on pollution and get fit the eco way on route. If you can’t get to one close to home, organise a car sharing trip with friends or colleagues or take public transport.
You could also consider eco-running if you do normally participate in running regularly. Take a couple of carrier bags with you on your run and where ever you see trash that shouldn’t be there such as cans or bottles, pop them in your bag as you jog past and throw them in the next bin you see. This not only keeps you fit and works out your legs it’ll work out other areas of your body too and actively helps the environment and your local area.
When it gets to the time when you have to change your exercise gear such as clothes or trainers, find some eco friendly clothing or purchase clothing from a local charity shop.
Having more eco friendly homes is not just about the way in which people live inside them. It is also about what technology is used within the home itself, and encouraging the use of this technology wherever possible when building new homes, expanding old ones or simply adapting your home to a new eco friendly standard.
There are some great technological advances that really make a difference for eco friendly homes. Installing solar panels for instance can be a great way of reducing your electricity bill. More often than not the solar panels you encounter will be hot water panels. These heat the water directly around the system and then pump it into your hot water tank for use. These can however be costly and cost can go into the thousands.
For a more available alternative why not check your house insulation? There is a large range of housing insulation available that can dramatically reduce not only your heating bill but also your carbon footprint as well making an excellent first step towards eco friendly homes.
Switch your normal bulbs for energy saving ones! This technology got off to a rough start as the bulbs had problems with both price and the time it takes them to reach full brightness. This is no longer the case, they are still more expensive then regular bulbs but they last much longer and will save you money in the space of just one year. The bulbs available today react speedily and reach full capacity quicker then the original energy saving bulbs.
Make your self a compost heap at the back of the garden. Getting into a regular routine disposing of your kitchen waste to the compost heap will provide you with nutrient rich soil for growing your own home grown fruit and vegetables.
The conservation of water both around and within the home has never been more important and there are many ways we can reduce our consumption of water.
Only use your washing machine when you have enough soiled clothes to make up a full load. When buying a washing machine look for the star rating energy efficiency sticker. Buy a washing machine that has a water saver i.e. a pump that allows you to recycle your washing water and apart from saving on water you will be saving on laundry detergent as well.
Recycle grey water to water your garden or lawn.
If you have a fish tank you will know how important it is to change 1/3rd of the water on a regular basis to keep the flora of your fish tank healthy. Be sure to use the discarded water to good use because it contains nutrients that are beneficial to both potted and garden tanks.
Install an energy efficient showerhead and faucet aerators. There are now available 4 minute shower timers.
When you brush your teeth don’t leave the tap running and fill a tumbler with enough water to rinse out your mouth.
Make sure your garden hose has an adjustable jet feature and preferably brass for longevity over the plastic ones. When washing your car use a bucket and a sponge. When rinsing your car make a point of using a hose with a fine jet and turn off the tap after rinsing your car. Donít just throw the running hose on the ground whilst you are washing your car. The environment would benefit if you could go to a car wash where water is recycled.
When planting trees or shrubs in your garden, install a length of black poly-pipe beside the roots, so that it extends marginally above ground level, to allow you easy access, before you fill in the hole. This will enable you to apply water to the roots of shrubs and plants, where it is needed and will prevent water run-off.
There are now available – crystal water beads that you can place within your pot plants to maximize water content and prevent pot plants from drying out.
Install a water tank to save precious rainwater from just running away.
The conservation of water has become a major issue with governments in relation to climate change. You too can do your bit in conserving water and if you have young children and practice active water conservation – they in turn will do the same. Children learn by example, so be a responsible water conservationist – because without sufficient water – our planet will cease to exist and, if our planet cannot sustain us, we too will cease to exist.