Category: going green


Interesting Fact of the Day……

Today most everything runs on electricity.  So, it’s not surprising that many companies look for alternative methods of generating electricity.  Some companies have gotten very creative in their endeavors to tap into alternative methods of generating electricity!

HP has proposed using cow manure to help power their data centers. WOW

According to InterestingFacts.Org, the manure that would be used will be from midsized dairy farms. Electricity will be derived form it by putting it through an anaerobic digester. The heat that is derived from this process would be used to power the turbines of the data centers cooling system. The electricity that is derived from this process will be used to power the data center. The temperature of the anaerobic digester would be regulated by the waste heat that is generated by the data center. This process ensures that there is maximum efficiency. This process also produces enough energy to be able to run the dairy farm. Thus one not only saves power use by the data centers but also the dairy farm.

Something to think about!!
 
  

recycled house

recycledhouseIf you’ve read my blog before, you probably remember that I enjoy exploring the topic of “going green”.  Today, I came across probably the most interesting article involving being more earth friendly.  A man from Huntsville, TX builds houses out of salvaged items.  In this particular picture, various frame samples are used on the ceiling.  Such a fabulous and eclectic idea, I love it!  How neat!!

The article, One Man’s Trash, was featured in the NY Times.

I think we can all agree that rising energy costs and ways to minimize these are deserving topics.  But, when do we draw the line?  How do we decide when it is being taken too far?

From The Business Insider

California Wants To Ban Some Big Screen TVs

California is ready to ban large flat screen televisions that hog energy the LA Times reports.

The California Energy Commission will reveal the new standards required for TV makers today. The measure could be made official in November.

The regulation would outlaw 25% of the large screen televisions currently being sold. All plasma screen televisions

on the market would be banned, as they are huge energy suckers. In time plasma makers say they can improve efficiency. Many LCD flat screens already meet the efficiency requirement.

Televisions account for 10% of residential energy use in California and 2% of total electricity use. Making TVs more efficient will take $8.1 billion off Californian’s electric bills over a 10 year period.

It will also save California from having to build another power plant. The more efficient sets are said to produce energy savings to power 461,000 homes.

grocery bag fee

I know the reusable bags have become popular lately, but not so much as they were intended I don’t think.  I have seen them at most of the major retail stores (like Old Navy, Gap, etc.), which in theory is a good aim at encouraging people to become “more green”.  Instead, I think this has encouraged it to be more of a trend or fashion statement.  I have two of these reusable bags, but regretfully I have never used them at the grocery store!  I carry one to work all the time, and use the other when I need an overnight bag.  I guess I need to try to make more of an effort to carry it with me to use it as it was intended!

I found this article on grocery bag fees very interesting.  I am going to try to use less plastic bags.

Seattle votes on 20-cent grocery bag fee

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