Thursday, April 28, 2016
Air Conditioners Through the Ages
Modern man cannot imagine surviving a hot, sweltering summer without air conditioning.While switching off the air conditioner might seem next to impossible, you can minimize its impact on the environment by buying a high-efficiency unit that is correctly sized for the area you want to cool and adding a programmable thermostat.
But did you know that man’s attempts to keep his homes cooler than the outside temperature have been going on since ancient times? However, it was only in 1902 that Willis Haviland Carrier invented the first modern air conditioner. For more such interesting facts about air conditioners through the ages, check out the infographic below prepared by Sovereign.
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Monday, April 18, 2016
Thursday, April 14, 2016
As solar technology has continued to advance over the past decade, it has become more energy efficient and cost effective than ever before. Homeowners are now able to easily attain the energy of the future with solar panel prices decreasing and numerous financing options. The tables are turning, making solar energy an extremely viable option. Get the facts on solar:
The above graphic was compiled and designed by Renewable Energy Corporation, Making Solar Energy a Viable Option in Maryland and Beyond
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Monday, March 21, 2016
A Guide to Alternative Car Fuels – Infographic
The impact of vehicle emissions on the Earth’s environment has been well documented, leading many motorists to seek alternatives to petroleum and diesel for fuelling their cars. In recent years, a number of other fuels have developed, such as hydrogen, electricity, biodiesel and propane, leaving today’s motorist with ample choice for vehicle fuel.
This infographic from Southside Motor Factors (www.smf.ie) identifies 10 of the more abundant alternative car fuels, including those mentioned above, and analyses each one in terms of factors such as availability, cost and environmental impact. Whichever one you choose, the important thing is to remember that we are no longer bound by toxic petroleum and diesel for fuelling our vehicles. There are plenty of alternatives to choose from that will be far more beneficial to this special planet of ours.
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Saturday, March 19, 2016
With Monday 21st March marking the International Day of Forests, it is a good time to appreciate the beauty of the world’s forestry. The sight of hundreds of pristine trees spread across a large expanse of land is one to behold, while the importance of trees in providing oxygen to the atmosphere cannot be understated. Sadly, forests are not immune to destruction, and when disasters such as forest fires occur, the damage is almost always quite serious.
This infographic from Crowe Sawmills (http://www.crowesawmills.ie/) highlights the 10 deadliest forest fires of all time in terms of human casualties, with one such conflagration resulting in at least 1,200 deaths (and some estimates put the count at twice that number). Although many of these fires were the unavoidable result of inhospitable weather conditions, some owed to human negligence or, in one case, suspected arson. Check out the infographic below to discover more about how an innocent flame is all it takes to turn an entire forest and its surroundings into a widespread, scorching disaster zone.
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Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Monday, February 29, 2016
The Sunny Future Of Solar Panels
2008 was a record year for solar. So was 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and — you guessed it — 2015. Last year, the U.S. solar industry installed over 7,286 megawatts of solar power, bringing total installed solar in the country to 28,000 megawatts. That’s enough to power over 4.5 million homes!
This is great news for today’s energy profile. However, even better news is that the future of solar power looks just as sunny.
Will loss of incentives kill solar?
Government renewable energy incentives have traditionally been a major driver of solar sales. In particular, the federal solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) allows a home or business owner to deduct 30 percent of the cost of installation. This incentive has been highly instrumental in making solar energy affordable and supporting industry growth.
However, the ITC is set to expire at the end of 2016, which accounts in part for the flurry of new installations as former fence-sitters hurry to get their systems installed before the deadline.
Will the incentives be renewed? No one knows yet for sure. Some predict that the industry will suffer if they don’t. However, while the end of the ITC will doubtlessly affect the market sooner or later, there is no reason to believe that solar will ever go down for the count. Here’s why:
· Economies of scale. As more people invest in solar, it becomes cheaper to manufacture panels. The price of solar has dropped precipitously over the past decade. While the inevitable loss of the ITC is bound to put a dent in solar sales, keep in mind that solar is a global economy. Even if the U.S. experiences a lull, India, China and many other countries are likely to take up the slack and keep the price of solar panels low.
· Streamlining systems. Advances in microinverter and other solar technology are simplifying solar. With fewer components per installation predicted for the future, both the material and labor costs of installation will most likely continue to decline.
· Innovative applications. Dozens of companies have technological advances in the works that may not be hitting the market yet, but are likely to expand the market for solar once they do. For instance, a new transparent solar panel developed at Michigan State could revolutionize the industry by turning any sunny window into a power generator, once the technology is improved to the point of being marketable.
· Utility-scale breakthroughs. Authors of a recent Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) study note that we are likely to see utility-scale solar plants with the capacity to generate multiple terawatts by 2050. (Today’s plants typically provide no more than 550 megawatts.) This will definitely increase the percentage of homes worldwide that are powered by the sun.
How to make the future of solar even brighter
Solar is here to stay. That’s a fact, for all of the above reasons, plus the fact that it just makes sense from an environmental standpoint — something the governments of the world are slowly starting to realize and accept. However, for the health of the industry and the planet, renewing the ITC for just a few more years would be a smart choice. A recent economic study conducted at Stanford University suggests that continuing the subsidies for just another 10 years is all it is likely to take to bridge the gap to where non-subsidized solar is economically competitive. This scenario would keep the solar trajectory going forward smoothly and avoid putting unnecessary stress on an industry that so deserves to thrive!
Ryan McNeil is the president of Renewable Energy Corporation, a Mid-Atlantic residential solar energy company that is committed to installing quality, American-made solar panels, solar water heaters, solar attic fans and many more products.
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Friday, February 26, 2016
Thursday, February 18, 2016
Creating an Eco-Friendly Garden – An Infographic
Being environmentally friendly has become more and more important in recent years as we have steadily witnessed a change in world climate. The weather patterns globally have noticeably changed with very erratic results. All of us have a responsibility to tackle the issues with the environment, even if it is in small ways. One way where we can do this at home is in our garden no matter how big or small it is.
This infographic from Capital Garden Services will show you just how to get your garden set up the eco-friendly way. It shows how to encourage garden visitors to make it a more hospitable environment for the flora and fauna that you want to have in the garden; it shows how to get started; it explains the concept of companion planting and also looks at an interesting case study about a district in London which adopted an eco-friendly approach. Check it out below.
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Thursday, February 11, 2016
Let Your Feet Do the Giving
~ Register for Footsteps4Good and donate the fee to an NGO of your choice ~
Mumbai, January 11, 2016: Footsteps4Good, the run for charity, is back with its fifth instalment in Mumbai. Scheduled to be held on Sunday, February 7th 2016, 6:30 am onwards. Footsteps4Good is organised by the Mumbai chapter of British Business Group and supported by the British Deputy High Commission and will take place at Bandra Kurla Complex. Participants can sign up for the 10km run or 5km walk by donating as little as INR 2,000 directly to any registered charity/NGO of their choice. There are over 2o NGOs listed on the Footsteps4Good website. The marathons/walkathons will be flagged off by famous TV actress, model and anchor Tara Sharma.
Started in 2011 by Jill Beckingham, wife of the Ex British Deputy High Commissioner Peter Beckingham, as a charity fundraising walkathon, Footsteps4Good aims to give back to the community through the money that is raised by employee engagement, as well as encouraging citizen participation to empower the society. RBS (Royal Bank of Scotland), Reliance, Tata, HSBC, China Light & Power and Cox & Kings are the sponsors for this initiative.
Speaking about the initiative Rachel Wawn, Volunteer Producer, Footsteps4Good, said “We are pleased to announce the fifth instalment of our charity fundraiser event. Through our association with this event, we intend to bring together good people and good causes and help make a difference to the lives of the less fortunate. Footsteps4Good is one of a kind initiative where any donation made is transacted directly to the NGO of the donor’s choice making this initiative reliable and dependable. With this initiative we aim to motivate people to aspire for and accomplish a larger purpose in their daily existence – one of social good and well-being.”
Footsteps4Good has partnered with over 20 charities this year. Participants can sign up by either choosing to support one of these or any other NGO of their choosing. Participants can collect their running bib on February 4 & 6, 2016 from 3A, Valmiki, Next to Pharmacy College, Sunder Nagar, Kalina and on February 5, 2016 from Paragon Charitable Trust, I-11/12 Paragon Centre, Pandurang Budhkar Marg, Worli. This event is open to all, provided they have donated to their chosen charity. Prizes for the fastest 3 men and 3 ladies will be a donation to an NGO of their choice.
So log on to Footsteps4good
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Takshila Chheda | +91 9920095721 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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