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Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Today, many individuals and firms are opting to incorporate new and efficient energy saving models and concepts in their buildings. They are not just trying to save energy but to also stay ahead of the competition, as it is believed that soon, having a green house would be very much in vogue and thus there would be a great demand for green homes in the near future.
The green buildings in today’s times are unlike the ones in history. They are more sophisticated, modern, self sustained and highly advanced with a flair for nature’s essence and are more energy efficient than their traditional counterparts. Special measures are taken to incorporate the usage of renewable sources of energy in them to take care of a part of their energy needs for a cleaner and greener energy production for the purpose of self usage. Through better and efficient planning of the buildings, their costs can be easily reduced by the optimum utilization of the available resources.
Mostly, solar energy is used to produce energy in the Green Buildings and amounts to almost 90 percent of the total energy production but depending on the location of the building other natural sources like wind are also harnessed. Architects are now very seriously incorporating new and better design ideas for creation of even better Green Buildings.
The level of ignorance about the usage of solar power, to take care of the energy expenses, is fast decreasing as the people are slowly but steadily becoming more and more aware of the benefits of living in a green building. Even environment groups have contributed in spreading the knowledge about clean energy and the benefits of living in a Green Building. Even the Federal Government’s Energy Ratings System has popularized the awareness of Green Buildings. The U S Green Building Council has a unique Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design concept that looks into the energy efficiency of the constructed buildings in the U S by evaluating their usage of natural resources, their ability of conservation of energy, water and even building materials, and their carbon footprint. All these Green Buildings are L E E D certified on the basis of their energy efficiency and their capacity of energy generation by a perpetual and cleaner medium like the Sun. With so many efforts being put into the Popularization of the Green Building concept. The day is not far when they would be very much in demand, and once their construction gains speed and momentum the average cost would also come down significantly.
Energy efficiency and conservation of all available resources is the need of the hour and the Concept of Green Buildings not only uses it but also makes it a very feasible alternative to the present common way of construction of buildings where resources are wasted. The U S Government is seriously looking to make the Green Buildings popular by the introduction of the L E E D certification of the buildings. Energy efficiency and conservation along with the usage of Solar energy for self sustainability is slowly gaining popularity, and looking at the trend it can be easily said that soon the demand for a greener home would increase many folds and as a result the costs would significantly come down and what is needed is better planning and realization of the potential market of the aware citizens who wish to have a home in Green Buildings. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
About the author: Alia Haley is a blogger who is an ardent follower of eco friendly existence. Being an eco friendly enthusiast, she prefers to own only organic clothes and accessories in her closet.
Thursday, July 7, 2011
MGM Resorts International debuted the first Electric Vehicle Charging Station on the Las Vegas Strip. This new Charging Station is located at the valet entrance to The Shoppes at Mandalay Place, between Mandalay Bay and Luxor resorts.
Charging service is available free of charge to retail and resort customers driving personal electric vehicles, like the Nissan LEAF and the Chevy Volt.
“I couldn’t be more proud that Mandalay Place is first with this forward-thinking program,” said Chef Rick Moonen, best-selling author and one of the world’s leading advocates for the use of sustainable seafood in the food industry. “Someone has to take the leadership role and I’m happy MGM Resorts is willing to move toward a better way of doing things.”
Chef Moonen, known for his appearances on national television programs like Bravo’s “Top Chef,” also operates the two rm seafood restaurants inside The Shoppes at Mandalay Place.
MGM Resorts energy experts say this is an important first step that reflects the Company’s continued commitment to environmental responsibility in the hospitality industry.
Go Green and Go to Vegas!
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Did you know that the air inside your home is probably more polluted than the air outside? The average home contains 62 toxic chemicals swirling around and comfortably settling in your carpet, on your pillow, and on your toothbrush. Clear out the chemicals with condiments from your pantry. (Reprinted from PlanetGreen.com)
1. Cheap and Easy Pantry Ingredients! If you want a really easy, inexpensive, and all-natural way to get clean this Spring, make your own cleaning products using white vinegar, salt, oil, and water. Pull them out and lets get started!2. Get Rid of Dryer Sheets Dryer Sheets are made from toxic synthetic chemicals that are not safe to use on clothing. And you definitely don’t want them touching your skin! Clothes should never be washed or dried in chemicals. Use natural alternatives that you can actually make with vinegar. There are a slew of natural clothing detergents and dryer sheets. Try Seventh Generation, Whole Foods 356 Brand, or Mrs. Meyers.3. Whiten Naturally We all want white teeth. Thankfully you don’t have to fill your mouth with dangerous bleaching agents in order to obtain that pearly finish. Whiten your teeth naturally without the use of chemicals by mixing 1 ripestrawberry with 1 tsp baking soda. Spread the pinkish paste on your teeth and leave for 5 minutes.
4. Forget about Antibacterial Soap Antibacterial soap is a toxic cocktail of chemicals desig
ned to kill. It also harms people, especially children, who should be trying to build up a healthy immune system. Use natural soap or make your own all-natural essential oil antibacterial concoctions and let your child's immune system fight off the bacteria itself- that’s what it is meant to do. You are making a big mistake if you try to turn your home germ free.
5. Get Pretty with Homemade Beauty Products Women absorb up to 5lbs of makeup chemicals every year. Many "anti-aging" creams may actually be doing the opposite thanks to chemicals and hydrogenated oils that pack a heavy-handed punch. Instead, choose products made with organic ingredients and save money by slathering your skin with homemade skincare and age erasers: olive oil or coconut oil. Both are amazing moisturizers that do wonders for your skin if applied just before bed time.
Friday, April 22, 2011
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Saturday, March 26, 2011
Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia when 2.2 million individuals and more than 2,000 businesses turned their lights off for one hour to take a stand against climate change. Only a year later and Earth Hour had become a global sustainability movement with more than 50 million people across 35 countries/territories participating. Global landmarks such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, CN Tower in Toronto, Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, and Rome’s Colosseum, all stood in darkness, as symbols of hope for a cause that grows more urgent by the hour.
In March 2009, hundreds of millions of people took part in the third Earth Hour. Over 4000 cities in 88 countries/territories officially switched off to pledge their support for the planet, making Earth Hour 2009 the world’s largest global climate change initiative.
On Saturday 27 March, Earth Hour 2010 became the biggest Earth Hour ever. A record 128 countries and territories joined the global display of climate action. Iconic buildings and landmarks from Asia Pacific to Europe and Africa to the Americas switched off. People across the world from all walks of life turned off their lights and came together in celebration and contemplation of the one thing we all have in common – our planet.
Earth Hour 2011 will take place on Saturday 26 March at 8.30PM (local time). This Earth Hour we want you to go beyond the hour, so after the lights go back on think about what else you can do to make a difference. Together our actions add up.
Visit our Beyond the Hour platform to share your stories and to get inspiration from the actions our supporters have shared with us already.
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
The state of Washington is turning Highway 2 between Monroe and Peshastin known as Stevens Pass Greenway, into the nation's first electric vehicle friendly National Scenic Byway route, installing 2-3 fast-charging EV stations along the 90-mile route.
As Douglas Reiser writes for the Builder’s Counsel Blog, “the Highway 2 upgrade is only a small part of Washington’s Electric Highway plan. The State’s larger plan includes the installation of EV charging stations all along I-5. After the completion of the two stage construction process, Washington will have a border to border electric highway.”
Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/washington-builds-first-electric-vehicle-friendly-highway.html#ixzz1CoUkleYB