Going Green Tips
Living in harmony with nature is the key to going green. We live on a small planet with limited resources that are rapidly disappearing. Greed and unrestrained capitalism will no longer bring us to the promised land, but we can improve the quality of our lives while improving the environment we live in by using more green renewable energy, by recycling and by consuming less of the food and products that we don't need.
ABSTAIN FROM MEAT: Livestock farms require a thousand times more space than the
space needed to grow food of the same nutrient value. Animal feed is often
laced with antibiotics that encourage the development of resistant strains
of bacteria. These additives as well as a number of growth hormones lower
the quality of our lives as well as the quality of the world we live in. Another concern has to do with the toxic
effects of decaying meat inside the intestinal tract.
EAT VEGETABLES AND FRUIT: Contrary to popular beliefs meat is not an essential ingredient in a healthy diet. The digestive tract of humans is not well designed to handle meat products.
RECYCLE PLASTIC BAGS: Non-biodegradable products limit the life expectancy of landfills. Plastic bags not only clog up landfills but many are caught by the wind and drift into the oceans to form islands of plastic. Reuse your plastic bags or invest in cloth tote bags. Encourage your local supermarket to grant discounts for packing your own food.
CONSERVE ENERGY: Adjust your thermostat to conserve energy in the winter and in the summer. Wash your clothes in cold water and they will last longer and require less energy. Air dry your clothes to further reduce energy consumption. Unplug cell phone chargers, battery chargers and printer power supplies when not in us. Over a period of time these small appliances consume an alarming quantity of energy since they are on 24 hours a day. Conventional light bulbs only convert about 3% of the electric power into light. The rest is wasted as heat. CFLs have conversion efficiency over 12% and LEDs convert over 90% of the electric energy into light. Iím sure you are familiar with LED flashlights and LED taillights for cars. Keep an eye out for LED home lighting systems. They will arrive soon enough.
YOUR HOUSE: If your house is over 70 years old it most likely has no
insulation between the studs. An insulated exterior covered with new siding
may be the best solution to this problem. Their may be some insulation in
the attic but their may not be enough. Major heat losses often take place
through poorly insulated attic floors. I would refrain from blowing in
cellulose insulation if possible since this insulation eventually looses its
fire retardant prosperities when left in a dry hot attic. Never place
insulation of any kind between roof rafters since this will cause asphalt
shingles to overheat and dry out.
GO SOLAR: If your roof is oriented in the right direction solar panels and solar collectors could become practical investments. If your house is in a remote area far from grid connections you definitely need an array of PV panels, but if electric power is not an issue consider the benefits of a solar thermal roof. Installed commercial collectors are quite pricey but you can save some money if youíre willing to build and install your own.
SAVE THE ENVIRONMENT AND SAVE MONEY: with a Modified Trickle Down solar heating system specially designed for the Do-It-Yourselfer on a limited budget. Materials for the MTD collector may be purchased for about $4 per square foot and the storage tanks can be made from FREE 55 gallon recycled plastic drums or FREE recycled hot water heaters. An MTD starter kit is available to help you get off to a good start. After you master the assembly of the first collector youíll be able to build your own kits and assemble your own collectors from commonly available materials.
Paula Sobie and her partner set up an urban agriculture business in Victoria, BC, Canada called City Harvest. She explains how going green is not only a way of life but also a way to earn a living. Her motives are clear, She wants to earn a living with a clean conscience and a tiny farm that earns $50,000 a year!
Differential Thermostat KIT
Solar Heating Controller with monitors
Trickle Down Solar Heating
MTD Solar Heating
MTD Solar Home
Green Collar Work
Solar Heating in December
Solar Heating in January
Multi Tank Heat Storage
DIY Solar Heating Panels
Sustainable Living Homesteads
Gallery of Solar Homes
Solar Heated Workshop Plans
Sustainable Solar Heated Workshop
Sun Money from a Solar Workshop
Solar Thermal Roof
Solar Heated Roof
How to Solar Heat
DIY Solar Heat Storage
Solar Thermostatic Controller
Making Temperature Probes
Solar Heat Controller