Archive for September, 2012

How can you help climate control?

As a society, we have a moral obligation to protect our planet. We only have one earth to live on, and unless the government plans on letting us in on how to survive on Mars, we better start making some serious changes. There are some basic changes that we can make as individuals that can help stop climate change. If we all made these simple changes, we could get off to a great start to healing our planet. Here are 10 easy changes we can all get accustomed to,

1. Change your light bulbs to compact fluorescent bulbs.

2. Don’t drive when it isn’t necessary.

3.Recycle your own waste, and buy recycled items when possible.

4. Check the air pressure in your tires regularly.

5. Use less hot water.

6. Avoid buying products with excess packaging.

7. Keep your thermostat at 68 degrees in the winter and 78 in the summer.

8. Plant a tree. Add more oxygen and absorb more carbon dioxide.

9.Turn off electric devices when not in use.

10.STAY INFORMED!

These changes will not change our everyday lives, they are simple and if practiced and normalized, can be easily internalized by our society.

Learn what these changes actually do for the environment HERE

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Energy Conserving Search Engines

Many of us are used to typing google or yahoo into our search bar when we are in need of looking something up. However, we never realize how much energy we are wasting by clicking those search engines.

Did you know that there are a handful of sites out in the internet that perform the same task as Google or Yahoo while conserving energy?

More examples of green search engines:

Darkoogle
Jabago
ecosearch.org

Each site resembles google, with a few tweaks added to each individual site to differentiate them.
Instead of having white backgrounds sites such as Blackle.com or Earthle.com have a black background with white text. Computer screens do not use as much energy to display color when using the black background.

It is a combination of the small amount of energy used by the computer and the search engine servers. By having a black background on a search engine site you can save the amount of watts used per hour which adds up every year. Each search uses a small amount, but when you have millions of user usage, it’s substantial. Not to mention the how it creates larger amounts of CO2 being produced with the consumption of energy.

So try something new! Use one of the eco-friendly search engine and make a small difference a day.

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Methods of Transportation that Benefits Your Pockets and the Environment

-By Luisa Fabiola Gonzalez

The high gas prices in California are really frustrating to many people who commute from far away. Most Californians travel long distances from their homes to their schools or jobs. Looking at alternative ways to save money on gas, would be essential for todays long distance commuters. This is why the United States Department of Energy recommends drivers to drive more efficiently in order to save money.

Some of the tips suggested were: avoid aggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration and braking), using cruise control, or simply using other methods of transportation that could also benefit the environment because it will also help in diminish the high levels of pollution.  In order to learn more, you could check out Spare the Air to learn about other tips regarding saving money on gas and using other methods of transportation that could benefit the environment.

Feel free to share your methods?

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Arctic Ice: Thinner than ever

Global warming strikes again. This is a long alleviated issue that we must get control of. Arctic Ice has melted to an all-time low as of  9/16/12, shattering the previous record set in 2007. The worst part is that in 2007, the all-time low record was shattered. The ice has shrunk from covering 1.61 million miles to 1.32 million miles. This means that the burning of fossil fuels is penetrating our protective ozone layer and our oceans are heating up. Sea levels could rise as much as 20 feet. At the rate we are headed, the ice could be melted completely by 2050. It is imperative that we mandate clean energy and save our planet.

Below you can see the state of the Arctic ice is a fraction of what is used to be. The yellow line outlines the size of the ice recorded from 1979-2000.

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Pet Owners and their Responsibility to Improve Green Living Conditions

Having a pet means that a lot of reponsibility is required from you, the owner. Dogs and other types of pets like cats, just like humans love to live in clean and green areas not just because it looks beautiful but also because our planet needs to be taken care.

By Luisa Fabiola Gonzalez

If a dog owner, for example, is not responsible to watch after their pets necessities it could really affect the environmental and could cause health issues.

In general, your dogs’ interaction with people, wildlife, and natural areas must be monitored.

The Los Angeles county has provided dog owners with crucial information regarding responsabilities that should be taken into consideration to prevent environmental pollutions.

For more information regarding animal services and guidance, you can visit,

the Department of Public Works (DWP)or Los Angeles Animal Services

 

By Luisa Fabiola Gonzalez

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Cars for the Environment

Gas prices are un-predictable, and the threat of global warming continues to loom over us. We are consistently told that one of the biggest contributions to penetrating the ozone layer is smog from our car engines, but cars are a daily necessity to every day urban life. So what do we do as human beings? We can’t live on a planet not suitable to live on but we can’t seem to live our lives without personal transportation. This day and age manufactures and consumers alike have recognized this issue and have come up with many designs for cars that are economically friendly and use gasoline much more efficiently. Check out the top 10 most eco-friendly cars in 2012.

At number ten, the 2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid. This car runs on both gasoline and electricity and can reach 47 miles per gallon on pure electricity.

At number nine, the 2012 Honda Insight EX with navigation, boasting a 98 horse-power engine.

Number eight, the 2012 Chevy volt, is an all electric car.

Seven, the 2012 Lexus CT  remains eco friendly while still offering sports car speed.

six, the 2012 Toyota Prius v  boasts 40 mile per gallon highway miles.

Number five, the Mitsubishi i is a mini all electric car. Truly a “car of the future.”

Number four, the VW Passat TDI uses clean diesel powered fuel.

In at number three is the Ford Focus Electric. This car can get up to 100 miles on a single 3 hour charge.

Number two is the Nisaan Leaf  another all electric car is perfect for the eco minded commuter.

The number one 2012 eco friendly car is the 2012 Honda Civic natural gas. With all the bells and whistles of a new Honda, add the reduced cost of natural gas and you have a winner.

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Saving Energy and Money Efficiently

 By Luisa Fabiola Gonzalez

Temperature conditions such as high Fahrenheit numbers during hot seasons are too frustrating for residents living in the valleys or deserted areas. Zones where the cold seasons are just too low for people living in mountainous areas is another problem. The problem that both living conditions mentioned above share in common is the fact that your wallet is the one suffering, when utility bills are due.

Much of you homes energy goes to the electronics we used for either cooling or heating. This is why making smart choices about your homes heating, ventilating and air conditioning  (HVAC) system is crucial.

Making smart decisions could have a positive impact on your health, environment and wallet. In order to make these positive changes visible you have to take a look at these steps Guide to Energy Efficient Heating & Cooling to increase efficiency of your cooling and heating systems. You can also join the ENERGY STAR partnership to save energy by using their products.

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