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The Need To Use Wood Pellets And Biomass Over Crude Oil July 29, 2010

Filed under: energy,green,hmm..interesting — chibiryan @ 4:02 am

Its quite straightforward really; we call for more sources of energy to replace our current belief on fossil fuels such as crude oil. Western society has been built on ?straightforward? energy, though now more than ever we are paying for this dependence by way of our pockets as well as by way of the damage it is doing to the natural world. No only does this reliance not help our own financial income in addition to damage the ecosystem, it does really benefit the country either. Not one western country has the resources or supply to provide ample fossil fuels for their energy demands. This has left us having to source most of our fuel from foreign states. Owing to the free market, the charge they fee is purely dictated by way of the level of demand, which it is clearly the most sort after matter on the planet. Put simply, our reliance on oil does benefit anyone but a few. There are alternatives, but we call for pro-active efforts to develop the alternatives and bring them to the mass market. Everyone now knows about solar as well as wind. Though these ideas can only make up part of the mix, we do necessitate additional ideas, such as wood.

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Biomass is pretty much all around us, it is the tree?s, straw as well as any other natural matter which can potentially be used for fuel. Now, clearly biomass needs management. We call for regulation on what resources can be used for wood plus when. This way we have the ability to use available wood without having a negative impact on the nature. In many cases if properly managed, biomass assortment can improve along with help to maintain the natural world while generating a energy source. There are still today many instances of wood been wasted owing to a lack of knowledge and a lack of will power to actually use the resources.

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The biggest problem by means of biomass, the characteristics of wood its self. Biomass is bulk in addition to hard to deal by, therefore it lacks the sophistication of additional green fuels. Yet, this is simply a case of proper processing. To produce top use of the wood along with turn it into a energy which can use in our modern lifestyles. The cheapest in addition to most commonly accessible process to upgrade wood is to compress into a pellet form. In pellet form wood then possess many of the characteristics desirable as a modern fuel. Uncomplicated to handle in addition to transport, low dust in addition to high heat by way of minimal effort. It basically comes down to a time factor for modern living, we need green fuels. We just don?t have the time to use them. Well this is where wood pellets can break that barrier.

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A number of Benefits With the Home Garden July 28, 2010

Filed under: the common sense — chibiryan @ 5:15 am

Several folks don’t even take into account a home garden, mainly because they’re deterred by the amount of function that goes into cultivating the soil, sowing the seeds and nurturing the crops to maturity. Yes, there’s a degree of effort needed for a successful garden, but most green thumbs discover that the benefits far outweigh the efforts involved. For some, a home garden will become their refuge of solitude, although others take pleasure in involving the entire family members inside the task. If you have thought with regards to planting a garden but are daunted by the task ahead, enable us to give you a couple of advantages from the home garden to think about.

Aesthetic Good quality

Whether you plant a rainbow of flowers or neat rows of succulent veggies, the home garden can become a lovely addition for your outdoor room. You’ll be able to add to the beauty of your beds by encircling them with decorative edgings and including plants that you take pleasure in from your back windows. A garden bed can take any space in your backyard and transform it into its very own wonderful environment for your enjoyment of the family.

Practical Advantages

Herb and vegetable gardens will produce a lot more than aesthetic quality to your outdoor space. They can also offer fresh produce and seasonings for your dinner table. Whenever you plant a home garden your loved ones likes, you will be capable to feed them with succulent, homegrown selections throughout the growing season and beyond, should you spend a bit of time freezing and canning the rest of the bounty. Herbs might be cut and dried before winter hits, providing aromatic seasonings for your food and tea. Even flower beds can supply a practical advantage by bringing in beneficial bugs to your yard.

Understanding Opportunities

A home garden is also the chance to understand something new and build a fun hobby that can be enjoyed all year long. From tilling the earth to enjoying the bounty of one’s harvest, there is much to do and discover while using home garden. Novice green thumbs will get a taste of science as they learn which nutrients plants require and how to incorporate those nutrients into the soil.

Organic gardening teaches about how the elements of nature function together to produce thriving crops and flower beds. This may be the perfect hobby to involve the kids as well, because the concepts learned in gardening will also be useful in their schooling. Plus, there is nothing rather as satisfying as sitting down to a plate of homegrown vegetables that you simply started from mere seeds. Your children may well even try a new green object or two

The home garden is an exciting experience for everybody within the family members, offering practical positive aspects and understanding opportunities too. Now could be the excellent time to begin the plan for the home garden this season.

 

Landscaping Ideas For the Yard and Garden You Can Do Yourself July 27, 2010

Filed under: the common sense — chibiryan @ 5:42 am

If you like to save money look for landscaping ideas for the yard and garden you can do yourself. For most outdoor projects you do not need to hire a landscape architect if you are willing to do the research and work yourself.

There are many places to search for outdoor landscaping ideas if you are new to this type of development. Local home and garden centers are a great place to start if you prefer to implement it yourself rather than hire a professional landscaping service. The Internet has a huge online resource of information for anyone that is a beginner or for someone who is knowledgeable in landscaping but just needs a few new and creative ideas for their home.

Measure the space you want to redesign. Put the dimensions on paper. Include the part of your house facing the yard with doors and windows noted. Layout where in your backyard landscaping scheme you would like to have a garden or play area or possibly a water feature.

Make sure that you are aware of the amount of work your landscaping entails. For those who do not enjoy mowing a lawn or if there is a lack of natural rain having a lawn can be a tedious and sometimes difficult task to maintain. Items such as rock gardens or flowerbeds are just as visually enticing as having a lush, dark green space in your back yard. There are some families that enjoy having decorative artifacts such as a birdbath, fountain or even statues while others prefer to stick with an arrangement of complementary flowers or stone designs.

Do a little research on the types of plants that will do well in your area. If you live in the Southwest you will probably not plant the same flowers and trees that do well in the Pacific Northwest or on the East coast. The local nursery would be a great source of advice and will have in stock most of the plants you may want.

If your goal is to create something visual attractive with not much upkeep involved plant for all seasons. Get an assortment of evergreen shrubs and trees that look good all year. Mix in a few seasonal plants also. Ones that bare fruit in the spring and change color in the fall.

The key to landscaping is to not be afraid to try something new. Not all yards need to have a grassy area. Grass is so high maintenance. Try using different types of rock and paver for pathways and sitting areas. The visual interest will be heightened with plants of different sizes, shapes and colors.

Landscaping ideas for the yard and garden you can do yourself are very rewarding. Anybody can write a check to a landscape architect but only a few could get out there and do it themselves. It will be your own creation designed by your imagination.

 

Landscape Gardening – Where To Start? July 26, 2010

Filed under: the common sense — chibiryan @ 5:23 am

Landscape gardening has often been likened to the painting of a picture. Your art teacher has most likely told you that a good piece of art should have a central point of interest, and everything else simply goes to make more beautiful the central idea, or to form a suitable setting for it. So, in landscape gardening there must be in the gardener’s mind a picture of what he desires or a vision of what he wants to see when he completes his work.

From this study we shall be able to work out a little theory of landscape gardening and hopefully stimulate some good ideas for landscaping.

First we will look at the lawn. A good extent of open lawn space is always beautiful. It is restful. It adds a feeling of space to even small grounds. So we might generalise and say that it is positive to keep open lawn spaces as part of our design.

If one covers the lawn space with trees and little flower beds here and there, the widespread effect becomes cluttered and messy. A single tree or a small group is not a bad arrangement on the lawn, but keep it simple. Do not centre the trees. Let them drop a bit into the background. Make a pleasing side feature of them. When choosing trees one must keep in mind a number of things. You should not choose an overpowering tree; the tree should be one of good shape, with something interesting about its bark, leaves, flowers or fruit. While the poplar is a rapid grower, it sheds its leaves early and is left standing, bare and ugly, before most other trees. However, there are places where a row or double row of Lombardy poplars is very effective. But a single lone poplar is not usually very effective. The catalpa is quite adorable by itself. Its leaves are strong, its flowers attractive and the seed pods which cling to the tree until deep into the winter months add a distinctive feature. The bright berries of the ash, the brilliant foliage of the sugar maple, the blossoms of the tulip tree, the bark of the white birch, and the leaves of the copper beech all these are beauty points to be considered.

Position makes a difference in the selection of a tree. For instance, if the lower segment of the grounds is a bit low and moist, then the spot is ideal for a willow. Don’t group trees together which look odd. A tall poplar does not go together with a pleasant rather rounded little tulip tree. A juniper, neat and prim, will always look out of place next to a spreading chestnut. You must always keep proportion and suitability in mind.

I would never advise planting of a group of evergreens close to the house, or in the front garden. The effect is very gloomy indeed. Houses surrounded by such trees and are not only gloomy to live in, but truly unhealthy. The chief requisite inside a house is sunlight and plenty of it.

Trees should be chosen for their good points. We should utilize this philosophy to shrubs also. In a group of shrubs I should wish some which bloomed early, some which bloomed late, some for the beauty of their foliage, some for the colour of their bark and others for the fruit. Some spireas and the forsythia bloom early. The red bark of the dogwood adds a bit of colour all winter, and the red berries of the barberry cling to the shrub well into the winter.

Certain shrubs are good to use as hedges. A hedge is rather prettier usually than a fence. The Californian privet is excellent for this purpose. Osage orange, Japan barberry, buckthorn, Japan quince, and Van Houtte’s spirea are other shrubs which make good hedges.

I forgot to say that when selecting trees and shrub it is often better to choose ones that are from the local area. Exotic and foreign plants do less well, and often struggle to adapt to the unfamiliar settings.

Landscape garden designs can be very formal and traditional or very informal and contemporary. The first would have straight paths, straight rows in stiff beds, everything, as the name suggests, perfectly formal and traditional. The other method is, of course, the exact opposite. There are advantages and disadvantages in each.
The formal approach is likely to look too stiff and dreary; the informal, too messy and uncomfortable.

As far as paths go, keep in mind that a path should always lead somewhere. That is its business to direct one to a definite place. Straight, even paths are typical if you are creating a formal, traditional garden. The danger in the curved path is an sudden curve, a whirligig effect. It is far better for you to stick to straight paths unless you can make a really beautiful curve or a curve around a particular feature. Garden paths can be constructed using paving stone, gravel, dirt, or grass. Grass paths are a feature of many lovely gardens. I doubt, however, if they would serve as well in a small garden. If your garden areas are limited and need to be re-spaded each season, then the grass path will not be suited. Of course, a gravel path can be very attractive, but requires some attention to keep neat and tidy. You must dig out a two foot trench. Then put in six inches of stone or clinker. Over this, pack in the dirt, rounding it slightly toward the centre of the path. There should by no means be depressions through the central part of paths, since these form convenient places for water to collect. The under layer of stone makes a natural drainage system.

A building often benefits from the help of vines or flowers or both to tie it to the ground in such a way as to form a bond between man-made structure and nature. Vines lend themselves well to this. It is better to plant a perennial vine, and so let it form a permanent part of your landscape scheme. The Virginia creeper, wistaria, honeysuckle, a climbing rose, the clematis and trumpet vine are all perfect for this. Close your eyes and visualize a house of natural colour, that mellow gray of the weathered shingles. Now add to this old house a purple wistaria. Can you see its beauty? I shall never forget a rather unsightly corner of my childhood home, where the dining room and kitchen met. Climbing over, and falling over the trellis was a trumpet vine. It made beautiful and hid an awkward angle and ugly bit of carpentry work. Of course, the morning-glory is an annual vine, as is the moon-vine and wild cucumber. Now, these have their special function. Often, it is necessary to cover an ugly thing for a certain period, until the better things come along. The annual is perfect for this work. Along an old fence a hop vine is a thing of beauty. Often one sees festooned from one rotted tree to another the ampelopsis vine.

Flowers may well go along the side of the building, or bordering a walkway. In general, though, keep the front lawn space open and unbroken by beds. What can be lovelier in the early spring than a bed of daffodils planted close to the house? Hyacinths and tulips, too, form a blaze of glory. These are little bother, and mark start the spring perfectly. Snowdrops and crocuses planted through the lawn can also be beautiful. They do not disturb the general effect, but just blend in nicely. One skillful bulb gardener says to take a basketful of bulbs in the autumn, walk about your grounds, and just randomly drop bulbs here and there. Wherever the bulbs drop, plant them. These small bulbs should be planted in groups of four to six.

The ideal place for a flower garden is generally at the side or rear of the house. The flower garden may be laid out formally in neat little beds, or it may be more of a random, hit-or-miss approach. Both have their good points. Great masses of bloom are lovely.
You should think carefully about the blending of colour. Nature doesn’t seem to consider this at all, but still gets wondrous effects. I suppose this is because of the tremendous natural background of green, and the limitlessness of her space, whilst we are confined at best to the relatively small areas of our garden. So we should strive not to go over the top with clashes of colours which do not blend well. In order to break up extremes of colours you can always use masses of white flowers, or something like mignonette, which is in effect green.

Finally, let us sum up our landscape lesson. The grounds are a setting for the house or buildings. Open, free lawn spaces, a tree or a proper group well placed, flowers which do not jumble up the front garden, groups of shrubbery. These are key points to be remembered in our design. The paths should lead somewhere, and be either straight or well curved around a feature. One should not mix the informal with the formal when designing the landscape.  There are many resources available for finding garden landscaping ideas.

 

Solar Power For Homes Promoting its Use July 25, 2010

Filed under: energy,green,hmm..interesting,the common sense — chibiryan @ 6:23 am

The city of San Francisco where turning  green is becoming a lifestyle  and is fast becoming a world leader in the use of solar energy  and is involved in a lot  of political and policy moves to progress  the development of renewable  technologies . Together  the Bay Area and San Francisco have come up with an creative  way of promoting  the future  of home solar power

All over  the area  solar panels are visible on thousands  of rooftops , giving  power  to some of the  biggest  complexes  and soon  the famous  Alcatraz Island will be among  the exclusive group.

From now on  householders  can get  loans from the city to cover the cost of installing  solar power systems in their homes , repayments are made easy because  the city facilitates  the repayments through  enhanced  property taxes.  This removes  the single largset  deterrent for many homeowners, that of the up-front costs of retail  installation of solar power systems, which can be considerable at current  rates of approximately  $20,000 for the average house .

These loans range from  the lowest amount  of $5,000 to the highest amount of $50,000 or ten percent of the properties  value whatever is least . The payback period is up to twenty  years and the loan is tied  to the home  and not to the individual so when the house is sold the balance of the loan is passed on  to the new owner.

Pressure should now be put  on other cities and States to pursue   this Green trend as San Francisco demonstrates the future for home solar power.

Till such time as  the rest  of the country  catches up with the free-thinking  policies of the San Francisco and the Bay Area,   then the most practical  way to get solar power  for the rest of country is to look into the extensive range of solar power kits available. This will allow you to build your own solar panels at a fraction of commercial costs , with these kits  you will be able to begin your solar system by making  your first  solar panel for about  $100. The guides  will show  you how to design, construct, install and hook up you solar panels, to give you a valuable source of energy with all the benefits that it offers in the form of cheaper power .

It will probably be a while before such grants are readily available  to the rest of us , we can all claim  Alternative Energy rebates for any property  owner that installs  alternative power  systems in their property, which  will payback a portion  of the cost of fitting .

 There is a great business opprtunity for the small entrepreneur, an  opening to  start ï»¿ a new venture ï»¿ immediatley with the knowledge you have gained on home solar power and now grow ï»¿ your own ï»¿ Green Business. All available for the modest cost of   the instruction manuals and videos in the kits, and the hands ï»¿ experience you got through the construction ï»¿ of their own solar energy system.

The increasing public awareness and interest in using solar energy in their houses , will certainly  result in an increase ï»¿ in the demand for Green businesses to  make solar systems, and follow the lead set by San Francisco with its innovative way of promoting the future of solar power for homes

 

Choosing the Right Kind of Backyard Greenhouse July 24, 2010

Filed under: energy,green,hmm..interesting,the common sense — chibiryan @ 7:00 am

Greenhouses are utilized for cultivating various types of plants. From fruits, vegetables, flowers and other ornamental plants, they are now grown in greenhouses. A greenhouse uses the concept utilized by Earth to maintain heat within. It is usually a structure which uses electromagnetic radiation to become in a position to capture heat and maintain it inside to make the surroundings a lot more conducive for plant cultivation. A backyard greenhouse is a great investment!

Greenhouses are normally designed up of plastic material or glass materials. It heats up the plants by acting like a blanket for them. The warmed air is retained by the walls plus the roof on the green house.

The plastic or glass applied in greenhouse construction is specifically made to trap the energy into the greenhouse. The greenhouse prevents convection and thus prevents the heated air from escaping outside.

You will discover various requirements in successful plant cultivation in greenhouses as compared to plant cultivation outdoors. Unique care is required to be ready to prevent pests and diseases from infesting the plants. The greenhouse’s temperature ought to also be monitored so as to give the plants the optimum conducive atmosphere for their growth.

In this light, the proper greenhouse supplies have to be availed by interested cultivators. There are a great deal of greenhouse kits available out there for those who would would like to put up their own greenhouses for commercial plant cultivation or as a plain hobby.

Here are some of the out there greenhouse kits which are out inside the marketplace:

Sunshine

These are generally greenhouse kits that are framed by fantastic redwood. They’ve polycarbonate insulations for covering the plants. An additional great thing about the sunshine greenhouse kits is that they offer a lot of space due to the fact they have really tall frames (typically 10 feet tall). They can be also quite quick to install due to the fact the insulated polycarbonate insulations are already built to the frame. Their costs rage from a thousand bucks to close to four thousand.

Cross Country

They’re high good quality greenhouses which have several modified choices that are offered. They are framed with aluminum which provides sturdy support for that greenhouse. They also are available with doors with screened windows and an automatic ventilation system. They’re priced from $2,500 to $30,000 bucks. They may be very expensive but the value speaks of their good quality.

Little Greenhouse

They are greenhouses which supply economy for those who would want to engage in plant cultivation. These kits occur with structures that are protected from ultra-violet rays. Additionally they contain bench setup and an exhaust fan. They come which has a PCV frame, a four millimeter polyethylene covering manufactured up of plastic material. They offer optimum environments for plant cultivation. They’re advised for beginners.

Juliana

Juliana greenhouse kits are incredibly well-known for their rust-free frames which might be designed from aluminum and also a poly-carbonate, twin-wall covering which gives cultivators which has a long time of enjoyment at a really inexpensive cost. There are lots of models under this kind of greenhouse kit. They come in very very affordable prices- as low as 65 bucks.

Portable

They are very inexpensive greenhouse kits which can be really simple to assemble and disassemble. They can be advised for seasonal gardening mainly because one particular can very easily put them up and store them away when they are no longer necessary. They arrive with 1 in the most durable coverings that happen to be manufactured with plastic film. Their structures are created of steel. They also are available in which has a build-in door and a screened ventilation windows. Additionally they have storage bags. They are available for the price tag of 300 bucks. A portable greenhouse is a wonderful addition to your yard.

Hobby Gardener

These greenhouse kits are covered by original ‘snapglas” panels. They are panels which have the clarity that is offered by glass as well as the sturdiness and durability possessed by polycarbonate. They can be also equipped with barn-like roof which supplies a lot more room for plants. They also contain hinged-doors, hinged-roof and ventilated walls. They are priced at close to a thousand to two thousand bucks.

There are lots of kinds of greenhouses for several kinds of enthusiasts around. One need to be keen in choosing the kit that suits his needs and preferences. Moreover, he need to be able to know which greenhouse will supply the optimum environment to the growth on the plants which he will be cultivating.

 

Grant helps new Carroll school go green July 23, 2010

Filed under: energy,green,hmm..interesting — chibiryan @ 6:27 am
The new Carroll ISD middle school will be one of the greenest schools in the state when it opens in fall 2011.

The district received a $2 million State Energy Conservation Office grant through the state comptroller’s office. There was $32 million in SECO grants available and Carroll received the maximum amount allowed. The district must pay $1 million in matching funds.

Superintendent David Faltys said the money will be used to install a 40,000-50,000 square foot solar array on the building. Faltys said the panels should pay for themselves in 6-8 years.

“With this grant it will put our district at the forefront of utilizing green energy strategies,” said Faltys. “We will make the building as energy efficient as possible. We believe this will be the largest solar array on any school in the state and possibly the largest east of the Grand Canyon.”

In addition to the solar panels, the school also has other design elements to help cut down on energy costs. Faltys said most of the large windows face north and the south-facing windows feature awnings. Also, many of the inside areas of the school – such as the library — are lit with natural light when possible. Faltys said artificial lights could be on sensors and would come on when needed, but if it was sunny outside, the skylights would let in all of the light that is needed.

The district will also heat and cool water with an innovative process.

“The biggest thing is that we are going to use geothermal energy for heating and cooling of water,” said Faltys. “There will be between 1,200-1,400 wells, each 250-300 feet deep, drilled on the property. Water will be constantly pumped up and down to keep it around 68 degrees which makes heating and cooling easier. Some estimates say we could save 30 percent on the energy cost per year.”

The new campus, located on Kirkwood Boulevard, is under construction and should be completed in June 2011 before opening in August.

 

 
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