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Google wants to help 10,000 homeowners go solar, announcing this week that it has set up a $75 million fund with Clean Power Finance, a company that provides financing options for residential solar systems.
How will the Google fund work? Google will maintain ownership of the installed solar array, and Clean Power Finance and the solar installers are responsible for maintenance of the solar panels.
Homeowners pay a monthly fee for the system, essentially renting the solar panels from Google. The monthly payment will often cost less than local utility rates, writes Google’s Director of Green Business Operations Rick Needham on the company’s blog.
Google thinks that Clean Power Finance’s model – eliminating the initial cost of solar panels for homeowners by bringing together investors and solar installers – can accelerate the widespread adoption of residential solar systems across the country.
“Purchasing a solar system is a major home improvement, but the upfront cost has historically been one of the biggest barriers for homeowners,” Needham says. “Solar installers across the country don’t always have the resources to find financing for customers or the capital to provide it themselves. And for investors like Google, banks and others, it can be difficult to enter a fragmented solar market with many companies and get connected to individual homeowners. That’s where Clean Power Finance comes in.”
Earlier this year, Google created a $280 million fund with solar installer SolarCity to finance residential solar installations. The tech giant estimates that its investments in SolarCity and Clean Power Finance will allow up to 10,000 homeowners to install solar arrays, Needham says.
If your morning routine wouldn’t be complete without a cup of coffee, you’re not alone. An estimated 56 percent of American adults consumed coffee daily in 2010, according to the National Coffee Association.
But the industry’s impact on the environment and human welfare is making headlines. So, is there a way to make your morning cup kinder and greener without giving up the habit entirely? We say, absolutely. Here are some tips to help you green that cup o’ Joe.
You know you’re in the market for eco products, but it can be tough to decide which labels to reach for. Staring down an aisle of organic, local and fair items can make any shopper feel a little overwhelmed. Which one will taste better? Which is cheaper? And most importantly, which is better for human welfare and the environment? As always, the decision is up to you. But here are some things to consider when choosing your next cup.
When it comes to coffee, you can usually scratch locally-grown off your list of possibilities. Since coffee beans require subtropical climates and high altitudes to flourish, there aren’t many ideal locations in the U.S. Only a lucky few Americans have access to true, locally-grown coffee (we have to admit, we’re a little jealous).
Well, if I can’t buy local, what should I do? Choosing organic coffee ensures that no agrochemicals, pesticides and other chemical additives were used to produce your morning cup. It’s also said to be tastier and better for your bod.
Many organic coffees are also labeled as “shade grown”- meaning coffee plants were grown under the cover of rainforest canopy, allowing soil to retain a nutrient base and resist depletion. Both organic and shade-grown growing practices help to preserve the native environment and help shrink the footprint of your iced latte.
Fair trade refers to a system of buying and selling goods in a way that workers, farmers and communities are paid a fair wage. Fair trade requirements also prohibit child labor and ensure that small farmers are guaranteed a minimum price for their goods. Just because a coffee isn’t labeled “fair trade” doesn’t necessarily mean coffee-growers were treated poorly. But reaching for a fair trade item is a good way to be sure your dollars are going towards coffee with a conscience.
Fair trade and organic coffees used to be sold mostly online and in specialty stores, but more and more conventional retailers are carrying these products. Check out the coffee aisle at your local grocery store for organic and fair trade options. Not all fair trade coffees are organic, but it’s usually pretty easy to find a coffee that’s both.
When owning a dog the last thing that generally crosses are mind is making our dogs go green. Making a dog become greener would be a task in itself but there are ways that a pet owner can help their dog go green and help save the environment while being safe as well. In the latest invention of the green world, green dog collars are surfacing.
What Are Green Dog Collars?
Green dog collars are made up out of materials that are safe for the environment and safe for your pet and you. Some of these collars may be made out of recycled materials including plastic made from recycled bottles. Not to worry though, the plastic is deeply woven so that your dog will not get hurt on the plastic. Many dogs seem to not want to chew on recycled collars. Other green collars may be made out of hemp, as well as soy plants. All of these will be great choices in getting green dog collars.
Where Can I Purchase Green Dog Collars?
Green dog collars are starting to pop up everywhere. In many popular locations such as a pet store these collars will have their very own section. The AKC sells their very own version of recycled collars right on their website. If you wish to find a green collar for your pet you can do so by looking online or at your local pet store. There are many locations online that will let you know where you can find a collar for your dog. Many green retailers online will carry green dog collars that will work well for you and your pet and help you save the environment one collar at a time.
Different Green Dog Collars
When dog collar shopping you may be surprised at how many that there will be to choose from. You will have no shortage of green dog collars and will be able to find one very quickly. Here are a few that you may find very interesting.
Getting a green collar for your dog is easy. There are many of options for you to choose from. Keep in mind what your dog’s neck size is and then you can go from there. Remember to choose different designs if your dog is a heavy chewer or will wear one out quickly. Most of these collars will stand up to the test of time and help you and your dog become greener and better for the environment.
Meters are tools used to measure either water usage or energy consumption. Many people that are trying to go green and conserve water place water meters in their sinks and showers to see how much water is being used and how much water is being wasted. Electric meters can hook up to different things in your home, including a direct power source and can let you know how much energy you are wasting and how much you are conserving. These meters can help tell people where they are not conserving energy or water and let them know that they need to do more to conserve energy.
Where Can I Find Meters?
Depending on the type you want you may be able to find a meter at your local home improvement store. Many retail stores in your area may also carry the meter that you are looking for. To find out whether or not stores in your area carry these meters, you can give them a call or visit the store itself to see if they do carry these. If you cannot find a store that carries these meters you can go online and do a search for these meters. Many green companies have websites dedicated to the sale of meters and other green products.
Different Kinds of Meters
There are many different kinds of water meters as well as electrical meters. You might choose from a plain design to a more unique and broader design. Here are two different meters that you may find interesting.
There are many different meters out there that can help you determine your energy usage and your water usage. Once you know those numbers you can determine how your energy and water usage is affecting the environment and you can start doing whatever you can to help lower those numbers. The lower you get your usage down the lower your energy bills will be and the lower your carbon footprint will be on the Earth.
Going green can be very easy if you know what to do and do plenty of research before you decide to go green. Going green can help you decrease your carbon footprint and help the environment but it can also help you decrease your energy bill. All during the year we can have outrageous heating and cooling bills as well as outrageous power bills. If we follow some simple power saving tips we will be able to save a ton on our power bills.
Unplug When Not In Use
You may think that just because your computer is turned off it is not using any power. Many people assume this and unfortunately they are wrong. Even when the off button is hit, there is still power going into the machine if it is still hooked to the power outlet. A phone left charging is still using power as is other appliances such as a radio that is left plugged in. The best practice is, if it is cut off go ahead and unplug it. If you unplug it there is no way that power could be going into that machine and being wasted. So remember unplug anything you are not using.
Turn Off the Lights
Leaving multiple lights on in your home can cause your power bill to sky rocket. If you are not in a room, cut the light off. Do not leave lights on overnight as they will just increase your power bill. If you must leave lights on in certain rooms or have a night light, try and find energy saving light bulbs or even a solar powered light that can be turned on at night. This will help to decrease your power bill.
Heating and Cooling System
When your heating and cooling system runs it uses extreme amounts of power. Instead of running your unit up on really high settings in the winter or really low settings in the summer months consider setting your unit on 72 degrees. 72 degrees is the ideal temperature and will help to keep your power bill in check.
Replace Old Appliances
If you have an appliance that is old, hot water heater that is old or anything that uses power in your house that is old, you should consider upgrading to new products. New products can help save you a lot of money. Many older products take up a lot of power and are harmful to the environment. Replacing these will help to decrease your bill and decrease your carbon footprint as well.
If you suspect that your home is losing energy from somewhere in the home consider getting an energy inspection. This power saving tip can help save you a lot of money. An inspector will come in and show you where you are losing your energy. Most of the time it is from inefficient windows or not enough insulation. These problems are easily fixed and will help increase your energy savings.
Following these simple power saving tips can help save you a lot of money on your energy bill. Making sure that you take these steps will help you to also become green and become healthier for the environment.
Many people are doing everything in their power to go green in their homes. Many of these people are forgetting about their yards. There are many different ways that you can go green in your yard helping conserve energy costs and helping to save the environment.
Ways That You Can Go Green
Turning your yard into a green environment is quite easy if you do a little research and check and see what ways would help you be the greenest. Here are few ideas to help get you started in going green in your yard.
Where Can I Purchase Green Products?
Green products for your yard can be purchased in a multitude of locations. You can purchase online, order by postal mail, or go to your local retail store and find green products there. More and more we see many retail stores selling green products as there is such a high demand for them. Online stores are very popular as there are many online stores that cater to the green movement. Remember to keep your budget in mind and what would help you most to go green.
Different Green Yard Products
There will be so many different green yard and garden products to choose from it may be hard to just pick out one. Here are few items that you may find interesting if you are going green for your yard and garden.
There are also many other choices when it comes to make your yard and garden green. Using organic fertilizer as well as saving all your grass clippings can help you to conserve fuels and preserve energy as well. By simply going green in your yard, you have reduced your carbon footprint a lot helping to save the environment.
In a world full of things that could harm the environment you may think that your phone would be the last thing that would harm the environment. Actually a cordless or cellphone can harm the environment. Phones are often crafted with materials that are harmful for the environment and the batteries placed in these phones are harmful as well. Many people throw their old phones away without realizing that they are harming the environment. Thanks to recent inventions eco phones are becoming more common.
What Is An Eco Phone?
An eco phone can be a broad term for a broad variety of different phones. An eco home phone is typically one that is made up of different materials that are either biodegradable or made up of recycled materials. They usually come with less lighting or a LED light feature and an energy saving plug in. They will also come with a list of helpful hints to help you become greener. A cellphone can be eco friendly if it uses recycled materials and has green features such as a lower light level and lower sound levels. Some cellphones as well as home phones are coming with solar powered chargers for the batteries. This will cut costs on electricity and help to bring down the strain on the environment.
Different Types of Eco Phones
There are many different types of eco phones out there. You can find simple eco home phones or cellphones that have eco friendly battery chargers with them. Here are a few eco phone products that you can choose from.
Where Can I Purchase Eco Phones?
There are many different locations where you can purchase eco phones and their accessories. You can find eco phones and their accessories at local retail shops and at local home improvement shops. You can ask your in store sales person where to find eco friendly phones. If you cannot find what you are looking for you can search for eco phones online. There are many different online retailers that sell eco phones and their accessories. You can check popular sites such as Amazon and eBay as well as many other sites with green products and you will find many eco phones to choose from. Most eco phones and their accessories are very reasonably priced. You can get one solar charger for a phone for less than twenty dollars on some sites.
Getting an eco phone whether it be a cellphone or a home phone is a great idea. Not only will you save on your energy bill, you will help to save the environment. Even though it is just a phone, any decrease in the carbon footprint will help the Earth’s environment become healthier. Consider purchasing an eco phone today.
The popular tissue and towel company has increased its green initiatives through responsible fiber use. Its products are now certified by the Forest Stewardship Council and EcoLogo signifying high standards of environmental leadership and responsible forest management.
Kimberly-Clark Professional announced a major step forward in the company’s sustainability efforts through the expanded independent, third-party certification of Kimberly-Clark Professional products by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and EcoLogo.
FSC chain-of-custody certification has been expanded to the broad majority of Kimberly-Clark Professional tissue and towel products. FSC is an international, non-governmental organization dedicated to promoting responsible management of the world’s forests through third-party forest certification and product labeling, which ensures that forest products come from sources that are managed with consideration for people, wildlife and the environment.
“We are very pleased to be expanding FSC’s reach with Kimberly-Clark Professional, and its procurement goals are demonstrably improving forest management in North America and around the world,” said Corey Brinkema, president, FSC-US. “The sustainability initiatives already undertaken by Kimberly-Clark Professional are remarkable and the progression of the company’s commitment to conserving our natural forest ecosystems will only deepen that impact.”