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How to Live Green at Work and Play

How to Live and Work Green: Let’s Be More Green

Ways To Live Green  

It is true that we have too much waste world-wide. I first heard about waste in elementary school when we were studying history. My teacher had, years ago, witnessed the waste of coffee and fresh milk that was all dumped into the Gulf of Mexico in order to drive up the prices of coffee and milk to increase the income of farms and distributors, all the way to the grocery stores and restaurants. We learned that this was one reason that a cup of coffee went up from 5 cents a cup to 15 cents a cup at the time! That was a lot of money in those days. The ruse worked and we learned that after that, restaurants began in late 1950s and early 1960s to charge money for some things that were previously free, like a slice of onion or a slice of tomato on a hamburger (10 cents each). Apparently, some folks became pretty angry and stopped going to restaurants: That can save money and energy!

Another resource that is frequently wasted is electricity, and the natural resources that produce it. On November 9, 1965 a huge blackout took root in the state of New York. Within just a few minutes, it spread all over the US East Coast and northward to some parts of Canada. It adversely affected 30,000,000 people across a total of 80,000 square kilometers.

For several hours, everything was dark and nothing worked and people panicked. This revealed to us the extent to which we are too dependent on electricity.

Even if your local blackouts do not become quite as bad as the Blackout of 1965, you can take effective steps to keep your life going.

One of these is adding solar panels to the roof of your house. One of my uncles back in the 1950s and 1960s began building his family home with conservation and environmentally friendly ideas. Some people thought he was crazy, but his natural gas bill went down to $3.56 and less per month and his electric bill was very low! At the same time, a family at the other end of the county built an underground home in the side of a short hill and placed additional soil on top and landscaped it. The entrance and foyer were above ground and skylights were used there and in other areas, coming up/down through the hill. Solar panels were also used. Their natural gas bill was lower than my uncle’s and their ventilation system was so good that the air was always fresh!

Today’s solar panels are small, powerful, and inexpensive compared to the 1950s and 1960s. The new solar cells are thin and barely visible today. Some are even flexible and bend to fit any style of roof, and you can even solar shingles! It is truly amazing. You can get solar energy systems in many sizes to provide direct assistance during the day and then store electricity in batteries for overnight: The sun is our friend, even at night.

We can also work green so that more of out lives are green:

How to Work Green 

A “green-collar” job provides eco-friendly products and services through sustainable recources and conservation. Recycling operations, renewable/sustainable energy, clean technology, construction with green building, organic farming, solar panels; the list goes on, with green alternatives for employment.

Recycling, water conservation, and alternative cars are some of my favorite ways of conserving energy.

You can find Adirondack-style chairs that look just like wood, but are made of plastic and made available by Green Culture online. They look like classic wooden deck chairs, but are “Poly-Wood” — recycled plastics processed. Other companies make park benches from this plastic. The super- sturdy plastic-based material can survive even in the woods and stand up to all weather conditions, including UV radiation — almost indestructible.

We do not always need to purchase expensive plant fertilizer for our house plants. Instead of commercial fertilizer, use your next empty milk carton. When you finish the milk, fill the carton with water and use that for watering houseplants. They will flourish and you will save money and resources. Bacteria that grow in milk that is no longer very fresh, are excellent for houseplants and cactus, also garden herbs, potatoes and tomatoes. The milk carton and water method can also reduce the number of plant pests.

A Car That Runs on Air

The Air Car, as its name suggests, has an engine that runs on air! Pistons compress ambient air to refill air storage tanks and make expansions that reheat the air to push the pistons. It has an injection function similar to gas engines, but is more efficient. The air engine is powered by compressed air from a carbon-fiber tank, with 90 cubic meters of air at 4500 psi. The fiberglass body Air Car was invented in France and will be manufactured in India.

Jory Squibb100 MPG From a Car!

A great handyman form Maine, Mr. Jory Squibb, invented a three-wheeled, eco-friendly microcar, by combining two Honda Elite motor scooters. The Moonbeam is small, but two people can fit, and it gets over 100 miles per gallon on the highway and 85 miles per gallon in town. Moonbeam’s cruising speed is 35 – 40, but can reach 52mph. The microcar has a 150cc Honda 4-stroke scooter motor for power and water-cooling from the motor to heat the riding compartment in winter. Total project time was 1,000 hours and cost $2,000.

 

There are so many ways to live green, at work and at play, that there is really no need to harm the planet more than we already have.

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Lydia James

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