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Roof

  1. Before winter hits, make sure you do a visual inspection of your roof to look for maintenance issues. Look for damaged shingles or missing tiles. If you have flat roof-top, look for surface bubbles in the membrane material or missing gravel. All these issues can contribute to energy losses and larger damages, whiche means later you might find yourself paying twice the price.  

Human kind is powerful, sometimes we like think we are more powerful than we actually, but sometimes we might be in denial how big of an impact our daily actions have.

 

Extreme weather

Climate change and extreme weather. Let' s stop denying the connection between these two and look at some facts.

What role might human-caused climate change be playing in all of this? 

Stink Bugs, Kalamazoo, MI

What are these Stink Bugs anyway?

The ocassional invador's propper name is Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB). It is an invasive species from Asia that arrived in Pennsylvania in 1996. The stink bug earned its name from its tendency to release an odor when disturbed or when crushed.

 

 Harvest Fest, Scotts, MI

For the majority of human history, we had to work extremely hard for the food we ate. It is so easy  to forget all about it nowadays, with groceries stores open 24/7. Before the mass production  times, people worked for months to have enough food. Harvest Festivals used to be time when people could relax and have fun for the first time in months! Very different from Harvest Festivals today, when we are actually looking forward to have the opportunity to touch and work with our food.

Solar power



Solar energy can be used for many different purposes. It can be used to generate electricity in places that lack a grid connection, for distilling water in Africa, or even to power satellites in space. Let’s focus on the photovoltaic part of the spectrum. What are the advantages and disadvantages of photovoltaic house system.

 

Advantages



Wind energy is interestingly enough just another form of solar energy. Winds are caused by the heating of the atmosphere by the sun, the rotation of the Earth, and the Earth's surface irregularities. For as long as the sun shines and the wind blows, the wind energy is renewable and essentially green.

In recent year the wind industry in United States is experiencing remarkable growth. In 2015 wind farms are producing 5%, 10% and even 20%(Iowa) of some states energy consumption!  


What is the deal with climate change and what does the ice age has to do with it anyway? Welcome to our climate change series!

Climate change is happening

...and it's normal.

To understand why climate change is normal, we need to understand a little bit of history of our planet.

In our solar system, not that far away, but long long time ago a planet earth was formed (4.6 billion years ago).

Renewable resources are becoming a part of day to day life but it should be more than just our wishful thinking for them to become a crucial part. We have the obvious - solar power, the debatable - wind power and the amazing (but not always applicable) hydropower. But what about geothermal? Heat from the earth can be used as energy source in simple to very complex systems.  This heat comes from magma (molten rock below Earth's crust).

Tip No.5

Use your thermo cup

To-Go or Not-To-Go?

Do whatever is more convenient for you but keep in mind your "waste" footprint. The math is simple, reusable cup can be used multiple times, disposable cup cannot.

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