Category Archives: Technology
Yesterday marked the first time in over 100 years that New York has had electric cabs operating on their streets. Believe it or not, some of the first taxis in the late 19th century were electric based cars.
Jumping to 2013, the city of New York and Nissan have partnered up to reduce New York’s carbon emissions by adding six electric taxis to the taxi fleet for the next year as part of a pilot program for research. The research will help Nissan and the city collect appropriate information so that the city can reach it’s goal of having a third of the taxi fleet using electric cars by 2020.
As Lydony told you previously, New York will be updating their taxi fleet to more spacious cars. These cars will not be eco-friendly until more field research has been collected.
If you catch these green electric cars on the road, make sure you try to hail one so you can personally contribute to a greener New York!
Photo credit: NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission
- Good Guide allows for you to find out important health, green, and ethical info on your favorite food or lifestyle products and whether you should consider alternate products. Allows you to scan barcodes to find products efficiently.
- inBloom assists in looking for sustainable and local foods in your area. You easily can find organic, local, vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, paleo friendly, raw, and environmentally friendly at restaurants and grocery stores in your neighborhood.
- Locavore is similar to inBloom but focuses on primarily helping you locate food originating locally. This app helps you find what’s currently in season and available at your local farmer’s markets and farms
- Meter Readings is not quite US measurement friendly just yet, but it helps you track your energy usage. Look for the US conversions to be available soon.
- Carticipate helps you find fellow carpoolers. This app connects you with those who have free seats in their car or helps you to fill those extra seats. A great way to cut back on traffic and pollution.
- iRecycle helps you locate where in your neighborhood you can recycle some of those old products that you know you can’t just throw in the recycling bin and trust to be taken care of appropriately. Great for finding out where to drop off your batteries and old electronics!
- iViro is just like Meter Readings but very US friendly. Cut back on your utility usage every month!
- MyFitnessPal is on this list because it helps you with your daily diet and calorie intake. Food waste is becoming more and more problematic and this app will help you eat within your means and cut back on how much food you waste.
- Green Outlet will tell you the green performance of your electronics around your home so that you can cut back on your energy usage and also your energy costs.
We recommend all of these apps to help you improve your daily green lifestyle without very much effort.
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We have come a long way from large box TV sets. Televisions of the past not only took up a lot of space, but used large amounts of energy to bring you all your favorite shows. With flat screens, televisions not only use less space but have even larger screens. The question now is how green can your TV be?
In recent years companies like Sony and Sharp have both released TVs that require less energy. Both companies have LCD TVs that use less than half the amount of energy as a regular LCD TV (Plasma TVs are much worse). Sony in particular, went an extra step to save additional energy by creating a sensor that adjusts the backlight to ambient room light. By doing this it creates an energy-saving type switch that cuts all power to the TV set as if it were unplugged. Many companies now also offer and LED choice as well, which uses the least amount of energy among the three.
If you are thinking of purchasing a new TV or would like to green up the one you currently have, following a few simple tips can make all the difference.
- Purchase and LED TV. They require less energy than a LCD or Plasma.
- Unplug your TV when it is not in use. As many of us know, even when electronics are not in use, when they remain plugged in they still take small amounts of energy.
- Turn your TV off. Many times people leave the TV on to sleep, for background noise, or leave a room and forget it is on. Be sure to turn off the TV whenever you are not actively watching it.
- Check for overheating. If you have had your TV on for awhile, touch the back of it and see how warm it feels. The hotter a TV is to the touch, the more energy it is using. Make sure to give the TV a break. Go outside and enjoy the day!
- Limit the amount of TVs in your house. Do you really need a TV in every room? Though it might be hard for some, limiting the amount of TV’s in the house can not only cut down your energy costs, but can also bring family and friends together for quality time.
Last week, one of the world’s largest power outages hit India affecting nearly 620 million people. To put this in perspective, the United State’s total estimated population is 314 million, so this power outage in India affected a population of nearly double the United States population. The outage lasted two days during a heat wave, causing much distress and panic in India.
Although India is considered a world super power, they still have a large population that is in a rural setting and living below the poverty line. Energy is a commodity for the country, but with a population that is the second largest population in the world and the closest rival to China, energy use should be a large focus for the country. There have been many campaigns to bring clean energy to small villages within India, but solar energy and wind energy is not a large priority for the country.
Hopefully this power outage has opened the eyes of the country, much like the large power outage that hit the northeast of the United States a few years ago brought energy into the spotlight of public debate.
Singapore is redefining the idea behind an urban garden as they are in the process of opening Gardens by the Bay. This “park” will include restaurants, event spaces, shops, a bio-dome and expansive gardens with incredible vegetation cultivated to represent all seven continents.
Perhaps the most impressive addition to the park will be their man made “supertrees”. The 18 supertrees stand between 25-50 meters high and will provide shade to guests in the park, collect rain water, and are lined with solar panels that will provide energy to the park and also light to the supertrees during the night. The trees are certainly interesting looking, so to give them a more natural look they are also covered with globally harvested vegetation. We look forward to seeing if this eco-park takes off!
The past few days the climate wanted to make sure we all knew that it was summer. With heat waves in full effect, and the common knowledge in the back of our heads that air conditioners are anything but eco-friendly, how do we stay cool? Green air conditioners are being marketed, but there is no way around the energy sucking and harmful chemicals involved in the most popular way to cool air. Here are some tips to help you keep cool in an eco-friendly way:
- The sun is the largest provider for heat in your home, if you close your blinds or shades you will automatically eliminate the entry point for heat. Shade is your friend.
- Ceiling fans and other fans around your house are much more eco-friendly than air conditioners and they spread the air around your living space really well
- Cover any leaks in your insulation that may allow cool air to escape and warm air to enter
- Dresssing cool with light materials goes without saying, make sure you are wearing comfy clothes and don’t be afraid to wear shorts or sleeveless shirts
If you need to use the air conditioner….
- Make sure to keep it on a constant temperature around 78 degrees
- Keep the air conditioner in the shade so it doesn’t need to work extra hard to cool air
- Make sure to complete the proper maintenance on the A/C like cleaning a filter frequently
- Instead of tossing an old A/C into the junk yard, consider taking it to an electrician to be rewired
- When purchasing a new A/C, make sure to purchase the correct size. Don’t purchase too large of an air conditioner for small spaces. It’s best to make sure the A/C doesn’t create more cold air than it needs to. Same for getting too small of an air conditioner, don’t make the air conditioner overwork itself
- At night time turn of your A/C, open your windows and turn on your fans to circulate the cooler night time air