7 eco-friendly insulation alternatives for a green home

January 4, 2019 by  
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Insulation is an important part of any home. Not only does it retain heat during the winter by restricting air flow, but it also reduces the cost of heating and cooling throughout the year. For more than a century, most new homes were built with fiberglass insulation, but this can cause many health issues. If you are building a new house or remodeling in the near future, try one of these green home insulation alternatives to make your home safe and healthy. Sheep’s wool Not only is sheep’s wool fire retardant, but the material can keep your home warm the same way it helps sheep survive frigid temperatures. In recent years, scientists have figured out how to apply the insulating properties of sheep’s wool to home construction. The compressed wool fibers form millions of tiny air pockets, and the outer layer is resistant to water while the inner layer absorbs moisture. This helps it generate heat while preventing condensation, and it keeps your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. When you use sheep’s wool, you won’t have to adjust your heating and cooling system often, and that will save you energy and money. Cotton/denim Because cotton is a natural and renewable resource, it is one of the most eco-friendly insulation options on the market. Leftover blue jean scraps are shredded and recycled into thick batts that fit into your walls just like fiberglass. To make it safe for humans as well as the environment, companies treat the cotton with a borate solution, so the insulation isn’t flammable. Cotton is also a natural insect repellent, doesn’t contain formaldehyde and doesn’t cause respiratory problems. However, compared to fiberglass, it is incredibly expensive, costing nearly twice as much. Icynene One of the strongest home insulation alternatives, Icynene is a spray foam made out of castor oil that expands about 100 times its volume when you spray it into a wall or ceiling. Not only does it seal leaks and drafts, but it also cancels noise. Related: 10 money-saving tips for a green home During the foaming process, Icynene traps in tiny air bubbles, and when the foam cures, the air remains in place. This is why the insulation works so well. However, the sealing powers of Icynene are so strong, you have to install a ventilation system. Because of the additional requirements, the upfront costs to install Icynene are expensive. However, it will reduce your energy bill so drastically, in the long run, you will save money. Polystyrene At first glance, this might not sound like a green option, but polystyrene is considered to be green because it helps you save an enormous amount of energy. Polystyrene is a plastic that comes in two forms: rigid foam boards that will add structural integrity to your walls and a spray foam. Aerogel This man-made material is 90 percent air, but it is difficult for heat to pass through it, making it excellent for insulation. The legend has it that Samuel Stephens Kistler invented aerogel in 1931 after making a bet with a friend. Kesler bet that he could replace the liquid in a jelly jar without causing the jelly to shrink, and he won by removing the liquid and replacing it with air. This led to aerogel, which is made by removing the liquid from silica under high pressure and temperature. Aerogel is ultra lightweight and comes in sheets or stickers for easy installation. However, it is pricey, costing up to $2 a foot. ThermaCork This option actually has a negative carbon footprint , because the finished product is made from the outer bark of oak trees. It is natural, renewable, recyclable and biodegradable, plus it cancels noise and is free of toxins. Cellulose If you are looking to minimize the toxins in your house, cellulose is a good choice. Made from recycled newsprint and other paper, it is safe to install. Using this kind of insulation means that the paper in your walls didn’t make its way to a landfill to release harmful greenhouse gases . When it comes to insulation, there is no right or wrong choice. But there are many different options out there with various qualities, good and bad. Be sure to weigh the pros and cons of each to find the insulation that works best for you and your home. Images via Icynene , Tony Webster , Jon Collier and Shutterstock

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Scientists Create Ultra-Efficient Solar Powered Fuel Cells for Capturing and Converting Carbon

July 7, 2014 by  
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Researchers have killed two climate birds with one stone after coming up with a new way to capture carbon dioxide and turn it into useful chemical compound via solar energy. In collaboration with New Jersey-based startup, Liquid Light Inc ., Princeton University scientists have been able to turn a combination of carbon dioxide and water into formic acid using an electrochemical cell that’s fully powered by solar energy from local utility provider, Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G) . Read the rest of Scientists Create Ultra-Efficient Solar Powered Fuel Cells for Capturing and Converting Carbon Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: acid , alternative , capture , carbon , cell , dioxide , formic , fuel , Light , liquid , photosynthesis , power , princeton , renewable energy , solar

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Scientsts Find That Koalas are Officially the Original Tree Huggers

July 7, 2014 by  
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In what will no doubt go own in history as the world’s most adorable scientific study, scientists have uncovered the secrets of how koalas keep themselves cool in the sweltering Australian summer. The little marsupials have quite possibly the cutest method ever of cooling down, because when things get hot, they don’t pant or wallow in the mud like other animals. Instead, koalas just hug a tree. Read the rest of Scientsts Find That Koalas are Officially the Original Tree Huggers Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: animal behavior , animal cooling , Australia animals , Australia heat , cooling behaviors , cooling down , cooling in Australia , global warming , how animals cool off , how animals stay cool , koala behavior , koala cooling , Koala research , koala tree huggers , koala tree hugging , koala trees , temperature , tree huggers , tree hugging

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World’s First Zero-Emission Liquid Air Engine on Track for Testing this Summer

January 22, 2014 by  
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The world’s first liquid air engine will take a big step closer to reality this summer when U.K.-based Dearman Engine Company begins full-on vehicle testing of its Dearman heat engine . The nitrogen-fueled engine is designed to propel refrigerated trucks, providing an emission-free and fuel efficient ride. The engine could go into production in two years, saving U.K. heavy-duty vehicles 1.3 billion liters of diesel consumption and reducing carbon emissions by more than a million tons by 2025 while dramatically reducing air pollution . Read the rest of World’s First Zero-Emission Liquid Air Engine on Track for Testing this Summer Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: carbon emissions , Dearman Engine Company , diesel consumption , heavy-duty vehicles , liquid air engine , liquid nitrogen , refrigerated trucks , U.K.        

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Vukee Car Launches the World’s First Tesla Car Sharing Program

January 22, 2014 by  
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There are several car sharing services like Zipcar that offer access to electric vehicles, but vukee Car just announced the world’s first car sharing service to offer the Tesla Model S ! This spring the Palo Alto-based company is set to launch the first Tesla car sharing service in the U.S. Read the rest of Vukee Car Launches the World’s First Tesla Car Sharing Program Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Car Sharing , electric car , electric car sharing , green car , green transportation , tesla , tesla model-s , vukee car , Zipcar        

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Liquid’s Peer-to-Peer Bike Share Program Makes Renting a Bike Easy

December 31, 2012 by  
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Visiting a city or live in a place that doesn’t have a bike share program yet? Don’t fret – Liquid is a new peer-to-peer bike rental marketplace that makes it easy to borrow a bike from individuals or bike rental shops. Like other peer-to-peer networks, Liquid isn’t just a place to conduct bike rental transactions – it’s also a great way to meet people that share your passion for cycling. Read the rest of Liquid’s Peer-to-Peer Bike Share Program Makes Renting a Bike Easy Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bike rentals , liquid , liquid marketplace , listing your bike for rent , meeting people who love bicycles , peer to peer bike rental , reviews on liquid , spinlister

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British Firm Produces Liquid Fuel From Water and Thin Air

October 22, 2012 by  
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Air Fuel Synthesis (AFS) , a small firm in Stockton-on-Tees, UK, has succeedin in synthesizing gasoline from water and carbon dioxide (CO2) extracted from air. The Independent reported on Friday that the company has manufactured five liters of gas since August using a small refinery at its demonstrator plant. While that is a small volume to start with, AFS plans larger demonstrations and commercial-scale production. Essentially, the process will allow renewable energy to be converted into usable fuel in a sustainable carbon-neutral process. Read the rest of British Firm Produces Liquid Fuel From Water and Thin Air Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: AFS , air , carbon dioxide , CO2 , fuel , gasoline , hydrogen , liquid , petrol , process , renewable energy , synthesis , water issues

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GreenWave Reality Launches WiFi-Enabled LED Light Bulbs That Can be Controlled With a Smartphone

October 22, 2012 by  
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GreenWave Reality just launched a high-tech WiFi-enabled LED lighting system that allows consumers to easily control and automate lighting through a handheld remote or smartphone . The energy-efficient “Connected Lighting Solution” was just announced at the Hong Kong International Lighting Fair, where it has been heralded as “the next generation in lighting.” Read the rest of GreenWave Reality Launches WiFi-Enabled LED Light Bulbs That Can be Controlled With a Smartphone Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: automatic lights , GreenWave Reality , Hong Kong Lighting Fair , LED bulbs , LED lights , motion sensitive lights , smartphones , the Connected Lighting Solution

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UTOPIA’s Bamboo Fibonacci Cabinet Brings the Golden Ratio Into Your Home

October 22, 2012 by  
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The Fibonacci sequence occurs frequently in nature – from the structure of a nautilus shell to the scales of a pine cone or center of a sunflower . Now Italian design studio UTOPIA has created a bamboo Fibonacci Cabinet that allows you to bring the genius of the universe into your home! Inspired by a traditional Chinese medicine cabinet, the system consists of seven separate units that combine to form the Golden Ratio (and a beautiful piece of furniture). Read the rest of UTOPIA’s Bamboo Fibonacci Cabinet Brings the Golden Ratio Into Your Home Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bamboo , cabinet , fibonacci cabinet , fibonacci sequence , golden ratio , italy , Milan , utopia

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HOW TO: Pickle Beets In Just 1 Hour

October 17, 2012 by  
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Beets come in all shapes and sized, from dark red and pink striped to light orange and everything in between . We used a bunch of gorgeous organic Chioggia beets from the farmer’s market. Chioggia beets are recognizable by their distinctive pink and white striped flesh. Unfortunately, the stripes don’t stand out very much after you’ve cooked your beets in preparation for pickling, so if you’re hoping for the bright fuschia color that some pickled beets have, make sure you choose the dark red variety. Here’s what you need to do to start pickling some tasty beets: STEP 1: Gather your ingredients One or more bunches organic beets (6-8 small beets will fill two jelly-jar sized canning jars; double that for a large quart-size jars White vinegar Sugar and salt Cinnamon and cloves Canning jars or clean, sterilized recycled jars (salsa jars work well) STEP TWO: Trim, boil and dice Trim off the leafy beet greens and set them aside – they are a delicious and iron-packed veggie that tastes great sauteed with a little lemon and butter! Drop the beets into a saucepan of water and bring them to a boil. Simmer the beets for about thirty minutes, or until soft all the way through (you can test with the tip of a sharp knife or a fork). Save the beet cooking liquid, which you’ll use to make the pickling liquid. Peel and dice the beets. Once cooled, the peels should come right off in your hands. Dice the beets into wedges or coins, as you prefer. STEP THREE: Prepare the pickling liquid Here is where you’ll need to determine how many jars of beets you want to make. We fit about 6 small beets in a 10-ounce canning jar along with about 2/3 cup of pickling liquid. To make two small jelly-jars of beets, you’ll need about 2/3 cup liquid and about 6-8 beets, and to make a quart size jar, you’ll need 1 cup of liquid and about 14-16 small beets (adjust accordingly depending on the size of the beets you have). Now that you know how much pickling liquid to prepare, all you need to know is that the ratio of beet cooking liquid to white vinegar is 1:1 (so for a quart jar, you’ll measure out 1/2 cup of the beet cooking liquid and add another 1/2 cup of white vinegar). In a bowl, measure out your white vinegar and warm beet cooking liquid that you saved earlier. Add in 1 tablespoon sugar and 1/2 teaspoon salt per half cup of liquid. Add a few cloves, and either a cinnamon stick or a 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon to the mix. Stir the liquid until the salt and sugar have dissolved. STEP FOUR: Jar the beets Jar the beets and pour the pickling liquid right up to the very lip of the jar, making sure to cover the beets completely. Place a piece of parchment paper over the beets and screw on the lid. Pop them into the fridge and wait three days so you can do your first taste-test! Here are some fun additions and variations you can try: Have dark red beets? Add thinly sliced rings of onion to add a spicy flavor and score some hot-pink onions to boot. Add more sugar and less salt for a sweeter beet that tastes great with cheese and in salads. Add fresh ginger slices for a spice-infused pickled beet that works well with Asian-inspired dishes .

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