Tesla’s new Solar Roof is actually cheaper than a normal roof

July 31, 2017 by  
Filed under Eco, Green

Comments Off on Tesla’s new Solar Roof is actually cheaper than a normal roof

Good news for those who have been eyeing Tesla’s new Solar Roof – the company just announced pricing for its photovoltaic tiles, and they come it at just $21.85 per square foot . That’s nearly 20 percent cheaper than a normal roof — even without factoring in the energy savings. Tesla’s sought-after Solar Roof tiles are made of glass layered over a photovoltaic substrate, and they serve as a replacement for traditional roofing materials. This ensures they look like the “real thing” from the ground – even though they accomplish much more than a standard roof. So far, Tesla has two styles available for pre-order: a textured black glass tile and a smooth grey tile. The tuscan and slate tiles will be available for installation in early 2018. According to the company , installing a Solar Roof takes between five and seven days – and Tesla manages the entire process itself. The fact that the Solar Roof tiles are so economical is applaudable, considering that Consumer Reports predicted back in November that the tiles would need to cost under $24.50 per square foot to compete with traditional roofing materials. Tesla accomplished this — and went one step further. Now, the company is offering an infinite warranty for the tiles. “We offer the best warranty in the industry—the lifetime of your house, or infinity, whichever comes first,” a Tesla representative told Inverse. Related: Tesla to power Gigafactory with world’s largest solar rooftop installation An additional benefit of the Tesla Solar Roof is that it is touted to be stronger than a traditional roof. In areas where thunderstorms and high winds are rampant, a sturdier abode makes all the difference. Fortunate consumers who purchase the Solar Roof will also receive the forthcoming Powerwall 2.0 , which is a battery storage device with a built-in inverter. It connects to your home’s electrical system, enabling a house to go 100 percent off-the-grid . Though it costs an extra $6,500, the long-term savings are estimated to add up to thousands of dollars. + Tesla Via Inverse Images via Tesla

The rest is here: 
Tesla’s new Solar Roof is actually cheaper than a normal roof

Give goods, find goods, and do good on National Thrift Store Day

July 31, 2017 by  
Filed under Eco, Green, Recycle

Comments Off on Give goods, find goods, and do good on National Thrift Store Day

If you’re the type of shopper that lives for finding hidden gems in vintage stores, mark August 17th on your calendar. That’s when National Thrift Store Day returns to encourage everyone to support their local thrift stores and score secondhand goods. New York City is taking this initiative a step further by bringing awareness to the day’s charitable component and reminding us why it would do a world of good if we went the thrift store route instead of buying brand new. Through its donateNYC program, the New York City Department of Sanitation helps New Yorkers “give goods, find goods, and do good” for their community – and they’re making it really easy for everyone to do their part. Read on for 10 great things you can find on Thrift Store Day – and where you can go to pick them up. Thrift stores have long been a place where anyone can hand off items that are no longer wanted or needed instead of throwing them in the trash. In this way, others who can’t afford these items at their original prices have a chance to own them at a lower price. Necessities like clothes, housewares, books, electronics and furniture are just some of the goods people can buy. Oftentimes, these thrift stores are run by charitable organizations that use the money collected from purchases to fund initiatives that further help those in need. Goodwill , for example, backs “programs that provide education, skills training and career development that help people earn jobs in communities nationwide.” Not to mention, this practice of donating, upcyling, and buying secondhand goods reduces the amount of garbage that ends up in landfills, the energy and resources consumed by waste management, and the amount of money flying out of our pockets. It’s a win all around. If you’re not sure where to drop off your unneeded goods, donateNYC eliminates that hassle for you. A directory of participating shops and a map of your nearest drop-off locations can be found online, as well as through the free donateNYC app for Apple and Android . The program is part of NYC’s 0X30 initiative , which aims to send zero waste to landfills by 2030, and it’s an excellent resource on National Thrift Store Day and every other day of the year. Below are some of the cool items you can find in thrift stores around NYC, courtesy of donateNYC. Vintage Clothing St. Luke’s Thrift Shop Council Thrift Shop Vintage Thrift Housing Works Goodwill The Salvation Army Handbags Housing Works Purses for Nurses Goodwill Vintage Thrift Bicycles Recycle-A-Bicycle Building Materials/Appliances Big Reuse Rebuilding Together NYC Salvage Store Habitat for Humanity NYC ReStore Electronics Lower East Side Ecology Center Jewelry CancerCare Arthritis Foundation Vintage Thrift Housing Works Hour Children Goodwill Textile Scraps FABSCRAP Furniture Refoundry Housing Works Habitat for Humanity NYC ReStore Big Reuse The Salvation Army Vintage Thrift Hour Children Housewares/furnishings St. Luke’s Thrift Shop Council Thrift Shop Vintage Thrift Housing Works Goodwill The Salvation Army Hour Children Habitat for Humanity NYC ReStore Books/Records Big Reuse Goodwill The Salvation Army Hour Children Housing Works Council Thrift Shop St. Luke’s Thrift Shop Cancer Care + donateNYC Images via Depositphotos and donateNYC

Go here to read the rest: 
Give goods, find goods, and do good on National Thrift Store Day

Woman turns an old van base into a tiny off-grid home on wheels

September 7, 2016 by  
Filed under Green, Recycle

Comments Off on Woman turns an old van base into a tiny off-grid home on wheels

The finished home on wheels is completely off the grid and equipped with everything needed for daily life. Standing at 5 by 2.20 meters (about 16 by 7 feet), the completed home holds a full-sized shower, composting toilet, a rustic kitchen with a gas oven and hob, a double bedroom on a mezzanine level, and a sofa with built-in storage which doubles as a day bed on the ground floor. Related: Stunning Moon Dragon is a fairytale-like tiny house that goes off-grid Outside, she’s built a yoga terrace overlooking the Spanish countryside, spanning the entire length of the house. Attached to the home on hinges, it can easily be folded up for transportation, or removed completely if needed. A small front terrace features steps up to the entrance, while a covered back terrace provides a dining area. + Elizabeth Pearson

Here is the original post: 
Woman turns an old van base into a tiny off-grid home on wheels

Black Pampa House is an off-grid refuge in the wild grasslands of Northern Argentina

November 30, 2015 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on Black Pampa House is an off-grid refuge in the wild grasslands of Northern Argentina

Read the rest of Black Pampa House is an off-grid refuge in the wild grasslands of Northern Argentina

Read the original here:
Black Pampa House is an off-grid refuge in the wild grasslands of Northern Argentina

Bangladesh wants to become the world’s first “solar nation” by 2021

January 29, 2015 by  
Filed under Eco, Green

Comments Off on Bangladesh wants to become the world’s first “solar nation” by 2021

The Bangladeshi government wants every household in the nation to be solar powered by 2021. In the race to become the “first solar nation,” they hope to achieve this goal by focusing on what they call solar home systems (SHS). Solar home systems are provided by the government to homes that do not have access to the main power grid , thus supplying power where there previously was none. Read the rest of Bangladesh wants to become the world’s first “solar nation” by 2021 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , “sustainable energy” , Bangladesh , country , first solar nation , Homes , households , national , nationwide , off the grid , power , remote areas , renewable energy , SHS , solar home systems , solar panels , Solar Power , world bank

Original post:
Bangladesh wants to become the world’s first “solar nation” by 2021

Architecture for a Change’s Mamelodi Pod is a Self-Sustaining Solution to Shantytowns

August 26, 2013 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on Architecture for a Change’s Mamelodi Pod is a Self-Sustaining Solution to Shantytowns

Read the rest of Architecture for a Change’s Mamelodi Pod is a Self-Sustaining Solution to Shantytowns Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: AFAC , Architecture For a Change , informal architecture , Mamelodi , Mamelodi Pod , off the grid , off the grid architecture , self-sustainable architecture , shantytown architecture , solar panels , South Africa , water tank        

See the rest here:
Architecture for a Change’s Mamelodi Pod is a Self-Sustaining Solution to Shantytowns

Off the Grid Tropicana Billboard is Powered By What it Advertises – Oranges

June 30, 2011 by  
Filed under Eco, Green, Recycle

Comments Off on Off the Grid Tropicana Billboard is Powered By What it Advertises – Oranges

DDB , an advertising agencies that specializes in creative experiences, has harnessed the power of oranges for their Tropicana campaign. Using the product’s very ingredients to run the electricity for the billboard that advertises it, the French Tropicana ad reads “Energie Naturelle” (Natural Energy) and is lit in neon lighting

Here is the original:
Off the Grid Tropicana Billboard is Powered By What it Advertises – Oranges

Bad Behavior has blocked 1305 access attempts in the last 7 days.