Sitting at home in the summer heat, your mind may start to wander to that fancy new air conditioner. But when it comes to making your house comfortable and sustainable, prevention is better than cure. By prevention we mean simple retrofits that will set you on the path to comfort and sustainability. As we spend more than ever on maintaining and improving our homes, we’re also becoming more aware of how their design and use impact on our health and society. Add to this climate change and rising energy costs.
Sustainability is not a dirty word; being in business in 100 years’ time is what being sustainable really means. Nowadays it is good PR to run a sustainable business. Nevertheless, sustainability is much more than the continued pursuance of a green agenda. Rather, it is the ability of a business to thrive continuously in a fast-changing, competitive environment. David Lewis, managing director at the energy management company Matrix, an E.ON business, says: “Sustainability is about operating a good business. That means it targets reduction in operating costs that have benefits to the bottom line. Those reductions should benefit and enhance…
This vision was the beginning of what is now known as the Earthship – a remarkable feat of sustainable living. The environmental, economical, and ethical reasons for living in an Earthship – or any self-supporting home for that matter – are abundant. Whether you are breaking ground on a new home or would like to incorporate these concepts into your existing dwelling, read on for a breakdown on the principles of the self-sustaining home.
Over the years, as Iâ€™ve become more and more in touch with the ways of green and natural living, Iâ€™ve started to become more aware of the things in my home that arenâ€™t quite what they could be. We rent now for a variety of reasons, but one reason Iâ€™m grateful for that is because weâ€™ll have the opportunity to build the house of our dreams when weâ€™re ready. Researching the best ways to build that dreamÂ home is something Iâ€™ve developed quite a passion for. During my research, I stumbled uponÂ a concept that I find pretty fascinating: Earthships.
A Maine company has set its sights on Pennsylvania as a good place to burn poop. Casella Organics, which finds uses for organic wastes that don’t involve shoveling the stinky stuff into landfills, has told Pennsylvania regulators it wants to dry sewage sludge into pellets and bring them into Pennsylvania to be used as fuel at coal-fired power plants. This would be Casella’s first foray into the biosolids-as-powerplant-fuel concept and it comes from the company’s desire to diversify, said Jen McDonnell, director of sales and marketing.