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Choosing Powerful but Energy Efficient Computers

Most computer and office power equipment manufacturers claim to produce power-efficient machines, but this is not always the case. With a power-efficient computer, you can save about $30 every year on electricity bills, and you save the environment by doing so.

If everyone would get a power-efficient computer, then the world will have conserved energy and exploitation of energy sources. Again, if you are working on a laptop, you need one that can operate for a long time on battery especially while traveling. Read on.

Energy Star Rating

This is the ultimate test that a computer is designed to be energy efficient. For a computer to qualify for energy star rating, it must meet certain strict regulations for power consumption and performance.

A laptop with energy star rating does not mean that it is less in performance as these are also inspected. If you do not know much about computers and how they operate to calculate energy consumption and efficiency, look for an energy star symbol. This saves you the struggle of considering other factors.

Energy star requirements considers a computer that is in use, in sleep mode or not in use at all. This ensures that your computer gives the best in terms of performance and power efficiency at all times.

Energy Management Features

Most computers are designed with power management features, but some have even more helping you save energy during its use. You need to go for a computer that automatically switches to power saving mode when you are not using it for a few minutes. Sleep mode, power saving mode, dim lights and such other features let you use less power when lightly using the computer.

Computers may have these features, but if you do not know how to use them or customize it to suit your needs, you will still have yours consume a lot of power. Some management features are set by the manufacturer but others you have to set them up. Ensure that you set your computer right to use as less power as possible and reduce electricity bills while saving the environment.

Desktop vs. Laptop

Desktops can consume between 60 and 200 watts of electricity when running normally while laptops use between 20 and 50 watts of the same. This makes laptops better when you need to save energy. Even better laptops have batteries that store power for later use.

If you work while on the go, and you need a computer that will conserve energy, a laptop is a good choice thanks to its simple system. This does not mean that the laptops are less superior. In fact, they have the same or better performance compared to desktops.

Save Power Today

Even after you have chosen an energy efficient, yet powerful laptops, you still need to ensure that it consumes less power. You can do this by ensuring that the computer is on power saving mode when not in use and that you have set it right. When using a laptop, ensure that you charge the battery and then unplug it to use the power in it first.

Environmental conservation through plumbing

Environmental problems such as the increasing scarcity of clean water have been linked to human activities. From releasing waste water into water bodies to deforestation, the human species is responsible for a myriad of environmental evils. The same evils which now threaten the existence of the human along with other species on earth. Some of eco-friendly practices and technologies are now being adopted to try and stop the negative effects on the environment. Plumbing is one of the areas that can be designed to help protect the environment.

Plumbing provides a way to convey water into homes and buildings used for other purposes. It also ensures that that waste water and sewage is taken out of the buildings. Proper plumbing ensures this is done while fostering water conservation. With the help of a good Staten Island plumber, you should be able to create a plumbing system that uses eco-friendly fixtures and supports water conservation efforts. Here are ways you can conserve water through plumbing.

Use water-efficient toilets

The area where the largest amount of water is used up, especially in homes is the toilet. It, therefore, makes sense that efficient water use in the toilet should be top among water conservation efforts. Newer toilet designs are created to use less water while efficiently performing the purpose they were meant for. Toilets utilizing technologies such as dual-flush technologies reduce water wastage. This technology is anchored on the fact that flushing liquid wastes don’t require as much water as solid waste does. Thus depending on the waste, you can use full- or partial-flush. Other water saving technologies include low-flow toilets, waterless urinals, and high-efficiency toilet faucets.

Eco-friendly Showerheads

Today, there are different types of showerheads, some very efficiently such that they can reduce water flow significantly. These low-flow Showerheads minimise the amount of water used in the shower thus if used with a few water saving tactics; they can make an impact on the amount of water utilized in the home.
Installing systems for water reuse

These include systems for rainwater collection and gray water reuse systems. A good Plumber in Staten Island can help devise ways to get the rain water collected from the roof and directed into the house for a number of uses. Further, he can help create a water reuse system that redirects gray water from the sink to the toilet to be used for flushing. Grey water can also be redirected to your backyard garden or lawn. This enables you to save the clean water for other uses.

Use the right water pipes

Using pipes of the right size and material for your specific plumbing needs helps to ensure that you get the right water pressure and reduces chances of water leakage and in effect wastage. In addition to its role in saving water, using the right material can also help save on energy because the right material and insulation of the pipes can minimize heat loss.

These are just some of the plumbing methods which should go hand-in-hand with sewage water treatment and other conservation efforts to foster environmentally friendly living. By adopting these methods and technologies, you can reduce your utility bills while contributing to efforts aimed at preserving clean water, which is scarce.

Community Initiated Solutions to BC Conflict Gravel

Friends of the Chilliwack River Valley are calling on all levels of government to boycott Conflict Gravel operations across BC. According to the Minister of State Randy Hawes, 70% of the gravel produced in BC is purchased by governments. We’re asking that these elected officials stop the purchase of gravel from pits located in communities where local residents are opposed to these operations. We’re asking that elected officials listen to their constituents and vote with their dollars.

Friends of the Chilliwack River Valley are asking communities from Texada Island to Revelstoke to demand that their MLA’s, municipality and regional representatives put an end to Conflict Gravel as a first step to resolving Conflict Mining across BC.

Proposed community initiated amendments to the BC Mines Act. This Act dates back to 1858. and is the cause of conflict throughout the province. The community proposed amendments will remove gravel from the special provisions for minerals and treat gravel more like forestry than diamonds.

Gravel mining should respect FRPA provisions for Old Growth Management Areas and Species At Risk WHA’s. This is the first crack in the old Act that we hope to continue to promote an end to Conflict Mining in BC. In conjunction with a new Mines Act BC needs to join 8 other provinces and pass a Species At Risk Act.

The draft amendments are called the Aggregate Supply Plan ASP. and are meant to counter the provinces proposed new gravel mining rules called the Aggregate Pilot Project. APP. Almost unbelievably the BC Liberals APP proposal has GREEN ZONES that will allow for open pit gravel mines that do not even require a permit.

By supporting the community initiated ASP we can stop the APP which we hope will be the last Natural Resource Extraction proposal that has does not have an environmental clause. APP provides no environmental protection.

Check out: BC Conflict Gravel Update
Read: ‘Positive alternative’ to regional gravel plan


Wild Salmon Have Genetic Signature of Fish Farm Virus

Dangerous to human health by transmission

January 20, 2010 – Though the scientists thought pathogens were a big negative factor, more science is needed to absolutely nail these down. But it seems to be — wait for it — fish farm issues, say, sea lice, and viruses. Environmentalist Alexandra Morton has asked the commission to compel the farms to release data that they have been withholding. It is the virus situation that is the nightmare scenario: farmed Chinook salmon likely passed a salmon leukemia retrovirus to the farmed Atlantics and they infected the returning sockeye adults. This is DFO research from Dr. Kristina Miller. The sockeye managed the long swim upstream only to die prior to spawning.

Another scientist, Michael Kent, studying viral transmission, reviewed work that has shown this fast mutating bug can infect dogs, sheep and humans. This is the nightmare. Make sure you cook your Fraser sockeye well, and send a letter to Gail Shea saying: fund more of Miller’s research, toute de suite.

This is a fascinating, heavy crunching science report. If you read only one table in your investigation of this issue, let it be E-2. This table summarizes all the research for or against a possible explanation and will inform your understanding of salmon science for the rest of your fishing days: Read more

Water Act Must Protect Our Public and Environmental Rights

The provincial government is “modernizing” our Water Act, calling the new act the Water Sustainability Act (WSA). A round of public consultation was held last spring when the government received over 900 submissions. Based on those submissions they have developed a brief policy document which you can download here.

The second round of public consultation has just been extended to March 14. There are many insightful comments on the blog site that will assist you in understanding public concerns regarding the purposed policy. You can read others’ comments and post your own on the living water smart blog, http://blog.gov.bc.ca/livingwatersmart/

Comments are also accepted by fax to 250 356-1202, by phone at 250 387-4734 and by mail addressed to:

Water Act Modernization, Ministry of Environment, Water Protection and Sustainability Branch, PO Box 9362, Stn Prov Govt, Victoria, BC V8W 9M2

Don’t hesitate to comment on the blog with your concerns. One or two lines is fine. It is imperative that the government is aware of how many citizens and groups are interested in the true protection of our water in BC. Commenting will also put your name on the government’s email list for further developments in this process.

Read more: Water Sustainability


Military Spending Leaves Environment Defenseless

ACTION ALERT: Send Harper a message about proposed budget cuts to Environment Canada. News agencies are reporting that the Harper government is planning a $222-million or 20% reduction in spending at Environment Canada.

This includes a $141 million cut to climate change and clean air initiatives, as well as a $19.5-million cut to a federal action plan dealing with contaminated federal sites, and about $3-million in reductions for compliance promotion and enforcement for wildlife and pollution.

Meanwhile, in 2010 to 2011, Environment Canada’s program activities amount to just over one billion dollars while National Defence spending is over twenty billion. This is further evidence that the Harper government is out of step with the views of Canadians.

According to recent Environics poll, seventy-one percent of Canadians strongly or somewhat agreed with the statement, “money spent on wars and the military would all be better spent on efforts that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the impacts of climate change.”

Price tag for F-35 Fighter Jets will approach $30-billion, budget watchdog warns.

Liberal defence critic Dominic LeBlanc said. “To put this in perspective, $30-billion is equivalent to $1,000 for every man, woman and child in Canada, and equals the entire federal government’s annual spending on health care.”

Send an email to: Prime Minister Harper, Environment Minister Peter Kent and the leaders of the opposition.