Turn that waste plastic (2, 4, 5 & 6) into fuel. This machine cooks the plastic at over 300 Celsius, and condenses the gas back into a liquid oil. 1kg of plastic + 1 kWh of electric, = 1 liter of fuel (3 hours). At just over $13k, it would pay for itself in about 6 years (including the electric costs to run it).
Hillary Rodham Clinton’s ties to agribusiness giant Monsanto, and her advocacy for the industry’s genetically modified crops, have environmentalists in Iowa calling her “Bride of Frankenfood” — putting yet another wrinkle in her presidential campaign’s courtship of liberal activists who are crucial to winning the state’s Democratic caucuses.
The backlash against Mrs. Clinton for her support of genetically modified organisms (GMO), which dominate the corn and soybean crops at the heart of Iowa’s economy, manifested itself at a recent meeting of the Tri-County Democrats, where members gauged support for the former secretary of state.
A large faction of women voiced strong support for Mrs. Clinton’s candidacy until the GMO issue came up, prompting them to switch allegiances to Sen. Bernard Sanders of Vermont, a liberal stalwart challenging her for the Democratic nomination.
Water Conservation in Las Vegas
In the middle of the Mojave Desert lies an oasis known as Las Vegas. Although the desert is among one of the driest places on earth, water supply doesn’t seem to be a problem considering the 22 million gallons used at the Bellagio fountain and the amount water used to fill the canals of the Venetian. From 2000 to 2010, Las Vegas was the third fastest growing city in the fast growing state, and rates of water consumption went through the roof. The city only gets about 4 inches of rainfall on average, which makes the public question what exactly are casinos to do to fight the drought.
Other than endangering the environment, the lack of eco-friendly practices can also be a risk for businesses as operators are missing opportunities in accelerating non-gaming revenue and expanding their target consumers. Evidently, online casinos don’t face the same handicaps as the land-based facilities, which give online casino providers the upper hand in target marketing. Without the worry of environmental impacts and the hassle of leaving your home, online consumer profiles can range from conservationists to those residing in a country with strict gambling regulations – an example of this is Japan. Despite Japan’s conservative views on gambling, the world’s first internet-based casino InterCasino was able to expand their market to accommodate Japanese players.
The Japanese aren’t only known for their gambling regulations. Other than revolutionizing the world’s technology, they also happen to have one of the lowest water distribution levels in the world. The nation has universal access to sanitation and a steady water supply. They also maintain strict standards in water treatment, and continue to exceed global standards for conservation. Much of this stems from cultural practices that limit excessive water use, which can be seen in the design of a typical Japanese bathroom. They show that a simple restructure of a bathroom can easily cut down the amount of water wasted, which a few casinos on the Strip have already done.
To address the public’s concern for the environment, land-based casinos started increasing their efforts in conservation and minimize dependency on their only nearby natural water supply, Lake Mead. The snow from the Colorado Rockies continues to replenish this body of water, but expansions in the metro and recurring droughts have prevented it to maintain the proper lake levels.
Last year’s drought that heavily affected California was a wakeup call for Las Vegas casinos. Though water conservation programs were always in place, there is always room for improvement. The Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) has worked time and time again to make sure that they recycle almost 100 percent of indoor water. MGM and Caesars implement a low-flow shower and toilet system across all their hotels, demonstrating that water conservation is not only a necessity in Las Vegas, but in other parts of the world as well.
We wanted to save energy, and create convenience, by adding motion sensors to our lighting circuits. Maybe you want some notification of an intruder. Both can be done with a PIR Motion sensor.
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A shunt between the battery and the power sources (wind turbines, solar panels, microhydro, your cousin on the exercycle), tell us the current being generated, and a voltage divider reads the voltage of the battery pack. If another shunt is placed between the battery and loads, power consumption also be tracked. From that we can calculate the watts being produced.
With our SD Card and RTC Module, we can calculate amp hours and watt hours, and save them to a sd card.
We also can record weather data, like temperature, humidity, barometric pressure, wind speed & direction, UV index, and much more.
We give you the ability to upload your sd card files for charting and graphing your data. Real time reporting options with ethernet and wifi are available to the internet or optional local Raspberry Pi web & database server.
Read more at:
More pictures and a list of available sensors at
Is your gasoline generator hard to start? Does your fuel seem to go bad? Today’s ethanol fuel can cause all kinds of issues for small engines. Propane burns cleaner than gasoline, and stores pretty much forever, virtually guaranteeing instant starts when an emergency arises. Methane capability means you can produce your own fuel from decomposing manure or vegetable matter. Follow along as we convert our Coleman Generator with a easy to install and use Century Fuel Products conversion kit.
Get the details on producing Methane Fuel at http://green-trust.org/products/
Update- Crowdfunding goal of $70k has reached $1.7 million, in 24 hours!
No more taking a hive apart and disturbing the bees. Eliminate 95% of the work. Just tap the hive, and fill your jar when the clear hive panels show there is honey to be harvested. No fuss, no muss, even a child can do it!
It’s the beekeepers dream…
Turn a tap and watch as pure fresh clean honey flows right out of the hive and into your jar. No mess, no fuss, no expensive processing equipment and the bees are hardly even disturbed.
“This really is a revolution, you can see into the hive, see when the honey is ready and take it away in such a gentle way.” – http://www.honeyflow.com
I have several devices that are charged with a USB 5v charger. Most have a warning on them “Disconnect charger when charged to save energy”. Why? Because most 5v chargers do not know when the batteries are charged, so they keep charging, wasting energy, producing excess heat, and reducing battery life (and the life of the charger).
This weekend we got a USB Smart Charger. This device stops charging when your device is fully charged, and displays a green light to let you know it’s done. Handy for my Kindle Fire which gives you no notification that it’s finished. This devices saves energy, and will extend the life of my devices, and itself.
At 2 Amp output, it’s fully capable of charging the most demanding 5v device, whether it’s a tablet or a phone, or a usb powered device with no onboard battery, like an Arduino.
Velvetwire Introduces First-Ever Apple HomeKit Device Smart Charger
Powerslayer Blu Eliminates Energy Waste and Allows for Customized Charging of Devices
SANTA CRUZ, CA – September 30, 2014 – Velvetwire, a leader in smart energy technology, today announced the winter availability of Powerslayer Blu, its Apple HomeKit-enabled USB charger. The Powerslayer is a cleverly designed intelligent smartphone charger that integrates a first-of-its-kind device-aware software for a more energy efficient charging process as well as a surge protector for keeping both consumers and gadgets safe. Now with added Bluetooth low energy (BLE) connectivity, Powerslayer Blu is compatible with the HomeKit-controlled ecosystem, allowing for customization and enhanced control of the charging process in addition to reducing energy waste.
“Our vision for Velvetwire arose during a two-year sailing trip around the world, where we realized the vital importance of conserving energy. Powerslayer is our first endeavor at tackling energy waste and creating a smarter energy future for the modern consumer,” said Jennifer Lee, co-founder and COO of Velvetwire.
Powerslayer Blu is a unique, eco-conscious way to charge devices. By turning off automatically when charging is complete, the device prevents overcharging and protects the battery life of USB devices. It also eliminates vampire power – the energy constantly consumed by electronics even in standby mode – while looking stylish.
“We are proud to be among the first group of companies to produce HomeKit-compatible devices,” said Eric Bodnar, co-founder and CEO at Velvetwire. “By integrating Bluetooth technology into the Powerslayer, we’re offering customers a new way to interact with their devices and be part of Apple’s HomeKit. Velvetwire is committed to developing intelligent, energy-efficient devices that allow users to live more consciously without sacrificing convenience. We look forward to sharing Powerslayer Blu and future generations of our power-saving devices with the world.”
Powerslayer Blu’s customization features include the ability to select between high power boost-mode charging and eco-mode to maximize battery life as well as the ability to receive a variety of device notifications. The charger interacts wirelessly with Apple devices through a Bluetooth-powered iOS application developed by Velvetwire and can interact with other HomeKit applications. The app allows users to visually see and monitor relevant information about the level of charge their device is receiving. By tailoring charging power levels to suit their situation, users are provided a whole new level of interaction with the charging process.
Pricing and Availability:
Powerslayer Blu is available Winter 2014 for $89. To sign up to learn more about Powerslayer Blu and become alerted when available, visit www.velvetwire.com.
Based in Santa Cruz, California, Velvetwire produces intelligent technology products that help eliminate energy waste. After two successful startup exits, co-founders Eric Bodnar and Jennifer Lee journeyed on an extensive sailing trip around the world where they realized the preciousness of conserving energy – upon return they launched Velvetwire. The company is now at the forefront of wireless and mobile innovation with deep-rooted commitment to rethinking the way modern society consumes energy. For more information about Velvetwire, visit www.velvetwire.com.
Spirulina (Arthrospira platensis) is a blue-green algae (cyanobacterium), that’s very high in protein, vitamins, and amino acids. It grows in high pH (10-11) brackish water that is inhospitable to most other things, so it’s fairly impervious to being “polluted” by other strains. Basically a complete “superfood” that if you had to, you could exist on with only water. As a food additive, it balances your diet as it provides a complete nutritional, easy to process and absorb, supplement to what you already eat. It’s fairly easy to grow at home, with a 20 gallon aquarium, air pump, and some easy to make nutrients. Once you get a culture, you can spawn new tanks from that culture, so it’s self propagating. Below is a video of the process, a comprehensive tutorial document, and a source for basic starter supplies:
Free eBook: “Grow your own spirulina“.
More free ebooks at http://www.green-trust.org/freebooks/
Here at Green Trust, we are more interested in truth, than rumor, so I decided to get to the bottom of this. Forbes put out a misleading headline (actually a lie):
The EPA has not banned your current woodstove, so no rural people will be “chilled” this winter. The EPA has not banned the sale of new wood stoves, so you can continue buying wood stoves. What the EPA has done is tighten up the allowable emissions from new wood stoves to under 7.5 grams per hour for non-catalytic wood heaters and 4.1 grams per hour for catalytic wood heaters. Local communities and or states may have tighter standards, or disallow wood stoves entirely. Wood stoves offered for sale in the state of Washington must meet a particulate emissions limit of 4.5 grams per hour for non catalytic wood stoves and 2.5 grams per hour for catalytic wood stoves.
There’s a big list of EPA stoves that meet these new standards. Fireplaces and Outdoor Wood Boilers are exempt from EPA regulations, but may be targeted by local regulations. You are also free to build your own woodstove. Again, local regulations and even your insurance company may have a say in this as well.
Stay warm, and burn safe!