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Getting your green on for Earth Day

地球日之使用环保产品

  
发布日期: 2010-06-26
Go solar | 去太阳
去太阳 地球日之使用环保产品
想要一些提示就如何过上更加地球友善的生活?通过点击这个一些想法和更多资源的链接图片库。 

转到太阳能。当人们不知道他们有一个更环保家庭,首先想到的往往是太阳能。任何原因何在?太阳的能量是免费的,面板时产生任何污染运作。 

太阳能 - 无论是太阳能光伏板,使电力或太阳能热水 - 的确可以使一个很有意思的,但这里有一些事情你应该考虑的问题。 

首先是你的太阳资源。如果你的屋顶是在为一天中最阴凉处,不要打扰。有些公司如Sungevity让你得到它是否甚至快的想法值得考虑。其次是成本。一般而言,太阳能电池板价格昂贵,而且可以采取10至15年偿还。太阳能热水有一个更快的回报和较低的前期成本。 

然而,成本方程正在迅速改变。像SolarCity,SunRun,清洁电力财务,甚至一些市政项目公司提供不同的融资选择,降低前期成本。您的安装程序应该能够告诉什么样的州政府和联邦政府的刺激你。该产品的实际价格也将回落,作出决定去太阳更容易为金融和环境的原因。
Want some tips on how to live a more Earth-friendly life? Click through this photo gallery for some ideas and links to more resources.

Go Solar. When people wonder how they can have a more environmentally friendly home, the first thought often is solar power. Any why not? The sun's energy is free and panels generate no pollution when they operate.

Solar power--either photovoltaic panels to make electricity or solar hot water--can indeed make a lot of sense, but here are a few things you should consider.

First is your sun resource. If your roof is in the shade for most of the day, don't bother. Some companies like Sungevity let you get a quick idea of whether it's even worth considering. Next is cost. In general, solar electric panels are expensive and can take 10 to 15 years to pay back. Solar hot water has a quicker payback and a lower up-front cost.

However, the cost equation is changing fast. Companies like SolarCity, SunRun, Clean Power Finance, and even some municipal programs offer different financing options that cut the upfront costs. Your installer should be able to tell you what sort of state and federal incentives there are. The price of the actual products is also going down as well, making a decision to go solar easier for both financial and environmental reasons.
Infrared camera | 红外摄像机
红外摄像机 地球日之使用环保产品
找一个家能源审计。如果你愿意付出更先进的能源审计,你可能会看到这些小工具之一。它的红外线摄像头,可以找到一个家的热点和冷点 - 非常重要的当你试图找到草稿和空气泄漏。 

因此,太阳能电池板,而不是为获得投标,首先你应该做的是安排一个家庭的能源审计。大多是免费服务,也可以支付一个更广泛的提供,人们实际上会做一些空气密封或当场绝缘。我最近支付了大约600美元的审计,这是为他们的工作值得做和意见。 

对许多家庭相关的决定是好资源塞拉俱乐部最近推出的绿色家园网站。
Get a home energy audit. If you're willing to pay for a more advanced energy audit, you'll probably see one of these gadgets. It's infrared camera that can locate hot and cold spots in a home--very important when you're trying to locate drafts and air leaks.

So rather than getting bids for solar panels, the first thing you should do it is arrange a home energy audit. Most are free services or you can pay for a more extensive offering where people will actually do some air-sealing or insulating on the spot. I recently paid about $600 for an audit and it was worth it for both the work they did and the advice.

A good resource for many home-related decisions is Sierra Club's recently launched Green Home Web site.
Plug-in prius | 插入式普锐斯
插入式普锐斯 地球日之使用环保产品
绿化你的旅程。国际原油价格已下跌近150元从去年的每桶50美元左右,今年削减汽油价格每加仑美元以下4个途径是美国人去年支付。随着价格下降,人们却似乎回到购买大排量,毫无疑问,由经销商提供优厚的条件帮助的。但很少有业界分析人士认为,汽油价格将无限期地留在他们 - 更有理由寻求省油的汽车。 

下一个大的汽车是电动汽车技术变革,它的研究显示较少污染比所有汽油发动机,特别是如果汽车在夜间收费。在未来两年,汽车数量将走出大任职到初创企业,将提供一个大的飞跃效率。根据您的驾驶习惯,你可能永远不需要去加油站。 

当然,最好的办法是绿色的骑你的车留在家中,并使用如骑自行车或地下的交通,交替模式。 

见接受CNET汽车科技的绿色和混合动力汽车购买指南。
Green your ride. The price of oil has plummeted from almost $150 a barrel last year to around $50 this year, cutting gasoline prices way below the $4 per gallon Americans were paying last year. With lower prices, it seems people are going back to buying gas guzzlers, no doubt helped by the generous terms dealers are offering. But few industry analysts think that gasoline prices will stay where they are indefinitely--all the more reason to seek out fuel-efficient cars.

The next big technology change in cars is electric vehicles, which studies have shown are less polluting than all-gasoline engines, particularly if cars are charged at night. In the next two years, a number of cars will be coming out from the big incumbents to start-ups that will offer a big leap in efficiency. Depending on your driving habits, you may never need to go to gas stations.

Of course, the best way to green your ride is to leave your car at home and use an alternate mode of transportation, such as biking or mass transit.

See CNET Car Tech's green and hybrid car buying guide.
HP Recycling | 惠普回收再利用
惠普回收再利用 地球日之使用环保产品
回收你的电子产品。让我猜 - 你有三,四个已经多年了电子产品的佣金办公桌抽屉里。这是一个熟悉情况的情况却越来越差的电子在我们的生活繁衍。 

旧电脑,手机,显示器,iPod和类似含有重金属,塑料等材料具有毒性所以不要丢在垃圾桶。零售商已经开始提供回收和有越来越多的采取回号码服务,并保证你可以得到你的生活杂乱,未使用的齿轮一些钱。看到这个方便的名单。
Recycle your electronics. Let me guess--you have a desk drawer with three or four electronic gadgets that have been out of commission for years. It's a familiar situation that's only getting worse as electronics proliferate in our lives.

Old PCs, cell phones, monitors, iPods and the like contain heavy metals, plastics, and other materials that are toxic so don't just toss them in the trash. Retailers are starting to offer recycling and there are growing number of take-back services where you can get some money for that unused gear cluttering your life. See this handy list.
Powerstrip | PowerStrip
PowerStrip 地球日之使用环保产品
杀死吸血鬼。所有这些都在你的家用电子吸干果汁,即使你不使用它们。它的成本只有10美元一个月让你的电视及周边设备在待机模式。在国家一级,废物是衡量一个数十亿美元的一年。为什么要忍受呢? 

一种解决方案是您的设备连接到电源地带和将其关闭,当您不在身边。高科技的做法是“智能配电盘这样的钻头智能调压地带”。您连接的设备如电视,立体声或个人电脑的主要堵塞蓝色。该地带的优点在于它关闭备用电源的所有周边设备如扬声器,游戏机和DVD播放器。红色的插头,让你保持一段时间的所有项目。 

 EnergyCircle做了很好的智能配电盘讲解人的视频在这里。
Slay the vampires. All those electronics around your home are sucking up juice even when you're not using them. It can cost $10 a month just to have your TV and peripherals in stand-by mode. On a national level, the waste is measured in the billions of dollars a year. Why put up with that?

One solution is connecting your devices to a power strip and turn them off when you're not around. The high-tech approach is "smart power strips" like this Bits Smart Surge Strip. You connect a device like a TV, stereo or PC to the main plug colored blue. The beauty of the strip is it turns off stand-by power to all peripheral items, like speakers, game machines, and DVD players. The red plugs let you keep certain items on all the time.

EnergyCircle does a good explainer video on smart power strips here.