Roof Gardens Offer Retreat in the Heights

While intensive green roofs are built for their visual, environmental and regulatory purposes, roof gardens serve as a place of people’s gathering, visit and pleasure. Roof gardens are quite different from simple green roofs –they require deep soil to sustain various plants that include native species, trees and bushes. Since roof gardens are landscaped using typical landscape techniques they also host fountains, ponds, labyrinths and playgrounds. Eight rooftops featured here represent havens of green tranquil amidst city clamor. Advertisement

Green Roof Plants: Mostly Tough With a Hint of Color

For anyone considering a green roof, choosing the right plants is the essential decision. It’s typically believed that a green roofing environment carries a resemblance to a delectable garden. The reality is quite different – tough plants, that establish themselves fast and are long-lived, are a building block of a green roof. Another shared misconception is that native plants are best suited for green roofs thereby serving as a part of landscape restoration. While theoretically this may make ecological sense {Read More}

Beauty and Brains: The Fabulous Benefits of Green Roofs

It’s tough to beat the argument that even the basic green roofs are more pleasing to the eye than black-tar and asphalt roofs. Yet, the recent surge of interest in green roofs is due to environmental; not aesthetic reasons. The tradition of green roofs is strongest in Europe and most documented benefits of green roofs originate from European countries. Only recently, the data coming from the US, Canada, Asia, and Australia suggests that green roofs can be beneficial in other {Read More}

Green Roofs: Combining Aesthetics With Ecology

When Charlie Miller, a stormwater engineer built his first green roof in 1998, extensive green roofs were practically unknown in North America. Miller built a simple, low-maintenance 3000 square foot green roof on the roof of the Fencing Academy of Philadelphia, that stands up to this day. Today, green roofs are not considered a novelty they used to be in 1998, but represent a growing trend in green urban design that can effectively be combined with solar panels and wind {Read More}

Solar Energy Facts

Here are some answers to the most common questions about solar energy. The sun represents an enormous nuclear reactor that converts its own mass into light particles or photons. Trillions of photons fill Earth’s atmosphere every second. The sun’s nuclear reaction consumes 4.2 million tons of mass per second. The Earth intercepts just 2 billionths of the sun’s energy output. On any particular day, 35,000 times the total amount of energy that people use reaches the surface of the Earth {Read More}

How to Save Water at Home

In most homes, water has four major uses: baths, faucets, washing machines and dishwashers. For each of these uses, water heating may be required, which consumes around 20% of a home’s energy costs. Other uses of water include irrigation, pools, fountains and spas. Even when you try to use water wisely, you my be wasting a good deal of this precious resource. Here are ideas and tips on how to wisely save water in your home. Ways to Conserve Water for {Read More}

How to Save Water and Energy in Showers

When considering your water use, two factors need to be taken into consideration: heat & water. Heating your water accounts for at least 20% of your power bill. Baths and showers utilize 37% of that. This means that 6% of your power bill is dedicated to heating water for your showers and baths. The good news is that with small changes you can save on both heating and water costs. Hold your shower head. You should be aware that most {Read More}

Eco-Friendly Gadgets That Ease Energy Saving Tasks

Whether you are a green-minded consumer or you are just struggling with high energy bills, there are plenty of eco-friendly gadgets that are serious about reducing their environmental impact as well as yours. Here are worthwhile eco-friendly gadgets that can cut your energy use at home. Rechargeable battery chargers One way to stop wasting energy and money on disposable batteries is to use a rechargeable battery charger. Look for these characteristics in battery chargers: charging speeds (these may vary from {Read More}

Best Home Energy Efficiency Books

As with any other branch of knowledge, reading books on home energy efficiency and sustainable living is the best strategy to obtain a complete and systematic insight on how to make your residence more eco-friendly and reduce your carbon footprint. If you are prepared to go green and need guidance, the following 10 books are great reads. 1. The Homeowner’s Handbook to Energy Efficiency: A Guide to Big and Small Improvements If you would like to make a difference by {Read More}

Programmable Thermostat Will Increase Energy IQ of Your Home

One way homeowners seek to extract most energy units from their home-energy dollars is by investing in a state-of-the-art programmable thermostat. These smart gadgets can be programmed to save money and energy by adjusting the temperature at home. The evidence shows, however, that many owners don’t program their programmable thermostats because they either find controls confusing or they simply overlook this activity. Having programmable thermostats non-programmed wastes more money that their owners bargained for. What’s more important, if programmable thermostats {Read More}

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