The Green Bedroom

Jan 30, 12 The Green Bedroom

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There’s Zen, peace and harmony in my bedroom somewhere, but it appears to be concealed by a mountain of clothes that need putting away, my son’s confiscated toy crossbow and my husband’s boat-sized work boots collection.

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Brazilians bikers get into the Mix

Nov 24, 11 Brazilians bikers get into the Mix

Posted by in Autos, Energy Efficiency

In 2009, the latest surge in biofuel powered vehicles took place in Brazil, with the release of a modified Honda motorbike called the Mix. Photo: JSitthi The Mix is a small motorbike that is often driven by couriers and the petrol only version was already a number one seller.  Honda developed the technology behind the Mix in order to produce a more fuel efficient motorcycle. In Brazil, biofuel cars already are in the majority on the roads.  In fact, since 1970 it has been against the law to drive a car that doesn’t run on a blend of ethanol and gasoline. Since 2003, flex fuel cars have been sold in Brazil, and they have electronics to detect what type of fuel is being used. Brazil is the second largest producer of ethanol in the world – producing 30.1 per cent of the world’s supply. It is now increasing its sugar cane production to keep up with the demands of the nation’s drivers for ethanol. The lead producer is the USA, and over two trillion miles have been travelled using ethanol fuel there since 1980. The Mix motorbike can run on just ethanol, just petrol or a mixture of the two.  It has a sensor in the exhaust which can assess what blend of fuel is being used and then alter the fuel injection unit’s action to suit. Honda has answered the market-led demand for a motorbike that can use the flex fuel system. Although the Honda CG 150 Titan Mix Flex (to give it its full title) is not a big motorbike, it’s ideal for the kind of stop start driving motorbike couriers do in the city.  Depending on where you buy it, biofuel can cost half as much as petrol.   You might also like; Saving the Earth, One Apple at a Time The Importance of an Energy Audit Company How to Make Wastewater Treatment More Environmenta... Why Extract Natural Gas Different Types of Thermal Grease and Their Uses What Type of Fuel...

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Save on fuel with a hybrid

Drivers are always looking for ways to save on fuel – especially with the recent hikes in petrol prices. Hybrid cars have been on the world’s roads for a couple of decades now, and just by owning and using a hybrid you automatically save on the amount of fuel that you use. When hybrids first became available, some critics suggested that they were not comparable to conventional cars in terms of power or speed.  This may have been true initially, due to the weight and size of the batteries required to power the electric motor.  However, today’s hybrids can offer the same driveability as a conventional petrol or diesel car as their batteries have become smaller and lighter, and the life of the batteries has also improved. They also come with long lasting warranties – for example, Honda offers a five year or 90,000 mile warranty on its Insight hybrid. Honda UK has three hybrid models – CR-Z, Insight and Jazz – which all offer good fuel economy, and, due to their low emissions, are exempt from UK road tax. If you already drive a hybrid, it’s still possible to adjust your driving style to get the maximum in fuel economy. Avoid aggressive acceleration.  This puts undue strain on the engine and requires more fuel than if you drive at a measured pace. Anticipate what’s ahead.  If you can see when you’ll need to brake in good time, you can do it gradually, so that the electric motor does the work rather than slamming your foot on the brake, which results in a waste of energy. Travel light. Every pound of weight you travel with adds resistance that the car has to work against. Clear out the boot and remove roof top boxes and roof racks when you’re not using them. The same rules apply if you’re driving a standard conventional car, but of course, with a hybrid, you’ll be using less petrol in the first place. You might also like; Green living at...

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How to be green when heating your home

Oct 17, 11 How to be green when heating your home

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Winter is just around the corner now, so it’s best to start planning for the colder months now.

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Intelligent Lighting at Home

I have to confess to being quite an impatient person; I am also one of those really annoying people who can’t sit down when there is a job to do around the house.

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Make sure your living room lighting’s green

One way of ensuring your home is as energy efficient as possible is by fitting the right lighting around it. Photo: Jeremy Levine Design There are numerous lighting options for a living room, but it’s important for you to try and make the space green in order to do your bit for the environment, as well as saving money on your energy bills. With the price of electricity rising ever more frequently, it’s vital for people to do everything they can to try and use less of it, in order to reduce their monthly bills. Using energy-saving lightbulbs is the easiest way to do this. Energy-efficient bulbs use up to 80 per cent less electricity than a normal lightbulb, but they produce the same amount of light, so you can be sure your living room will still be well lit if you use them. As well as this, they last longer, so you won’t have to replace them as often – a big bonus if you usually forget to buy them when you go to do your weekly shop! Photo: purplemattfish More energy-inefficient bulbs are being phased out, but for the meantime, you should try to switch to the energy-saving ones in order to save some money. In terms of the lighting options for your living room, you’ll probably want a main light and plenty of lamps around the rest of the space. If you often sit and read on your sofa bed, it’s important to have a lamp nearby to ensure you don’t damage your eyes. Those of you who watch TV while sat on the fabric sofas are bound to want a main light, so it isn’t too bright too see the screen. There are plenty of great lampshades out there, so you can decide on the brightness you want in the space, as well as picking something that complements the walls and furniture. You might also like; Solar Energy Around the World The Innovation that is Bosch Logixx Saving the Earth,...

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