Thursday, March 27, 2014

How to raise environmental awareness in your neighborhood

The first Earth Day was held in 1970 and it was a great success. The Environmental Protection Agency, the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and Endangered Species Act were all products of this great endeavor taken up by the people of the country, crying out to make the world a better place to live in, and to leave a better environment for our future generations. We still have a long way to go, but every little bit helps. If individuals take it upon themselves to make a change, it may seem very small, but it is adding to the bigger change taking place across the world. There are small ways in which you can contribute to making the world a better place.

You can make a big change by raising awareness in your neighborhood on being environment friendly, using green products and following the three R’s. Here are a few ways in which you can raise awareness in your neighborhood.

Have an Earth Day

You can have an Earth Day in your neighborhood. It need not be on World Earth Day, though you and your neighborhood could join the rest of the World to celebrate it. But you can have it any day that suits your neighborhood. The idea is to get the message across. Reach out to schools, NGO’s, businesses, your local council etc, and get them involved. You can do a series of activities that day to raise awareness.

There would be different types of ideas that different organizations would be interested in. You can even get two different sectors to work together. For example getting volunteers from NGO’s to do art activities in schools about climate change is a great idea. When people get together, energy levels rise, awareness increases, and commitment deepens.

Make a change in your workplace

Talk to your bosses about making your workplace more eco friendly. Go to them with a well thought out proposal, and there is a bigger chance of them listening to you. You could advocate putting in daylighting systems. You could get people to car pool, have bike to work days etc.

Promotions

Many businesses like to be associated with good causes, and environmental awareness is one of the most popular causes. You can organize an event like:
  • An art show of paintings and sculptures highlighting environmental issues
  • Planting trees
  • A fashion show using recycled materials
  • A concert which is save the earth themed
Most businesses will willingly sponsor events like this, and there will be a big turnout. Make flyers, put up posters at the event, to raise awareness. Make sure that people understand what the event is in aid of.

Community garden

If your neighborhood has a park, get permission from your councilman to have an event in your park. It could be aimed at any type of audience. If they are for children, you could have tree planting, craft activities with prizes etc. For adult crowds, you could plan an acoustic concert to showcase the idea of using less electricity. You could have a fair selling organic and eco friendly things. Gently but consistently keep reinforcing the idea of a greener lifestyle.

Be the change

Change begins at home. If you want to make people aware of our environment, you need to follow all these rules at home too. You can make your home eco friendly by installing daylighting systems. Visit to take a look at Solatube’s advanced daylighting systems. When people come to your home, they should be inspired to make a change when they see the way that you live!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Most popular green products

Going green makes sense

Our planet is on the brink of disaster. We are using more natural resources than the Earth is able to produce. At the rate that we are consuming natural resources, it won’t be long before we have used up all that the planet can give us, and we will be leaving the future generations without any. People are becoming aware of the problems that affect our environment, and are looking for ways to reduce our destructive impact on our world.

The place to start going green is in our own lives. By changing the way we live, we are contributing. Buildings consume 14% of potable water, 40% of raw materials, and 39% of energy in the United States alone (according to the US Green Building Council).

How can you make your building environment friendly?

There are some clever and innovative products that can be incorporated in buildings, to ensure that it is more eco friendly.

Raw materials

Using bricks made of recyclable material ensures that when you are renovating or demolishing, the debris can be re used. Using recyclable tiles and wood is also a great way to ensure that you are being environment friendly.

Daylighting systems

You can install daylighting systems in your home to light up your space. By doing this you are reducing the amount of electricity needed to light up your home. A lot of research has gone into inventing advanced daylighting systems that use advanced technology to deliver an Effective Daylight Capture Surface which are a highly effective way to light up your homes and commercial spaces. These daylighting systems are simple to install, and these great green products are a fantastic way to go green. They are excellent for bathrooms, hallways, kitchens, bedrooms, and even the laundry rooms and closets.

LED systems

LED systems harness the sun's daylight during the day, and transition it to cost and energy-efficient LED lighting at night. This eco friendly product unites the sun’s energy and LED to light up your home for a fraction of the money you will spend on electricity. It delivers up to 94%in lighting savings as well as helping you reduce your carbon footprint. It is a simple and smart way to light up your home.

Solar attic fans

Solar attic fans have been around for a while, but now they are even more versatile and efficient than before. New technology has produced solar attic fans that are a multi-fan and multi-location systems that moves large volumes of air (CFM) per fan. It is the most versatile cooling and ventilating system on the market today. Solar attic fans can be attached in a hanging position from your attic rafters, away from your living area to provide tremendously quiet operation. This system is designed to cool and ventilate your entire home by pulling warm, stale air up and out of the home while drawing fresh cool air in.

Be the change!

With all these innovative ways to go green, you should be able to incorporate many green ideas when building or renovating your home. Green products are the way to go if you are truly concerned about your planet.

Sunlight Concepts gives you the best of these products engineered by Solatube, one of the world leaders in environment friendly products. Their Brighten Up series has revolutionized the world of daylighting systems. They have come out with their game changer-The Smart LED. Their range of Quiet Cool Fans is easy to install, and have insulated self-closing, damper doors, and is quiet and efficient.