Apple has always boasted about their green efforts and how they try to strive for making their products as green as possible, whether it be making the product packaging and and manuals from recycled paper, or ensuring that their products use renewable materials where possible, and also working to make sure that their operations are powered by renewable energy.
While electric cars are the solution to one of our problems, which is the diminishing of fossil fuels, it in turns creates other problems, namely the long wait when it comes to charging up. This is versus refueling your car with gas in which the process will take you a minute or two, whereas recharging an electric car will take much longer.
When it comes to renewable energy sources, we have seen how we can draw power from the sun in the form of solar energy, from the wind, from water, and so on. All are viable sources of sustainable energy and we have seen various companies try to incorporate them into their products or operations.
In the future there is a very good chance our homes and offices could be powered by renewable sources of energy, such as solar. However the way most solar panels are designed these days could stand to use some improvement, such as their placement and their design, where right now it isn’t exactly easy for the average homeowner to install in their homes.
As solar panels draw energy from the sun to power homes and offices, in case you did not know, during a power outage, such devices are actually powered down due to safety reasons, which means that if you were hoping to rely on your solar panel to continue providing your home with energy during a blackout, you’d be mistaken.
Going green is great for the environment, like installing solar panels, battery packs for the home, driving electric cars, and so on. However sometimes going green can be expensive and in some instances, like electric cars, are a luxury that people who are on a minimum salary simply cannot afford.
Ikea is jumping on the renewable energy bandwagon that’s starting to signal a shift in the energy market. The furniture retailer has announced that it has started selling solar panels and batteries to customers in the United Kingdom. The products that it’s selling include panels that can be integrated with existing roofing solutions that are provided by Solarcentury, a solar solutions company based in the country.
As cars and trucks are motorbikes are starting to make the move towards greener options, such as going electric instead of consuming fuel, it looks like trains are headed towards that direction as well. In fact over in India, it seems that the country’s first solar-powered train has made its debut, bringing the country’s train network one step closer to more sustainable options.
Solar farms are meant to be practical, where they help generate energy which can then be used to power homes, buildings, and so on. However who said that being practical does not mean that you can’t be cute as well? Because if so, it seems that China did not get the message.
When was the last time you heard about someone washing the roof of their home? Sure there might be some, but for the most part since none of us really look at the roofs of our homes, we don’t really bother with it. This also means that if you have solar panels installed on the top, they can start to get pretty filthy.
Electric cars are great if you’re trying to do your part for the environment by consuming less fuel. However the only downside is that you need to charge your car, which in turn uses electricity, which some could argue kind of makes the whole point moot, but thankfully it looks like Tesla already has a plan.
If you live in a particularly humid environment, there’s a good chance you might have a dehumidifier. Basically this sucks water out of the air to help make your surroundings less humid, which can be rather uncomfortable as it makes you feel like you’re sweating all the time.
Last year Tesla took the wraps off their latest green efforts in the form of solar roof tiles. However this was aimed more towards customers who are either planning to do a major remodeling of their home or who are building one from scratch, which means that existing homeowners have to turn to other solar solutions.
Have you ever walked around and thought, “Wouldn’t it be nice if my hat could charge my phone at the same time?” If for whatever reason you have, then you might be interested in a baseball cap by SolSol which actually comes with solar panels built into the brim of the cap itself, which in turn actually lets you charge your mobile device.