Benefit your wallets and our planet at the same time!

Since our lives depend on money it is useful to know if adopting a green lifestyle will benefit our wallets as well as the planet. An infographic by was desinged in order to answer the question if a green lifestyle is cheapest than a typical one. As you can see below, there is a comparison of the two lifestyles from the beggining of our lives to 55-65. I have to admit that I was expecting different results since I had in mind that being green costs, but at the end I was pleasantly surprised!See for yourself!

Infographic: Will Going Green Really Save You Money?


Germany: A remarkable independent community

imagesNinety kilometers southwest of Berlin there is a community called Feldheim which can be great example for other cities too. But what is so unique about Feldheim? The 150 residents of the community decided to invested their own money to build their own power grid in order to enjoy lower prices for electricity and heat in the future without asking any support by the state. 

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An illustration of the renewable energy sector

Renewable energy is energy that comes from resources which are continually replenished such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides, waves and geothermal heat. About 16% of global final energy consumption comes from renewable resources, with 10% of all energy from traditional biomass, mainly used for heating, and 3.4% from hydroelectricity. New renewables (small hydro, modern biomass, wind, solar, geothermal, and biofuels) accounted for another 3% and are growing very rapidly.The share of renewables in electricity generation is around 19%, with 16% of electricity coming from hydroelectricity and 3% from new renewables. 

Below you can see a very interesting infographic designed by the Carrington College in California which illustrates the types of renewable energy, their correlation with the jobs, the renewable energy use by state and at last the global development of primary energy consumption reference scenario VS energy (r)evolution. The graphic can be used as a guide for the newbies in energy sector.

(Click to enlarge)Renewable Energy - Infographic [Via: Carrington College’s Renewable Energy Degree Program]

Negawatts instead of … Megawatts

wThe negawatt is a theoretical unit of power saved, its name stems from a newspaper typo that Amory Lovins, the founder of the Rocky Mountain Institute and a dedicated energy efficiency supporter, decided to adopt for a 1989 keynote address at the Green Energy Conference in Montreal. Negawatts could reduce the pressure on supply infrastructure while maintaining adequate energy services for an improving quality of life. There, he painted a picture of a more energy-efficient world, saying, “Imagine being able to save half the electricity for free and still get the same or better services!”

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USA: Keep your job by unplugging!

At a time when U.S. schools are facing massive cuts in their budget, teachers in Lake Stevens area located in the state of Washington, decided to take the situation into their own hands andimages saved their jobs and the level of education by taking measures saving energy! The area, known as the “Como Washington” because of a lake, has 30,000 residents and 13 schools, elementary and high schools. The managers of the schools, trying to salvage the level of education and their jobs from cutting, they decided to save money by tapping energy waste.

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EU Sustainable Energy Week 2013

At 2012, 18 to 22 June, more than 30,000 participants have discussed energy efficiency and renewable energy in all their forms during the 2012 edition of EU Sustainable Energy Week. At 2013 the Sustainable Energy Week will take place from 24 to 28 June. 

EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) is an initiative of the European Commission that first took place in 2006 with hundreds of organisations and individuals participating each year. Through bottom-up efforts, organisers of EUSEW Energy Days, events and activities connect directly with citizens and energy stakeholders at local, regional and national levels. The combined results of EUSEW efforts are helping Europe reach its energy goals.
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USA: The largest “green” protest ever

Rosario Dawson
Rosario Dawson

Last Sunday, on February 18th, thousands of protesters (estimated around 35,000 protestors from 30 states) were gathered at low temperatures in Washington to convey their message to the White House demanding measures against climate change. Among others was the actress Rosario Dawson,
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